Greetings everyone and welcome back!
I hope you had a wonderful summer filled with many fond memories. September is here so we are officially going into the fall season with its rich display of colours and cooler evenings. It is hard to believe that the MWHA is entering its 57th year as an association. That is quite an accomplishment and we are very proud of that history. We can only continue to serve our community with your support and financial contribution. The collection of dues has started early this year. Please welcome one of our Directors or Associates who will personally be coming to your door to collect the fee of $20. There are other methods to pay your fees as well. You may pay using PayPal or via e-transfer.
The Association has several committees that support the work of the MWHA, including Markland Watch, Airport Committee and the committee that is involved with the development at 240 Markland Drive. The Association and its committee members are all volunteers that devote an incredible amount of time and energy to issues that are of importance to our community. The Marklander and the email blasts are two very important avenues that we use to keep the residents informed.
We have many new families that have moved into the community. We would like to welcome them and hope that they will enjoy Markland Wood as much as we do. If you happen to be a neighbour, please encourage them to get involved in our community. This will be a busy fall for the MWHA. We have several events that are coming up. First of all, we will be holding Family Fun Day this weekend (September 15th) between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Clement Church. This will give everyone an opportunity to meet their neighbours.
On September 26th, the MWHA is hosting an All-Candidates evening for those individuals who are running for office in the upcoming Municipal Elections. At the time of writing this article, the number of Councillors had been reduced. This event will give us the opportunity to hear the candidates who are running in our new combined ward. It is important that we all attend so we may make an informed decision about the election of our new Councillor and Trustees. This evening will be held in the Parish Hall of St. Clement Church on Markland Drive. We are so grateful for St. Clement’s accommodation of our many activities!
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on October 29th at the Markland Wood Golf Club at 7:00 p.m. Please mark that date on you calendars. Details will follow next month. As many of you may be aware, we have entered into the arbitration process for the proposed development at 240 Markland Drive. On August 13th we had a prehearing meeting with the tribunal for the LPAT or what was formally called the OMB. Our case will go before the Board in September 2019. However, there will be a great deal of work to do before then. We will keep you informed as we move along the process.
Although I was away for a large part of the summer, I was certainly kept informed about the events in our city. I was shocked and disturbed by the senseless violence that occurred on the Danforth. Once again we will enlarge our “circle of friends” to include the families and the victims of this tragedy.
I am looking forward to another exciting year for the MWHA and our community. I hope to see you at one of our events.
Until next time,
Georgina Balascas, President