WWNA History


Well, 2020 was quite the year. Restricted by COVID-19, our actions were limited but we are proud of what we could do: 

  • Held a Fun Family Game Night – January 18, 2020
  • Held our Annual General Meeting – February 26
  • Distributed important, easy to use phone and web resources
  • Distributed the File of Life that we encourage anyone who lives alone to print as a resource for first responders who may need to enter in an emergency. Click here to print
  • Launched our virtual WWNA Neighbourhood Watch program To learn more click here 
  • Thanks to the efforts of Marlene, Nicole, Leanne, Lesley, Cynthia and Eleonora we provided over 185 masks to seniors in our catchment area and the North York Seniors Centre. Thank you as well to York Cemetery who supported this initiative with the donation of some of the supplies


Throughout 2019, the WWNA Board was asked to represent the community on various community initiatives. These included:

•WWNA board members participated on Yonge Street Tragedy Steering Committee which commemorated the April 23rd Van Attack and coordinated 1000 person community dinner in eight locations and provided trauma resources January – April
•Continued to provide input into Abbotsford Park Revitalization and official park opening January to current
•WWNA participated as Community stakeholder in meeting regarding the future of Mel Lastman Square May

Our numerous events included:

•Hosted our Second Emergency Preparedness Session at the Willowdale Lawn Bowling Club October 17
•Coordinated Second Hand Sunday September 29
•Coordinated our First Annual Historical Tour with York Cemetery September 22
•Held our Third Annual Community Garage Sale September 7
•Hosted our Second Member Appreciation Mix’n Mingle August 14
•Hosted Fourth Annual Canada Day Barbeque July 1
•Participated with a table at Doors Open @ Toronto Centre for the Arts – May 25 & 26
•Held Plant & Book Swap @ Churchill Public School – May 26
•Hosted a Willowdale Bird Migration Meet-Up at Edithvale Community Centre – May 11
•Coordinated Second Hand Sunday – April 28
•Led Dempsey Park Clean TO – April 27
•Co-Hosted Community Safety Town Hall in conjunction with Councillor Filion’s office – April 1
•Held Fourth Earth Hour Walk – March 30


• Held Third Annual AGM November 19th at North York Central Library
• Hosted Member Mix’n Mingle October 10
• Held Garage Sale September 8
• Hosted Third Annual Canada Day BBQ July 1
• Led Cemetery and Tree walk (Mary Lynn and Steve) June 9
• Co-Hosted with Edithvale Yonge Community Association – Fireside Chat with John Filion June 5
• Plant and Book Swap at Churchill/Yorkview Fun Fair May 27
• Cemetery and Tree walk led by York Cemetery May 24
• Third Earth Hour Walk March 31
• Emergency Preparedness session held January 25 at the Ontario Historical Society


• Held Second Annual AGM – October 17
• Arranged Community Garage Sale – September 9
• Established WWNA Facebook Page to increase communication avenues
• Expedited Speed Limit Survey sent via email to our distribution list
• Held Second Annual Canada Day BBQ – July 1st
• Held Plant and Book Swap – June 3rd
• Held second Earth Hour Walk – March 25th
• Coordinated neighbourhood Fireside Chat with Councillor John Filion – March 1st (Pre-emptively gathered neighbourhood questions, then posted Q & A’s on the website)
• Added a new Board Member from Churchill Ave.
• 30-40 trees planted on boulevards on Ellerslie and Churchill as a result of canvas done in 2016
• Communicated and Participated in NAV Canada Meeting re Flight Traffic
• Provided input to City on enhancements to Abbotsford Park
• Supported neighbours in opposing development proposals at OMB and TLAB (severances, Committee of Adjustment
• Finalized and posted WWNA Development Guidelines
• Continue with emails, flyer drops and communications


• Held First Annual General Meeting – October 18th
• Held First Canada Day BBQ July 1st
• Held Earth Hour Walk – March 28th
• Canvassed neighbourhood on foot delivering flyers to inform of WWNA
• Obtained sufficient membership (25) for recognition by City Of Toronto as a Neighbourhood Association
• Several Communications via emails and flyers to inform neighbours of issues and updates
• Finalized WWNA Constitution and posted it on the website
• Initiated discussion with Councillor on speed limits/safety and improvements to the area (increasing trees, enhancing area parks)
• Attained membership of 43 members for 2015-2016 fiscal year
• Re-elected 2015 Board Members: Anna Baranowsky, Steven Biggs, Jim Gratsas, Michael Koor, Michelle Oliveira, Mary Lynn Simpson
• Elected two new Directors to the Board – David Chapman and Eugene Terenzio
• Supported neighbours in opposing development proposals (severances, Committee of Adjustment
• Participated as an Association in consultations on Re-imagine Yonge and proposed 401-Yonge interchange.
• Canvassed several houses with boulevards on Ellerslie and Churchill regarding the addition of trees
• Obtained WWNA banner to identify/promote Association at events
• Continued community partnerships with Metro and Maplehern Cooking School
• Established NEW community partnerships with Canterbury Place and York Cemetery


• Conducted WWNA Launch meeting – October 21st
• Held first event: Pizza in the Park – May 31st
• Board of Directors elected – Anna Baranowsky, Steven Biggs, Jim Gratsas, Michael Koor, Michelle Oliveira, Mary Lynn Simpson
• President (Michael Koor), Vice President (Jim Gratsas), Treasurer (Mary Lynn Simpson) and Secretary (Steven Biggs) positions assigned
• Established contact/liaison with neighbouring neighbourhood associations (Edithvale, West Lansing) to learn best practices
• Article written in Bayview Post Magazine featuring new WWNA Association – November 1st
• Established community partnership with Metro, Maplehern Cooking School/The Bus Kitchen


• Volunteer committee formed to organize WWNA with a group of neighbours with the goal of bringing neighbours together