Council News and Highlights


  1. Richmond Hill Museum Feasibility Study

Council recently considered the recently completed Museum Feasibility Study. For complete details please click here and here. There are several possibilities outlined in this report intended to fulfil the need for a museum in Richmond Hill that will properly represent the history of our community. In the immediate future Council have directed staff to consider upgrades to the existing museum facilities at Elgin West Community Centre and at our Amos Wright House Facility on Church St. so these facilities can better serve our community in showcasing our history.

  1. Raising the Flag for Autism autism

April 2nd was proclaimed World Autism Awareness Day in the Town of Richmond Hill. Autism Ontario joined members of Council to “Raise the Flag” for Autism again this year. It is always a pleasure meeting these representatives and learning more about Autism Ontario and the great work that they do in our community.


  1. Qingming Festival and Announcement of Chinese Memorial Garden

In Chinese tradition, there is the Qingming Festival on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. The Qingming Festival is an opportunity for celebrants to remember and honour people’s ancestors at grave sites.  In recognition of this occasion members of Council were invited to a press conference announcing a new Chinese Memorial Garden beng built on Bethesda Road in Oak Ridges.


  1. Bowl for Kids Sake

Each year Council have participated in Bowl for Kids Sake to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of York Region. It is a great cause and a great promotion for this worthwhile organization. It is also an event that reminds me that professional bowling is not something that will be in my future!


  1. Cultural Summit Report


At the third annual Cultural Summit, held in March, visitors learned about current Richmond Hill Cultural Plan projects and activities that took place in 2015. The annual event featured the premiere of films produced during the Digital Storytelling Workshop that was held last fall. The result of this workshop was six heartfelt films created by six Richmond Hill residents. Each film shares their experience as newcomers to Canada. Visitors to the Summit also enjoyed music and performances by local artists including Oleg Samokhin, York Region Chamber Music, Carman Chu and Justin Lui, RGSS Jazz Combo, and Opera York with a special opening and closing ceremony by Jacob Charles, First Nations drum and pipe carrier, CEO of First Nation Cultural Tours on Georgina Island.  In addition, community art organizations were on hand so visitors could learn more about local programs, events and how to get involved. This is a really great event as it showcases, strengthens and connects artists in our community. To view some of the Capturing Stories or Cultural Icon Videos produced in past years visit and follow the menu to Capturing Stories and Cultural Icons Videos. (part 5 in the Capturing Stories Section – The Future of Richmond Hill is very funny – I recommend it)

 Richmond Hill High Fives 2016 Sports Champion Award Winners


Each year council hosts an event to honour excellence in our sporting community. A number of awards were given out this year. Included in this year’s award winners were David Stewart (Sprint Kayaking), Denis Shapovalov (Tennis), Mark Gorodnitsky (Figure Skating), Conrad Orzel (Figure Skating), Cara Pekos (Cross Country Skiing), Alec Guinzbourg (Figure Skating), 2014-2015 Richmond Hill Stars Peewee AA (Hockey), Tessa Shapovalova (Tennis Coach Award), Kaelyn Thom (Soccer Coach Award). I had the honour of presenting to the Richmond Hill Raiders 2001 OPDL Boys (Soccer). For more information about nominating a coach, team, or individual athlete for the 2017 the Sports Awards click here.

 7. Richmond Hill’s Leading Women and Girls

Recently 25 women were honoured in our community in a ceremony hosted by MPP Reza Moridi and

Minster Responsible for Women’s Issues Tracy MacCharles. These women are proven leaders in our community. The honourees are Jathusha Mahenthirarajan, Zahra Akhavian; Nika Baghaie; Josie Brunetto-Manella; Franca D’Abruzzo; Christina Doyle; Badri Ghahreman; Dr. Jian Guan; Shelagh M. Harris; Ferial Khabiri; Rain Liu; Ushpreet Mehta; Enid Mills; Sahar Mirshafie; Kathleen Mochnacki; Bertha Mohl; Karen Mortfield; Maryam Nazemi; Fatima Sajan; Mariam Labib Saleh; Mona Samadi; Mahnaz Shahbazi; Rhelda Stockall; Maggie Veltheer; Minnie Wang. For a synopsis of the event including photos please visit:

Congratulations to all honourees!

  1. Pleasantville Public School – Family Fitness Night


Earlier this month Pleasantville Public School hosted a night of fun and family fitness. A great time was had by all attendees – both kids and their parents. Events such as Drum Fit, Boot Camp, Zumba and Family Twister were available for attendees to participate in and have fun as a family while doing so. It was a great event that delivered an important message about the value of fitness for the whole family. Thanks to the staff and many parent volunteers for making this happen. It seems that fitness is a “family affair”!