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Harbord Village residents are invited to attend the 2021 HVRA Annual General Meeting on October 21. Connect and reconnect with your neighbours and find out what HVRA has been working on this past year. Paid-up members will be able to vote on the Board members who represent you. (See their bios in the blue box below.)
Agenda items include Chair’s report on this past year’s activities and accomplishments, a financial report, and election of board officers. We will also have short breakout rooms for the area caucuses, where neighbours discuss local concerns within each HV area. Each caucus elects two representatives to the HVRA Board. Area Reps will then present brief reports and provide notes so the Board can follow up on these concerns.
We will present the Community Builder Awards and hear brief comments from Ward 11 Councillor Mike Layton and University-Rosedale MPP Jessica Bell. Finally, there will be a special presentation from our NetZero committee on the results of their survey, the status of their initiatives, and the broader context for their activities. Our guest NetZero speaker will be Matt Hoffman, Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Environmental Governance Lab at UofT.
Anyone can attend the AGM, but only paid-up members can vote. You can join or renew online here or print out a paper form here and drop it off by October 19th at 134 Robert St.
You will need to register to attend via Zoom – click here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Here are the bios for those standing for election to the HVRA Board. Voting will take place at the 2021 AGM. Those marked with an asterisk are new to the board.
CHAIR: Anne Fleming has lived on Borden with her family since 1997. She is a communications consultant and writes for or edits many community newsletters and blogs, including the HVRA eblast. She is current Chair of the Fall Fair committee and has also volunteered at the Pumpkinfest. Anne dedicated 14 years to the School Council at King Edward, including three as Chair. She is a certified fitness instructor and a recovering lawyer. Anne began her two-year term as HVRA Chair in 2020.
VICE CHAIR: Open
SECRETARY: Karen Laurence* (she/her) moved to Major Street in 2017 and was delighted to discover a residents’ association that was very active and committed to making the neighbourhood a better place for all. She is excited at the prospect of joining the board and is interested in climate change issues and neighbourhood greening. Karen is a retired writer/editor, an avid reader and a passionate gardener.
TREASURER: Lena Mortensen has called Harbord Village home since 2006. 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). She has served on the Board as Treasurer since 2018, helps coordinate the Pumpkinfest, and previously served as a South East Area Rep.
WEBMASTER: Nicholas Provart will take on the Webmaster role while continuing to serve as North East Area Rep (see bio below)
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY: Elizabeth Chen* joined Brunswick Avenue in 2004 and has lived most of the time since in her house. She has also been a member of HVRA for most of that time, is grateful to everyone who pitches in to make it the useful and social organization that it is, and looks forward to contributing. Elizabeth enjoys volunteering with the Borden Farmers’ Market. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Work, in yet another attempt to figure out what she will be when she grows up.
U OF T LIAISON: Sue Dexter has been on the HVRA Board since its inception and advises the Planning and Development Committee. As U of T Liaison, she works with allied neighbourhood associations on planning and other issues. She is passionate about the need to combat climate change and has been active on the HVRA Netzero committee which is working to help neighbours lower their household carbon footprint by reducing reliance on natural gas. (In 2020, she virtually eliminated gas burning at her house by removing her gas furnace. In its place, she installed an electrically-driven Mitsubishi heat pump, which covers heating and AC for the same operating cost!)
Bios for those standing for election to the Area Caucuses (two reps per area) (You can find a map of the five HV Areas here.)
NORTH EAST AREA REPRESENTATIVES:
- 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’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. Nick has been a North East Area Rep since 2018, and as such, has been actively involved in the park design of the Sussex-Spadina U of T residence project.
- Frank Davis*, a native of Newfoundland, has lived in Toronto for 15 years and on Major Street since 2018. Frank is a real estate, corporate and energy development lawyer by trade and he runs the Canadian business of Pattern Energy, a leading renewable energy company. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Public Health Ontario and the Canadian Renewable Energy Association. Frank is an active musician and barbeque aficionado, and recently spent a year residing in Amsterdam on a work assignment with his wife, Sarah.
NORTH WEST AREA REPRESENTATIVES:
- Christian Mueller has been a Harbord Villager since 1986 and an HVRA 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, Pumpkinfest, and Yard Sale — as well as working on the Membership Committee.
- Kerry Clare* has lived in Harbord Village since 2008, renting an apartment in a house on Sussex Avenue that she shares with her husband and two children who attend Huron Street JPS and Horizon Alternative. She’s a novelist, editor of the Canadian books website 49thShelf.com, and teaches online blogging courses. She’s previously been board chair at Huron Playschool and Huron Street JPS’s school council. She loves bike lanes, farmers’ markets, public pools and libraries, as well as the ever-changing, uncontainable nature of city life—even though it’s a lot.
SOUTH EAST AREA REPRESENTATIVES:
- Cathy Merkley and her family have been residents in Harbord Village for over 12 years. Always seeking to add more beautiful plants and trees to the area, Cathy oversaw 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 three years.
- Writer and editor Gina Buonaguro and her husband have lived on Robert Street since 2003. They have two children who attend school and play in the area. In fact, her son’s neighbourhood outdoor social activities were the impetus for her to spearhead the installation of speed humps on Robert from Willcocks to Harbord.
SOUTH CENTRAL AREA REPRESENTATIVES:
- Simon Coleman has been living in Harbord Village for eleven 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 University 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. Simon is on the HVRA Membership Committee and has been keen to cement links between HVRA and Kensington Health.
- Susan McDonald has lived in Harbord Village for over 30 years. She retired after working as a Senior Administrator at the University of Toronto for 35 years. She is interested in architecture, urbanism and environmental issues. Susan joined the Board in 2019 and has attended to local issues such as a disruptive Air BnB. She is an active member of the HVRA NetZero Committee.
SOUTH WEST AREA REPRESENTATIVES:
- Jane Perdue is an urban planner and public art specialist who has lived in Harbord Village for over 25 years. As the South West area representative, Jane has worked with the community on the HVRA Green Plan, Croft Greening, other public realm improvements and local initiatives.
- 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 20 years. Bob’s been active on the Planning & Development Committee and with pedestrian/patio issues. He has championed sidewalk snow clearing and has worked closely with King Edward Public School and the TDSB to secure community access to their outdoor facilities.