I have been a Thornhill resident for the past 25 years. With a background in Urban Planning, Policy development, and Strategic Planning, I got involved with the SFRA when the SpringFarm Redevelopment issue came up. I am currently the Policy Manager at Professional Engineers Ontario, the regulatory body for professional engineering in Ontario.
Vice President & Treasurer
I have lived in the Springfarm Community since 1982. I joined the SFRA in 2015 because I wanted to be more involved and active in the issues facing our community. I was part of the SFRA team that successfully challenged the RioCan proposal to redevelop the Springfarm Marketplace. The issues I am currently following include the Missing Link freight train issue and Air BnB in the community.
I grew up in Thornhill in the 1980’s, when it was a young (and smaller) neighborhood. After living south of Steeles for a few years with my own family, I moved back to Thornhill in 2015. I became interested in volunteering with the SFRA, last year, when I met Pam Taraday at my local park’s Earth Day clean-up. In 2018, I became the Secretary for the SFRA. I enjoy challenges and learning new skills. I am a mother of four homeschooled children, I hold a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University, and I’ve dabbled in various volunteer and entrepreneurial pursuits over the years.
I am the founding president of the SpringFarm Ratepayers Association. Over the past 4 years the SFRA has developed strong relationships within the SpringFarm community, the City of Vaughan, City of Markham, developers and our members of federal and provincial parliaments. I have the privilege of chairing or co-chairing various committees, such as the Missing Link (which is opposed to doubling the number of freight trains through Vaughan and Markham) and the Yonge Street subway north. I also chair a committee that works with the City and developers regarding new proposals that affect our catchment.
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I grew up around Bayview and Finch, but my wife and I have lived in this neighbourhood in the same house since 1985. Our kids were born and grew up here. We’re fine with their demands that we’re never allowed to move. There’ve been changes since we arrived and they’ve been good for the neighbourhood, so I’m in favour of more changes, as long as they provide tangible benefits for the people already living here.
I moved into this community in the summer. We downsized to a Condo at Hilda & Clark; my wife and me. We have 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren. Lived the last 38 years in a house at Don Mills & Steeles. Was actively involved in my community, founder and President of WNENA and served on my Condo townhouse Board for 20 years. I want to bring my experience dealing with people and Politicians to SpringFarm. I know I can be helpful to this Association.