Category Archives: Community Updates

The DNA’s periodic community updates

Well, that was fun!

As thunder begins to rumble and raindrops hit the window on Sunday, June 25 I’m reflecting on how incredibly lucky we were on Saturday — we had the perfect weather for our party in the park — not too hot and no RAIN, which seems to be a rarity in this summer of 2017.

There are many people and businesses to thank, but first of all, we would like to thank YOU, our Duranders, who came out, enjoyed the day and had fun meeting neighbours.  Our park is a special place, beautiful and inviting, and we can be thankful again for the pioneers in 1972 who fought for our green space.

Anne Tennier worked hard gathering items for our raffle prizes, and we would like to thank the contributors:

Aquarius Lounge – $50 gift certificate for Aquarius Lounge or Mattson & Co on Locke Street

Beckers, Caroline & Herkimer – Two Canada 150 hats + their bucket of cold beverages delivered to the park at about 4 p.m. on Saturday — so generous!

Durand Coffee – Half pound of coffee and $15 gift card

Guardian Drug – Body wash and hand cream caddy

Hamilton Store – gift basket valued at $65

Hammercloth – gift blanket

House of Java – Chocolate sampler gift pack

Mercedes Spa – product bag and pedicure gift card

Mezcal – $10 gift card

Red Crow – Two $10 gift cards

Royal pizza – Two $10 gift cards

Shoppers Drug Mart – Two kit bags full of product samplers

Wass Ethipoian Restaurant – $15 gift voucher

We will be posting photos soon plus an update on the progress of repairs to our splash pad.  Watch your email inbox for the latest news from Durand NA.

Friends of Auchmar are Asking for Support

Many of you have asked how you can help to save and preserve the Auchmar estate.  Now is your chance!

The Friends of Auchmar has applied and been selected to take part in the 2017 THIS PLACE MATTERS Competition. THIS PLACE MATTERS (TPM) is the National Trust for Canada’s innovative crowdfunding competition that brings community members together to raise funds and awareness to save and renew beloved historic places, while generating community pride.

Our crowdfunding project is to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the Dovecote. Our goal is to raise $50,000 and the most votes in order to win the crowdfunding contest. The contest with the most votes wins the $30,000 prize money plus all donations received.

Please Vote and Donate Soon. -The competition ends July 17th 2017.

People and organizations across Canada are rallying to restore Hamilton’s treasured Auchmar Estate — a 10-acre, publicly owned property built by The Honourable Isaac Buchanan in the 1850s.
Can count on your support?

Community CarShare Needs You! (or at least your spare parking spot)

Community CarShare loves the Durand neighbourhood (as do we all).  In fact, demand for the car sharing service now exceeds capacity in the area, especially in the Durand.
Car sharing helps reduce the need for individual car ownership and the subsequent need for parking spaces, but shareable cars require a parking space and this is where you may be able to help.  Do you have a parking spot that is not underground and is accessible and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?  If so, please contact Corey Helie-Masters at  Read more about Community CarShare here.
Community CarShare is a not-for-profit organization and would prefer a donated parking spot, but a small fee can be negotiated.  Please contact Corey to discuss all the details.
car share photo

Spring Durander

Happy Spring, Duranders!

The Spring 2017 issue of the Durander newsletter is now published.  Enjoy the news and updates — as usual, we have a lot on the go here in our busy neighbourhood.

Spring 2017

In this issue:

  • Heritage Updates
  • President’s Remarks
  • Woman of Distinction
  • Crime Stats
  • and more!

Happy Easter!



Time is running out!

2016 is almost complete, we will soon put our holiday decorations away and greet the new year.  Do you have your 2017 calendar yet?  We have a few copies of the beautiful DVSA 2017 calendar left, so don’t miss out.  You can pick up your copy at Durand Coffee or order online at Durand store

2017 Durand Calendar

Have a very happy New Year and thank you for your ongoing support of the Durand Neighbourhood Association.