Call For New Board Members

Posted on June 2, 2021

The CRA is looking for a few Cabbagetown residents interested in joining its board of directors to contribute to and help grow our activities in the neighbourhood.

New members will be ratified following the CRA AGM on June 23, 2021.

For anyone that’s interested in joining us, here’s an overview of the activities, focus and composition of the Association :

The CRA was established in 1967 and is a purely volunteer-led organization.

We are one of several active residents’ associations across Cabbagetown, each representing different geographical areas of the neighbourhood. The CRA covers East Cabbagetown, bordered by St James Cemetery to the North, Parliament to the East, Gerrard to the South and the Don River to the West.

The CRA helps build community by:

  • Hosting annual events in the community
  • Promoting neighborhood safety and security
  • Representing community concerns with the city and police
  • Sharing local news and information with residents
 
EVENTS

FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL – MAY

The Forsythia Festival is held annually on the 1st Sunday of May at Wellesley Park and is free for all to attend.

There’s usually a parade with marching band, a BBQ sponsored Steak and Chops, a beer garden sponsored by Stout Irish Pub, a magic show and dozens of activities for kids and families including bouncy castle, mechanical raccoon, face painting, photobooth, spring bike inspection, parachute game, craft station, flower crown station, and much more … the Toronto Fire Department even gives fire truck tours!

 It takes over 100 volunteers to bring the Forsythia Festival to life each year and we’re grateful for the continued sponsorships from our Cabbagetown Business Community and residents.

2021 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Forsythia Festival and although we were not able to gather in person to mark this wonderful community milestone, the Festival still went ahead as a virtual event. In 2022 we expect it to come back roaring as an in-person even, as it has been traditionally.  


 PUMPKIN WALK – 1 NOVEMBER

The Pumpkin Walk happens every year on November 1. Residents bring their Halloween Pumpkins to Riverdale Park, for a magical evening of twinkling lights and neighbourhood fun. We collect donations for the local Food Bank and then the Pumpkins are recycled for us by the City.

HOLIDAY CARDS – CHRISTMAS

The Holiday Cards event is run in conjunction with local schools. Students create holiday themed art, which is judged by local Cabbagetown artists. The winning entries get special certificates and a pizza lunch for their class.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS – CHRISTMAS

The Holiday lights contest encourages everyone in the neighbourhood to decorate their front yards over the Christmas period (usually with lights!). Residents can enter their house (or anyone else’s) into the competition and everyone gets a chance to vote on their favourite. Winners get a plaque to commemorate their achievement and a call-out in our newsletter.


SPRING AND FALL CLEANUP – April and September

This is a community event that coincides with Earth Day each year, where we get together with neighbours to do a clean-up sweep across our local parks. In 2020 we decided to add a second clean-up in September, to coincide with World Clean up Day.

SAFETY AND SECURITY/POLICE LIAISON

The CRA maintains a close liaison with Toronto Police 51 Division through regular communications with our community policing representatives. We also participate in the Community Policing Liaison Committee which brings police and community representatives together several times a year to discuss crime and safety and security challenges and solutions.

CITY LIAISON

The CRA maintains regular communications with representatives at the councillors office for Ward 13 on all sorts of subjects of concern to our residents. These include new developments in and around the neighbourhood, traffic and crosswalk issues, local park amelioration, selection of bike share locations, etc.

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

The CRA has traditionally put out a monthly newsletter to its database of residents. When the pandemic started we upped the frequency and included a round-up of local, city and pandemic/vaccination news, which has proved to be popular with our members.

SOCIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL

In 2020, the CRA started to recruit new board members that can spare a few hours per month to help the association ramp-up its involvement in new initiatives, with a focus on social and environmental issues. This was kicked off in 2020 with a fundraiser for Dixon Hall, which raised over $13,000 for food insecurity in our neighbourhood.

We plan on continuing with these initiatives and our expectations are that anyone joining the board can provide a few hours per month focused on board activities and initiatives.

 

CRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The CRA is run by a volunteer board of up to 12 members of our community (currently we are approved for 10 by our membership, which can be adjusted at the AGM). Board members are involved in all aspects of the associations activities and decision making. Board responsibilities are split across three main areas:

  • Traditional board roles – President, VP, Secretary, Treasury, Communications etc.
  • CRA Events – Forsythia Festival, Pumpkin Walk, Clean-up days, etc.
  • Community focus – Safety and Security, Police liaison, City liaison, etc.

New board members join for an initial term of 2 years, which can be extended by 1 or 2 years.

If you’re interested in hearing more, please drop us a note to info@cabbagetowner.com

 

1 reply on “Call For New Board Members”

Dear CRA Team,

I would love to participate and join the CRA!
I have lived in and around Cabbagetown for over 8 years, and most recently have been living on Wellesley street (between Sackville and Sumach) for the last 6 years, with my partner.

We love the neighborhood, local shops, parks, and overall just living in Cabbagetown! 🙂

We are avid supporters and promoters of many of our local businesses, and do all we can to ensure they continue to get exposure from the maximum amount of people. We love to see the growing on new businesses entering the community (Dova, Revolt, Growers), and we hope this continues on in the upcoming years!

We would love to see a bit more diversity in the CRA board and membership, with more outreach to different cultures, ages, and communities (i.e renters). I think its a great organization, that can be further improved with some additional and new voices and perspectives!

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