Public Meetings

The Harbord Village Residents’ Association holds two yearly general meetings: a Spring Meeting the third week of May, and an Annual General Meeting the third week of October.

Both meetings ask for active participation. In area caucuses, people living near each other discuss and define issues of concern. Reports on HVRA activities follow, then one or two invited speakers. Community Builder Awards are often a feature. Some Spring Meetings have presented Student Essay Prizes. The Annual General Meeting in October includes a vote to elect board members.

It is important for us to acknowledge that the area we call Harbord Village has been a site of human activity for many thousands of  years. This land is the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat First Nation, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Before European settlement, the area was included in the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We respect that agreement and honour the history of past care for the land where we now stand

Annual General Meeting, 17 October 2018

The 2018 AGM was well attended. Members gathered in area caucuses and discussed area issues and concerns, and Area Reps were elected for each caucus. Community Builder Awards were presented to Gord Brown, Sandy Smith, Coleen Whyte, Judith Robertson, Erik Schneiderhan and M.P Stevens. The slate of board members was approved. Tim MacFarlane on behalf of the Rusty Dragons presented an overview of the HVRA dragon boat team and encouraged people of all abilities to get involved. Lydia Wong gave an excellent presentation based on her study of the bees in the Harbord Village. For more information about her study, visit the HV Gardeners Page.

  • Click on the arrows in the slide show below to see board members, residents and speakers in action. Photos by Richard Longley. 

Spring Meeting, 16 May 2018

At the 2018 Spring Meeting Councillor Joe Cressy provided an update on happenings in the city, the ward and in the neighbourhood. The Transportation Committee gave a brief overview on the U of T engineering students report and recommendations regarding wrong way traffic on one way streets in the Harbord Village. With the larger group split into Area Caucus groups, discussions were held on what residents could do at the local level to help deal with wrong way drivers. Community Builder Awards were presented to
Lisa Edwards, Andrew Sliwa, and the Major Street Speedhump Crew. Sheila Murray presented an interesting overview of the work of her organization, CREW (Community Resilience for Extreme Weather), to help communities deal with extreme weather, from drought to floods to extreme heat. The main thrust of her talk was neighbours helping neighbours during extreme weather events. The HVRA will investigate ways for our community to become more resilient.

Annual General Meeting, 18 October 2017

About 60 people attended the 2017 AGM. The area caucuses aired several issues of concern, including  problems finding parking spaces and questions about laneway housing. The slate of board members was approved. Councillor Joe Cressy announced new park space, and the invited speaker Andrew Farncombe showed how the TO Core planning study envisages appropriate development downtown and in nearby residential areas. (See his presentation slides here.)

  • Click on the arrows in the slide show below to see board members, residents and speakers in action. Photos by Richard Longley. 

Spring Meeting, 19 May 2017

The 2017 Spring Meeting saw a lively short demonstration of English Country Dancing, awarded two Community Builder Awards and heard from the fascinating young urban planner Anthony Smith. Anthony takes public data about life in Toronto and puts it onto maps that portray income disparities, population densities, and other facts about our city that are fascinating in themselves and useful to know as citizens. You can get a glimpse of his work in the images below and on his websitePhotos by Anne Kerekes. 

Annual General Meeting, 16 October 2016

Highlights of the 2016 Fall AGM included guest speakers outlining Greening Harbord Village ideas, Community Builder Awards, and changes to the Harbord Village Board and Constitution. Photos below by Graham Rempe.


Community Builder Awards

Tim Grant presents 2014 HVRA Community Builder award to Sharron RichardsThese meetings also celebrate contributors to HVRA work and to the neighbourhood. Click on the heading to go to a page with photos and notes about dozens of awardees going back to 2009. The list is long, but if you’re a Harbord Village resident you will recognize some of the faces and most of the work being celebrated.

Student Essay Prize

2013 winner, HVRA Student Essay PrizeStudents in local schools have been invited to submit short essays on the topic “How I’ve Made My Community Better,” and they respond with touching stories. Visit this page to see photos and details about the essays and the student authors.