About Us – Board of Directors: 2017/2018
The Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) is a volunteer organization, originally established in 1967, representing residents living in Toronto’s Cabbagetown community.
Marc Simmons – CRA President
Marc and his wife Lisa moved to a small Cabbagetown house in 2007 after a long search for the right community to start a family. Their son was born a year later but when twin girls arrived in 2011, they had to upsize. There was never any question that Cabbagetown was the right fit for the family so they moved several times within the neighbourhood before settling into the perfect home. The draw to Cabbagetown has always been due to its diversity, rich history and intense sense of community.
Marc is a Professional Engineer and MBA currently doing strategy work in the energy sector. He hopes to become better acquainted with the issues that affect residents and will strive for the betterment of the community’s economic, environmental and social well-being.
Tina Card – Vice President
Tina Card and her husband Alejandro moved to Toronto from Calgary in the summer of 2012, ending up by chance in Cabbagetown. They moved so that Alejandro could work on his PhD in Political Science at nearby UofT. Four months later their first daughter, Sasha, was born. Their original plan was to move back to Calgary eventually, but after welcoming their second daughter Maya in 2015 they decided to change plans, take roots, and raise their children in Cabbagetown. As many of you can relate, they had fallen in love with the amazing community here — even though their families are elsewhere in Alberta and Mexico. Tina’s number one passion is to be a mom, work that she combines with her professional career as a mortgage specialist.
Sam Richardson – Treasurer
Sam has lived in the neighbourhood for over 10 years, in four different properties. As his family has grown he and his wife, Josie, never considered moving out of Cabbagetown and have just settled into a new family home on Salisbury Ave with their two young sons, Mac, and Graeme.
Professionally, Sam is a Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor helping everyone from new investors to retirees in growing their savings, with a focus on socially responsible investing.
The Cabbagetown community has been a great source of support and growth for Sam’s family and he joined the CRA to give back and ensure that that support is there for all residents in the years to come.
Originally from Montreal by way of Ottawa, Colin moved to Toronto in 2012. While not yet ready to admit to his friends and family in Ottawa and Montreal that he is a “Torontonian”, Colin is certainly proud to be a Cabbagetowner.
Colin graduated from King’s College in 2005 with a degree in Political Science and Economics. After graduating from King’s, he completed McGill’s combined MBA/Law program in Montreal. Currently Colin works at a corporate law firm. Outside of work, Colin is active in his community and enjoys running, having completed a number of marathons in recent years including in New York and Chicago.
Jim has been a resident of Cabbagetown proper for two years along with his wife Jenny and son Sebastian. Originally from Flamborough, Jim values the sense of community and “small town warmth” the people of Cabbagetown share with one another. In living nearly adjacent to Wellesley Park, he and his family experience and appreciate so many of the wonderful and inclusive activities this community makes such great efforts towards.
In joining the CRA informally at first and now formally Jim intends to help continue and grow the traditions of this organization and to ensure future residents enjoy the same experience. Some of his fondest memories have taken place here and he looks forward to many more.
Tyler moved to Nasmith Avenue in 2014 and quickly became an active and engaged Cabbagetowner. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and currently works in senior management for an organization in the financial services industry. Prior to his current role, Tyler worked at a strategic communications and public affairs consulting firm and served in a variety of political roles at the provincial and federal level. Tyler has also served on a number of boards, including most recently as Chair of an internationally-recognized City of Toronto agency with over 300,000 user visits in 2014.
He also makes Cabbagetown chalkboards in his spare time.
Carolyn Jarman lives on Sackville Place with her husband Brad, and their three children, Eleanor, Ted and Sam. They previously lived in Corktown and moved into Cabbagetown in the fall of 2013 after living for 4 years in London UK. It was in London where their desire to live in a small village within a city was established.
Cabbagetown has the feeling of a leafy, small town with the benefits of being a 10-minute cycle ride into the core.
Carolyn is a pediatric occupational therapist working in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. While she commutes to Hamilton for work, she spends the rest of her time cycling and walking with her family exploring the nooks and crannies of the neighbourhood.
Hello! My name is Shawna Pereira … I have been a resident of Cabbagetown for the last decade s and wear the “yellow scarf” as the co-chair for our annual Cabbagetown Forsythia Festival, held rain or shine the first Sunday of May in Wellesley Park.
I’m a freelance photographer who loves shooting weddings, births and families. I’m a mom to a 10-year old-girl named Nyla. My husband’s name is Ashley (and yes, he is a man with a girl’s name). We live on the quiet and quirky street of Salisbury Ave…the street that is ONE WAY, for only half the street.
It’s the mix of quaint, eclectic, laid-back, parks, laneways, history, great people, local restaurants, shops and sense of community that drew us here to Cabbagetown and I really can’t think of a better place to live in the City of Toronto.
If you see me shopping at No Frills, perusing the vintage section for wine at the LCBO or having dinner on the patio at F’amelia please stop and say Hi. While we’re here … don’t forget to mark your calendar, Sunday, May 5, 2019, Forsythia Festival, Wellesley Park, Rain or Shine.
Des Ryan – Safety & Security Liaison
Des Ryan was first introduced to Cabbagetown about twenty years ago when he was a beat cop in 51 Division. Several years later, he found himself back in the neighbourhood, but his time as a resident with his wife, two sons, and their two dogs. Having recently retired after almost three decades with the Toronto Police Service, Des spends his time writing, teaching, and enjoying the experience of being a Cabbagetowner. Most recently, his offer to assist the Cabbagetown Residents’ Association in keeping our neighbourhood safe for everyone has been graciously received.
Kate has wanted to live in Cabbagetown since she was an undergraduate at Trinity College, University of Toronto, when she and some fellow St. Hildians used to bike through the neighbourhood’s beautiful, leafy streets and Necropolis cemetery, admiring their Victorian structures. Although her life path first took her to live, study, and work in Chicago, Vancouver, and Nagano, Japan, in 2016 Kate was delighted to finally have the opportunity to move to Cabbagetown, where she and her husband, David, look forward to raising their family. They are happy to have found a home in this welcoming community with a proud history of progressive politics, not to mention wonderful parks and a real farm. Originally from the U.S., Kate is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant with experience in museum publishing and communications, art publishing, and research administration. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. from the University of Toronto (all in art history).
In a previous life, Kelley lived in London, Ontario, was active with the Woodfield Community Association and was that association’s representative on the Urban League of London, a citywide coalition. She moved to Stratford, Ontario, bought a Regency cottage and became known as that crazy person who grew vegetables in her front yard. In 2012, work brought Kelley to Toronto, whose stunningly high housing prices led her to renting. She chose Cabbagetown because of its proximity to downtown, its practical set of stores on Parliament “main street”, its beautiful green spaces and the fact she found a place to rent with a small garden to call her own. Kelley works in communications and shares her garden, and life, with Chris, an information designer and data visualizer.