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President 2013 - Present

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A tradition at NBCA is President's Messages to our membership which provide community updates and highlight issues issues affecting our neighbourhood.

We thank all our past-Presidents who proudly served our community since our association’s foundation in 1961.

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Fall 2015

Greetings North Bendale,

For over 50 years the NBCA has served our community in various ways, from fostering a good community spirit, to fighting to keep our public school open. Community associations are organizations that are recognized by government to voice the concerns of their respective communities. The NBCA has been responsible for contributing to various organizations and individuals in our neighbourhood. We have donated to after school programs, during school programs, to baseball tournaments, the tennis club and local artists. The NBCA hosted the Jingle Bell Ball for many years, Corn Roasts, started up the annual Christmas lighting competition, and nominated many of our residents for local awards, getting our people on the map with newspapers such as the Star, The Scarborough Mirror and the Metro.

Our Bugle has long served our skilled residents by advertising their local services. From basement floods to electrical problems, the residents in our neighbourhood have proven to support each other in time of dire need. The NBCA has been the glue that has kept many community initiatives alive for years.

It is with deep regret that over the years we have lost much of our resources.  North Bendale school has been a hub for community gatherings, NBCA board meetings and for washrooms to be used by our Tennis club. We lost access to the school as a meeting place and have resigned to holding our monthly board meetings in our homes.

The City used to fully subsidize the insurance needs of community associations through a group policy, which covered our outdoor activities and allowed us more freedom to take up causes that would benefit the community. With the very high expense of insurance and the increasing cost of printing Bugle editions, we have gone down from four editions a year, to two, and we have had to abandon having outdoor activities for which the NBCA could be held liable should there be an accident.

The advantage of having a community association in a neighbourhood keeps an active pathway from our area to all levels of government. As a collective voice, we have garnered support from our local councillors, MPPs, and MPs. Individually we still have the power to call our government officials to voice our concerns, but having a community association with over 50 years of good standing relationship seems much more effective in advocating for change. It is without a doubt government takes a collective voice seriously. Having a community association gives our local councillors tools to better shape our area, and tools for the community to foster a warm spirit.

I write this letter to all of you who are new and old time residents of the area, in hopes to spark support. We need volunteers to keep this association alive. We need this association to be that strong voice to government. We need to collectively stay vested in our neighbourhood.  Imagine a place once again where we can take back our park, host community potlucks, continue sports, support youth endeavours and build a spirit that pulls everyone out of their homes.  We have put in a lot of sweat over the years….this time we need you and your help.

One love,
Jason Rodricks
President

Spring 2015

Greetings North Bendale,

As summer approaches, we anticipate a whole lot of outdoor activities to sprout out for the season. Toronto has lots to look forward to this summer! Hot Docs film festival! Summerlicious! North by North-East! Pride! Digital Dreams! Caribana! Taste of Lawerence! The Toronto outdoor Art Exhibition! Buskerfest! and of course the mighty 2015 Pan Am Games!!

Please do check out this page for a full listing of what to expect in the following months.

http://www.seetorontonow.com/annual-events/

If you haven’t heard already, The Economist Magazine author, Tyler Cowen, took a trip to Scarborough. After taking part in the University of Toronto food studies initiative, he was able to tour our humble area and try out a variety of food. After his experiences, he wrote in the magazine with these words, “...After that, and lots of driving around and looking, I concluded Scarborough is the best ethnic food suburb I have seen in my life, ever, and by an order of magnitude,” he wrote in his blog. “I hope you all have the chance visit Scarborough.” I’m sure most of us realized what we have around us, but this was just warming to see outsiders appreciate our culture just as much as we do.

Over the past couple months, your NBCA council was asked to provide feedback to the Scarborough Subway Extension project. The city has opened up discussion to the public and allowed us to participate in the conversation. Things that are talked about are; placement of stations, where the subway corridors could be built, costs, partnerships, etc. To see the minutes from the last “Stakeholder Advisory Group”, please refer to the site here for more information. If you feel you have thoughts that we missed, please contact us directly through our email to relay.

http://www.scarboroughsubwayextension.ca/stakeholder-advisory-group.html

The process is still very early in development and many items have yet to be ironed out. This also gives us a good opportunity to contribute our thoughts before items get locked into the City’s schedule.

Please stay connected with us on our Facebook and online portals as we provide additional resources in between Bugle publications.

Hope to see you all outside soon!

