Despite the light rain that fell all day, Light Up Riverside was a success!
It was a great event full of great moments at our annual tree lighting. It was inspiring to once again see the Mustard Seed Courtyard packed with kids, smiling faces, and lovely meeting and catching up with so many of our neighbours and friends.
THANK YOU to our hosts at Fontbonne Ministries for welcoming us again to their courtyard and cozy indoor area. We lit up the beautiful 15-foot real tree and decked out the courtyard with hundreds of lights and decorations, which will grace Riverside and Mustard Seed until January.
We were happy to have this opportunity to recognize our fabulous Riverside volunteer Ron Fletcher with the Jack Memorial Korman Award for 2018, presented by our BIA Chair Mitch and his young daughter (3rd generation of Riverside BIA!). Ron, a former Riverside BIA Chair, he’s been a continuous helping hand throughout the years with his knowledge and historical background! In 2018, specifically, he put together our Film Walk for the Doors Open Toronto!
Our always supportive local politicians, Councillor Paula Fletcher, MPP Peter Tabuns and MP Julie Dabrusin, brave the rain and came out to meet & greet the community.
We had a photobooth, a Reindeer and lots of crafts for kids, the Toronto Beach Chorale warmed us up with Christmas songs and their beautiful voices. Thanks to The Opera House Grill for donating hot chicken noodle soup, already a staple in the event and always a success.
Thank you Drew Dopwell, for fixing the electrical glitches during the rain and making sure we had an amazing light up moment!
Last but not least, none of this would have happened without the support of our many volunteers from George Brown School of ESL, as well as our BIA Marketing Committee, BIA office staff, and interns Aurora Micha and Chelsea Jorge from the York University.
Thanks to everyone in the community who came out to take part, and provide donations to Mustard Seed and enjoy the memories! All photos from Giancarlo Pawelec | Pawelec Photos.
Thanks to our Volunteers from George Brown School of ESL