Category Archives: BIA Board News

Construction? Festival!

Roncesvalles is under construction, and we are working hard to earn your business.

The RVBIA encourages our neighbours to continue to support business on Roncesvalles through this challenging time. Put your money where your house is—shop locally!

GREAT NEWS! Everything is a go for the 2009 RONCESVALLES POLISH FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 19 AND 20, 2009. Read all about it here!

Ethiopian Delegation Visits Roncesvalles Village

ethiopiandelegationfieldhouse.jpgThe Canadian Urban Institute has an international partnership program that partners with city planners and bureaucrats around the world. This past Friday (June 5), Roncesvalles Village hosted a delegation of Ethiopian city planners from Addis Ababa who wanted to learn about our community development activities. (You can read about the project here: ) They met with Andrew Chomentowski, Vice Chair of the Roncesvalles Village BIA and coordinator Keith Denning. In addition the visit included discussions with Kevin Healey of the Roncesvalles-MacDonnell Residents’ Association and Doug Bennet of the Build Wabash Society.

We met the delegation at the Sorauren Field House, where we discussed how BIAs work, how they are structured, what they can do for businesses and neighbourhoods, and how they connect to the city.

ethiopiandelegationbistro299.jpgAndrew and Keith then took the visitors on a tour of Roncesvalles Village, hosted a Polish lunch at Bistro 299, and enjoyed a great pot of Rwandan coffee from Alternative Grounds. The delegates received RVBIA shopping bags which it is hoped they will use while shopping in Addis Ababa.

The RVBIA is honoured by their visit, proud to show off our neighbourhood, and pleased that Roncesvalles Village was chosen as a leading example of a community that works well for businesses and residents.

Roncesvalles Village Honoured By Visit From First Lady of Poland

Roncesvalles Village was honoured today by a visit from Maria Kaczyńska, First Lady of the Republic of Poland. The First Lady visited Copernicus Lodge this afternoon. RVBIA Chair Tony Cauch and Vice-Chair Andrew Chomentowski were guests at a gala dinner this evening in honour of the First Lady at the John Paul II Centre.ipp_0696.jpg

Above: Tracy Kamino (left, Executive Director, Copernicus Lodge) presents Chleb i sól (bread and salt, a traditional Polish gift of greeting) to Maria Kaczyńska, the First Lady of Poland (right), on her visit to Copernicus Lodge and Roncesvalles Village. They are introduced by Jesse Flis (centre, President of Copernicus Lodge). Right of the First Lady are: Władysław Lizoń, President of the Canadian Polish Congress and Piotr Ogrodziński, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada.

Below: Dignitaries await the arrival of the First Lady of Poland at Copernicus Lodge.


Photos: Andrew Chomentowski (Image Professional Photography), President of the Copernicus Lodge Foundation.

Support Our Local Hospital: Sponsor Tony at Lori’s Legacy Walkathon

tonyloril.jpgFrom RVBIA Chair Tony Cauch:

Every year I participate in Lori’s Legacy Walkathon. Lori’s Legacy has been raising money for cancer research and care at our hospital, St. Joe’s, for ten years now. We’ve raised over $1 million in that time, with over $300,000 going towards a state-of-the-art digital mammography machine. Please sponsor me in the Lori’s Legacy Walkathon by visiting Scotiabank or by clicking here to donate online.

Thank you!

Cheri diNovo Spring Levee

Cheri diNovo Spring Levee March 24, 6:30 p.m. Lithuanian Hall (1573 Bloor St. West at Alhambra)

Our MPP Cheri diNovo has asked me to invite all members of our BIA to attend her annual Spring Levee, honouring Volunteers and New Businesses in our riding. Delicious Food by Max’s Market. All are welcome! You can find out more here:

This event is free but attendees are asked to RSVP to: or (416) 763-5630.