Jason Rodricks
President
North Bendale Community Association

Fall 2014

Greetings North Bendale,

Toronto’s elections closed with John Tory as our new mayor, it is time for us to breath the fresh air of a new City of Toronto Council! Pan Am 2015 is around the bend! The Raptors are on fire! There is lots to celebrate! We are anticipating a lot of changes for Scarborough and it is important to get involved. The Scarborough subway, new federal riding re-distribution, and urban planning discussions will progress in further detail and it is very important for us to stay in tune with government developments. Your North Bendale Community Association directors have worked hard to give you material that will help shape the place we live in. Perhaps a particular item in city agenda relates to you and you want to track how our government move things forward, you can track Scarborough Community Council items in the Committees section on the website below.

Get access to Toronto City Council and Committees, Meetings, Agendas and Minutes. Scarborough Community Council is in the Community Council section http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/index.do

The winter ahead may test us once again and we must show the same spirit of sharing, helping and reaching out to our neighbours in need. Our area is filled with our grandmothers and fathers, young ones and differently abled good people, who could always use a helping hand with their driveways and walkways. Winter always has it’s ways of bringing us together for the better. Just because our tennis has closed for the season doesn’t mean we don’t have anything going on at our park! North Bendale Park is blessed to have one of the best Tobogganing hills in the downtown Scarborough area! Crack out your favourite sled and head to the park, it won’t be long before you figure out which hill remains a favourite winter spot for the community. Let the winter games begin!

We would really love for more support and if you would like to get involved in helping shape our area...Connect with us! All our contact info is on the front page! James Burchell will be looking to add value to your North Bendale Community Association membership. Over the next months we will be looking at building relationships with local businesses to offer exclusive NBCA such as reduced rates and/or coupons. Please email us where you shop, eat, dance, get your household products! We have a new Facebook page to compliment our existing website! https://www.facebook.com/NorthBendaleCommunityAssociation

Post on our Facebook page what you don’t like! What you love about the area ! What ideas you think may improve the area! We can all build to shape and make this a better place. It’s hot chocolate season!

One love,
Jason Rodricks
President

Spring 2014

Greetings North Bendalers,  

After one of the GTA’s worst winters, it’s necessary that we make up for it in every way this summer! Even though we had one of the coldest, crippling ice storms in Toronto, our community pulled through with help from friends and strangers.  The day after the ice storm hit, I walked around the block with others moving branches and I was amazed how total strangers came to help.  This one young lad on Baybrook Crescent, Danny, went around with an ice pick, breaking the ice sheets on many of our elders driveways.  I heard stories through the grapevine that a gentleman in our North Bendale community was going around his street with his generator, warming up homes. We have a lot more good Samaritans in our community than I thought. This is exactly the spirit I remember growing up in North Bendale!

Over the years I’ve noticed a shift in culture of our area, but that did not stop us from coming together during our roughest times. I’ve noticed language barriers, health obstacles, and shy new residents who take comfort with their families and shy away from neighbours.  Family time is very important as well as community awareness. There are issues that collectively affect us all, and with a unified voice, we should be able to make the changes and serve the community better.

As much as I was impressed by the amount of love that went around this winter, a ‘natural disaster’, should not be the only reason why we come out and greet new people in the community. Great relationships can be built anytime! Sometimes we can just think less and feel more, talk less and listen more, judge less and accept more, watch less and do more, complain less and appreciate more, fear less and love more. This year, your North Bendale Community Association will be looking to build new events that will get people out of their homes and get to know one another.

If you feel you have new energetic ideas, we would love to hear from you.  Please come to our Annual General Meeting, or attend one of our regular monthly board meeting to contribute your ideas! We have a new Facebook group that we will be posting updates. Do check it out at https://www.facebook.com/NorthBendaleCommunityAssociation , give us a “Like” if you can and stay connected with us. Community spirit the glue that holds us together.

I know this block is full of great ideas, let’s bring them to life! 

One love,
Jason Rodricks
President

Fall 2013

Greetings North Bendale, I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and now it's time to get close and cozy with our loved ones. We are entering our Christmas season, snow has started to blanket our streets, and Toronto is responding by keeping our streets clear. This is a time that tests the most experienced Canadians. It's our collective responsibility to create the safest streets and walkways. We have lots of new faces in our neighbourhood who are seeing snow for the first time, we have elders who can use the help of strong youth, we have differently abled residents who need clear access to bus routes. Why not make it little easier for each other? Perhaps we can point them to a deal at a local store? Perhaps we can offer them a little salt? We are all in this together, let's make the journey a little lighter for ourselves.

