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.
On Tuesday, May 13th I attended the 22nd Annual Police Appreciation Night. Over the years I have attended most of these evenings and I am always impressed by the community work by our police. Most people just think of police as enforcement officers but in fact they are community leaders and community builders. They give hundreds of hours of time to a variety of community groups and charities. Once a year they celebrate the best of their police officers and those who support their efforts. Recognition is based on their contributions to the police community and the greater community over and above their daily work.
Last but never least, it is always wonderful to be introduced to the ‘Chief for a Day’! This year the ‘Chief for a Day’ was Rami Huijbregts-Aoudeh. He is from Buttonville Public School and his favourite song? ‘Happy’ by Pharell Williams..
On May 3rd at the Angus Glen Golf and Country Club, I attended the ‘Hand in Hand’ Gala to raise awareness of the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.
I had the pleasure of meeting in person the CBC news network anchor, Suhana Meharchand. This is in fact the second time that I have met her in person and she is always lively, engaging, and very charming. She is also a favourite of my son who had the opportunity to work with her at CBC for a couple of years.
I also was fortunate to be seated at dinner with a woman from Markham who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She has worked very hard to manage the emotional and psychological damage that has been with her throughout her adult life. She praised her husband and her children for their support and understanding. There are times when you are seated at a table for what feels like an eternity but the conversation with that client of the YRAP was very informative and inspirational.
Women from across Canada made Teddy Bears to be donated to the charity. The Teddy Bears were then offered to attendees for $100 each and with that donation, an hour of therapy is given to a client of the York Region Abuse Program. Mr. George Macri of J-G Cordone, Investments Ltd. was a major sponsor of the event. Good Work!.
On Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Centre, I attended the Community Holocaust Commemoration with Mayor Barrow, Deputy Mayor Vito Spatafora, Councillor David West, Councillor Godwin Chan and a variety of Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Parliament, and some elected representatives from across York Region including the Chair of York Region, Bill Fisch and the Chief of Police, Eric Joliffe. It was a moving ceremony which included reading the names of the victims of the Nazi holocaust and a candle lighting to honour the six million Jewish victims; the survivors; those who offered resistance; the righteous among the nations; and the allied armed forces as liberators and all the victims of Nazi persecution. This tragic time in human history will never be forgotten..
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.