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Request for Proposals

Website Re-Design and Development

The Roncesvalles Village BIA is seeking proposals for the re-design and development of our new website.

Responses are due no later than July 10 at 4 p.m.

Project Overview

Our website’s primary objective is to promote Roncesvalles Avenue — its commerce, events, amenities, community and culture — thereby sustaining our thriving main street, driving consumer traffic to our Members and stimulating employment and economic growth. We want to position our brand (our main street) as a must visit destination, and a great place to live and work.

This will be done by:

  • strengthening customer and community loyalty to our businesses
  • attracting new visitors
  • recruiting volunteers for our marketing and operational activities
  • capturing the stories and images that exemplify our culture, uniqueness and initiatives.

Project Timelines

  • RFP Sent: June 22, 2018
  • Questions due by June 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Proposals Due: July 10, 2018
  • Finalists Selected & Contacted : July 11, 2018
  • Shortlist interviews: July 13, 2018
  • Winner Selected & Contracted : July 16 , 2018
  • Project Kick-off : July 17, 2018
  • New Website Launch Target Date: November 16, 2018 to be confirmed with vendor

Thank you for your interest in responding to this RFP. We look forward to your response.

View the Request for Proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Feihl at manager@nullroncesvallesvillage.ca no later than June 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

About us

The Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) exists to improve business conditions for its business members on Roncesvalles Avenue through street beautification, property maintenance, events and marketing, while spurring economic development and community building.

 

Meet Abby Bushby

RoncyWorks Green Team Profiles

To mark Garden Days 2018, the Roncesvalles Village BIA is showcasing the dedicated community members who maintain our sidewalk gardens and beautify our vibrant street.

Abby Bushby

Abby Bushby is the Chair the Friends of Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden organization and a volunteer gardener with Roncy Works. She maintains the Peace Garden located at the eastern corner of Roncy and Dundas.

The Peace Garden was constructed in 2016, “after a few years of research, advocacy, community collaborations, artistic planning, and drumming up of support.” This collaboration included a partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, who have designated the Peace Garden as a “place of heritage and continued interest through the Moccasin Identifier Project.

According to Abby, advocating for the Peace Garden was about beautification and commemoration. “Gardening at the Peace Garden grew out of a wish to green and beautify a sad and sterile intersection at Dundas and Roncy with an odd, concrete jut of land,” said Abby. “The Peace Garden celebrates the historical origins of this portion of Dundas Street, as both an Indigenous path, and as a military road for the Battle of York 1813.” In addition to the historical significance of the Peace Garden, Abby also appreciates “nurturing the native species of trees, grasses and floral plants, as well as the companionship of other Peace Garden and RoncyWorks gardeners.”

Sprouting Sacred Tobacco

One unique attribute of the Peace Garden is how it features indigenous sacred plants and art engravings, known as the Peace Path. “We continue to work with Indigenous partners to grow and illustrate traditional Indigenous agriculture. Last year it was a Three Sisters Mound of corn, beans, squash, as taught to us by growers at Six Nations of the Grand River. This year we are growing sacred tobacco from seeds gifted by a woman from Sheguiandah First Nation, and planted by Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.”

Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden

Maintaining the Peace Garden and its public square is raft of challenges, due in large part to its location and popularity. “Maintenance of the Garden presents some challenge. Maria Kolos and I sweep up butts and pull coffee cups out of the plant beds. We clear furniture and advertisement clutter from the displayed community arts projects.” However, receiving compliments on the Peace Garden and explaining its purpose to visitors makes all of the maintenance worth it. “More rewarding though, every time we garden, one or more passersby stop to say ‘thanks’, and to chat about the purposes of the Peace Garden, which enriches us all.  In every conversation we learn a little, and impart a little more appreciation of public, streetside garden for a greener community.”

Learn more about the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden here. 

RVBIA Summer Intern – Events, Marketing and Communications Assistant

We are looking for a summer intern to assist the Roncesvalles Village BIA with its Special Events, Marketing and Communications . The candidate must be a student at a College or University who will be resuming their studies in the fall. Preference will be given to students pursuing the fields of Marketing, Communications and or Special Events. This is a paid position at 30 hours per week for 14 or 15 weeks starting May 14, 2018. The application deadline is May 7, 2018 at noon.