In the 2011 StatsCan demographic break down of the North Bendale geography there is a reported 3620 residents total (1715 are Non-Immigrant while 1895 are Immigrants). The more our demographics diversify, the more we need to put our attention on improving our communication between each other. The needs of our area need to be re-assessed from the ground up, and we would like to invite anyone with concerns or great ideas to our next board meeting in January.

Over the past few months, I've had the opportunity to learn more about the mechanics and relationship between government and community organizations. Some things I was really proud to see, other things could definitely be improved. I must say, Glenn De Baermaeker and Brad Duguid break their backs for our community. They actively show support by throwing events in our park and being present to answer questions at our Annual General Meetings. They are also human beings with families and limited capacities. Glenn's office gets plenty of angry complaints daily, with expectations they will fix things. But we often wait and wait for solutions...

We live in the North Bendale community and know what we need. Not them. We are the best, first hope for great ideas. Now let's bring these ideas to the table! If you have a complaint, chances are your not the only one. If everyone with similar problems were put in the same room, I'm sure we would have enough creative power to give rise to solutions. This is how we aim to get your voices heard. Create a space to crowd source major issues in the community, group similar problems, look for prevention /solutions /compromises, and develop action plans. North Bendale Community Organization aims to collect the various voices of our area and put forth tactful approaches.

Where government may not have time, we do. Our public board meetings are advertised on our webpage. We create spaces so people in our area can vent, yell and get their frustrations out. We are here to listen and build with you. We are here to tailor this community for you.

One love,
Jason Rodricks
President

Spring 2013

Greetings North Bendale! 

Six years ago the NBCA was at a crossroads when Esther Bouchard left the organization.   Yvonne Taylor stepped up to the plate when the association needed a leader the most.  With selfless passion she has shown to be the glue that kept our community association together when it when it almost dissolved.  The association continues to carry the values she helped instil over the years.  She has overseen the launch of the North Bendale Community Association website and made sure our association actually had a 50th Year to celebrate.   

After six years she has marked many milestones and will be looking to pass on the torch.  I am Jason Rodricks and I will be stepping up to work with you as the new President of the NBCA.  Yvonne Taylor will be overseeing a smooth leadership transition for your North Bendale Community Association. 

It is an honour to have this opportunity to serve a neighbourhood I’ve belonged to for most of my life.  Born a Toronto native, I was raised in North Bendale, and I have called this community home for over twenty-five years.   Over time, I have seen the changing demographics of our neighbourhood.  Our cultures have further diversified, technology has improved, and the youth of tomorrow are living in a community which is quite different from the one in which I grew up.

Regardless of the concept of time, we all need to breathe, eat, grow, learn, sleep and feel safe in our homes.  We all need to respect each other and have respect from others.  We all go through struggles, sometimes unemployment, lack of love or resources.  Regardless of the concept of multi-culturism, at the root of it all, as people there are certain things that remain universal.  We can all make it a little harder or easier on one another.

When we look at how communities flourish as a whole, every individual’s decision can affect the larger fabric of life.  Everyone becomes equally important in keeping the community healthy. 

Over the next while, I will be looking at new ways in which technology can engage local businesses and youth, help start up events to incorporate the new demographics and take your local issues to the City. 

Times have changed and it's about time we adapt with them. We are here to help build the community with you. 

Jason Rodricks
President

Fall 2012

North Bendale is truly a wonderful place to live. From the beautiful matured trees and the spacious park to the friendliest people; we have it all.

Do all good things have to come to an end? Not here where neighbours come together to make this an amazing community.

Regretfully, I will soon be leaving my position as the president of the association. It is now time for you to step forward and say that you will do it. The position does not come alone as there are several Directors who have taken on the responsibility of making this organization run so smoothly. I would like to thank each and every one of them for their dedication and motivation that made my job so uncomplicated. I have definitely enjoyed the past six years and will always remember it as a wonderful life experience.

Please come out to one of our meetings that are held the third Wednesday of each month. You will need to contact one of the Directors for the time and place, or check out our website www.northbendale.org and see for yourself how proud we are of our community. Every year we welcome new directors who bring fresh ideas with them.

On Wednesday April 18, 2012, we conducted our 51st Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the Directors presented their annual reports and the 51st Board of Directors was elected. Councillor Glenn De Baermaeker presented each Director with a certificate of recognition for their voluntary services as a member of the 50th Board of Directors.

On April 21st neighbours took part in the annual Community Earth Day clean up around the neighbourhood.

