Posted Dec 2013
mentioned last month we had sufficient attendance at our Annual General
Meeting and thus were able to formally conduct business. I have written
an annual report that is elsewhere in the newsletter. Also included are
reports from the executive detailing the many activities of the
association over the past year. Please take to time to read these
reports. They cover community events and activities that CCRA was
involved in during 2013.
Unfortunately, Planning Chair Laura Briggs has found it necessary to
resign. Thank you Laura for your involvement and best wishes in the
Meetings are being held on a regular basis to discuss next year’s schedule
of community events. Representatives from the City of Toronto, West Rouge
Sports and Rec. Assoc. West Rouge Community Assoc. as well as the Port
Union Seniors are in attendance. . Many of these community events are
the result of dedicated volunteers within our community coming forward to
assist in making them happen. If anyone is interested in volunteering to
help us with any of the upcoming events for next year please do not
hesitate to get in touch with either the Port Union Rec. Centre or the
West Rouge Rec. Centre or anyone on the CCRA executive.
November 13th City of Toronto Council meeting, council passed a
motion directing staff to conduct an Environmental Assessment regarding
Biosolid Waste Disposal at the Highland Creek Waste Treatment Plant. CCRA
supported this action. Thanks to the Highland Creek Neighbourhood Liaison
Committee for their lead and hard work in ensuring passage of this motion.
Sunday December 8th our annual Community Carol Concert will
be held at St Dunstan’s Church on Lawson Road starting at 7:30 p.m. This
is a community event for all families. Following the concert refreshments
provided by CCRA will be served in the adjacent church hall.
Planning is well underway for our 18th Annual Winterfest to be
held on Saturday January 25th, 2014. More details
about this event will be in the January newsletter.
the Christmas season approaching many of us will be gathering with family
and friends to enjoy the festivities. It is a time to appreciate the
peace and stability of our country. We have a strong active community
association and residents who take pride in our community. We live in one
of the best communities in Toronto.
the executive join in wishing you a Peaceful and Joyous Festive Season and
Best Wishes for the New Year.
Presidents Report 2013
This year marks the 64th year for
CCRA. In November 1949 a group of individuals who resided in the mainly
rural area of the eastern edge of Scarborough Township met at Centennial
Road Public School to form a community association.
Since then both the area and the
association have evolved into an active residential community that is now
part of the City of Toronto. A lot has happened in our community over the
past 64 years. Extensive residential development has taken place, and
thanks to the efforts of the association, this development has been guided
by the planning principles of the Centennial Planning bylaws passed by
Scarborough Council in the early 1960s. Adams Park, the Port Union
Recreation Centre, the Waterfront Trail, the Village Common to name a few
amenities, are the direct result of the CCRA’s active involvement in our
community. CCRA has also taken an active role to ensure the protection and
preservation of the streams and watercourses passing through our
This year we continued in the
tradition of the CCRA by supporting improvements to our community,
preserving and protecting the environment, upholding sound land use
planning through our planning bylaws and initiating and providing
resources for recreational programs and events.
We also contributed to the following
community events and functions: Winterfest, Earth Day, 43rd
Division Annual Open House, Highland Creek Heritage Day, Port Union
Waterfront Festival, Summer Concert Series, and Community Carol Concert.
Additionally we have provided funding assistance to the following:
Canadian Junior Dragon Boat Team, 2nd Highland Creek Scouts and
various scholarships and student awards as noted below.
We continue to communicate to the
community through our monthly newsletter and website,
and more recently through Facebook. We believe
it is important to inform our community of ongoing issues and events.
Scholarships and Awards
This years’ recipient of the $1,000
William Dempsey scholarship presented by CCRA was Misha Vales. In addition
we presented a scholarship to Katherine Vincent, a graduating student from
Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate and French awards to Amelia Dodds and Garrett
Allardyce at Charlottetown Junior Public School.
On June 22nd the official
opening of the Port Union Waterfront Park was held on the waterfront. The
completion of the trail marks a significant milestone for this community
and is a truly unique amenity to our community. Back in the early days of
the CCRA the executive recognized the potential for development of the
waterfront in our community. It has taken a long time and many, many
meetings and deputations to make this dream a reality.
I want to say a special thanks to
the members of this year’s executive. Without their enthusiasm and
dedication this association would not be as successful as it is and my job
would have been much more difficult. This group of individuals is
dedicated to volunteering not only for the good of the community but also
because they care about this community and want to make it the best place
to call home.
It is also essential to have some
new people come forward to volunteer on the executive and get involved in
For those of you who may be
contemplating serving on the executive here are some things you may want
to know. The executive meets the first Tues of every month except for July
and August when no meetings are held. The meetings run from 7:15 to 9:30
pm. Each member of the executive has a specific area of responsibility and
reports on their activities at each meeting. If you have any questions
about involvement on the executive please do not hesitate to ask me or any
one of the executive.
Executive reports follow this
I would like to thank our newsletter
advertisers. Without your continued support we would not be able to
publish our newsletter. I would also like to thank the many volunteers
who help deliver the newsletter each month and to our membership
I also want to thank you, the
residents of our community, for your continued support. Don’t be afraid to
come forward and volunteer on the executive. It is an enjoyable and
rewarding experience and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are
making a difference to your community.