Our committees deal with topics that are important for our members and the Association. Committees contribute their thoughts and ideas to improve our neighborhood, empower local businesses and facilitate cooperation with police divisions and municipal officials.
Much of the detailed work by the Association is done by our committees.
We encourage all of our members to join a committee.
Government Affairs & Small Business
This committee reviews development proposals, construction and upgrades by the City of Toronto, tax policies, traffic, noise and other government matters. In September 2013, we hosted an issues breakfast on taxes and levies with David Soknacki, former City Council budget chief. In November 2013, we held three different breakfast meetings with the individual candidates in the federal by-election. Our 2014 plans include more breakfasts with municipal candidates and with provincial election candidates. Our regular committee meetings will look at development, traffic and noise issues in the area.
Mandate: To advance and protect the interests of our community with respect to federal, provincial and municipal policies and regulations.
Police Liaison & Safety
Safety and security issues affect the Bloor-Yorkville Community. This group maintains a close working relationship with Toronto Police Service 51, 52 and 53 Divisions and officers from each are invited to attend our meetings. In September 2013, we helped to organize a neighbourhood walkabout by Police Chief Bill Blair.
To address safety and security concerns and issues affecting the Bloor-Yorkville Community; to promote community awareness, and maintain a close working relationship with Toronto Police Service 51, 52 and 53 Divisions.
World War II Memorial Project
John Feeley, a longstanding YBB member and a World War II veteran is spearheading this project. It is dedicated to the creation of a memorial to the 4,200 men and women from Toronto who lost their lives while serving during World War ll
Marketing and Membership
This group focuses on our membership base and on the benefits that we deliver to our membership. Several informal after-work receptions were held in 2013 – at Sorrell, Dimmi’s, the Duke of York and the Windsor Arms. More are already being planned for 2014.
Mandate: To retain and expand the membership base, develop & deliver membership benefits.
We have two major special events through the year. In June, we held a jazz gala in the Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt. In September, we organized a golf tournament at Wooden Sticks in Uxbridge. Both are planned again for 2014.
The purpose of this committee is to brainstorm, create and implement special events that the great people within the Bloor-Yorkville area and the YBB members can enjoy, converse, share business tips and company.