DUKE Heights BIA Annual General Meeting 2022

DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA)
2022 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
-Virtual Zoom Meeting-
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Registration link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ucOuqpzMoH9XduWiDe-1-m1i10O7ELk_i

Registration QR Code:To scan the QR code on your phone, open the Camera app/Lens and point your phone at the QR code in the box above. Make sure the QR code is inside the box on your screen and then tap the pop-up notification.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order, Introductions, Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement
2. Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
3. Declaration of Conflict of Interest
4. Approval of 2021 Annual General Meeting Minutes
5. Auditor’s 2021 Report
6. Appointment of Auditor for 2022
7. Toronto City Councillor’s Wards Update
8. 2022 Year in Review and Committee Reports
9. Proposed Program and Budget for 2023 (see over)
10. Adjustment of Board of Directors Size
11. Board Election (2023-2026 Term)
12. New Business
13. Adjournment


The purpose of this meeting is to approve the BIA’s budget and proposed activities for 2023 (see over) and elect a Board of Management for the 2023-2026 term. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you and other commercial and industrial property owners and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a BIA member, the best way to participate in your BIA’s decisions on your behalf is to get involved. A copy of the proposed budget and audited financial statements will be available to you, at your request, upon pre-registration.

Voting and Pre-registration: The BIA Annual General Meeting will be taking place virtually. Voting members must join the meeting through the desktop or mobile app to be able to vote. Voting is not available to attendees that call into the meeting.

Pre-registration will be required.

Deadline to Pre-register: 4:00 pm on Monday, November 28, 2022.

For more information contact Lia Martelluzzi, Executive Director at lia@dukeheights.ca or visit dukeheights.ca.

A Soup-erb Harvest Celebration at the Soupalicious DUKE Heights BIA Event

On Sunday, October 2, 2022, DUKE Heights BIA partnered with The Compost Council of Canada, Plant-Grow-Share-A-Row, and the Harrowsmith magazine to present at the north-west parking lot of the Champagne Centre in DUKE Heights BIA a soup-er feast of soups to celebrate the bounty of this year’s harvests. The event featured an array of free, yummy soups made of this year’s cream-of-the-crop harvests to “sip, slurp and savour”, free corn to enjoy while also listening to great Live music by South Ontario’s very own band String Bone.

Some outstanding local restaurants like Eisenberg Sandwiches and Dr. Laffa also took part to offer some of the savoury soups from their menu. The crowd also loved free cholesterol-free vegan cookies from Sweets from the Earth, another top-rated food manufacturer from DUKE Heights BIA.

An arts-and-crafts zone comprising canvas and mini-pumpkin painting, face painting by Dream Paint, and caricature drawing by Rob, and a dance-for-prize challenge kept the children and families entertained.

Thanks to Mosaic Transit Group, the event sponsor, the families who joined from the neighbouring community took free pumpkins on their way back home for Thanksgiving and Halloween festivities ahead.


About Soupalicious

Soupalicious is a soup-tasting and harvest celebration involving local gardeners, farmers, restaurants, and chefs, featuring fresh, locally grown produce and showcasing the local community’s culinary talents through the creation of signature soups for tasting and slurping. Keeping the environment close to our hearts, Soupalicious also strives to be a Zero Waste event.

Developed and refined over many years, Soupalicious was created by The Compost Council of Canada and partner organizations specifically to be of help to local Plant-Grow-Share-A-Row communities. A template including artwork, to-do lists, messages, and program plan is now ready for sharing and local implementation.


Tour de DUKE Heights 2022 Puts Smiles on the Faces of Hundreds

On Sunday, July 24, 2022, DUKE Heights BIA hosted its annual Tour de DUKE Heights signature bike event aimed to promote cycling in our area, educate kids and youth on safe cycling and donate bikes to children.

DUKE Heights BIA provided 150 bikes to children in the neighbouring communities! It was great to have so many deserving families participate in the event and for the children to take part in the training and “race” on the Finch Recreational Bike Trail.

Thank you to local City Councillors for Ward 6 and Ward 7 and Champagne Centre for their participation and support; and an additional thank you to Culture Link Bike Hub for assembling all the bikes, tuning them up for the kids and conducting the onsite bike safety training, 31 Division and all the participating community groups, volunteers and attendees.

