President, West Rouge Community Association
I want to wish everyone a happy spring! Just as spring signifies a time for regrowth and change in nature, the West Rouge Community Association (WRCA) has experienced some change recently. I have been elected as the new president of the WRCA. My name is Kathi Loughran. I have lived in the community for over a decade. I have been involved with the WRCA for over six years and I previously served as one of the association’s vice-presidents. I was originally drawn to this neighbourhood because of the abundance of parks and strong sense of community.
I would like to thank Kevin Narraway who has served as WRCA’s president for the past two years. Kevin will continue to serve on our board of directors as our past president. Kevin is incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable and I’m grateful that our community will continue to benefit from his leadership.
A unique aspect of our neighbourhood is that we have not one, but two amazing community associations run entirely by volunteers. The West Rouge Community Association works to preserve the natural elements of our community and advocates for responsible growth and development. We also support local events and organizations. I am proud of the work our association does to foster dialogue with various levels of government, keep abreast of local matters, and respond to questions and concerns from community members.
The WRCA strives to keep our members informed about local issues. We communicate using a variety of methods including West Rouge Life Magazine, our electronic sign on Island Road beside No Frills, our website, our Facebook page, and our e-mail newsletters.
The other volunteer association in our neighbourhood is West Rouge Sports and Recreation Association. This group hosts many events that are held in our community each year such as the Yuk Yuks dinner event and movie nights. These events help to bring our community together.
There are a few projects taking place this year in West Rouge that I would like to highlight. The first involves Parks Canada. Rouge Beach is part of Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP), which is operated by Parks Canada. Parks Canada would like to get feedback from our community about proposed plans for Rouge Beach and how this area will connect to the rest of RNUP. The WRCA will keep you informed about opportunities to provide feedback that will shape the future of RNUP.
Another exciting project that will affect our community this fall is the autonomous shuttle pilot. This pilot is being run by the City of Toronto, TTC, and Metrolinx. The shuttle will service a portion of our community during the morning and evening commute to facilitate access to and from the GO station.
All community members are encouraged to attend the WRCA’s annual general meeting on October 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm at West Rouge Community Centre. At the meeting, information will be shared about the business of the association during the year, and we will invite Toronto Police Services, 43 Division, to be our guest speaker.
The West Rouge Community Association is always looking for additional volunteers. The many positive effects that volunteering has on people’s physical and mental health have been well documented. If you are interested in volunteering with the WRCA, I encourage you to reach out to me via e-mail. Whether you are able to commit a little or a lot of time, we can find a role that suits you.
In closing, I want to remind everyone to buy or renew your $15 West Rouge Community Association membership for 2020. Thank you to everyone who has already paid their membership fee for this year. Membership fees support the work of the association such as funding local events and organizations. For information on how to become a WRCA member or renew your membership, refer to the membership section of our website.