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President's Update

Written by Georgina Balascas, President MWHA on .

Georgina Balascas

Greetings and best wishes for 2016!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season! I can’t believe another year has come and gone but a new year always brings with it the anticipation of new beginnings, hopes and dreams! Let’s hope 2016 brings with it a strong sense of hope for the future!

Last fall, “Please Slow Down” signs were made available to our community and many of us placed them on our lawns. It is time now to remove these signs and store them for the winter so they will not be damaged by the snow. We will have the opportunity to use these signs again starting April 1st until November 30th. Thank you to those residents who placed these signs on their lawns last year. We will need them again in the spring!

The MWHA Board meets monthly to discuss issues and make decisions. To accomplish much of the work that is necessary, the Board has established subcommittees. I would like to give you a brief overview of the work that the subcommittees of the MWHA Board are currently doing...

The Airport Committee has already been in touch with our new MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj to discuss the issue of the increase in night flights. This committee is in the process of organizing a formal meeting with the MP and will report the outcome of that meeting in the Marklander. The members of this committee also attend the monthly meetings of CENAC at the GTAA. You have often read of the work of this committee in past issues of the Marklander. The chair of this committee is Richard Boehnke.

The 240 Markland Drive Proposed Development Committee is in regular communication with Councillor Holyday and the Planning Department for the City of Toronto. The committee is constantly monitoring the situation and will report back to the community when any news concerning this major issue comes to their attention. The chair of this committee is Patrick Clifford.

Last month, the Board established a third subcommittee: the Governance Committee to review, revise, and create new Standard Operating Procedures for the Board. This committee will also be reviewing the various policies of the Board including what should or should not be included in the Marklander. The editor of the Marklander and I often receive several requests for different articles to be published in our newsletter. Currently there is no clear policy to help us make that determination. To those residents who have made a request to include an article in the Marklander, we thank you for your patience and understanding while we go through the process of creating this new policy. We will inform you when this policy is written and approved by the Board. The chair of this new committee is our VP, Michael Georgopoulos.

All committees report back to the Board at its monthly meetings. I would like to thank the members of these committees for their hard work and dedication.

On Sunday, January 31st, we are having the first “Circle of Friends” Breakfast for 2016 at the Markland Wood Golf Club at 10:30 a.m. This is an enjoyable way to reconnect with neighbours and friends after the holiday season. We would love to see all of you who have attended the breakfast in the past to join us again and bring your neighbours and friends. I have certainly enjoyed meeting so many of you at this event. Please see the notice below for further details and reserve your place!

We are starting early this year to encourage all children 10 years of age and under to participate in the Marklander Cover Contest for spring! Please submit your drawings no later than February 29th. Please read further in this issue for more details. Spring is only two months away! I guess that indicates to me that I have to go now and take down my Christmas lights!!

I will certainly miss the beautiful displays of lights throughout Markland Wood that I enjoyed as I walked through the community in the evening. It made the dark winter evenings so much more bearable!

Take care until next month,
Georgina Balascas, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association