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Annual General Meeting of the Weston Heritage Conservation District

We held our 2008 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 27, at York West Seniors – Eagle Manor, 1901 Weston Road. The main purpose of the meeting was to establish the legal framework necessary for the completion of the WHCD Phase 2 Study. More than fifty Weston residents were on hand to learn about and vote on a motion to incorporate the WHCD, and to elect a new Board of Directors.

Residents learn about the WHCD Phase 2 Study

WHCD President, Cherri Hurst, called the meeting to order and introduced guest speaker Rob Leverty of the Ontario Historical Society. Rob offered an overview of the OHS and described its tireless efforts to preserve and promote Ontario’s history. Created in 1899 by an Act of Provincial Parliament, the OHS is the only not-for-profit body in North America that has the authority to incorporate its affiliated members. Rob outlined the many benefits available to historical associations that choose this option:

  • An incorporated organization is assured a permanent existence. Its name will become officially recognized and protected
  • Incorporation limits the participants’ exposure to legal liability
  • As a not-for-profit corporation, the organization may qualify for provincial and federal grants, and can apply for registered charitable status, enabling it to issue tax deductible receipts to donors

Residents enjoyed Rob Leverty’s presentation

Following Rob’s presentation, the community unanimously carried a motion, moved by Weston resident Dan Harris, to authorize the WHCD to join the OHS as an affiliate member, and enable the OHS to facilitate the incorporation of the WHCD as a registered, not-for-profit organization.

Next, the Board thanked the many volunteers who have delivered flyers advertising our Phase 2 community meetings. They include:

Patricia Adele
Rahul Arora and Denise Basso
Maureen Condon
Terry Dalton
Janet Fahey and Howard Sedding
Steve and Virginia Foster
Pearl Goodman
Dan Harris
Julia Hattori and Fred Kay
Cherri Hurst
Margaret Irving
Nijole Keirstead
Bob McCartney
Bruce Robb
Neil Saito and his daughter
Diane Varga
Mary-Lynn Vella
Suri Weinberg-Linsky
Heather Zorzini

Residents were then treated to exciting news – the impending launch of the WHCD’s website, made possible thanks to the generosity of Weston resident Steve Foster, owner of Foster Applications - specialists in website design, who has stepped forward to volunteer his services to the Weston Heritage Conservation District.

Website applications specialist Steve Foster gives residents a preview of “things to come”

Concluding the business segment of the AGM, residents were asked to elect a slate of officers and directors to the WHCD Board, comprising five women and five men from all corners of Weston Village.

Rounding out a fascinating evening, President Cherri Hurst detailed for residents the many intricacies of researching a home in Weston. She encouraged Phase 2 home owners to involve themselves in the task of ferreting out and recording the history of their homes. The results will be catalogued and will eventually form part of the Weston Village Phase 2 Study. Cherri’s presentation notes are included in this website.

WHCD President Cherri Hurst explains to residents how to research the history of their homes

We would like to express our gratitude to the many residents who demonstrated their support for the WHCD by attending the AGM!

All AGM photographs courtesy of Victoria Garofalo

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