Markland Wood | Community Established in 1960


President's Update

Written by Georgina Balascas, President MWHA on .

Georgina Balascas

Hello Again!

Now that daylight savings time is gone, it is a sure sign that winter is almost here! But who would believe those wonderful warm temperatures that we had the first week of November! What a pleasure! Now if only we could keep it that warm for the rest of the winter season! Is it obvious I am not a winter person?

Darkness now falls very early each evening, so please be careful walking and driving and heed the signs you may have seen on people’s lawns that say “Please Slow Down.” Making “Slow Down” lawn signs available to members of the public is an initiative of the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division through the Fall Safety Awareness Campaign. Councillor Holyday has provided these signs for our community. They are available to each household, free of charge. We still have a few of them available, so if you would like one please email Anna Schaefer at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one will be dropped off at your home. Thank you to those residents who have already placed one on their lawns. We may use the signs until November 30th and then we can use them again next spring, starting April 1st. We are hoping that these signs may decrease some of the speeding that occurs on our streets.

On Wednesday, October 28th, we held our Annual General Meeting. The MWHA would like to thank the residents who attended that evening. It was an excellent turnout! There were two presentations that evening that were very informative. The project directors from Toronto Hydro gave us an update on the work that is taking place in Markland Wood. As each new phase is ready to begin, they will hold a public meeting for those residents involved. The second presentation was given by an inspector from the City of Toronto Forest Health Care, Urban Forestry Department. He talked about the ash trees that have become infected with the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). He emphasized the fact that the infected trees must be removed and he reminded the residents that ash trees on your property that have been affected by the emerald ash borer can become a safety hazard and you are responsible for dealing with the hazard effectively. He also recommended that a professional tree care
service be used if trees on your property have to be removed.

The new slate of Officers/Directors of the MWHA for the 2015-2016 year were affirmed by the membership at the AGM. I would like to thank Michael Georgopoulos for taking on the role of acting Vice-President. Bri Lucas will continue to be the Secretary and Michele Maher is staying on as Treasurer. Anna Schaefer will continue as Past President and as the Editor of The Marklander. Thank you to the Officers for their service to the Board. I am returning as President for the second of a three year term. You will find the full list of MWHA Directors and Associates on this page. Thank you to all of them for offering their time, talent and expertise to continue to help make our community the great place that it is!

Each December the Markland Wood Community shows its spirit of compassion by participating in our annual Christmas Caravan organized by Martin Ross. Our sincerest thanks to Martin for his years of dedication to this event. On Sunday, December 13th, we will be making our way through the community to pick up your non-perishable food items or gently used clothing. You may leave them on your porch and our wonderful volunteers will pick them up. We would love you to join us if you can, even for half a day. Please meet us at the Markland Plaza at 8:45 a.m. that morning and join Santa’s merry band.

We are continuing to collect our membership dues of $20.00. Hopefully one of our Directors or Associates has already knocked on your door. However, if you haven’t had the opportunity to pay at the door, you may cut out the section on page 4 and mail it in or use PayPal at We would appreciate all dues to be in by November 30th. Thank you for your generous support of the MWHA.

I think I have finally finished this update!! A lot to talk about this month. Hope to see you at the November 22nd “Circle of Friends” Breakfast at the golf club.

Looking forward to chatting with you next month.

With warm regards,
Georgina Balascas, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association