President's Message

Kathi Loughran

President, West Rouge Community Association 

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I hope that everyone is doing well and had a good summer. This year I am feeling particularly grateful for all the positive things in my life, especially for living in this wonderful neighbourhood. I am thankful that I am fully vaccinated and that more local businesses have been able to reopen and serve the community.

 

I would like to extend my gratitude to the West Rouge Community Association’s group of dedicated volunteers, including the Board of Directors, Area Coordinators, and Street Captains, along with a few other volunteers who work behind the scenes. The Association would not be as strong as it is today without the commitment of these individuals who are so generous with their time.

 

A few of the WRCA’s long-standing Board members warrant recognition for their service. Ken Kuzmich, who was the former publisher of West Rouge Life (WRL) magazine, stepped down from his role this past spring. Ken was very invested in making the WRL magazine the best it could be and he was instrumental in transitioning the magazine to full colour.

 

Gita Viswanathan has served as the Director of Advertising for the WRL magazine. She will be stepping down from her role this fall. Gita has fostered amazing relationships with the WRCA’s advertisers and has made every effort to ensure that advertising revenues consistently exceed the production costs of the magazine.

 

Kevin Narraway has worn many hats for the Association and his leadership has benefited the community greatly. His roles have included Director of Crime and Safety, Director of Planning and Development, Vice President, President, and most recently Past President. In addition, he has managed the WRCA website and electronic sign on Island Road. Kevin will also be stepping down from the Board of Directors this fall.

 

Thank you to the new Board members who have graciously volunteered to take over the positions that have been held by Ken, Gita, and Kevin. I know they will do a great job. If you are interested in joining the WRCA’s team of dynamic and community-focused volunteers, I encourage you to reach out to me.

 

While many community events continue to be postponed, local advocacy efforts continue. The WRCA Board members have participated in virtual consultation meetings held by the City of Toronto regarding standardizing regulations and licensing for multi-tenant rooming houses, and a proposal to permit Garden Suites. A Garden Suite is a housing unit that is detached from the main house and is typically located in the rear yard.

 

Hopefully, pandemic restrictions will ease further, and local events and gatherings will be able to resume this fall. A7er the past year and a half that we have experienced, I’m sure we are all looking forward to opportunities to celebrate and have some fun.

 

Please feel free to contact me: loughrank@hotmail.com