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Annual General Meeting Archive

The NBCA holds Annual General Meetings (AGMs) for community members to attend and hear updates from the Board of Directors on their activities as well as participate in discussions on local issues that affect our neighbourhood.

This archive provides an overview of some of our previous AGM discussions and guest speakers.

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July 2016 - The 55th Annual General Meeting

The North Bendale Community Associationís 55th AGM took place on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the Birkdale Community Centre.

Community Association Business
The meeting was chaired by our President, Jason Rodricks. Reports were presented by Jason Rodricks , Rosemary Dennis (Treasurer), Norman Cruse (Webmaster and Bugle Publisher), Cindy Vienneau (Communications) and Murli Marrivada (Vice President).

Again, finances were a key issue. Rosemary Dennis presented the association's 2015 Financial Statements and the Board is closely monitoring our financial situation.

Canada 150 Fund Application
Cindy Vienneau outlined the options being considered by the association to help celebrate Canada's 150 year anniversary. Work will be continuing on readying an application to the Canada 150 Fund.

Our status as a incorporated non-profit association was discussed
The pros and cons of maintaining the association's current status as an incorporated non-profit corporation versus becoming unincorporated were debated. The benefits of the association having a seperate legal existance apart from its members were deemed to outweigh the obligations that remaining incorporated involves.

Nominations for the 56th Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 year were called. The following directors have agreed to return for another year: James Burchell, Norm Cruse, Rosemary Dennis, Gail Doehler, Murli Marrivada, Jason Rodricks, Lumi Rodricks, Hayley Scott and Cindy Vienneau.

April 2015 - The 54th Annual General Meeting

The North Bendale Community Associationís 54th AGM took place on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at St. Richards Catholic School. We had a good turn-out from the community. Guests included: SATEC high school students - Menojh, Grace, Nitin, and Shounak; City Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker; Honourable Brad Duguid MPP for Scarborough Centre; Bennett Donahue attending on behalf of Honourable John McKay MP for Scarborough Guildwood; and Mike Logan TTC Urban Planning.

SATEC High School Team
The students from SATEC at W.A. Porter C.I., as a team, were part of a school program in which they had been designing, building, and racing an F1 (Formula 1) model car. They entered it into competitions and won the Regionals (Canada), and came 2nd in the Nationals (U.S) . Now the whole team gets to represent Canada in Abu Dhabi in November. They described the trials and tribulations of their work, and praised the benefits of: learning to juggle their time efficiently; learning to work as a team; finding their strengths; understanding what real commitment was like. Jason asked the group how we might help. They explained that they were on their own to raise the funding and travel and accommodation, and by speaking to us this evening, hoped that ďpeople who know other peopleĒ might get the word out on their needs, whether it be a service (paint shop), product (construction), or financial assistance.

Scarborough Subway
Mike Logan (Senior Transportation Planner) informed us that a team was working on an assessment of the best route for a subway, from Kennedy station, to Scarborough Town Centre to Sheppard Avenue. Mike also touched on areas of consideration for the routes, such as: existing conditions of the areas; routes that are reasonable and make good sense; components of work; how to prepare the routes. There will be an analysis of the corridors being considered. In the evaluation framework they will consider how each route will serve the people, strengthen places and support prosperity. By June, they will have the 3 best performing corridors to share in meetings with the public.

Question and Answer Session
Following Mike Loganís presentation, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Brad Duguid and Bennett Donahue joined in a Question and Answer Session regarding transportation:

Q. (Jason Rodricks) What benefits from the subway, do you see for the North Bendale Community?
A.(Brad) North Bendale is an important part of Scarborough. The subway will attract business creating more jobs, and give a boost to the economy. ďBoth Glenn and I are Scarborough kids, and had to really fight for getting the Scarborough subway on the table.ď

Q. (Jason) Do we need organization that will drive people to Scarborough, or vice versa?
A. (Glenn) When we extend 3 or 4 more stations, we can move more people in and out of Scarborough. We are losing business from organizations and losing jobs. Oxford Development Corporation will be building in Scarborough. Overall, earlier planning is good, as South of Ellesmere is a stable residential single family home area. North of Ellesmere is all high rise with more to come.

