Markland Wood | Community Established in 1960

President's Update


Hi everyone!

This time of year, I can almost feel people urging things along to see that final break in the weather and the first signs of the early flowers poking their heads out of the soil. It is coming, almost any day now.

I want to start this month by talking to you about the MWHA dues we collect each year. Each of the Directors on your MWHA Board picks up one Route Book in the Fall to begin the collection process. Each Book has all the houses listed for usually 3 streets adjacent to each other. The Director comes to your front door and seeks to make a personal connection with you. While residents can pay by PayPal or by dropping a cheque for $20 into Directors’ mailboxes, this is one of the few opportunities Board members have to speak with you about your issues. The Director asks whether your listed phone number is still correct and if you would mind giving your email address for our records. This is important to ensure emergency Blasts sent out via our website get to as many residents as possible. We are still collecting this year. We know that each year new people move into our wonderful neighbourhood, people who as yet may not know about the dues collection and what the MWHA does for the community. If you know of neighbours or friends in Markland who are new, ask them on our behalf if they have paid their dues. If not, they can drop a cheque or cash payment into my mailbox at 25 Thicket Road, with their ad-dress and name clearly visible. We will ensure it gets to the Membership Committee. If you have not paid your dues please drop it in my mailbox as well. We need to make sure we can afford to continue the long list of activities we finance for the community. Please help us collect from every Marklander this and every year.

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One Brave Night - Walk Around The Markland Wood Circle

on Friday, 24 March 2017.

One Brave Night - Walk Around The Markland Wood Circle

Markland Shines a Light for Mental Health Fundraiser & Community Walk

SAVE THE DATE – Friday, April 7th, 2017

Markland Shines a Light on Mental Illness – Please sign up today and join our community in raising awareness and financial support to defeat mental illness.

After a successful first year, the Markland Shines a Light challenge is back! CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health is challenging all Canadians to share one night in solidarity with – and to inspire hope for those with mental illness.


Markland Shines a Light on Mental Illness – Please sign up today and join our community in raising awareness and financial support to defeat mental illness.

After a successful first year, the Markland Shines a Light challenge is back! CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health is challenging all Canadians to share one night in solidarity with – and to inspire hope for those with mental illness.

One Brave Night 2017

What are we asking you to do?

  • Go online now to The Markland Shines A Light team page at www.onebravenight/MarklandShinesALight to join the team and get started
  • Step up and support a friend, colleague, family member or team online
  • Mark your calendars for Friday April 7th and bring your family and friends out to walk the Markland circle together. Walking will start at 7:00 pm at Silverthorn – near football field 
  • Take on a personal mental health challenge and ask friends or family to support you or join in.
  • Share your inspiration for stepping up and staying up.
  • Raise funds to support those living with mental illness. The more we raise, the bigger the impact we’ll have.

At the end, join Canadians from coast to coast to coast with a #OneBraveSelfie to commemorate an inspiring night and the difference you made.

DID YOU KNOW…

  • In any given year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction.
  • In any given week, at least 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems – it is the number one cause of workplace disability in Canada. 
  • According to the World Health Organization, depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • 70% of mental illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
  • Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.
  • After accidents, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10-24.

We can make a difference as a community!

On Friday April 7th, Marklanders are encouraged to walk the Markland circle together as a community to raise awareness, raise funds, and connect with our neighbours and show support for reducing the stigma around mental health and encouraging greater awareness and support for those suffering from mental illness.

We will gather in the vicinity of the Silverthorn Collegiate football field and begin our walk at 7:00 pm. This year’s event will be more low key than last year. We don’t expect to have a kick off at the football field like last year but anticipate a simpler gathering. You are welcome to join in at any time anywhere on the circle. Please visit us online to join the Markland Shines a Light team, to reach out to your friends and family and to raise funds that are so needed.

Last year the Markland Shines a Light group raised over $17,000 for mental health.

In its first two years, CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health™ has rallied 3,500 brave participants and more than 15,000 donors, raising more than $1.5 million. The efforts of participants and donors have helped:

  • Create three new youth clinics to help address the gap in mental health treatment.
  • Inspire hope through discovery by testing new treatment options for people with severe and treatment-resistant depression.
  •  Publish over 500 journal articles, sharing the incredible discoveries made at CAMH.
  • Continue to redevelop CAMH facilities to build treatment, education and research spaces that reflect respect for patients and hope for recovery.
  • Expand effective and timely access to mental health services in remote and underserved communities around the country through technology and access to telepsychiatry.

Please join us! The first step is to go online now to The Markland Shines A Light team page at www.onebravenight/MarklandShinesALight and sign up and / or donate.


If you are interested in helping with organization, please email Marilyn Friedmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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