The Churchill Meadows Residents Association was honoured to receive two awards at Heritage Mississauga’s annual Credits Gala. The event was held on October 12, 2017. The CMRA, as an organization, was the recipient of the Community Heritage Award and Dr. Humaira Bashir, a member of CMRA, was the recipient of the Volunteer Heritage Award.
The prestigious Credits Gala is held by Heritage Mississauga every year to honour the work done by volunteer groups, individuals, businesses and public representatives to promote and conserve our city’s heritage. The Churchill Meadows Residents Association was nominated in the Community Heritage Award (group) category. The other two nominees were Friends of the Britannia Schoolhouse and Mississauga Quilters Guild. This recognition is an affirmation, at the municipal level, of the work the CMRA is doing to build the community and promote the diverse culture of Mississauga.
Dr. Humaira Bashir was nominated by CMRA in the category of Volunteer Heritage Award. She is a tireless volunteer and a veteran member of the CMRA’s Board of Directors.
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.
Tile Painting as Churchill Meadows Celebrated Canada’s 150th!
By Shazia Aman
Thousands of people came from across Mississauga and beyond to celebrate Canada 150 at the Canada Day Together Festival in Churchill Meadows. It was estimated that at least 5,000 people attended the July 1st birthday bash!
The Canada Day Together Festival was organized by a steering committee comprised of four local organizations. The CMRA was proud to be one of them! The Festival took a year to plan. Early on, we knew we wanted to do something special to mark Canada 150. One idea was for the community to participate in a tile making activity that would culminate in a mosaic art installation for the new Churchill Meadows Community Centre. With support from the steering committee and a local business, Crock a Doodle, the CMRA took the lead on the tile painting activity.
The tile painting pavilion was at peak capacity for the duration of the activity – even during the downpour! Six tile painting work stations were setup in the CMRA booth. Participants used a six-colour palette and black and white “fun writers” on ceramic tiles expressing what Canada means to them. We attracted over a 1000 children and the young at heart. In the end, we surpassed our goal of 700 tiles.
We want to thank Lora of Crock a Doodle Meadowvale and her team for collaborating with us on the project. We also want to thank our participants, the steering committee, the CMRA Directors and the many Festival volunteers in helping us to make the activity a success. The countdown is now on to seeing the community’s work displayed at the new Community Center when it opens in 2019!
Canada Day Together Festival Highlights: