You don’t have to be on the board to serve on a committee. You don’t even have to be a BIA member! We invite BIA members and interested community members to get involved.
This committee is chaired by the Treasurer of the RVBIA. Its primary responsibilities are managing the BIA’s accounts and developing the BIA’s annual budget. Executive Committee members of the Board of Management are members of this committee.
Marketing and Promotions Committee
This is the largest and most active committee of the Roncesvalles Village BIA. The Roncesvalles Polish Festival and Roncy Rocks were formed under the leadership of Andrew Chomentowski, of Image Professionals. who chaired the committee for many years.
As of 2013, the Marketing and Promotions Committee is chaired by Marcy Verburg of Snap Fitness. Under this Committee, we’ve seen the addition of a Holiday Shopping Night, Holiday kick-off activities, Member Meet & Greets and new initiatives for Roncy Rocks.
Most recently, under our Vice-Chair David Neinstein of Barque Smokehouse and Barque Butcher Bar, we’ve added a Volunteer Recognition and Community Partners component to honour our many Community and BIA Member volunteers.
The Beautification Committee is responsible for graffiti removal, flower planting, mural creation and general street beautification on Roncesvalles Avenue.
A South End Reconstruction Sub-Committee is forming to weigh in on plans for the streetscape extension in 2019.
Back in 2005, when the City was planning to replace the streetcar tracks, water mains and sewage pipes, then Beautification Committee Chair, John Bowker, worked with the City of Toronto, local residents’ associations and interested community members to create Roncesvalles Renewed, a community-led initiative to beautify Roncesvalles Avenue. This led to the creation of 23 street gardens, benches, an expanded pedestrian realm and dozens of trees to our street.
Our community is lucky to have RoncyWorks, a dedicated group of volunteers, to plan and plant our street gardens and help keep Roncesvalles Avenue beautiful. Cigarette litter has been identified as one of the biggest cleanliness problems on Roncesvalles Avenue, and indeed, aroung the world. In response, this year the BIA and RoncyWorks, with funding and support from Keep America Beautiful, installed approximately thirty public ash cans up and down Roncesvalles. These have significantly reduced the amount of cigarette litter on our street.
Other innovative programs of the Beautification Committee include the Top to Bottom Mural Project, which addresses graffiti on second and third storey walls of member properties, and the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden, a gateway feature at the north end of Roncesvalles Avenue spearheaded by local resident Abby Bushby.
Properties and Maintenance Committee
This committee manages BIA-owned moveable assets, such as tents and other event hardware as well as pedestrian lights and other fixed assets on the street.