Spring greetings to all!
This wonderful season is finally here! What a joy it is to see the gardens of Markland Wood blossoming with colour! As
everyone knows, the Markland spring rite includes our Annual Garage Sale. This year it will take place on May 28th. This will give you an opportunity to get rid of items that you no longer want or need. I know someone else will appreciate them!
The MWHA is a volunteer organization that works on behalf of the community. In the fall we collect annual membership dues of $20 per household to help support initiatives such as the Christmas Caravan, The Marklander, Markland Watch, our Website, the Annual Garage Sale, the Leadership Award, and many other initiatives that may come up throughout the year...
...In addition, we advocate for the community by working with government officials at all levels. The two main issues that currently impact our community are airport noise and increased night flights at the GTAA and the proposed development at 240 Markland Drive. We cannot do all the things I mentioned above without your financial support and we sincerely thank you for that.
Our fiscal year comes to an end on June 30th, but there are still some households that have not had the opportunity to pay their membership dues for this year or have simply forgotten. We would like to give you this opportunity during the week of May 30th. A Director from the MWHA will be contacting you during that week and we would really appreciate it if you would be prepared to pay your dues when they visit. Our sincerest thanks for your support!
The MWHA was recently informed by the Planning Department for the City of Toronto that the developer for 240 Markland Drive will be submitting a new formal application in June of this year. This will be followed by a community meeting in the fall organized by the Planning Department to inform the residents and give them the opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns. When we were told about this, the 240 Committee of the MWHA immediately met with Councillor Holyday and representatives of the Planning Department to express our concerns and dismay. The members of the committee have not seen the new design. As soon as the formal application is submitted to the Planning Department, we will have access to it and we will share that with you. If the new application is submitted in late June by the developer, we will have to share that with you through an email blast and the Markland Wood website as the Marklander is not
published during the summer.
There is a very important article that has been published in this Marklander that outlines the history of this proposal and what the MWHA has been doing to influence the decision-makers. Please take the time to read this. I would like to thank the members of the committee and especially Patrick Clifford, the chair of this committee for his tireless work on this portfolio.
Every spring, the MWHA offers the students who reside in Markland Wood the opportunity to apply for the Youth Community Leadership Award. This scholarship is for students who will be attending college or university in the fall of 2016. If you would like to apply for this award, please follow the instructions as outlined in this issue of the Marklander. Good luck to all the applicants!
Enjoy all the activities that spring offers us! We’ll be in touch again in June.
Until next time,
Georgina Balascas, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association
MWHA Officials Win 2015
January 10th, 2016
We are pleased to inform you that three of your MWHA Board members have been selected for the 2015 Community Service Award, offered by the office of Yvan Baker, your Etobicoke Centre MPP. The Award is for significant service to the community. The Board members are Richard Boehnke, Saulius Brikis and Roma Donatelli. They were selected in an open nomination process from all across Etobicoke Centre for their work in monitoring, on behalf of the community, the GTAA and Pearson Airport operations, specifically in 2015, for campaigning hard here in Etobicoke and in Ottawa for protection of our families from an increase in night flights. Their efforts have been recognized as benefitting not only our Markland community, but the whole of Etobicoke Centre (as well as Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Etobicoke North and a number of Mississauga ridings), all affected by airport operations.
Due to their tireless efforts, GTAA airport officials, the Minister of Transport and other government officials in Ottawa are well aware of these three Markland officials, of your Markland Wood Homeowners Association and their dogged commitment to the community on this issue. This Award is yet another example of the quiet work of your MWHA, often unknown by Markland residents, to protect and enhance the quality of life we all enjoy. Our sincere congratulations to Roma, Richard and Saulius!