Update and May 9, 2016 meeting invite from Brian Liberty of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association

The following message is from Brian Liberty of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association:

Greetings from Long Branch!

I hope you are enjoying the shift into Spring and are out appreciating many of the great things in the neighbourhood; the buds and blooms, migratory birds, yard sales, and more. I am pleased to be providing an (overdue) update on the progress being made with the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association.

Brian Liberty, Acting Chairperson, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association, photographed close to the Black Goat Cafe on Lake Shore Blvd. West to the west of Twenty Third St. Jaan Pill photo

Brian Liberty, Interim Chairperson, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association, photographed close to the Black Goat Cafe on Lake Shore Blvd. West to the west of Twenty Third St. Jaan Pill photo

In November, you attended the launch meeting – a first gathering to gauge interest and begin moving forward as a community on projects and ideas. What a turn out! As you saw, the meeting was well attended with over 110 Long Branch residents in the room and an additional 20 that had expressed interest but were not able to attend.

One week later in December, those that wished to take an active role in developing the association from the ground up, gathered again. I was gladly surprised to see another packed room with over 30 people (from all corners of the neighbourhood and skills backgrounds) willing to devote their time to actively work towards the formation of LBNA as the core ‘planning group’.

In the new year, this planning group has met on three other occasions at Humber College. The purpose of these meetings has been to develop a constitution/association bylaws, including a mission, objectives and other guiding principles. Proudly, the bylaw is nearing completion in time for the first ever LBNA Annual General Meeting to be held in the Fall!

Brian Liberty cycling by new Humber College Athletic Building under construction on north side of Lake Shore Blvd. West, at a location west of Twenty Third St. in Long Branch. Just before taking this photo, Jaan Pill met Hayley Ryerson, a local musician who had just met with Brian Liberty regarding planning for future musical events in Long Branch. Jaan Pill photo

Sunday, April 24, 2016: Brian Liberty cycling by new Humber College Athletic Building under construction on north side of Lake Shore Blvd. West near Twenty Third St. in Long Branch. Just before taking the photo, Jaan Pill spoke briefly at the sidewalk with Hayley Ryerson, a local musician who had just met with Brian Liberty regarding planning for future musical events at the Gazebo at Long Branch Park on the Lake Ontario shoreline. Jaan Pill photo

Key issues

Keeping in mind that an incorporated Long Branch Neighbourhood Association still has more ground to gain, the group recently focused the discussion around moving forward on key issues and activities affecting Long Branch in advance of the AGM. There are a significant number of people already working on issues.

A diverse list of Sub-Committees was introduced. They are:

o Resource

o Parks and Environment

o Communications

o Social/Digital Media and Website

o Fundraising

o Social and Special Events

o Building and Development

o Long Branch Culture and History

Meeting Invitation

Do you have a passion to put on a Long Branch event? Do you tell great stories of Long Branch years gone by? Are you interested in raising funds to assist the association in carrying out its activities?

On May 9th, there will be a working meeting open to all that wish to join a sub-committee in the interim. Come and join the conversation that excites (or frustrates) you the most.

Jaan Pill photo

Nov. 30, 2015 launch of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association. Upwards of 110 Long Branch residents attended the meeting and an additional 20 had expressed interest but were not able to attend. Jaan Pill photo

When: May 9, 2016 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Humber College (Lakeshore Campus) – Building A, Room A170 next to the large cafeteria (see link below for campus map). The south entrances to ‘A’ Building are most accessible from Twenty Third Street. It is the large two storey building (formerly a public school) adjacent to the parking lot on the south end of the Humber student residences. The lot is metered and you will need to check if payment is required at the time of parking.

Humber College Lakeshore Campus – Map

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or email [LongBranchTO@gmail.com].

We look forward to many great discussions at the roundtables.

Walking west along the Waterfront Trail during a May 6, 2012 Jane’s Walk in Long Branch. The walkers are heading in the direction of Applewood Creek in Mississauga. The trail that you see is where the southern branch of Etobicoke Creek used to flow – in a direction parallel to the trail, and south of it – on its way to Lake Ontario during the Country Cottage era. Mike Foley photo. For a longread draft of a history of Long Branch at the Preserved Stories website, click here.

Take care for now,

Brian Liberty
Interim Chairperson, Long Branch Neighbourhood Association
ph. 647-400-2047

[End of text from Brian Liberty]

Community mailing list

If you would like to be added to the community mailing list, please send an email to LongBranchTO@gmail.com. The website for the association is at www.longbranchto.ca.

Click here for previous posts about the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association >

 

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