DUKE Heights BIA looks forward to hosting the Tour de DUKE Heights bike giveaway and children’s bike race event in the years ahead, bringing joy to many children and families from the surrounding communities! Visit the BIA website and follow us on social media (Facebook @DUKEHeightsBIA, Instagram @dukeheightsbia, Twitter @DUKEHeightsBIA) to learn more about the DUKE Height BIA events.

 

DUKE Scavenger Hunt Spring 2022 Contest Rules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUKE Scavenger Hunt – the amazing game filled with fun experiences and exploration is back for 11 days from May 21st to May 31st. The Contest is open to legal residents of Ontario. Participants who have not reached the age of majority in Ontario at the time of entry into this Contest must be accompanied by an adult for taking part and claiming prizes.

The contestants will need to visit a number of businesses and different landmarks in our area and complete certain activities on the GooseChase app to earn points and win 11 daily prizes and 3 grand prizes at the end.

Game Rules for the contestants: Q&A

  1. What is DUKE Scavenger Hunt? Duke Scavenger Hunt is a fun, competitive game among individuals and teams that encourages exploration and discovery of Duke Heights BIA, our community area and some of our valued local businesses.
  2. What’s DUKE Heights BIA? Duke Heights BIA is an association of over 2,500 businesses located within the following boundaries: Steeles Ave. W, Dufferin St., Sheppard Ave. W & Keele St.
  3. When does the game begin? The scavenger hunt begins at 12:00 PM EST on May 21st, 2022 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on May 31st, 2022.
  4. Can I play by myself or will I need a team? Individual play is possible, but team play is more fun!! (tip: sign up as individuals, even if you are playing together as a team, for more chances to win for the team 😊)
  5. Who’s eligible to play? All legal residents of Ontario who have reached the age of majority. Employees of Duke Heights BIA and their immediate family (i.e. parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild) are not eligible to compete for prizes.
  6. Is there a cost to participate? No, it’s free!
  7. What do I need to participate? Each individual (or team captain) is required to have a smartphone with data capabilities and download the free Goose Chase app to participate (make sure your phone is fully charged) When downloading the app, you will be asked to accept the terms of references.
  8. How do I join the game? Once you download the Goose Chase app on your smartphone, choose a unique name for you/your team and simply join the game using code: 6DJ678. Then wait for the game to start on May 21st. IT’s that simple!
  9. How will I win points? Points are assigned for each completed task on the Goose Chase app, such as: Solve a riddle; Take a selfie/photo/video at assigned location and upload it in the app; Scan the QR code found at each location; Click “follow”, “like”, “review” for additional points. There is no preferred or designated order of completion of tasks.
  10. What’s in it for me, besides the fun? There will be a daily prize to be won for each of the 11 days of the event!!! Each daily prize is a $300 gift certificate/voucher redeemable at one of our awesome local businesses.
  11. Will I know which is the daily prize I compete for? No! We like surprises, and we bet you like them too!

And you won’t be disappointed, since we have lots of vouchers to choose from: restaurants, dance classes, glasses, teeth cleaning, luxury auto detailing, cookie baskets, groceries and many more!

  1. How do I win? Just play the game and accumulate as many points as possible in one day!
  2. How will I know if I won? Oh, you will! Keep an eye on the notification on the Goose Chase and a team member will ask for your email/phone number to contact you directly.
  3. What about the grand prizes? Each player (individual or team) is eligible for only one daily prize for the entire event. However, you are encouraged to continue to play for the entire duration of the event and accumulate as many points as you can. The 3 players/teams with most points at the end of the event will qualify to win one of the three grand prizes!
  4. What if there are more players with the same amount of points: Then the organizer team will have a random and impartial draw. The decisions are final.

PLEASE NOTE:

The scavenger hunt will be conducted on an honor system. However, if the organizers deem that photos and/or videos have been photoshopped or otherwise digitally altered, you or your team will be disqualified.

If you or your team captain cannot be reached during the 24-hour period in which you have been declared a winner, you or your potential winning team will be disqualified and an alternate winning team will be selected using the same winning criteria described above from among the remaining applicable eligible entries received.

If a winner is under the age of 18, to claim a prize they must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should follow the City of Toronto’s public safety guidelines at all times, including staying home if they feel sick or have reason to believe they have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

 

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS:  email us at  info@dukeheights.ca

Download and Print the Rules and Q&A

Discover DUKE Photo Contest May 2022

Free Webinar: Stay Healthy & Safe at Work while Complying with the Legislation

 

In collaboration with DUKE Heights BIA, this webinar is presented by Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and guest speaker, Adina Croitoru from the Ministry of Labour Training & Skills Development (MLTSD).

