As I am writing this update, I see the first real sign of winter: snow!! I am sure the skiers in our community are getting excited, but the golfers must be really upset that their season has come to an end. Although I don’t participate in either sport, I am not happy that winter is upon us! I am not looking forward to the cold and the long dark evenings, but at least we have much to look forward to.
The holidays are coming and soon the festive lights and decorations will be out in Markland Wood and we can enjoy their beauty as we walk or drive though our wonderful community. In addition, the annual Christmas Caravan is just around the corner happening on December 16th. Each year Markland Wood residents have an opportunity to share the spirit of Christmas with others who may not be as fortunate. We make our way through the community and we pick up your non-perishable food, gently used clothing or small furniture items. If you would like to join us, we meet at Markland Plaza at 8:45 a.m. that morning. I would love to see you there. So would Santa!
Our AGM was held on October 29th. We had a good turnout and we would like to thank the residents who attended. The AGM gives our community an opportunity to learn about the Board and the kind of activities it has been involved in over the past year. We hope it was an informative evening for those who attended. Also, the new MWHA Board is always elected by the membership at the AGM. We have added two new Directors and 4 new Associates. All the Officers have returned to the Board and I am very honoured to have been elected as your President for another year. You will find the entire list of the MWHA BOARD for 2018-2019 on this page.
I would like to thank all the Directors and Associates who were elected at the AGM for volunteering their time to serve. We currently have nine sub-committees and everyone on the Board participates on at least one committee and often more. The members of the Board are a very dedicated and committed group who love this community and work very hard to ensure that Markland Wood remains a wonderful place to live.
As you may know we are an incorporated Board. The members of the Board volunteer their time to ensure that the following objects for which the corporation is incorporated are maintained:
- To protect and promote the interests of the residents of Markland Wood area of the City of Toronto;
- To further the orderly development of Markland Wood in such manner as to preserve and enhance the area;
- To create, foster and maintain a community spirit in Markland Wood.
In that spirit, all our committees are busy, but the Airport Committee and the 240 Markland Drive Committee have been very active this year.
As many of you know, the 240 Markland Drive Zoning By-Law Amendment Application has gone to the LPAT, formerly known as the OMB. This case will be heard in September 2019. The MWHA Board has been registered as a Party and has hired both legal counsel and a planning consultant to protect the interests of Markland Wood. This has been and will continue to be a very costly process. Your Board thanks the community for its support thus far but we will require greater financial support from the entire community as we move forward with this matter. This case is very important as it sets a PRECEDENT for other future developments that may occur in Markland Wood. We will continue to keep you informed through email blasts, articles in the Marklander and a community meeting in the New Year.
On November 8th, two directors from our Board went to Ottawa to make a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transportation. That report had been drafted by members of the Airport Committee. The issue was the impact of airport noise on our community. I would like to thank the two directors for going to Ottawa and for making an excellent presentation on our behalf. Thank you Ilona Maziarczyk and Saulius Brikis for a job well done! There is an article in this edition of the Marklander that gives further information on this topic.
I hope you took the time on Remembrance Day to think about those men and women who sacrificed their lives so that we may live in peace. This year was even more special as it marked the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice.
Thank you and regards,
Georgina Balascas, President