In June, the North Bendale Community Association was pleased to present our Athletics Awards to the graduating classes at North Bendale Junior Public School and St. Richard Catholic School. The winners were selected based on their athletic ability as well as their good sportsmanship, commitment and positive attitude.

Your community is represented by the Board of Directors when situations, events, and government proposals occur that affect our properties. We work jointly with other nearby community associations to maintain the superb living conditions here in your community.

The annual membership fee is still $5. This money helps us prepare and deliver the Bugle as well as keep our website up and running.

Please step forward and volunteer if you believe that your community is worth it. All we have worked for over the past 51 years doesn’t have to come to an end.

Yvonne Taylor
President

Spring 2012

Another amazing year is about to begin in North Bendale and it promises to be very exciting for the community. In the pages of this issue, you will see that the North Bendale Community Association and the directors are working hard to keep this neighbourhood the best place to live.

Our Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7 pm and all community residents are welcome. The directors will present their annual reports and elect the 51st Board of Directors. We have invited interesting guest speakers, and refreshments will be provided. It is sure to be worth your while to attend.

Please let me know if you would like to nominate someone. We are always looking for new directors who will bring fresh new ideas with them.

Our membership drive will begin after our Annual General Meeting. You will see our friendly volunteers at your door canvassing for your support. The annual membership fee is still $5. This money helps us prepare and deliver the Bugle as well as keep up our Website.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Marwan Salem for his many years as a valued director of the North Bendale Community Association. Marwan is retiring and giving someone else the opportunity to take over his post as treasurer. He has been on the board of directors since 1997 and presented lively treasurer reports every year at the AGM. We wish you well, Marwan.

If you are interested in being part of the Board of Directors for the North Bendale Community Association, you are welcome to join at any time. If you have any questions, please call one of the directors or visit us at one of our monthly meetings (September to May).

Have a safe and wonderful summer.

Yvonne Taylor
President

Fall 2011

Congratulations North Bendale Community Association! You’ll find a plethora of celebrations in the pages of this issue. That’s because we are very proud of our past 50 years.

We conducted our 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday April 20, 2011. The Directors presented their annual reports and the 50th Board of Directors was elected. Guest speakers were there to wish us well as we began another 50 years of tradition.

We have had a full Board of Directors since inception 50 years ago. Let’s not stop at 50. We need neighbours like you to come together to help continue this amazing tradition. If you would like to know how you can be part of the North Bendale Community Association Board of Directors, please come to one of our monthly meetings or contact one of our directors. Every year we welcome new directors who bring fresh ideas with them. We usually meet the third Wednesday of every month from September to May and encourage you to contact one of our directors who will be glad to give you the time and place for the next meeting.

On April 30th neighbours took part in the Community Earth Day clean up around the neighbourhood. Two weeks later neighbours put out their own unwanted treasures as the community garage sale took place.

A very successful 50th anniversary celebration was held in the park on Thursday, June 23rd with the assistance of many neighbours and friends. Check out our website for photographs of the event www.northbendale.org and see for yourself how proud we are of our community.

Our membership drive is in full swing again this year. You have probably seen our friendly volunteers at your door canvassing for your support. The annual membership fee is still $5. This money helps us prepare and deliver the Bugle.

In June, the North Bendale Community Association was pleased to present our Athletics Awards to the graduating classes at North Bendale Junior Public School and St. Richard Catholic School. The winners were selected based on their athletic ability as well as their good sportsmanship, commitment and positive attitude.

From the beautiful matured trees and the spacious park to the friendliest people; we have it all. Congratulations to a special community!

Yvonne Taylor
President

Spring 2011

The North Bendale Community Association is very proud of our past 50 years. Our Jingle Bell Ball was extra special this year as we launched our 2011 celebration. The dance was held on Friday, December 3rd and the large turn out was a perfect indication of our exceptional community spirit.

We have had a full Board of Directors since inception 50 years ago. Let’s not stop at 50. We need neighbours like you to come together to help continue this amazing tradition.

You are invited to come out to our 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Wednesday April 20, 2011. The Directors will present their annual reports and new Directors will be elected. Please let me know if you would like to nominate someone. We will also have very interesting guest speakers, who will discuss issues that affect our community.

Our membership drive begins after our Annual General Meeting. You will see our friendly volunteers at your door canvassing for your support. The annual membership fee is $5. This money helps us prepare and deliver the Bugle, our community newsletter.

From the beautiful matured trees and the spacious park to the friendliest people, we have it all. Watch for our 50th anniversary park event which will be held in June 2011.

Yvonne Taylor
President



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