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Posted April 2014



Natalie Spooner was born at Scarborough Centenary hospital in 1990.  Last month she won a gold medal in women’s hockey at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.  It continued a tradition of a Scarborough born women playing in the Olympic gold medal final since Women’s Hockey made its debut at the Nagano 1998 Games.


Natalie’s hockey story started on the backyard rink her father built and on the Rouge Marsh at the end of Lawrence Ave.  Her first organized season was with the Scarborough Hockey Association (SHA) house league.  Her career continued with the Durham West Lightning, Team Ontario, Ohio State Buckeyes, Toronto Furies and the Canadian National Team.


In April 2013 Natalie was selected to participate in the Hockey Canada centralization program which was to select the Women’s Olympic Team.  That meant a move to Calgary along with twenty six other hopefuls to live, train and prepare for the 2014 Games.  Known to be one of the most demanding training programs in the world, the preparations leading up to the Olympics included a six game series with the United States, a thirty-five game season in the Alberta midget league, international travel, inters-quad games and an intense workout regime.  All of this preparation leading to the goal of bringing home Gold in Sochi.


After a short stop in Austria the team arrived in Sochi on February 1st, a full week before their first game against Switzerland.  Natalie and new roommates Hayley Wickenheiser and Shannon Szabados marched in the Opening Ceremony, took pictures with the Olympic rings, and rode bikes through Olympic Park. 


When the hockey finally started Natalie got her Olympic tournament off to a strong start assisting on the Canada’s first goal en route to a 5-0 win.  Wins over Finland and the United States punched Canada’s ticket to a semi-final rematch with Switzerland.  At 7:29 of the first period Natalie scored her first Olympic goal, one that was assisted by Hayley Wickenheiser.  Canada ended the game with a 3-0 win, and Natalie with two goals. 


All of the training, travel, and hard work culminated in the gold medal final against the United States.  After going down 2-0, Canada pulled a stunning comeback scoring with 3 minutes left, 1 minute left and the winning goal in overtime.  That was followed by the medal ceremony where Natalie received her gold medal.  When asked for advice to young players starting their Olympic journey in Scarborough Natalie responded “Just go out there and try your best, keep playing hard and do everything they ask, and in the end, as long as you did your best, then you know you have no regrets, and whether you make it or not, you should be proud.”


Natalie will now continue her career with the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.  She is also planning a variety of upcoming events in Scarborough; stay tuned to her website NatalieSpooner.com for details. 

Posted April 2014



Winterfest 2014

By Barbara Broadley



Another successful Winterfest in Centennial!  Saturday, January 25th we held our outdoor event for the families of the Community.  The day started out very windy but by 11:00 am the winds had died down and the sun came out.  It wasn’t as cold as in previous weeks which was bearable!  The gym was rocking to the music of the bands, vocals and talented highland dancers.  You could enjoy a hot apple cider and hot chocolate and plenty to eat that was being BBQ’d outdoors.  There were many outdoor games, snowshoeing, mutt show, curling, bingo and face painting.  Being Canadian, we even had a good game of outdoor hockey!  We welcome our guests of the Pan AM bear mascot and the many clowns who made balloon animals.    The woodcarvers made wood buttons for everyone to wear.  Outside you could enjoy a taste of maple syrup on snow and playing a game of tic tac toe made out of ice!  I thank all our sponsors for without them this event would not happen.  Please support them in your daily outings.


Centennial Community & Recreation Association, West Rouge Sports & Recreation Association, Port Union Seniors, and City of Toronto – Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Community Partners

Tam Heather Curling Club, Muddy Paws & Nature's Variety Inc., TRCA, Rouge Valley Optimist, TD Canada Trust, RBC, Scotiabank, Highland Creek Community Association, West Rouge Community Association, Port Union Library, Scarborough Corps of Clowns, Toronto Police & Fire Services, Toronto EMS, Corneliu Chisu–MP, Tracy MacCharles-MPP, Councillor Ron Moeser, 4Life Foundation, & Marsman Music

A special thank you to all the volunteers and heads of committees for their commitment in supporting this event as they have spent many hours in making this happen. Thank you.




Posted Mar 2014


Tennis Anyone?

Here is What’s Happening at the West Rouge Tennis Club

(by Mary Soye, Secretary, West Rouge Tennis Club)


Have you ever driven by the West Rouge Community Centre between April and October and wondered what was happening under the bright lights of the tennis courts in the evenings? Well this is the West Rouge Tennis Club – a dynamic, community-based club, and home to people who love playing tennis in the great outdoors.


Monday evenings you will see the ladies’ and men’s house league doubles matches. Wednesday evenings we have mixed doubles on the courts. Many Tuesday nights you will see some of our more experienced players hosting other Scarborough teams in a league that is part of the Scarborough Tennis Federation (STF). West Rouge has three different levels of teams in this league – some more competitive than others! And you might just see us playing in the Mixed Luck of the Draw tournament, a fun annual event that sparks some spirited tennis. But the real competition takes place later in the season at the club championships!


