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Annual General Meeting Wed. 17 Oct. 2018, 6:30-9:00pm, 45 Brunswick Ave
Wednesday October 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Find out what’s new and newsworthy, and reconnect with fellow Harbord Village residents now that we’re into the Fall season. Light refreshments will be available. This is also the meeting where paid-up members vote on the Board members who represent you.
- To check your membership status, view your Member Profile here.
- A list of candidates, with biographical notes, is given at the end of this message.)
The AGM begins with area caucuses where neighbours discuss local concerns and report back briefly to the full group. Each caucus elects two representatives to the HVRA Board.
Then the main meeting hears brief reports from the caucuses—with notes taken so the Board can follow up on concerns. Agenda highlights include reports from some HVRA committees and officers (including a financial report), and election of board officers.
The invited speaker this year is Lydia Wong, who will give us an illustrated report on the backyard pollinators she studied in Harbord Village last summer. Her enthusiasm for her topic is contagious, her presentations are amusing and concise, and her study raises a number of questions about our relationship with wild urban nature.
Come for an an informative and enjoyable evening!
The following people have agreed to stand for election to positions on the HVRA Board, subject to voting at the 2018 AGM.
CHAIR: Gail Misra has lived in Harbord Village for about 25 years. In her day job she is a labour mediator and arbitrator. Gail has been on the HVRA Board for over 9 years, two as an Area Rep for the North West, six as the Membership Secretary, one year as the Vice Chair, and for the past year has been the Chair of the HVRA Board. She was integrally involved in the development of the Harbord Village Green Plan; is on the Planning & Development Committee, the Communications Committee, and the Community Resilience Committee. Gail also worked on the development of the new board structure and job descriptions in 2015-16, and has coordinated the Pumpkinfest for the past two years.
PAST CHAIR (not an elected position): Rory Gus Sinclair moved into Harbord Village (then Sussex Ulster) in 1990 with his partner Mary Newberry. Amongst his many volunteer activities, he has been on the Board of SURA and HVRA, being Chair of the latter for several years. He has recently served as Treasurer Pro Tem.
SECRETARY: Andrea Poptsis has lived in Harbord Village for twelve years; she has been on the HVRA board for two years, acting as Secretary. She is the mother of a hockey and baseball playing 10-year-old boy. Andrea also sits on the Transportation Committee. She is keenly interested in road safety in the Harbord Village and you just might see her scolding wrong way drivers on Robert Street.
TREASURER: Lena Mortensen has been a resident of Harbord Village for 12 years. She and her family first moved to Robert Street as renters and then became homeowners of the house next door. Lena is an anthropologist and teaches at the University of Toronto (based at Scarborough campus), and has served for two years on the board as an Area Representative for the South East.
WEBMASTER: Regine Schmid has lived on Robert Street for 24 years. She works in film and organizes on social justice issues. Regine came to the HVRA Board in 2016 as an Area Rep for the North East. She’s on the Communications Committee and has agreed to take over the role of Webmaster.
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY: Merrill Swain has lived in Harbord Village for many years, and is a retired U of T Professor. She has been a part of the HVRA e-blast team for two years and joined the board as the Membership Secretary in 2017. Merrill has also served on the Transportation Committee since its inception in 2017, and co-wrote a report on the Traffic Study undertaken by volunteers in the summer of 2018.
U OF T LIAISON: Sue Dexter has been on the HVRA Board since its inception. She is passionate about the need to combat climate change and was among the earliest adopters of solar power in the City. Sue has been active in getting parts of the neighbourhood designated as Heritage Conservation Districts, has been the U of T Liaison, is a major communicator to our area Councillor’s office, was the driving force in formulating the Green Plan for our neighbourhood, and is on the Planning & Development Committee of the Board.
NORTH EAST AREA REPRESENTATIVES (2 to be elected by the NE caucus):
- Carolee Orme moved into Harbord Village in 2011. She joined the Board five years ago as the North East Area Rep, and serves on the Planning and Development Committee. As well, she chairs HVRA’s new Transportation Committee, where she is working to create a safer and more welcoming neighbourhood for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Nicholas Provart has lived in Harbord Village since 2016, when he and his wife Marika Cooper purchased the house that his father-in-law’s family owned from 1942-1959 on Sussex Ave. He was perplexed by the state of the U of T skating rink across the street from his house, and interested to find out from his father-in-law that the Robert Street field had not always existed. He dug into City and University archives to unearth an interesting history (published last year on the HVRA website), which he used to help effect a change in the plans for the University’s new residence at the corner of Spadina and Sussex, through a neighbourhood petition he undertook door-to-door with his two sons. He’s a professor of biology at the University of Toronto, and has been interested in local issues since campaigning for bike lanes on the Spadina Avenue redesign in 1992.
NORTH WEST AREA REPRESENTATIVES (2 to be elected by the NW caucus):
- Christian Mueller has been a Harbord Villager since 1986 and a Board Member (North West Area Rep) since 2012. While on the Board, Christian has been active primarily in helping to organize several community events — Fall Fair, Pumpkin Fest, and Yard Sale — as well as working on the Membership Committee.
- A neighbourhood resident for over 20 years, Nicole Schulman has headed the Oral History Project, led many local Jane’s Walks and is currently chair of the Parents Consultation Committee. She is also an enthusiastic member of the Gardening Group. She has been a North West Area Rep since 2016.
SOUTH EAST AREA REPRESENTATIVES (2 to be elected by the SE caucus):
- Cathy Merkley and her family have been residents in Harbord Village for over 11 years. Always seeking to add more beautiful plants and trees to the area, Cathy is overseeing the installation of a green roof on top of the building adjacent to their home. She has served on the board as an Area Representative for the South East for one year.
- Lena Mortensen has been a resident of Harbord Village for 12 years.She and her family first moved to Robert Street as renters and then became homeowners of the house next door. Lena is an anthropologist and teaches at the University of Toronto (based at Scarborough campus), and has served for two years on the board as an Area Representative for the South East. She has also agreed to stand for the position of Treasurer.
SOUTH CENTRAL AREA REPRESENTATIVES (2 to be elected by the SC caucus):
- Simon Coleman has been living in Harbord Village for eight years, having moved here with his family from England, and was delighted to find a home in such a friendly neighbourhood. Simon is an anthropologist at U of Toronto, and one of his areas of interest is urban infrastructure. Over the years Simon has volunteered at the Fall Fair and Pumpkinfest, and is a keen advocate of cycling. Having just taken over from Ann Eyerman as a South Central Rep, Simon has joined the HVRA Membership Committee and is starting to work on the Community Resilience Planning Committee.
- Margaret Procter has lived in Harbord Village for 21 years. After working on the Tree Inventory and Oral History projects, in 2013 she became an area rep for South Central, where she helped facilitate the lengthy campaign for speed humps on Major Street. She soon took over maintenance of the HVRA website, and as Webmaster saw through its redesign in 2016. Now she has offered to serve as backup for a new Webmaster and to resume the Area Rep role.
SOUTH WEST AREA REPRESENTATIVES (2 to be elected by the SW caucus):
- Jane Perdue has lived in Harbord Village for over 20 years. She is a senior urban designer/planner with the City of Toronto. Jane has been an HVRA board member for 11 years, representing the South West area, and has worked with the community on the HVRA Green Plan and Croft Greening.
- Bob Stambula, a South West Area Rep, is a home-grown member of the Board… born at the former Doctors Hospital… but on Lippincott for 17 years. Bob’s been active on the Planning & Development Committee and with pedestrian/patio issues.