The Cabbagetown Residents Association (CRA) is a volunteer organization, originally established in 1967, representing residents living in Toronto’s Cabbagetown community.
Sam Richardson - CRA President
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.
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.
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.
Colin Burn - Secretary
Colin and his wife Courtney moved into their home on Sackville Street in 2017 and have since welcomed their daughter Caroline.
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.
A Toronto-native, James has lived in Cabbagetown since 2014 with his partner Mark and their two children. James graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York and lived there 11 years before settling back in Toronto. He now runs a design firm, under his own name, out of his home on Sackville St.
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.
Lou is a long time resident of Cabbagetown. He attended local public schools and the University of Toronto before beginning his 32 year career in education. Lou retired from the TDSB as Associate Director to enjoy retirement in Cabbagetown. Frequently you will see Lou and his wife Sandy walking their Golden Retriever Max, when they are not travelling internationally. With the summer season you may see Lou working in his garden on Geneva Avenue.
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.
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.
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.