RoncyWorks Green Team Profiles
In celebration of Garden Days 2018, the Roncesvalles Village BIA is showcasing the dedicated community members who maintain our sidewalk gardens and beautify our vibrant street.
Garden at 413 Roncesvalles
Karen Pivnick is volunteer gardener for Roncy Works and a resident of Roncesvalles Village for over 30 years. She maintains the garden bed at 413 Roncesvalles Ave, in front of the Westerly Bar and Village Meat deli.
This is Karen’s second season gardening with RoncyWorks. Karen joined RoncyWorks to combine “her love of gardening” with community involvement. She took over maintenance of the native plant garden planted by former RoncyWorks Green Team volunteer, Heidi Eisenhauer, after she moved away. What she finds most inspiring about gardening is watching her plants evolve and flourish, as well as seeing the joy her garden brings to people.
Karen began gardening at a young age, experiencing the “creativity and work that was required” through her parents early on. As a homeowner, Karen has been “maintaining the plants on her property for over 30 years”.
Despite her experience, being “a part of RoncyWorks and working with a dedicated group of gardeners” has allowed her to learn more about gardening from fellow community members. Furthermore, maintaining a street garden has given her a different perspective of the craft. “We can care for street gardens as you would a personal garden,” said Karen. “However, you need to manage expectations when a garden is in a public space. Selected plants must be able to survive wear and tear, worn soil and drought conditions.”
After two community consultations, the preliminary design elements for the new mural will be presented by artists Philip Cote and Jim Thierry Bravo at Roncy Rocks on June 9. at 1:30 pm. They will be on hand to discuss their components with community members until 3:30 pm. The community consultation will take place at the site of the future mural oat Garden and Roncesvalles Avenue, next to Solarski Pharmacy. Roncy Rocks will serve as another opportunity for community members to participate in the mural envisioning process.
The mural project is being funded by the Roncesvalles Village BIA in partnership with the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto program.
To learn more about the project, read our post A New Mural for Roncesvalles Village.
More information on Rocky Rocks can be found on their website.
The Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area (RVBIA) is seeking candidates for two jobs:
- Roncy Rocks Sponsorship Manager
- RVBIA Coordinator
Roncy Rocks Sponsorship Manager position is a short-term contract for Roncy Rocks, an RVBIA event celebrating music, arts, and community to be held on Roncesvalles Avenue, June 17, 2017. The Sponsorship Manager is responsible for soliciting and securing sponsorship dollars to enable the Roncy Rocks planning team to execute a successful event. The event is budgeted at 2016 levels but has significant room to grow if additional sponsorship funds can be secured. Read more about the Roncy Rocks Sponsorship Manager position and how to apply.
The RVBIA Coordinator position is a part-time contract to ensure the successful execution of Sponsored Events for the RVBIA (Roncy Rocks, Roncesvalles Polish Festival, and other) as well as the smooth running of the RVBIA, in conjunction with the Manager. This role reports to the Manager, RVBIA. Read more about the RVBIA Coordinator position and how to apply.
Application Deadline for either position: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 5 PM
On behalf of the Roncesvalles Village BIA, I wish to extend condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Coun. Rob Ford; who passed away today, March 22, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. His commitment to the City of Toronto, and this organization, is acknowledged and appreciated. — Chair Emeritus, Tony Cauch