TGCA President’s Message, January 2021

By Leslie DeGagne 

Happy New Year TGCA!!  

I was hoping to be able to update you on all the new positive happenings in and around our centre but as things go, we are still waiting on news from the government that will allow us to open our doors.  

Unfortunately, due to restrictions on gatherings we have to announce the cancellation of our February winter celebration instead. This event has always been well attended by members and friends and we are sad to have to cancel.  Even if restrictions lift, our volunteers don’t have enough time to put together a fun weekend full of activities. In its place we will look at planning a celebration of Spring in late March or April. Community events are important, and this community board will do what It can to ensure they continue. 

While we are closed, we’re keeping our staff busy. The last month has seen an upgrade to the Horizon Room and a nice paint job of the Old Arena lobby area. Keep an eye out for details on how we are going to utilize this new meeting space. My thanks to Kevin Kromm and his wonderful staff for working to make the complex safe for members. It has been challenging at times to ensure the health of the building and making sure that we have the ability to keep our valued staff working. 

The board has been busy as well, especially on the public service side of things. We have a new CPA liaison who has been a great help in looking at issues that have come up in the community. Pat Saunders continues to stay on top of our land use issues and building permits, working with the residents to make them aware of how to file reports and making sure people are aware of what’s happening on thier street. We continue to reach out and will continue to do our best to keep TGCA a family friendly community. The behind the scenes work never ends. 

Our board Is always looking for new ideas and new opportunities to activate volunteers. As restrictions lessen in the next few months, we will be reaching out to the community to let members know what we are up to and offering opportunities to volunteer.  

Hopefully all TGCA families are coping with this new reality we live in and soon we will be able to gather and celebrate community together. Until then, stay safe and reach out if help is needed. We are here to help and will work hard to address the issues that concern you. 

Vanessa Gillard

Programming and community engagement coordinator at the Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association. Spouse Adam Grayton

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