Markland Wood | Community Established in 1960

President's Update

Marklander Digital Download

Dear Markland Wood Residents,

Due to a shortage of individual resources this past month we couldn’t get a print copy of the October Marklander ready and delivered to you prior to the AGM. We are hoping that a print copy will be delivered to all residents this coming weekend but in order to provide everyone with an edition before the AGM we have decided to make a digital copy (PDF) available for download on our MWHA website . We hope that you get an opportunity to download and enjoy this month’s digital Marklander.

While this is our first digital edition of our Marklander we don’t know if a continued eco-friendly and timely digital copy would be desirable by residents every month instead of a delivered print copy that is sometimes susceptible to print and delivery delays. Every effort was made to ensure all email and website links noted throughout the digital version are live. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and share your thoughts in regards to which format you would prefer to receive your monthly Marklander in.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,
Michael Georgopoulos Acting President,
Markland Wood Homeowners Association

Board Update:

MWHA 2016 AGM Agenda

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is taking place at the Markland Wood Golf Club on October 26th at 7:00 p.m.

This year’s meeting is very important and we encourage all Members to attend.

  • We will be presenting and voting on amendments to our Constitution and By-Law No. 1. Details of these amendments are noted further below. 
  • Members will have an opportunity to Elect/Affirm the proposed Board of Directors and Officers that are listed below for the coming year. 
  • Representatives from Toronto Hydro will be presenting us with an update of their ongoing work in our neighbourhood and their schedule for the coming year. 
  • An update will be provided regarding the 240 Markland Drive development proposal.
  • MPP Yvan Baker and Councillor Stephen Holyday will also be in attendance and available during the break to speak with our members.

Our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. portal works! Toronto Police Service: 22 Division informed us that the person involved in the door knocking matter was identified and investigated by police. Further details can be found in this month’s Marklander. We have been informed by residents living on Mill Road between Bloor and Markland Drive that there has been a significant increase of speeding vehicles on this street. This is of great concern to us not only because it impacts their safety and the peaceful enjoyment of their homes but it also impacts the safety of the children attending Millwood Junior School. With the help of concerned and watchful residents throughout our neighbourhood we will continue to notify everyone of any situation that arises within Markland Wood or surrounding us. We encourage all residents to sign up to receive our email blasts and this year during our Membership Dues Drive everyone will have the ability to add a second email address to their resident profile. This will provide better and more direct communication from us.

We were recently informed by the City Planning Department that a revised proposal from the developer at 240 Markland Drive was received by them on October 14th. Your MWHA 240 Committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to review the submission and will subsequently meet with City Planning and Councillor Holyday to discuss it and to make arrangements for a community consultation meeting for sometime early in the New Year.

On Friday September 30th we hosted our first annual “Neighbours Night Out” community social event. Everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy this new informal cocktail party environment that included a free drink with admission and the possibility of winning many prizes. These prizes were donated by: Altech Security Systems, Azure Blue Photography and Cinema, Bev Evans of Evans Wealth Management Team, Cathy Graham, Cherries on Top, Cristal Beauty Salon & Spa, Digital Treasures, Doggie Central, Kingsway Conservatory of Music, Markland Wood Golf Club and Michele Maher Designs. Many of these businesses are Marklander advertisers and or residents within or around our community so please support them. A special thanks to the Markland Wood Golf Club and their entire staff for providing a beautiful venue, excellent service and delicious food. We would also like to expressly thank our Gold Sponsors, Kevin Crigger and Marti Philp, and our Silver Sponsor Cathy Graham. Their very generous monetary contributions allowed us to not only put together this event but helped us save funds that will be used for other projects or events within our community. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s “Neighbours Night Out”.

We have now started collecting the 2016/17 MWHA Membership Dues. If you know that you will be away or would like to pay quickly our Marklander contains a cut-out to mail in your $20 payment. There are also instructions for using PayPal on our website - should you wish to save a stamp and envelope.

Many of you already know that your MWHA is responsible for a number of events and involved in numerous issues affecting our community such as: Youth Leadership Awards, Christmas Caravan, Markland Wood Social, 240 Markland Development, Pearson Night Flights and Police Liaison/Markland Watch. What you might not be aware of are the numerous hours spent by your Board volunteers in dealing with other issues throughout the year that affect our community. This past year we have corresponded with: Toronto Hydro in regards to ongoing construction and street light outages, Councillor Holiday re: Millwood Park path rehabilitation, Burnt Log Cres. street paving issues and Bloordale Park North rejuvenation potential, City of Toronto – Parks, Forestry & Recreation re: tree planting and maintenance, Toronto Water Infrastructure Management re: Watermain Rehabilitation Program and Transportation Services re: road and sidewalk maintenance and speeding and safety on our streets. As you can see from the above your MWHA is fully committed to the objectives noted in our Constitution:

(a) To protect and promote the interests of the residents of the Markland Wood area of the City of Toronto.
(b) To further the orderly development of Markland Wood in such manner as to preserve and enhance the area; and
(c) To create, foster and maintain a community spirit in Markland Wood.

While at times it can be difficult to accomplish, please be assured that in pursuing the above objectives your MWHA always serves the collective interests of its residents. To ensure that these objectives continue to be met please continue to help us by not only paying your dues quickly but also by volunteering to serve as an Associate.

