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President's Update

Written by Anna Schaefer, President MWHA on .

Anna Schaefer, MWHA President

Dear Residents,

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Anna Schaefer and I am your new MWHA
President. Well, not new really... I’ve been on this Board for 17 years and I served as President from 2011 to 2014. I would like to thank Georgina for the last 3 years of her presidency. She was an amazing leader and accomplished so much for our community. Fortunately, she is now my Vice President and I am looking forward to continue working with her.

On October 26th, we hosted our first-ever virtual AGM. I must say, it was a great
success! Thank you to all of you who attended. I would also like to welcome two new Associates to our Board: Kevin Crigger and Jacquie Bradley-Zubac. 

The past nine months have been challenging, to say the least. At the start of the pandemic, Covid-19 seemed to bring people together but I find now we are all feeling frustrated, anxious, worried and short-tempered. I myself wake up each morning wondering what the day will bring, what new restrictions will be enforced, what new number of cases will be reported and which mask will I wear to conquer the day? So, in order to bring some joy and “normalcy” into our lives, let’s take advantage of the unseasonably warmer weather and let’s light up Markland Wood for Christmas! If you’ve never hung Christmas lights outside, this is the year to do it. There is nowhere to go right now to enjoy the festive sights, why not bring Christmas to each other?

Your MWHA has been working diligently, as always, even during this pandemic. We meet virtually every month. We managed to collect our Membership Dues even without going door-to-door and for this I thank our residents who made the effort to pay their $20.

Last month we started delivering the Marklander again. Our Christmas Caravan Chair, Marty Ross, is doing his best to make Caravan happen this year. Our Safety Committee Chair, Michael Georgopoulos, organized a “Walk the Beat” last weekend with our community liaison officers. Alongside the continuous work of the Board, you will see in this newsletter that we have some very dedicated residents who have taken their own initiative in helping others. Please see pages ?? for more information on the Sandwich Sisters and the GTA West Shoe Box Project.

As you all know, the 240 Markland Drive Proposed Development has been one of our biggest issue as an Association. We have always been concerned about the precedent this new development would impose on our neighbourhood. Needless to say, we have been informed of a new development at 4340 Bloor Street West (Bloordale Apartments across the street from McDonald’s). They are proposing a 16-storey building facing Millwood Park, a 4-storey building with individual unit entrances along the ground floor to front Mill Road and a new underground parking garage accessed from Bloor Street West.

We have been in contact with the City and although they have not received an application as of yet, it is imminent. We hope to know more about this in the next few months and I will report back to you.

Enjoy the rest of November and remember to light up MW! By the way, next time you are driving up Mill Road, north of Bloor Street, beware... there is a photo radar camera and the City is warning the cameras will be active once in place with no grace period. Yikes!

Stay safe, stay well,
Anna Schaefer, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association