The Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) is a volunteer organization, originally established in 1967, representing residents living in Toronto’s Cabbagetown community.
Andrew Adams - Treasurer
Andrew and his wife Alexandra moved to Cabbagetown in the summer of 2018 after a long search for the perfect home. They came to Toronto from Nova Scotia in 2005 so that Alexandra could study at UofT, and spent many years living in a downtown condo. When good friends – and future Bowman Street neighbours – settled in Cabbagetown, Andrew and Alexandra quickly fell in love with the neighbourhood. The district’s long history, strong community, leafy streets and friendly residents made the decision to move here very easy.
Andrew has a background in Physics and an MBA, and has spent most of his career in the telecommunications industry. In his role as President of the condominium where he and Alexandra used to live, Andrew participated in building and supporting a strong community and enjoys working with residents, board members and the community at large.
Lise A. Flynn
Lise A Flynn has lived in Cabbagetown for over two decades and loves the lush parks, the Don River trails and the Riverdale Farm, as well as the local retail and restaurant scene. She will happily brag to anyone who will listen about how proud she is to live in such an historic Victorian era neighborhood, right in the heart of our great city.
During the 2000s Lise worked as a Private Cook for a religious residence here in Cabbagetown and in 2002 she started her own Personal Chef & Catering business. Shopping locally for ingredients allowed Lise to build relationships with local retailers like St. Jamestown Steak & Chops, Epicure and Cabbagetown Organics, not to mention all the vendors at the Cabbagetown Farmer’s. In 2010 Lise decided to take her career in a different direction, went back to school, and now Freelances in Post-Production Sound Design.
A life-long dog lover, Lise loves to take daily walks on Cabbagetown’s treelined streets with her 4-legged buddy, Macs, by her side.
Sarah Jane Greenway
Sarah-Jane moved to Cabbagetown in 2010 and has since welcomed three children - Adelaide, Ivy and Jack. She has been a resident of both Millington Street and Rolston Avenue. Cabbagetown's historic small streets, community feel, abundance of green space and local businesses are what drew her to the neighbourhood. In joining the CRA, she hopes to contribute to events, activties and initiatives that are important to residents, and continue to improve on Cabbagetowns reputation as a inclusive, family-oriented neighbourhood.
Sarah-Jane is the Associate Dean, Journalists & Writers in the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts at Toronto's Humber College. She has a MEd in Higher Education from Memorial University and a BA (Hons.) from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Sara and her husband moved to Cabbagetown in 2013, and have since welcomed their two kids, Charlie and Margot.
Originally from Rothesay, New Brunswick, Sara completed her BA (Hons) at the University of Toronto's Trinity College before returning to the East Coast to complete her LLB and LLM at Schulich Law School (Dalhousie University). Sara currently practices corporate law on Bay Street.
Although she still identifies as an East Coaster, Sara is proud to live in Cabbagetown and is delighted to have found a neighbourhood in Toronto whose charm, canopied streets, abundant parks and small town vibe remind her of the East Coast community she previously called home.
Raed and his wife Verjinia moved to Cabbagetown with their daughter Jessica in 2017. The mix of leafy roads, parks, local restaurants and wonderful people are what drew them here to Cabbagetown. Raed values the sense of small-town warmth and community activities in Cabbagetown. In joining the CRA, Raed looks to help the organization achieve its initiatives so that Cabbagetown residents enjoy the results.
Raed holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance, and an MBA in Marketing Management. Raed is an experienced finance and private equity professional, Real Estate Investment Advisor (REIA), and an entrepreneur who owns a property management company and a corporate housing business in Downtown Toronto. Outside of work, Raed enjoys Latin dance.
Originally from the UK, Sam moved to Canada in 2005, and to Cabbagetown in 2015. He lives on Gifford Street with his wife and two young sons. He loves the neighbourhood's walkability, parks and amenities, and vibrant location right at the heart of the city. Sam works for the provincial government.
Caroline Murphy has lived in Cabbagetown for over two decades. In a ride around the city looking for a home, she came across a magnificent Victorian house on Wellesley Street and knew there and then, that this was to become home and it did. The area captured her heart instantly with the trees, farm, parks, shops, Necropolis and overall feeling of having arrived home away from home.
For 10 years she loved living in that house, and may even have shared it with a ghost, but after she had done the restoring and work she wanted to in it, she also realized that she wanted a garden. With that, she was lucky enough to be able to find the perfect spot, a secret garden even, on Winchester Street where she has lived ever since.
Cabbagetown to her is the best of city living, with that of a local community and loves telling her friends back in Ireland that she lives in Cabbagetown, named after the Irish immigrants. Living here gives her a strong sense of honouring their memories while also very much so embracing the country and area that gave them shelter and livelihoods – something that was so sought after and paying forward as we welcome so many other immigrants.
Regularly Caroline thanks her adopted home for all the opportunities, being welcomed and the diversity . And Cabbagetown is the absolute best place to live - you get it all !
As such, she is excited to work with the other great board members of Cabbagetown Resident Association and giving back to this magnificent community.
Jeremy has been a Cabbagetown resident for 5 years, having moved back to Canada after traveling extensively for work in the 90’s then living in the USA for nearly 20 years. He grew up in Ottawa and graduated MBA from Carleton, Sprott School of Business and currently operates a CIO advisory business under his own name.
Jeremy's interests include travel, wine, marine life, and Victorian era home improvement. Jeremy is excited about bringing neighbours together to achieve enriched living conditions on our respective blocks.
In 1996, after spending their early careers in the UK, Belgium and France, Sean and Amanda O’Donovan moved to Canada with their two young daughters. 15 years later, as empty nesters, they began their 18-month search for a home in Cabbagetown and found their match on Metcalfe Street. They love the friendly neighbourhood, the local retail scene and the easy, walkable access to all that Toronto has to offer.
Sean spent the last 23 years working in the tech sector in various leadership roles in Marketing and Customer Success. He recently retired from full time work and is thrilled to join the team at the CRA to help manage communication with Cabbagetown residents.
Katie and her husband Mark moved to Cabbagetown in 2009 and have since welcomed their 4 children, Finn, Maeve, Harrison and Avery and dog, Sadie.
A Toronto native, Katie attended Queen’s University for an BA(Hons) in history, followed by the University of Windsor for her LLB. After practicing litigation law she eventually left the legal world to care for her 4 children.
Katie loves the strong community and small-town vibe that Cabbagetown offers. Continuing to bring the community together to celebrate spring through the Forsythia Festival is something Katie feels passionately about, and she looks forward to continuing to grow this neighbourhood tradition.