Crime Prevention Town Hall

Residents Learn Tips for Crime Prevention

By: Colleen Ramalheiro

On Wednesday, November 15, Ward 10 Councillor Sue McFadden hosted a crime prevention town hall meeting at the Churchill Meadows Activity Centre. Peel Crimestoppers, Safe City Mississauga, Mississauga Security, Peel Regional Police as well as special guest, Police Chief Jennifer Evans, all shared important crime prevention information with residents.   As a resident and a homeowner, there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your property.

Do you have a neighbourhood watch on your street? A recent study has shown that this program, where neighbours look out for one another, can reduce crime by 61%.  If you would like to start a neighbourhood watch in your area, go to http://safecitymississauga.on.ca/programs/neighbourhood-watch/ to learn the steps you will need to take. You will be asked to canvass your neighbours to collect contact information. Once you have at least 50% of your neighbours on board, arrangements will be made for you all to attend an hour-long information session. Not only will this make your street safer, but it is a great way to get to know your neighbours.

Break and Enters remain of concern for Churchill Meadows residents. There are measures you can take to make your property more secure. More than 50% of break-ins come in through the front door. It is common for builders to install doors with screws that are typically less than one inch. Simply replacing these screws with longer ones, 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches, will make your door less prone to being kicked in.

Can you see your front door or windows from the street? Bushes and trees that obscure these points of entry make your home more attractive to burglars. Trim or remove landscaping to maintain clear sight lines.  Ensure that your home looks lived in, even when you are away. Arrange to have snow cleared and mail picked up. Have lights on a timer – or even better, invest in lights that can be turned on and off with an app on your smart phone.

Most burglars do not want to encounter the homeowner, so they knock first to see if anyone is home. For this reason, people are advised to always answer the door.  This does not mean that you always have to open the door. You can speak through the door. The key is to let would-be thieves know someone is at home.  When you are not at home, you can use new technology to trick thieves. Products like the Ring doorbell are particularly useful. These doorbells have a motion activated camera that starts recording when someone approaches the door. Even if you are not home, you can see who is at your door and speak with them in real time using an app on your phone. For more tips visit https://www.peelpolice.ca/en/crimeprevention.asp.

All of the speakers at the Crime Prevention town hall, from the chief of Police to the City of Mississauga Security, emphasized how important it was for the public to report any suspicious activity. Anything that seems out of place on your street could be suspicious, like a stranger sitting in a parked car for a long time or someone knocking on doors to see who is home. Often, people feel hesitant to call; however, it is better to error on the side of caution. The police don’t mind – you are not wasting their time! Information from the public can be used to solve crimes or prevent future crimes. So, if you “see something, say something”.

November 15th’s Crime Prevention town hall meeting provided residents with a wealth of information. By taking steps as individuals and by working as a community, we can help keep Churchill Meadows a great neighbourhood and a safe place to live.

Introducing The Heritage Trail

By Zaineb Survery

Mississauga has a long history that is proudly displayed in different pockets of the city, be it in the form of museums, permanent exhibitions, or heritage homes. As a newer community, Churchill Meadows has yet to find a way to commemorate its history. With a population of approximately 40,000 people, it’s time we recognize the humble beginnings and development of the place we call home.

I have initiated a community partnership with the CMRA, the City of Mississauga and Heritage Mississauga to establish a “Heritage Trail” at the new 9th Line Community Cente, which will be built by 2019. The Heritage Trail will feature plaques highlighting different historical aspects of the Churchill Meadows area – from natural history, to early pioneer development, to current demographic and environmental features. I am very grateful for the support each organization is providing within the project.

My biggest motivation for pursuing the Heritage Trail project is the youth. Every time I walk into our local library and schools I see how enthusiastic and proactive our youth are to learn. In my view, the first step in caring for something is knowing about it – and what’s more important than to care about where you live?

I admit history may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, even if ONE from a group of a hundred manages to be proud of where they came from and positively represent themselves as they go abroad, the Heritage Trail is worth it!

If you are interested to know more or would like to volunteer and help in the Heritage Trail project, please contact me at editorchurchillmeadows@gmail.com

Volunteer Appreciation Night

By Swetha Sairam

“There are two kinds of Heroes – Marvel Heroes and [then] there is The Volunteer,” inspirational words said by Wassam Sheikh Qassim, from Eden Food for Change to a roomful of young volunteers at the Volunteer Appreciation Night hosted by CMRA on October 2, 2017.

The evening started with Shazia Aman, President of the CMRA, introducing the special guest, Terry Clark, an avid volunteer of Habitat For Humanity and chairs the Family Selection Committee of Halton Mississauga. In her speech, she pointed out the benefits of volunteering and gave examples of how volunteering can become a passion for future professional endeavors. She drew references from her own life and how enriched her life has become as a result.