Don’t let the competition scare you off, though. The club also offers beginner clinics run by our pro for adult non-members (beginner members are also encouraged to attend) on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 in May and June. Here you can learn (or re-learn) the basics. You are sure to meet up with other players at your level and you can arrange games with them.


Our junior program is a great way for children under the age of 18 to get involved in tennis – a sport that incorporates both mental and physical exercise. From May 2 to May 31, all juniors have five free lessons with our club pro on Saturdays and there are five organized junior drop-in session on Wednesday afternoons in May and June from 5:00 to 6:00. We’d like to see more juniors on our courts learning to love the game and play it throughout their lives, and who knows? Your child might be the next Milos or Eugenie! Find out by signing them up. And consider signing up with them. Tennis is a great way to spend healthy, active family time, right here in the neighbourhood.


In addition to court time, the club hosts a number of social events throughout the season, including an opening day barbeque, a Family Day event, a mid-winter wine and cheese evening, an Ironman/Ironwoman challenge that involves golf, tennis and a barbeque, and to round off the season, a house league dinner and awards night.


You have to be a member to play on our courts (except Saturday and Sunday afternoons between 4:00 and 6:00when they are open to the public and at the Wednesday beginner clinics), so sign up now! You can find the application form online at www. westrougetennisclub.com and at the WRCC reception desk. We would love to have you and your family join us at the West Rouge Tennis Club!



Posted Dec 2013


4Life Foundation to host Ball Hockey Tourney at Winterfest 2014


4Life Foundation (4LF) has spent years working with young and old, rich and poor individuals and families from over sixty cultural and religious backgrounds. The foundation is devoted to building bridges within local communities. 4LF has developed and sustained great relationships with a wide variety of governmental, private and corporate organizations.

Since 2007, Joseph Khargie has been the Program Director at the 4life Foundation and has volunteered his time to help youth in the community. He has taken 4LF to another level, specifically in Scarborough, expanding various sports mentorship programs in schools to reach youth and help them to find a sense of belonging and purpose. The foundation has been working closely with 43 Division Toronto Police to enhance community safety.

4Life Foundation  recently partnered with two senior homes, Extendicare Guildwood and ChartwellGuildwood to work with the elderly that have Alzheimer’s. The Music Memory program connects youth and seniors together through music. Youth DJs from Sir Robert L. Borden BTI are willingly devoting their time to assist in enriching the lives of the elderly. Due to the success of the program, all Extendicare’s will be incorporating the program Province wide in the near future. (see YouTube video 4LF Music Memory).

This year, Joseph is leading a youth committee with CCRA members, Jake Forsyth and Dania Ansari to engage youth in the Centennial area. The committee plans to run a ball hockey tournament at the upcoming Winterfest on January 25th, and is looking for teams of four players, including a goalie, co-ed teams welcome. The tournament will have two divisions, 11-14 years old and 15-17 years old. Deadline to register your team is January 15th, 2014.

To sign your ball hockey team up for the Winterfest tournament, email your team members' full names, ages and emails to dania.ansari23@gmail.com. For information about 4Life Foundation, contact Joseph at josephkhargie@gmail.com, or visit www.4LifeFoundation.org


"Sign your ball hockey team up for Winterfest today! We are looking for teams of four players, including a goalie. Co-Ed teams are welcome. There will be two divisions, 11-14 years old and 15-17 years old. Deadline to register is Jan.15th 2014. Prizes to be won!


Please email your team member's full names, ages and emails to Dania.ansari23@gmail.com"

Posted Nov 2013



Animal Proofing Your Home

By Nicole Corrado

As winter approaches, animals get ready to deal with the cold.  For some animals, this means moving into our living space.  Here are some tips to animal proof your home.

● Block all holes in your home with steel wool.  Then board the hole up.  (Make sure you don't leave animals inside.)

● Put metal screens around all openings (vents, eaves-troughs, gutters, chimneys, window wells, etc).

● Replace all worn shingles.  If possible, replace the shingles with aluminum.

● Trim trees back at least 5 metes back from roof edges.

● Loosely wrap trees with heavy gauge wire.

● To deter beavers, mix non-toxic paint with sand, and paint it on trees.

● Remove TV antennae, or wrap sheet metal around them 1.3 metres high, and buried 15 cm into the ground.

●To keep rabbits out of a garden, build a fence 1 meter high, and buried 15 cm deep.

● Keep compost and garbage inaccessible.  Make sure your compost has a locking lid.  Put meat scraps in the green bin, not the composter, and only put your green bin out the morning of pickup.  If this is not possible, purchase a raccoon proof lock for the green bin.   (Businesses may purchase a bear proof dumpster, which also keeps out raccoons and mice.) Animal proof metal bins by putting a bungee cord through the side and top handles.  Do not overfill any kind of bin.

