Council News and Highlights

Salvation Army Carol Sing and Toy Mountain

Thanks to the Richmond Hill Salvation Army for hosting our first ever Christmas Carol singing event at the Mill Pond. I would also like to express my thanks for their work on the Toy Mountain initiative that took place at the Gamble Road Fire Hall before Christmas. Toy Mountain is a community led initiative that works to share the cheer to those in need during the holiday season. Both events were a great success and both represent the Salvation Army’s caring for our community”. Thanks for nurturing the “Spirit of the Season” and for all that you do in Richmond Hill!
Carollers at the Mill Pond
The musical accompaniment
Fire Chief Kraft with friend at Toy Mountain event
2. Community Food Raising Volleyball Tourney
Over 3600lbs of food was raised in late December during an annual Charity Volleyball Tournament organized by Richmond Hill resident, Sonny Dhillon and his team of volunteers. I have been happy to support this group and I applaud their efforts. A great time was had by over 40 young people and many meals will be supplied in support of homeless youth through 360Kids.
Michael Braithwaite CEO of 360kids, talks to the participants before the games
Sonny Dhillon (organizer of the event), myself, and Michael Braithwaite with some of the 3600lbs of food raised for 360kids
3. Thai Pongal
Each year at this time I am delighted to celebrate the havest celebration of Thai Pongal with the York Region Senior Tamils’ Centre. While there is little to harvest in the northern hemisphere in January, people in countries such as Sri Lanka and others in the same geographic area, celebrate the change of seasons and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. We are blessed to be able to share celebrations from all over the world, all year long, right here in Richmond Hill.