Q. (Murli Marrivada) What do you think of our new mayorís stance on transit?
A. (Brad) We are lucky to have a mayor who thinks Regionally. The next big move after Scarborough is Smart Track, all the way to Kitchener. The goal is to have one card take you through all regions, a type of fare integration where transits share customers. It will be a complicated type of technology.

Q. (Gail Doehler) Does that mean that TTC fare will be based on how for you travel (distance)?
A. (Glenn) We donít know yet. We have to figure out how to share.

Community Association Business
The meeting was chaired by our President, Jason Rodricks. Reports were presented by Jason Rodricks , Rosemary Dennis, our Treasurer, Norman Cruse our webmaster and Bugle publisher, James Burchell (Membership) and Angela Boorne who has responsibility for the tennis club.

A key issue is the state of the associationís finances:
Rosemary pointed out that the largest expense was for printing the Bugle newsletter (3 issues) $2,424.12. To clarify the Donations expense, Rosemary stated that $100 was given to each of our two local public schools (something North Bendale Community Association has done yearly). Closing cash on hand is $1,326.83., which is enough to pay for the final issue of the Bugle plus donations to the schools.

Nominations for the 55th Board of Directors for the 2015/2016 year were called. The following directors agreed to return for another year: James Burchell, Norm Cruse, Rosemary Dennis, Gail Doehler, Jason Rodricks, and Lumi Rodricks.

Interest from the floor:
Murli Marrivada and Hayley Scott were nominated for Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Yvonne Taylor, Past President, made a motion to close the nominations, and accept the new committee.

Refreshments were served at the end of the meeting.


April 2014 - The 53rd Annual General Meeting

The North Bendale Community Associationís 53rd AGM took place on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Richards Catholic School. We had a good turn-out from the community. Guests included Mark Weisner, President of the Midland Park Community Association, and Mike Ehlers from the Glen Andrew Community Association.

Electoral Boundaries Changing
Our first guest Speaker, the Honourable John McKay MP Scarborough-Guildwood, explained that the Federal electoral boundaries will be changing as per Elections Canada for any election called after May 1, 2014, and that Scarborough-Guildwood will then cover the area that extends from McCowan Road east to Morningside Avenue. John said that population growth necessitated those changes. In a similar fashion it is expected that the Provincial electoral boundaries would also change, placing our neighbourhood again in Scarborough-Guildwood.

Strategic Voting
The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, will be the candidate for our area under the new boundary changes. She spoke of strategic voting at the municipal level, wherein the ballot would allow for one to indicate one's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of candidates for an elected position. Bill #166, if passed, will bring that kind of strategic voting in, to be effective as of 2018. It has already passed the 2nd reading at Committee, so far. Twenty-five other cities have already use such a system... Minneapolis, San Francisco and London.

Key Issues for the City
The Honourable Brad Duguid, MPP for Scarborough Centre (our current electoral district) and Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, tabled three issues he believes are key:

  • The subway is first in his view. After a 30 year battle, he feels that we can finally build a City Centre Task Force, that will involve the residents and get a subway built.
  • The Scarborough Hospital governance and potential merger, along with investments in dealing with emergency situations etc. will elicit serious community discussions in the future.
  • Youth post secondary status is such that 161,000 students were added to the system in the last 10 years. A way to make it more affordable needs to be developed.



Local Issues
Glenn DeBaermaeker, who has been our City Councillor for many years now, and has his finger on the pulse of North Bendale residents, and their specific interests, identified the following issues:

  • Scarborough residents have difficulties getting around.
  • Unlike what some critics are saying, 14 to 15 km of subway line doesn't lose money, it makes money.
  • Glenn will not support a 13% pay increase for City Councillors.
  • An 8 million dollar library being built at City Centre will give Scarborough a wonderful asset.
  • While we are all aware that Ellesmere Rd. is falling apart, Glenn informed us that road repairs are so far behind that it will not be fixed this year, and not next year!
  • Scarborough also has a magnificent animal shelter to be proud of. For the last 4 years it has had a great surgery department.



