Press Release – Annual General Meeting

February 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm


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 Glenway Preservation Association Marks 1st Anniversary with

Renewed Direction and Mandate


For Immediate Release

February 19, 2013

 The Glenway Preservation Association (GPA), held its first Annual General Meeting on February 12, 2013 to set its future direction and reconfirm its mandate on behalf of its members. 

 Ron Kassies, outgoing president of the GPA, provided an overview of the group’s accomplishments since its inception last April, 2012. The GPA is the sole incorporated and official association registered with the Town of Newmarket to represent the residents of Glenway against the development of the golf course and preserve the integrity of the “open green space” zoning of the property in the Town’s Official Plan.

 ‘It has been a real pleasure to lead the GPA the past year and a half and I want to thank the executive team, all of the volunteers, and especially the community for standing behind this important fight that we know will be won’ said Mr. Kassies.

 Committee chairs followed Mr. Kassies, with reports on activities relating to Town planning, legal and technical issues, communications and finance. The newly-established Fundraising Committee outlined plans for a series of events designed to raise funds to support the GPA’s plans to defend preservation of the Glenway lands at the Ontario Municipal Board, where the matter is undoubtedly headed.

 Following the announcement of Mr. Kassies’ resignation due to a family career move, the membership elected a new Executive Committee. Christina Bisanz becomes the incoming president, David Sovran the new vice-president. Lois MacDonnell was re-elected Treasurer, and Wendy Van Straten will continue as Secretary.

 Ms. Bisanz concluded the meeting by thanking Ron Kassies for his leadership of the organization, and commitment to preserving the Glenway lands. As the founding president of GPA, she noted that “Ron kept us focused strategically, ensuring that we established and maintained credibility and kept our approach fact-based”.

 For the future, Ms. Bisanz advised that in addition to continuing to address technical issues related to its opposition of the development, key priorities will be to raise funds, and recruit volunteers to assist with events, communication and fundraising. Bisanz also noted that the GPA will be challenged to continue to engage the community in a positive way. “We cannot allow apathy and disbelief to stand in the way of our fight,” she said. “The community needs to stand together to win, or face seeing this precious green space paved over.”

 For more information contact:

 Brian Gard

Chair, Communications Committee



Christina Bisanz



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