    • Learn how to stay healthy & safe at work, while staying compliant with legislation
    • Discover free resources, best practices, and where you can find help when you need it
    • Businesses with 9-16 employees can apply for $175 reimbursement for free H&S training
    • How to apply for the free Small Business Advisory Service
    • Q&A period covered in this webinar

Speakers:

    • Adina Croitoru, Ministry Of Labour Training & Skills Development
    • Lori Shepherd, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/webinar-stay-healthy-safe-at-work-in-compliance-with-the-legislation-registration-287970336027

STEPS Public Art Storefront Activation in DUKE Heights BIA

December 10, 2021

In collaboration with STEPS Public Art, we’re excited to bring public art to our BIA community!
Projects like I HeART Main Street and No Vacancy demonstrate the power of art during challenging times and the potential to support local economic recovery through creative placemaking.
The series of storefront activations along a stretch of Finch Ave West, celebrate the area’s commitment to new opportunity, professional growth and connection, through vibrant illustration, painting, mixed media and community-engaged artworks.

Under the slogan “Move Here. Work Here. Build Here. Grow Here”, we engaged a group of multidisciplinary artists to bring new energy to underutilized spaces in our community. What is great about the #noVacancy program is that not only does it support our local neighbourhood and businesses, but it becomes an accessible art exhibit opportunity for local artists, especially BIPOC and youth artists, who have also been hard hit by the pandemic.

We’re greatly appreciative of @STEPSpublicart. STEPS creates one-of-a-kind public art plans, installations and engagement strategies that transform urban areas into vibrant public spaces. They were instrumental in envisioning and delivering these placemaking opportunities for the BIA.

Looking forward for new activations in the next year!


Convergence

by Thomarya “Tee” Fergus
Location: 1275 Finch Ave West


Brighter Days

by Moonlight Murals Collective
Location: 1275 Finch Ave West (corner of Finch and Tangiers)

 

 


Keep Going, Move Forward

by Kseniya Tsoy & Yulia Tsoy
Location: 1280 Finch Ave West

DUKE Heights Community Clean-up Event 2021

December 01, 2021

In the last week of November 2021, we arranged a business clean-up program to help interested BIA members dispose of their business waste, such as: construction debris, tires, furniture, electronics, batteries, and other junk. We received great response from a number of businesses who took advantage of this free program. Following the BIA invitation to sign up for the program, the participating members scheduled their respective timeslots for pickup by the appointed junk removal company. The original plan was for a one-day activity of collecting and disposing of local waste, which ended up with increased service days in the last week of November 2021 due to an overwhelming demand.

The quest for improvement in the area of waste management is ongoing. A coordinated and collective effort by our community and more ‘green’ initiatives in the area can take us a long way.


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DUKE Scavenger Hunt 2021 Contest Rules

Duke Heights BIA is excited to introduce Duke Scavenger Hunt, a fun community event in the Duke Heights BIA, for a 21-day period between December 1- December 21, 2021. The Contest is open to legal residents of Ontario. Participants who have not reached the age of majority in Ontario at the time of entry into this Contest must be accompanied by an adult for taking part and claiming prizes.

The contestants will need to visit a number of businesses and different landmarks in our area and complete certain activities on the GooseChase app to earn points and win 21 daily prizes and 3 grand prizes at the end.

Game Rules for the contestants: Q&A

  1. What is Duke Scavenger Hunt? Duke Scavenger Hunt is a fun, competitive game among individuals and teams that encourages exploration and discovery of Duke Heights BIA, our community area and some of our valued local businesses.
  2. What’s Duke Heights BIA? Duke Heights BIA is an association of over 2,500 businesses located within the following boundaries: Steeles Ave. W, Dufferin St., Sheppard Ave. W & Keele St.
  3. When does the game begin? The scavenger hunt begins at 12:00 PM EST on December 1st, 2021 and ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 21st, 2021.
  4. Can I play by myself or will I need a team? Individual play is possible, but team play is more fun!! (tip: sign up as individuals, even if you are playing together as a team, for more chances to win for the team 😊)
  5. Who’s eligible to play? All legal residents of Ontario who have reached the age of majority. Employees of Duke Heights BIA and their immediate family (i.e. parent, spouse, sibling, child, grandparent, grandchild) are not eligible to compete for prizes.
  6. Is there a cost to participate? No, it’s free!
  7. What do I need to participate? Each individual (or team captain) is required to have a smartphone with data capabilities and download the free Goose Chase app to participate (make sure your phone is fully charged) When downloading the app, you will be asked to accept the terms of references.
  8. How do I join the game? Once you download the Goose Chase app on your smartphone, choose a unique name for you/your team and simply join the game using code: 6769J4. IT’s that simple!
  9. How will I win points? Points are assigned for each completed task on the Goose Chase app, such as: Solve a riddle; Take a selfie/photo/video at assigned location and upload it in the app; Scan the QR code found at each location; Click “follow”, “like”, “review” for additional points. There is no preferred or designated order of completion of tasks.
  10. What’s in it for me, besides the fun? There will be a daily prize to be won for each of the 21 days of the event!!! Each daily prize is a $300 gift certificate/voucher redeemable at one of our awesome local businesses.
  11. Will I know which is the daily prize I compete for? No! We like surprises, and we bet you like them too!

