The Iranian Canadian Congress’ motto is: Empowerment through Unity.
The Congress was formed in 2007 as a non-profit and non-partisan and non-religious organization. “We are dedicated to improving the lives of Iranian-Canadians by promoting and protecting their interests, rights and encouraging their participation in the Canadian Society. Through widespread consultation, the ICC identifies issues of importance to the Iranian-Canadian community and attempts to advance such issues through continued engagement and advocacy with Canadian policy makers.”
In April 2014, I celebrated the ICC’s second annual Achievement Awards Gala with people from across York Region and politicians from across Canada paid their respect. Congratulations to President of ICC, Dr. Farrokh Zandi for bringing together our greater community in celebration of the achievements and contributions of our Iranian residents.
Congratulations particularly to the award recipients!.
Region of York Chair Bill Fisch announced his retirement and so it was fitting that builders from across the Region of York host a luncheon on his behalf. On May 15th, BILD recognised Bill FischВ as beingВ the ‘Captain of the Ship’ – so to speak. They also recognized that with Chair Fisch at the helm, York Region has enjoyed a strong working relationship with BILD and its affiliates.
The guest speakers represented: Tribute Communities, Bazil Developments, Malone Given Parson, theВ Clearway Group, Metrus Development and the Sorbara Group.
I was particularly interested in the speech by Mr. Fraser Nelson of the Metrus Development Corporation who spoke encouragingly about the BILD association’s support for York Region’s bid to bring the Yonge subway to York Region. This means jobs, a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, and a community benefit for all. .
Building strong, connected, safe communities is not a job just for the police. Every resident, business, and community organization plays a part in preventing crime.
York Regional Police host regular meetings at the Region of York Administrative Centre on Yonge St. in Newmarket. These meetings are open to the public and are extremely helpful to members of Council who can educate themselves about police work for our community.
In April of this year, I attended a police presentation about the Social Media Revolution! They convinced me that Social Media is, “Not a fad – It is a fundamental shift in the way we communicate!” And so, I work at mastering my new honed skills. Staying connected as a community makes us stronger, better informed, and better equipped to prevent crime.
If you are interested in finding out about police activity and crime trends in your neighbourhood, you can visit: yrp.ca
The Mackenzie Health Volunteer Association works very hard to raise funds for new diagnostic equipment for Mackenzie Richmond Hill (York Central Hospital for us older folks). Providing our community with the convenience of accessible diagnostic equipment for reliable diagnoses is a very challenging goal and so, I deeply appreciate the work of our hospital volunteers.
Hundreds of volunteers give freely of their time and expertise to keep our hospital engaged and running smoothly. How wonderful for all who attended the BOLLYWOOD NIGHT Gala on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Not only were we well entertained by the Guest Host, Pooja Handa (CP24 News Anchor) and a variety of dancers but we enjoyed great food, a competitive silent auction (where I scooped some good deals while still donating to my local hospital!) and we contributed to the purchase of a new M.R.I. for Mackenzie Health.
The event was held at LeParc in Markham (just across from the Richmond Hill Town Offices… Richmond Hillites will appreciate that reference. LOL) A good time was had by all! .
Construction of the Yonge Street rapidway begins this year. Rapidway construction will happen in two phases over several years: Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie – has begun and the expected completion is 2015. Next phase, Levendale Road to 19th Avenue/Gamble Road – 2016 to 2020.
For more info see: www.vivanext.com
We are very privileged in Richmond Hill. We have just been tested by a major ice storm and for the most part, we rallied, endured, survived, and continue to be well-served. These truly are your municipal tax dollars at work. Our well-trained emergency response team coordinated their efforts with our electrical services– no one died and there were no injuries to report.
L’Association des francophones de la region de York (L’AFRY) celebrated their first Francophone Fair on Saturday, March 29th at the Oak Ridges Community Centre. The event celebrated L’AFRY’s 20th Anniversary of promoting the French language and culture in York Region.
Attendees from Richmond Hilll Council included the Mayor and myself. Many participants offered information about educational programs, services and employment opportunities focussed on our francophone community.
Congratulations to Alain Beaudoin, President of the Board of Directors and Marie Martel, Project Coordinator!.