● Never feed wildlife.  (Birds are an exception.)  Animals can't distinguish between friendly and unfriendly people, and may even bite.

● Squirrel proof your bird feeder, and place a tray under it to collect seeds, which attract mice.

● Dig a 20 cm trench around your house, shed and porch, and line it with galvanized steel in an L shape, away from the building.

● To keep rodents out, place spiky pigeon barriers around the perimeter of all outside walls of buildings.

● Other rodent deterrents include mint, blood meal, sound devices (too high for humans to hear), and predator scent.

● To keep mice out of cupboards, place all dry foods in sealed plastic or metal containers.  Clean any crumbs off the floor immediately.

● Pick up all fallen fruit from your lawn, and remove pumpkins after you are finished with them.  (Fruit attracts raccoons and coyotes.)

● Mow your lawn, and remove all clutter, which attracts rodents.

● To deter animals, set a radio on a 24 hour talk station, and leave it on in areas where you want animals to leave.

● Live traps can be rented or purchased, but care should be taken to not leave baby animals behind.  Bear in mind too, that house mice can't survive temperatures under -10
, and rats can't survive temperatures of under -18, since they are non-native.  Additionally, native mammals can't be legally relocated more than 1 km in Ontario without permission from the Ministry of Natural Resources.  Before live trapping animals, check with the Toronto Wildlife Centre.

● If hiring a wildlife removal company, ask first to make sure they use humane, non-lethal methods.  Harmful or lethal controls of wildlife (including rodents) always backfires, encouraging more intensive breeding and immigration to replace deceased animals.  A company should know enough about the wildlife they are dealing with to handle animals humanely.

● If you find an orphaned, injured, sick, or abused wild animal, contact the Toronto Wildlife Centre at 416-631-0662, or www.torontowildlifecentre.com.

To learn more about urban wildlife, contact the Toronto Wildlife Centre, the Toronto Humane Society, or the Ontario SPCA.  I would also recommend reading Wild Neighbors: A Humane Approach to Dealing With Wildlife (Washington D.C,: Humane Society Press, 2007, John Hadidian, editor).

If we take the time to learn about urban wildlife, then we can live in peace with each other.


Nicole Corrado is a nature artist with an interest in urban wildlife. You can view more of her art at www.nicolecorradoart.wordpress.com.


Posted Sept 2013 2013



Miller Lash House

As reported in June, the Highland Creek Heritage Day held on Saturday June 8th, was combined with U of T’s 100th anniversary celebration at the Miller Lash House.  This house is located on U of T Scarborough campus property off Old Kingston Road adjacent to Colonel Danforth Park.  Each Thursday evening during the summer a pub night was held at the Miller Lash House.  The last night was Thursday August 15th.  This was a new venture for U of T.  The location of the house is unique and the setting is spectacular.  Food was reasonably priced and good.  From reports I understand U of T will be opening up the house next summer with perhaps more nights available.  Watch for an announcement next spring.




Posted May 2013

This year, our Spring membership campaign will not be canvassing door-to-door. Instead, we are asking you to join or renew your annual membership by mail or on our website. 

CCRA would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who have contributed their time in past years, canvassing neighbours throughout the community. You have been an essential part in the growth and longevity of our Association.


What does my membership do?

Annual membership campaigns raise thousands of dollars for the community. Your membership fees are used within the Centennial neighbourhood to sponsor activities and events for all ages.

CCRA partners with groups like Scouts Canada, Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate, neighbouring West Rouge and Highland Creek community associations, as well as the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Just some of the events supported by your membership fees are Highland Creek Heritage Day, Winterfest, Earth Day, Summer Concert Series, CPLC Annual Picnic, Charlottetown French Award and the Bill Dempsey and Mowat Scholarships.


Are you a member of CCRA?  5 reasons to join:


Community development

CCRA represents the Centennial community in issues of local planning and development. We have been an active voice in preserving public park space, the creation of Adams Park and William Alexander Dempsey Echo Park, lobbying for the Waterfront Trail, Port Union Village Common and the conservation of Centennial Creek, among many other achievements.

Community events

CCRA is actively involved in the organization and sponsorship of special events like Earth Day, Summer Concerts in the Park, Heritage Day, Winterfest and the Waterfront Festival. We sponsor sports clubs, school events and activities, the Bill Dempsey Scholarship and awards for academic excellence and community involvement.

Community news

CCRA keeps you informed through our newsletter 10 months of the year, delivering to the entire community. CCRA news shares news and issues of interest to Centennial and the surrounding neighbourhoods, and gives voice to community and elected representatives.

Community website

ccranews.com is our online resource for community information, history and resources, with up-to-date news and events for Centennial and beyond.

Community representation

CCRA provides community representation to all levels of government.