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21st Annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament

Every year the Mayor’s Charity Golf tournament is held at the Richmond Hill Golf Club. This year the benefiting charities were: Hill House Hospice; the York Region Abuse Program; and the Mayor’s Endowment Fund for the Arts. Over the past 20 years this event has raised $1,347,500. for local charities. So many local businesses from banks to developers come together to sponsor this event. Thank you to all who gave their support..

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Community Living York South – 60 Years of Commitment!!

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, the Community Living York South Association celebrated its 60th anniversary. The BBQ and event held on Edward Ave. included a Silent Auction and Casino Games and was extremely well-attended. It was lovely to see so many people dressed to create “an atmosphere of sparkle and glamour by dressing in cream or white clothing.” Everyone looked quite fresh and summery. That is so much nicer than being asked to wear “business attire”!.

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myRide – York Region's Travel Training Program 2014

myRide Award Ceremony 2014

The myRide awards ceremony was held at the Region of York’s Administrative Centre on Yonge St. in Newmarket on June 5, 2014.

This was a moving event – no pun intended – because this program helps residents who for a variety of reasons, have barriers to using public transit. This program helps persons with language barriers, В intellectual or physical handicaps and others who want to access public transit for school, work, or social events but have encountered difficulties with access.В  Through this program, parents, students, residents find the freedom of travel on their own! В myRide is partnered with York Region Transit and affilliatedВ with the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services; the Community Living York South; the ABLE Network and the York Region District School Board.В  For information contact 1-877-464-9675 or myride@york.ca .

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Community Living Tribute Dinner honouring Regional Chair, Bill Fisch

On Thursday, April 24th I celebrated with the Community Living Association the years of work given by the Chair of York Region, Bill Fisch. All proceeds from the event were used to enhance the quality of life for people in our community who have an intellectual disability. York Regional Police Chief, Eric Jolliffe presented the 2014 Community Service Award to Chair Fisch following the ‘Voices of Joy’ Community Choir. It was a lovely evening and I was fortunate to be seated at dinner with Member of Provincial Parliament, Dr. Reza Moridi and his wife, Pari. Congratulations to the organizers and the Board of Directors for the Community Living Association.

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Yellow Brick House

This year I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the 9th Annual Yellow Brick House, Mending Hearts…Creating Dreams Gala. This is the 36th year of operation for the Yellow Brick House, a non-charitable organization that provides emergency shelter, counselling, and supportive services to women and children who are over-coming situations of abuse. In 2013, 6,300 women and children received temporary shelter and on-going support from Yellow Brick House.

I am particularly proud that I attended the inaugural meeting of Yellow Brick House in Richmond Hill over 35 years ago. In part, that is why I chose to get my degree in Social Work from York University – after years of part-time study. And now, as a Councillor for the Region of York, I am able to approve funding to help support the Yellow Brick House as an important partner within our community of services..

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More than Committees and Council Meetings…

Some people still believe that being an elected official in Richmond Hill and in York Region is a part-time job. It isn’t.

Some believe that the job is 9 -5 p.m. But it isn’t.

Part of what makes my job as an elected representative for the Town of Richmond Hill exciting and interesting is the variety of residents , community groups, and businesses which work in partnership with the Town. I have the opportunity to learn something new every day. I attend many functions outside the day-to-day business of reading agendas, reports, listening to constituents, and attending Committee or Council meetings both at the Town and at the Region.

Since this BLOG business is new to me and I don’t have a webmaster to post events or opinions for me, I am currently updating some of the events over the past few months which I had the pleasure of attending.

As my computer skills progress – another learning opportunity – I hope that you will enjoy with me, the rich diversity and dynamic energy of Richmond Hill and York Region.

Brenda.

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Celebrating Father’s Day with Mayor Barrow and Friends 2014

Friends, particularly from our Iranian community who support the re-election of Mayor Dave Barrow, held a campaign fundraiser at the Shiraz Restaurant on Yonge St.  The event was most entertaining as we were joined by the Mayor of Beverly Hills, Mayor Jimmy Delshad, and Iranian-American who is the first Iranian-American to hold public office in Beverly Hills.

The music that evening was also entertaining. We heard from a Canadian Denielle Bassels singer/songwriter and bandleader from Toronto. CBC describes her sound as, “…fresh warm and soulful, sultry yet uncontrived”. Her musical Influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, and Stevie Nicks, to name but a few. In all, the evening was a very International event.

 

Iranian-American politician in the state of California. He became Mayor of Beverly Hills on March 21, 2007[1] and again on March 16, 2010.[2] He is the first Iranian-American to hold public office in Beverly Hills..

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Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Conference and Trade Show

Me and the young Trudeau   Every year at the end of May – the beginning of June, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities holds Me and Tom Mulcair Federal NDP Leader 2014their Annual Conference and Trade Show. This year it was held in Niagara Falls. The event was recognized by Prime Minister Stephen Harper who has attended the conference in the past.

At every AGM and Conference, the FCM offers the opportunity to attend workshops and study tours so that elected representatives from across Canada may learn about issues of municipal concern and how to better manage their municipality.

Workshops are given on building and financing infrastructure, affordable housing, public transit, agriculture, climate change, crime and police work, natural disaster management, municipal budget management and taxes. There are many opportunities to engage with other elected officials from across the country and speak with Members of Parliament. The FCM also holds policy forums to educate our elected reps about the policies created by our Standing Committees. It is always a very busy and informative 4 days with the fringe benefits being the time shared with Federal leaders.  I also had a ridiculously silly moment with Comedian Rick Mercer when we posed for a “selfie”…

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A Survey for Animal Services in Richmond Hill

Over the course of May and June, the Town’s Planning Department reached out to all residents who have an interest in Animal Services in Richmond Hill. The Town has adopted a ‘Responsible Pet Ownership’ approach to provide pet owners with services for pet owners including animal patrol, education and outreach, enforcement, a shelter and adoption centre, pet licensing and off-leash dog areas. With public education, pet owners will be supported for creating and maintaining a positive relationship between their pets and the community. Through this outreach program, a survey was conducted to help inform residents and gather their responses on Animal Services across the Town. This is good work; building relationships with pet owners and residents..

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Arts Contest Gala 2014

The Arts Contest Gala held on the evening of Thursday, May 22nd was attended by Council members Deputy Mayor, Vito Spatafora, Councillor for Ward 4, David West and myself. Past Councillor for Ward 4, David Bishop was the Master of Ceremonies and Louise Procter Maio, Chief Executive Officer of the Richmond Hill Public Library opened the event and assisted with the prize awards. The Arts Categories included: Photography, Visual Art, Poetry and Short Stories. The participants were local students from grades 7 – 9. It was wonderful to see the calibre of art expression and effort made by these young people. It takes courage to reveal your thoughts, feelings, and ability to create through various art mediums. Bravo to all those artistic risk takers.

 

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