I cannot believe that this is already the month of September and another summer has come and gone! I hope that you and your families enjoyed the summer and you spent quality time together. School has started for the children so please drive carefully. Remember that the stretch along Bloor Street in front of St. Clement School is a 40 km zone during parts of the day. Please be aware of the flashing sign that indicates when this speed limit is enforced.
During the summer season (July and August), the MWHA does not meet as a Board and no newsletter is published. However, there are always issues which occur which require monitoring or action. The Board and I are actively involved in these issues even in the summer and we are in constant communication with each other. We are now ready to start the new season. We will again start to meet once a month and publish the Marklander each month as well.
The proposed condo development at 240 Markland Drive is still an issue for our community although no new information has come forward during the summer. We are awaiting the City Planning Department’s response to the application put in by the Developer earlier this year. We will keep you informed of any news that comes along. Our Annual General Meeting in October will likely centre around this project so you will want to keep that evening open. Councillor Holyday is also monitoring this situation on our behalf and will contact the MWHA as soon as he is made aware of new issues or developments.
As we head into a Federal Election, the MWHA will be hosting a Federal Candidates’ Meeting at St. Clement Catholic Church Hall on October 5th from 7 to 9 p.m. Please mark this event in your calendars. This will give you an excellent opportunity to hear and meet the Candidates running in our riding. To date, all candidates have been invited.
Our monthly “Circle of Friends” Sunday breakfast will resume on October 25th. Please come and reconnect with your Markland Wood neighbours and friends and share your fond memories of the summer.
The fall season brings out our hardy volunteers who will come knocking at your door very soon to collect your membership fee of $20 for the 2015/2016 year. If you prefer, you may mail in your payment. Cut out the section on page 4 and mail it in along with your cheque. You may also use PayPal. We thank you for your support.
The MWHA would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting to be held on October 28th. More details about the AGM will follow in the October issue. In addition, we would like to invite you to our Harvest Social to take place on Friday, October 2nd at the Markland Wood Golf Club. Our social committee has planned a great evening of fun and entertainment, so please come out and support this annual event!
Each spring the MWHA offers the Grade 12 students of Markland Wood the opportunity to apply for the Youth Community Leadership Award. This year we had seven outstanding candidates apply. During the summer, the selection committee had the difficult task of picking the two winners. The MWHA would like to offer its sincerest congratulations to Rachel Troke and Emma Czernuszka…well done! Rachel is a third generation resident of Markland Wood. She is very excited to start the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Trent University. She hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner and work in Paediatric Oncology. Emma is enrolled in the Life Sciences program at McMaster University in Hamilton and will also be representing McMaster on their varsity soccer team. We also want to wish the other candidates all the very best as they enter the next phase of their academic careers.
That is all the news from the summer! Enjoy the beautiful colours of the autumn season.
See you next month,
Georgina Balascas, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association