Community Association Business
The meeting was chaired by our President, Jason. Reports were presented by Jason Rodricks , Rosemary Dennis, our Treasurer, Norman Cruse our webmaster and Bugle publisher, and Angela Boorne who has responsibility for the tennis club.

Angela Boorne, Norman Cruse, Rosemary Dennis, Gail Doehler, Jason Rodricks and Lumi Rodericks were elected by acclamation since there were no nominations from the floor. This leaves the association with vacant positions for Vice President, Secretary, Membership and Special Events.

Refreshments were served at the end of the meeting.


April 2013 - The 52nd Annual General Meeting

We enjoyed a good turnout for our AGM the evening of April 17 at North Bendale Junior Public School.

Our guest Speaker, Lorne Ross, presented his plans for Span McCowan and gave us an update on the progress that has been made as this proposal makes it's way through city hall.

Glenn De Baeremaeker, City Councillor for Ward 38, gave us an update on developments in the area north of Ellesmere between Brimley Road and Bellamy Road.

The meeting was chaired by our President, Yvonne Taylor, who later turned the meeting over to President-elect Jason Rodricks. Reports were presented by Yvonne Taylor, Rosemary Dennis, our Treasurer, Norman Cruse our webmaster and Bugle publisher, and Angela Boorne who has responsibility for the tennis club. Many thanks again to Ed Gebert for auditing our financial records.

Angela Boorne, Norman Cruse, Rosemary Dennis, Gail Doehler, Jason Rodricks and Lumi Rodericks were elected by acclamation since there were no nominations from the floor. This leaves the association with vacant positions for Vice President, Secretary, and Membership.

Some scenes from our AGM: Lorne Ross discusses Span McCowan Glenn de Baeremaeker presents Our new President, Jason Rodricks A fond farewell to Yvonne Taylor, outgoing President


April 2012 - The 51st Annual General Meeting

The North Bendale Community Associationís 51st AGM took place on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. We had an impressive turn-out from the community.

Those who attended had the opportunity to meet our guest speakers, Councillor Glenn de Baeremaeker, MPP Brad Duguid and our MP for Scarborough Centre Roxanne James.

Our old Board of Directors was honoured for their contributions and the new Board of Directors was nominated and accepted. Many thanks go out to all who volunteered last year.

Representatives from the Midland Park Community Association and the Glen Andrews Community Association were in attendance to share their support for their neighbours.

Refreshments were served at the end of the meeting.


April 2011 - The 50th Annual General Meeting

The North Bendale Community Association was founded in 1961. The very first Board of Directors was elected 50 years ago at the first Annual General Meeting held the third Wednesday in April. The first president was Brian Harrison who later went on to be the local school trustee and a Metro city councillor.

On April 20, 2011 the 50th Board of Directors was selected.

Special guests included Councillor Glenn De Baermaeker, North Bendale School Principal Sherri Boland and TDSB School Trustee David Smith. Glenn showed his support for the community and talked about the projects around the area that are a result of funding provided by the developers over the years. David spoke about his responsibilities as the new trustee and his efforts to allow schools to be used by community groups such as ours.

Regretfully John Cannis, MP Scarborough Centre was unable to attend, but sent us a certificate congratulating us on our 50th anniversary.

To commemorate our 50 years, we voted on a new logo for the North Bendale Community Association. The winning submission is shown below.

The directors provided refreshments and a 50th year celebration cake that were served to the many supporters who attended the special evening.

To those who have served on the Board of Directors over the past 50 years, we thank you for volunteering your time to help make this a very distinguished community.

For those of you, who have lived in the community for 50 years, please contact the board so that we can record your special status.



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