President, West Rouge Community Association
What a strange year it’s been! The pandemic has changed our lives in countless ways. Lots of people have been using this time to tackle projects around the house and to clean, purge and organize, as I have done. Many community members have also been spending time enhancing their yards.
It has been amazing to see our community come together during this difficult and unusual time. Solidarity has been demonstrated through lawn signs thanking front line workers, painted rocks with inspiring images and messages, and neighbours helping each other with errands and by sharing essential supplies. We will get through this pandemic together by continuing to show kindness and concern for everyone in our community.
While most community events have been cancelled, West Rouge Community Association (WRCA) Board members have continued to work on behalf of the West Rouge community. We have collaborated with neighbouring community groups to write letters and a media release expressing our opposition to the Large-Scale Waste Processing and Bio-Gas Plant proposed for 633 Coronation Drive. Our concerns include the anticipated level of emissions, increased truck traffic and noise. This proposal will be before the Environmental Registry Office of Ontario until October. For updates about this proposal, refer to our website.
Additionally, WRCA Board members have participated in a number of discussions with Metrolinx about the closure of access at Chesterton Shores to the Waterfront Trail that occurred in September. We continue to advocate for alternate access to the Waterfront Trail, as well as increased safety measures for residents who now access the Trail through the GO station parking lot.
I would like to take the opportunity to express gratitude to one of our long-standing Board members, Anne Garland. Anne recently resigned from the WRCA Board of Directors, after serving as secretary for the past five years. Anne has been a dedicated Board member and she approached every situation with a smile. Everyone always looked forward to her delicious contributions to our volunteer appreciation events. We thank you, Anne, for everything you have done over the years to support the association and our community.
As I mentioned in the previous issue of West Rouge Life, WRCA is always looking for additional volunteers. We strive to have the WRCA Board of Directors reflect the diversity in our neighbourhood. If you are interested in giving back to our community, please contact me via email at email@example.com and we can discuss ways that you can become involved.
Hopefully next year we will be able to participate in all the wonderful community events that make our neighbourhood such a special place. In the meantime, continue to enjoy time spent with loved ones, be it virtually or in person. Be well!