“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless” drew a round of applause from the young dedicated volunteers. Terry also brought to light that volunteering was not just for graduation requirements alone but rather it helps build contacts, provides chances to meet people and use a skill or talent. As well, it makes for a healthier and stress-free life.  She pointed out that there are multiple choices in volunteering, such as charities, affordable housing and family oriented non- profits. She mentioned Erin Oaks Kids and Sleeping Children around the World. Both groups thrive with help from volunteers. Choosing an organization that identifies with your passion and interests is key to a successful volunteer. Ending her speech, she said that the sense of community feeling is strengthened by volunteering and it is a chance to give back to the community and the world.

How well that relates to what Adnan Moinuddin said, “Volunteering makes for a better world now and [for the] future than it is today.”

All the volunteers were presented with certificates and Tim Horton’s gift cards.  Select volunteers among the parents and members were appreciated for “going all the way and who gave above and beyond”. In the few hours of the evening, the young volunteers understood the importance and need of their efforts especially to those whom they have helped. They understood the phrase “You Can Make a World of Difference” all too well.

A Look Back at KiteFest 2017

By Zaineb Survery

While most of us took the last few precious weeks of summer off to enjoy with family and friends, members of the Churchill Meadows Resident Association were busy planning Mississauga’s first ever KiteFest, held right here in Churchill Meadows!

Their effort, clearly and visibly, flew high on that warm and sunny Saturday, the 16th of September.  Right away I saw the enthusiasm and pride of the many student volunteers – wearing the green CMRA t-shirts, helping in anyway they could. And you could see they felt good about helping too. That is what community is all about – supporting and building leaders.

I was also pleased to see various community groups represented at the event. Everyone from local dignitaries, to police officers and firefighters letting children sit in firetrucks and police cruisers were in attendance. Money raised by the charity BBQ and other food vendors was donated to Eden Food for Change, a local Foodbank.

However, the most excitement was displayed in the lineups of the young and young at heart at the DIY kite-making stations and the hot air balloon rides – by far, the hottest item at the event!

Overall, in my view, CMRA deserves a 10/10 for showing community leadership and initiative in hosting the first ever KiteFest in Mississauga. A kite festival has been long overdue in our vibrant city and I’m so proud of my community for hosting one. It brought together residents, community leaders, outreach groups, youth, officials, civil servants and the foodbank.

Will I return next year if the CMRA hosts KiteFest again? Absolutely! Helping and supporting one another is what this community does, after all.

Post Kite Fest 2017

Diverse Kites Dotted Churchill Meadows Skyline

By: Adnan

The sky above Churchill Meadows Community Common Park was decorated with kites on Saturday, September 16th.  Churchill Meadows Residents Association organised the first kite festival in Churchill Meadows in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The mood was festive and sunny skies brought droves of people to the park. The festival that attracted over a 1000 people, aimed to bring the joy of kite flying to the community. Festival attendees revelled in this multicultural display of diverse kites, thus uniting under one common passion. Participants were able to purchase, make or even bring kites from home. There were kite building workshops and free kites were given away. Kite flying association members also displayed their large kites for people to see and take pictures with.

Other complimentary activities, such as Hot Air Balloon rides and kids’ sports, also helped in providing variety of activities to choose from. The lineup of hot air balloon ride seeker was long and did not let up. Kids lined up to try out the sports offered at the kids’ zone activity. The dunk Tank was especially a hit with young and old alike.

The festival giving spirit was the brightest at the food court, where there was a charity barbeque going on. We helped raise seven hundred dollars for Eden Food for Change and hope to make a difference in the lives of many in our community. Thank you to all who purchased food at the festival and helped their neighbours.

KiteFest would have not been possible without the help of the volunteers, community service providers, and the sponsors.

Kite Fest Gallery

KiteFest is coming to Churchill Meadows

Drum Roll! KiteFest is coming to Churchill Meadows

By Shazia Aman

In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the CMRA is planning the first annual fall kite festival with the food sale proceeds going to Eden Food for Change.

KiteFest aims to provide entertainment close to home. We will begin with tethered Hot Air balloon rides in the morning and kite flying in the afternoon.

Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on kite building activity. Several kite building stations will be setup as ‘Do it yourself’ kite making, where we will also have an area designated for flying your handmade kites. All necessary supplies and decorating materials will be provided free of charge – while supplies last.

An exhibition of flying large multi line kites will be presented by The Toronto Kite Fliers Association where member will showcase their unique kites and flying expertise. The festival will serve the multigenerational diverse community of Churchill Meadows. A large number of residents of this community have memories of kite festivals in their cultures.

Churchill Meadows KiteFest will not only invoke the memories of the past, but will surely help to make new ones. We are excited for you to come out and enjoy this wonderful event!

 

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