Position Summary:

The Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Association (RVBIA) is looking to hire a summer intern to assist with tasks related to special events for the RVBIA. This includes sponsored events like our Mural Project, Roncy Rocks, Roncesvalles Polish Festival, and non-sponsored events like preparations for our Annual General Meeting and our Holiday Marketing Event. The intern will also be involved in supporting related marketing, media and member communications

With your help, the association will be able to extend its ability to communicate to the association’s business members, the community, its festival stakeholders, fans and would-be festival goers in support of two special events. You will help us build on the neighbourhood’s tradition of being an outstanding place to live, work, play and thrive. Each year, the RVBIA hosts the Roncesvalles Polish Festival that draws 300,000 to 400,000 visitors and Roncy Rocks a much smaller festival, which celebrates local music, arts, business and community spirit.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Event Coordinator with digital media including drafts posts for publication on BIA & related festival websites & social media, take photographs, and draft or publish Member email updates in regards to the festivals.
  • Alongside the Event Coordinator, assist with development of promotional and media materials re: event programming for seniors, children, youth and families, local musicians and artists which includes individuals from Indigenous and visible minority heritage. Candidate may communicate directly with the designer, collect files and distribute logos and other graphics needed.
  • Administrative tasks as needed: maintaining contact lists, responding to public inquiries about the festivals, such as programming, transit, accessibility to venues, washrooms, information, volunteerism and assistance, including health and safety concerns and responding to standard BIA-Member and vendor inquiries regarding the festival
  • Researches suppliers and is able to obtain competitive quotes.
  • Attend committee meetings related to event planning and project management, contribute ideas and suggestions
  • Support the Event Coordinator with vendor and artisan coordination including contracts and site plans
  • Assists in coordinating, orienting and managing volunteers involved in special events, surveys and other success measurement activities.

Qualifications

  • Pursuing post-secondary studies in Marketing, Event Management or Urban and Regional Planning
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks, self-motivate, use collaboration tools and problem solve
  • Ability to manage time and priorities
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills paired with online publishing and social media savvy
  • Design and photography skills and training is an asset

Structure & Compensation

This is a summer internship position at 30 hours per week for 14 or 15 weeks, starting on May 14, 2018.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to the RVBIA Manager at manager@nullroncesvallesvillage.ca.  In your cover letter, please state in your last paragraph, the mode of transportation you would generally use to get to Roncesvalles Avenue and Marion Street and the time it would take you to get there from your home during morning rush hour. The application deadline is Monday, May 7, 2018 by noon. Applications received after that time will not be considered. Short listed applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday, May 9th.  Start Date: May 14, 2018.

Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Roncesvalles Village BIA (RVBIA) works with the City of Toronto to create a thriving and safe business area. It oversees streetscape improvements and special events to increase business, employment, shopping, tourism, volunteers and sustainable city living.

The RVBIA is an association of business owners along Roncesvalles Avenue, run by a volunteer Board of Management, one manager and a coordinator with the help of community and student volunteers. The RVBIA acts on the priorities and values of its business members to ensure a thriving main street to serve and delight the local community and visitors. We are looking for an enthusiastic student – passionate about special events and communications – to work with our team in the Roncesvalles Village neighbourhood and assist with our local festivals.

Working with a successful BIA can supply the chosen candidate with invaluable experience.  Through learning the day-to-day workings of a professional association and the culture of an effective workplace, the candidate will be well positioned for their professional future.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Start Date: Monday May 14, 2018

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Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season from all of us at the Roncesvalles Village BIA.

Please note our office will be closed from December 24th at noon until December 26th, and January 1st.

Start Your Holidays on Roncy!

The Holiday Season is fast approaching. Kick it off with us on December 1 and 2!

On December 1st Shop Roncy Late. Participating shops will have promotions, sales and activities until 9:00PM, with select shops staying open until 10:00 PM.

December 2nd bring your family to Roncy and visit Santa at Willem and Jools at 125 Roncesvalles in the early afternoon before you make your way over to the High Park Library for story telling followed by a fake snowball fight on the Library lawn. Carolers will sing in the season during the day and at dusk as our community tree is lit in front of the Roncesvalles United Church.

There is no cost for our community events, but we encourage you to bring donation items for the Roncesvalles United Church Sunday Meal Program, Dinner with Dignity. This program serves 16,000 fresh meals per year; lunch and dinner every Sunday. Every little bit helps! The church accepts donations Monday to Friday between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM or all day Sunday. We will be accepting perishable food items on their behalf from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM on December 2nd.

Schedule of Events:

December 1st
Late Night Shopping
Shops are open until 9:00 PM with special in store activities or promotions
*Select stores open until 10:00 PM

December 2nd
Holiday deals continue along Roncy all day long!

1:00PM – 4:00 PM – Santa at Willem and Jools
Enjoy hot cider and cookies and get your photo taken with Santa
*No cost, pictures will be emailed afterwards
4:00 PM : Storytelling at High Park Library
4:30 PM : Fake Snowball fight on the library long
5:15 PM : Community Tree Lighting in front of the Roncesvalles United Church

Donations accepted outside from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.
Otherwise please bring them to the church office.

Follow our Event Page  to stay up to date!