March 6, 2014 – This evening, 14 Ward 27 City Builders were recognized for their outstanding contributions to making Toronto Centre – Rosedale a desirable and dynamic community to live, work, study and play!
Invitations from my office were widely cast in February, welcoming residents, businesses, neighbourhood associations and organizations to nominate an individual or group for their magnificent work in the community.
The response was overwhelmingly positive and countless individual nominations were received by my office. In a ward this populated and vibrant, the work for building safe and exciting neighbourhoods is not in short supply. It is inspiring to see the great deal of city building that people offer to Ward 27. Thank you for your thoughtful nominations!
Tonight, I was delighted to acknowledge the outstanding award winning individuals, businesses, organizations and neighbourhood groups who were surrounded by a crowd of supportive family members, neighbours, and colleagues.
It is with great enthusiasm and gratitude that I present to you the 14 award winners of 2014:
David Townley & Ray Cowling, South Rosedale Ratepayers’ Association
-For championing the Gates of South Rosedale project. In May of last year, after many years, David Townley and Ray Cowling’s efforts came to fruition at the ribbon-cutting for the significant demarking feature of the entrance to South Rosedale on Crescent Road.
Friends of Toronto Public Cemeteries
- For being an incredible force in the Moore Park and midtown neighbourhoods by tirelessly advocating for a healthier neighbourhood by demonstrating the health risks of cemetery crematoriums and for transparency in the governance of public assets.
Anda Li, Asian Community AIDS Services
-For promoting the Raising Sexually Healthy Children’s Program (RSHC) with ACAS and for organizing training for parents and caregivers from 13 ethno-linguistic communities.
Norman Waite, Bay Cloverhill Community Association
-For spearheading major initiatives with the BCCA, including significant efforts to improve local development, for pioneering Bay Street bioswale project and for transforming Bay Street into a neighbourhood that supports families, active lifestyles, and urban animation.
Michael Rodger, Stephanie Thompson, & Normunds Meirins, North Rosedale Residents’ Association
-For working through countless consultations, a major fundraising campaign, the City of Toronto’s Parks department, and a tight construction schedule to deliver a beautiful, and fun, state-of-the-art children’s playground in Rosedale Park.
Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive
-For their annual Ecumenical Christmas Food Drive at Our Lady of Perpetual Help on St. Clair Avenue East and providing an extensive neighbourhood campaign that gained the support of local grocers. The 2013 drive received and delivered over 16,000 food items for local food banks and agencies.
Jane Beecroft, Expert heritage champion
-For her tireless and expert heritage advocacy for over twenty-five years, and for her dogged determination to preserve the Village of Yorkville & the Garden District’s rich history.
Bruno Scrosone, Executive Director, Good Neighbours’ Club
-For turning The Good Neighbours’ Club from a basic soup-kitchen for older marginalized men into a multi-dimensional social services agency.
Glen Simourd, Garden District Residents’ Association
-A tireless advocate for all members of the Downtown East including his leadership on improving Allan Gardens, and his contributions to the Downtown East Revitalization Study.
Connie Langille, Church-Wellesley Village Neighbourhood Association
-For helping to establish the Church-Wellesley Neighbourhood Association in 2010 and advocating for sustainable developments, heritage preservation, community safety and the Ward 27 laneway naming initiative.
Tony Currie & Local 27, Carpenters’ Union Local 27
-For enthusiastically supporting major Ward 27 community projects by bringing the manpower and technical skills to the table that have been needed. Their efforts made Celebrate Yonge Street and the Church Street Parklets Project possible.
Ontario Capital Precinct Working Group
-For working with my office, MPP Glen Murray, and Toronto City Staff to create a view shed policy that now protects the view and historic character of the Ontario Legislature building for future generations to come.
The Nindinawemaaganidok/All My Relations-Mural Project
- For creating a massive piece of open-air art in the middle of Allan Gardens that has raised awareness of the rich Aboriginal and First Nations communities in Toronto and beyond.
The Downtown Yonge BIA
-For leading the charge for a more human scale, pedestrian oriented, cycling friendly downtown and raising the bar for collaborative, innovative and successful business improvement areas.