We are currently in need of Associates that can take over the important roles of Editor and Distribution Coordinator of the Marklander. If you would like more information on these roles, are interested in taking on one of these roles or looking to volunteer as an Associate please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Proposed MWHA Board Members (2016-2017) *

President: Don Beggs
Vice President: Saulius Brikis
Treasurer: Michele Maher
Secretary: Patrick Clifford

Joanne Azevedo-Vaz
Richard Boehnke
Brian Brennand
Mark Creedon
Peter Derry
Roma Donatelli
Barbara Kennedy
Katharine McLarty
Tom Napier

* - Pending their Election/Affirmation by the Membership at the AGM.



Constitution & By-Law No. 1 - Amendments


The Constitution may be amended at any general meeting of the Members by a resolution passed by two-thirds of the votes cast provided that notice of such resolution shall have been forwarded to the Members with the notice of such meeting.


1) Constitution Article No. 6: Directors & By-Law No. 1: 2 Directors

(h) REMOVAL OF DIRECTORS: Members of the MWHA may, by resolution passed by at least two-thirds of the votes cast at a general meeting of which notice specifying the intention to pass such resolution shall have been given, remove any Director before the expiration of the Director's term of office and may, by a majority of the votes cast at that meeting, elect any Member in his or her stead for the remainder of the term. 

• Amendment Article 6 (h)

REMOVAL OF DIRECTORS: Directors of the MWHA may, by resolution passed by a majority votes cast at any Board meeting, remove any Director after violation of the Code of Conduct (Article No. 14) after due process, before the expiration of the Director’s term of office and may, if needed, by a majority of the votes cast at that or any subsequent Board meeting, appoint by election any Member in his or her stead for the remainder of the term.

Note: By-Law No. 1 – 2 Directors (h) will also be revised to emulate Constitution Article 6 (h) amendment.

2) Constitution Article No. 7: Officers & By-Law No. 1: 3 Officers

(d) PRESIDENT TERM OF OFFICE:  The President is to be elected to a one-year term of up to no more than three (3) consecutive years and may be re-elected each subsequent year by vote at the AGM. 

• Amendment Article 7 (d)

PRESIDENT TERM OF OFFICE: The President is to be elected to a one-year term by vote at the AGM.

Note: By-Law No. 1 - 3 (d) will also be revised to emulate Constitution Article 7 (d) amendment.

(f) VICE-PRESIDENT TERM OF OFFICE: The Vice-President shall be elected to a one (1) year term for up to three (3) consecutive years.

• Amendment Article 7 (f)

VICE-PRESIDENT TERM OF OFFICE: The Vice-President is to be elected to a one-year term by vote at the AGM.

Note: By-Law No. 1 - 3 (f) will also be revised to emulate Constitution Article 7 (f) amendment.

3) Constitution Article 14

The fundamental principles of Parliamentary Procedure shall govern the conduct of meetings of the MWHA, its Board of Directors and committees so far as they may be applicable, without coming into conflict with the Constitution. 

• Amendment Article 14

The Markland Wood Homeowners Association (MWHA) Code of Conduct shall govern the conduct of all meetings of the MWHA, its Board of Directors, Associates and Committees so far as it may be applicable, without coming into conflict with the Constitution.

Youth Community Leadership Awards

on Monday, 09 May 2016.

Markland Wood Youth Community Leadership Award

If you are pursuing post secondary studies next autumn please consider applying for the 2015 Youth Leadership Award. These awards are generously funded by the MWHA and presented annually to:
A Markland Wood resident
An Individual who makes a difference in our community through volunteer/ community involvement and leadership

To apply, please visit the Markland Wood website at

Click on the tab marked “Who we are” and then click on “Youth Awards”. Complete all parts of the application. The deadline for applications is midnight, June 15th.

240 Markland Drive Condo-Townhouse Proposal

on Thursday, 25 June 2015.

Special Community Meeting:

Scale Model of New 240 Markland Wood Condo & Townhouse ProposalExecutive Summary Georgina Balascas, President of the Markland Wood Homeowners Association (MWHA), welcomed the over 300 residents who came to the St. Clement Catholic Church Parish Hall to be informed of the present development plans for the 240 Markland Drive location. She also welcomed Councillor Stephen Holyday, recently elected to represent Ward 3, who had been specifically invited. On hand as well was Peter Swinton of PMG Consultants, a planning expert retained by the MWHA Board.



Annual Garage Sale

on Saturday, 28 May 2016.

World's Largest Garage Sale!

On Saturday, May 28th, 2016, the Markland Wood Homeowners Association and the whole neighbourhood will once again host "The World's Largest Community Garage Sale."

"Come one, come all to the greatest bargains in the Greater Toronto Area!"

Map to: World's Largest Garage Sale!

Marklander Cover Contest!

on Monday, 03 March 2014.

Attention children 10 years of age and under! We want you to draw our March front cover celebrating Spring! Be creative and show us your talent. Use crayons, markers or pencil crayons and enter our contest. Please use an 8.5 x 8.5 sheet of paper for your drawing. The winner will receive a Cineplex Gift Card.

All entries must be submitted no later than February 29th. Please deliver your drawing to 303 Markland Drive. Include your name, age and address on a SEPARATE piece of paper. The winner will be contacted by March 3rd. A release form will have to be completed in order to display the artist’s name in our publication and on our website.

Good Luck!

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