Square One Older Adult Centre Calls Central Parkway Mall New Home

Yesterday, together with the Square One Older Adult Centre (SOOAC or the Centre),  the City of Mississauga announced that SOOAC will be relocating from its current space at Square One Shopping Centre, to the second floor of the Central Parkway Mall at 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. (on the corner of Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. and Central Parkway E.).

“In working together with City staff, I was thrilled that we were able to find an alternative downtown space for the Centre to continue to provide programs and activities for older adults in Mississauga,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “Based on the most recent Census data, our downtown is home to approximately one quarter of Mississauga’s 55 plus population who lead very active lifestyles. The downtown’s older adult population is expected to grow within the next decade, so it was important to find a new location for the Centre that not only met the existing needs of the membership, but allowed for increased growth and accessibility.” Continue reading Square One Older Adult Centre Calls Central Parkway Mall New Home

The Riverwood Conservancy Receives Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

Celebrated at the annual Riverwood Garden Soirée

 The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) was recognized for its Ontario Trillium Foundation grant at the annual Riverwood Garden Soirée on Friday, June 9.

MPP Harinder Takhar and Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer Linden King brought greetings at the event and recognized TRC as the recipient of a three-year, $218,300 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to help expand on its Enabling Garden and its associated nature-based programs for children and youthwith special needs.

“The Riverwood Conservancy is very deserving of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant in the amount of $218,300,” said MPP Harinder Takhar. “The Riverwood Conservancy is a vital part of our community, using environmental education and discovery programming for different groups to bring thousands of people to Riverwood each year. The Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant will help expand more therapeutic, nature-based initiatives for over 300 children and youth facing barriers in developing strong emotional and social skills to develop these integral life skills.”

The Riverwood Garden Soirée was a great success with more than 200 guests in attendance, raising funds for TRC. Proceeds from the event support TRC community programs in environmental education, conservation stewardship, gardening, therapeutic horticulture and volunteerism.

“Not only was the Soirée a beautiful evening under the stars, it was incredibly beneficial for our programs,” said Douglas Markoff, Executive Director, TRC. “We take great pride in connecting people to nature and thanks to the generosity of our guests and patrons, we will continue to create memorable experiences at Riverwood.”

Event Highlights

  • The evening’s menu included a local asparagus and strawberry risotto courtesy of Capra’s Kitchen by celebrity Chef Massimo Capra
  • The live auction featured unique items, including a fly fishing adventure and a wheelbarrow full of hand-selected wines
  • Entertainment was provided by the talented local 10 piece band TaterVox

Continue reading The Riverwood Conservancy Receives Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

You Only Turn 150 Once – Celebrate this Canada Day in Style

It’s not just another Canada Day and the event on Mississauga Celebration Square isn’t just any event.

This year, the Square’s free Canada Day festivities, inspired by Canada’s 150th Anniversary, focuses on celebrating what connects us as Canadians. From food and music to art and heritage, residents and visitors are invited to be a part of the experience that brings us all together.

Join Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council as they kick-off Canada Day with a special Canada 150 Parade of Nations presented by Carassauga. This is followed by an Official Ceremony which includes a reaffirmation oath which allows attendees the opportunity to re-confirm their Canadian Citizenship.

Later on, join internationally-renowned JUNO Award winner K’NAAN on the main stage while he performs his hit Wavin’ Flag and many others.

Farah Nasser, Alan Carter, Jeff McArthur and Crystal Goomansingh from Global News will host the event which includes a full day of family-friendly entertainment. Continue reading You Only Turn 150 Once – Celebrate this Canada Day in Style

City Gets the Ball Rolling on Boxed Soccer Pitch in Mississauga’s Downtown Core

After a successful pilot project last fall, the City of Mississauga has entered into a nine-year sponsorship agreement with The Daniels Corporation to build an outdoor boxed soccer pitch to be named ‘Daniels Community Field’ in Mississauga’s downtown core.

“As a soccer enthusiast and advocate of outdoor sports and recreation, I am thrilled to be able to announce this upcoming installation of a boxed soccer pitch for the residents of Ward 4 and for those living within the downtown,” said Ward 4 Councillor John Kovac. “This is exactly what I had envisioned for our downtown core, not just a public amenity but a boxed soccer pitch that will rival the ones that I have seen in urban, European locales. This will be the very first of its kind here, not just in Mississauga but in all of Canada! I am proud of the work that has gone into securing this partnership and I look forward to continuing to promote active and healthy lifestyles here in our city.”

The pitch will be located at Prince of Wales Dr. and Living Arts Dr. [MAP] for a minimum of three years. It is transferable to other locations should Daniels require the use of their property before the completion of the nine-year agreement.

“The feedback we received from the community was incredibly supportive. Many felt that the pitch instilled a sense of community, creating a place where residents of all ages and abilities could enjoy watching or playing soccer,” said Laura Piette, Director, Parks and Forestry. “We received many resident inquiries asking when the pitch would be put back up after we completed the pilot, so we knew we had backing from the community to pursue this initiative. Bringing back the pitch allows us to provide an outdoor space for play in an area where parkland is limited and population density is high.” Continue reading City Gets the Ball Rolling on Boxed Soccer Pitch in Mississauga’s Downtown Core

AGM Appoints Four New Members to the Board of Directors

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is thrilled to announce the appointments of several new members to the Board!

On June 5, 2017, the members of the AGM supported the recommendation of the current Board of Directors to elect four new stellar candidates to the Board, bringing its total to 8.

Welcome new board members!

Catherine Hale, Curator, Creative Campus Galleries, Sheridan Campus
Zainub Verjee, Executive Director of Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)
David K. Wojcik, President and CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade
Councilor John Kovac, Ward 4 Mississauga (Ex-Officio City Liaison)

“We are all impressed with the enthusiastic acceptance by all of the above to their appointments and look forward to working with them towards advancing the goals and the exciting direction of the AGM – First. New. Next – all of which enhance the cultural fabric of the City of Mississauga and beyond.”

– Stan Zigelstein, Board Chair, AGM Continue reading AGM Appoints Four New Members to the Board of Directors