President, West Rouge Community Association
I want to wish everyone a happy spring and hope 2022 brings you good health, prosperity, and joy. As the changing season signifies transformation, the West Rouge Community Association (WRCA) has also experienced some recent changes. I have been elected as the new President of the WRCA. My name is Reza Khoshdel and I have called West Rouge home for six years, proudly serving on the Board since 2019. As a lifelong Scarborough resident, my wife and I chose West Rouge to raise our young family because of its abundance of natural beauty and strong sense of community. We feel grateful to call West Rouge our home and it is my honour to serve as your President to make our shared community even better.
I would like to thank Kathi Loughran, who has tirelessly served as WRCA’s President for the past two years. The pandemic has presented numerous challenges for every organization and she did a tremendous job leading our association through many difficult and uncertain situations. We are lucky to have Kathi continue to serve on the WRCA Board of Directors as Past President.
I also want to thank all the WRCA Board of Directors for their hard work and dedication. It is truly inspiring to work alongside neighbours with a deeply rooted passion in seeing their community prosper.
The WRCA’s mission is to serve the diverse needs of our community in a variety of ways: a) we advocate for the preservation of the natural elements of our community; b) we advocate for responsible growth and development by working with all levels of government; and c) we strive to keep you informed about local events, groups, or social causes. We strive to be your voice and will always work hard to have your best interests at heart.
As a local community organization, we strive to keep our members informed about local issues and we do so using a variety of methods including West Rouge Life Magazine; our website (www.westrouge.org); on Facebook (www.facebook.com/westrougca), our monthly email newsletters; or our electronic sign located on Island Road (beside No Frills).
Although we have been unable to physically gather as much as we would like, our community has collectively shown great resilience and spirit throughout this pandemic. I remain hopeful that we will have more opportunities to gather in person as a community in 2022.
There are two projects that I want to highlight. The Rouge Beach Improvement Project, managed by Parks Canada, will aim to connect Rouge Beach to the existing mast trail. The Detailed Impact Assessment was released in February and the WRCA will continue to work with Parks Canada to advocate for the best interests of residents, the ecological integrity of the park, and to ensure our collective voices are heard. Another important capital project is the widening of Port Union Road, scheduled to begin construction in spring 2022. The final design will incorporate two lanes of vehicle traffic and a separate/elevated bike lane on each side of Port Union Road. These long awaited improvements will undoubtedly improve the flow of traffic and increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The West Rouge Community Association would not be possible without the dedicated commitment and efforts of our volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering your time and giving back to your community, please feel free to contact me by email. We have a variety of roles that may be of interest to you.
In conclusion, I want to encourage everyone who has yet to purchase their $15 annual membership to do so, and I thank those who have already renewed for their continued support. Your membership contributions are invested directly in our community and help fund the work of the association, which include aiding local events and initiatives in West Rouge.