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The Long Branch Neighbourhood Association AGM, which took place on Oct. 23, 2017 at the Long Branch Legion, went smoothly, and quickly.
Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn, who is also the Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, and the Minister of Housing, spoke briefly at the at the start of the meeting, as did Ward 6 Councillor Mark Grimes.
As well, James Maloney, MP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, who was unable to attend, sent his greetings and best wishes.
Value of community associations
MPP Milczyn spoke of the value of community associations such as the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association. He noted that when such associations make their views known, politicians pay attention. He said he was prepared to have his feet held to the fire!
Councillor Grimes also expressed his enthusiasm for the role that community associations can play in local communities – in Long Branch and also in other neighbourhoods across the Lakeshore, such as at Humber Bay Shores.
The Bylaws of the LBNA, which have been developed through extensive deliberations with input from many Long Branch residents, and a good number of meetings, were presented and approved.
As well, the seven Board candidates were introduced, and the majority of them (excluding a number who were unable to attend) introduced themselves with brief remarks. Each candidate spoke of the relevant experience and skills that she or he has, relating to the role that each candidate expected to play.
As a long-time Long Branch resident, I was super impressed with the breadth of professional and community-based experience – involving volunteer work in leadership positions in communities across the Greater Toronto Area – of each of the candidates.
The Board members were duly elected, as a slate of candidates.
Newly elected Board members Brian Liberty and Christine Mercado will serve as Co-Chairs of the Association.
The meeting went quickly, concluding with a Celebration (cake being served) and a chance for neighbours to catch up with each other, regarding the latest news updates and happenings.
A slide posted at the meeting highlights key issues for the Association:
- Airplane Noise
- Neighbourhood Planning and Development
- Tree Canopy Preservation and Enhancement
- Special Events and Social Activities
- Public Safety / Parking / Traffic / Transit
- Parks / Waterfront
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