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Tom Kasanda – President, Treasurer, Director

Tom recently moved to enjoy the natural beauty of Scarborough Village following a 32-year career as a Project Manager, Designer, and Cultural Institution Consultant for the Ontario Science Centre.  He has a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation and has used creativity, design tools, methodologies, and user-centered thinking in leading multidisciplinary teams in the development of international museum projects. Tom believes in teamwork and the power of diverse thinking in solving problems. As part of the CSVSWRA founding team, he sees this work as a challenge, a necessity, and an honour. Working with dedicated individuals, he hopes to contribute to the process of building a greatly needed residents association that will support healthy and resilient neighbourhoods.

 

Marina Tadenc – Vice President, Chair of the Communications and Community Affairs Committee, Director

 

Marina has visited many cities around the world and sees value of balanced open spaces & walkable communities that promote thriving local business.  5 years ago, Marina and her husband were excited to find their forever home in the Cliffcrest Scarborough Village Community where tree lined streets, homes and nature blend together harmoniously as part of the entire landscape. In this short time there has been a considerable increase of new development gradually changing the character of these neighbourhoods.

 

New Development, increased density on out dated Infrastructure has a huge impact on the quality of life. Using her Global Corporate experience in process and project management, her resourcefulness, critical thinking and her methodical approach, Marina is committed to collaborating with neighbourhoods to influence positive change while keeping an eye on the big picture advocating for a community that thrives through thoughtful and smart development. Marina is a founding member.

 

Yvonne Di Tullio – Secretary, Director      

 

Yvonne grew up in West Hill and moved to Scarborough Village in 2011. With her husband and two school-age children, the family adores the natural heritage and the cottage-country feel of our neighbourhoods, as well as the healthy mix of populations.  She has a background in Sciences and Masters in Environmental Planning and Urban Development from the University of Toronto, as well as decades of experience working in energy, environmental, and transportation policy. Yvonne is one of the association’s founding members and has a keen interest to build and preserve healthy, livable cities and strong communities and is a member of the Planning and Development Committee.

 

Janet May – Co-Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, Director

 

Janet is now retired from paid work, having led the campaign to eliminate the cosmetic use of pesticides in Toronto while working at the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA).   She also worked with community groups across the province to help them obtain local pesticide bylaws.  Janet loves gardening with native plants, curling at Tam Heather and wants to live in a community where Ents really exist.

 

Alan Burt – Co-Chair of the Planning and Development Committee, Director

 

Alan is now retired after more than 40 years as a certified environmental professional, an aquatic biologist and biostatistician for environmental consulting firms in Ontario.  He has lived in the Cliffcrest Community for over 40 years and has come to love the proximity to nature, with expansive tree canopies and the associated wildlife.  He became involved in opposing local overbuilds in 2018 and has pursued learning about the regulatory processes that guide development in our part of Toronto. As part of this, he is part of the original group that pushed to form the CSVSWRA.

 

Mike Poirier – Chair of Membership and Fundraising Committee, Director

 

Mike is retired from his position as Secondary School Principal with the Toronto District School Board. He is a long-time resident of South Scarborough, since 1952. Mike has volunteered as a coach for many community-based basketball, baseball and soccer teams. He was also on the organizing committee for the Ontario Special Olympics. Over the years he has seen many changes to South Scarborough, not all of them beneficial to the residents. He is committed to preserving the unique characteristics of our neighbourhood and was a part of the founding team.