And you won’t be disappointed, since we have lots of vouchers to choose from: restaurants, dance classes, glasses, teeth cleaning, luxury auto detailing, cookie baskets, groceries and many more!

  1. How do I win? Just play the game and accumulate as many points as possible in one day!
  2. How will I know if I won? Oh, you will! Keep an eye on the notification on the Goose Chase and a team member will ask for your email/phone number to contact you directly.
  3. What about the grand prizes? Each player (individual or team) is eligible for only one daily prize for the entire event. However, you are encouraged to continue to play for the entire duration of the event and accumulate as many points as you can. The 3 players/teams with most points at the end of the event will qualify to win one of the three grand prizes each worth $1000!
  4. What if there are more players with the same amount of points: Then the organizer team will have a random and impartial draw. The decisions are final.

PLEASE NOTE:

The scavenger hunt will be conducted on an honor system. However, if the organizers deem that photos and/or videos have been photoshopped or otherwise digitally altered, you or your team will be disqualified.

If you or your team Captain cannot be reached within 48-hours after being declared a winner, you or your team will be disqualified and the next team in the points hierarchy will be declared the winning team.

If a winner is under the age of 18, to claim a prize they must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should follow the City of Toronto’s public safety guidelines at all times, including staying home if they feel sick or have reason to believe they have potentially been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Participants are encouraged to wear face masks and maintain proper social distance.

The BIA does not assume responsibility for any personal injury, death or property damage which may be caused to or by any individual during their participation in the Scavenger Hunt.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS:  email us at  info@dukeheights.ca

Download and Print the Rules and Q&A

DUKE Heights BIA Annual General Meeting 2021

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DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA)
2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
-Virtual Zoom Meeting-
Thursday, November 25, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Registration link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uceqtqTIjG9av85ET8OalxRuoTjhTXKll

Registration QR Code:To scan the QR code on your phone, open the Camera app/Lens and point your phone at the QR code in the box above. Make sure the QR code is inside the box on your screen and then tap the pop-up notification.

AGENDA

  • Call to Order, Introductions and Land Acknowledgement Statement
  • Electronic meeting, recording of the meeting and voting protocols
  • Declaration of Conflict of Interest
  • Approval of 2020 Annual General Meeting Minutes
  • 2020 Report Audited Financial Statements
  • Appointment of Auditor for 2021
  • Ward Councillors’ Update
    • Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 6
    • Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Ward 7
  • 2021 Year in Review and Committee Reports
  • Approval of Budget for 2022 (see over)
  • New Business
  • Adjournment

The purpose of this meeting is to decide on the BIA’s program and budget for 2022. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to you as well as other commercial and industrial property owners, and non-residential tenants of such properties. As a member of the BIA, the best way to participate in the decisions your BIA is making on your behalf is to get involved. A copy of the proposed budget and audited financial statement will be available after verified registration.

Duke Heights BIA Annual General Meeting will once again be taking place virtually to ensure the safety of our BIA Members, Board of Directors, City of Toronto Councillors, Representatives and BIA staff.

In accordance with The City of Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 19, Business Improvement Area, only members of the proposed BIA and their legal representatives (proof required), are eligible to vote at the General Meeting. No person in attendance shall have more than one vote.

All participants must register in advance for the meeting. The BIA member verification is required. Please submit the required information at the registration link below.

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uceqtqTIjG9av85ET8OalxRuoTjhTXKll

or visit dukeheights.ca and click on the AGM link located at the top of the home page. Once registration and BIA membership information is confirmed, BIA members will receive a meeting link to the AGM meeting. Participants are requested to log into the AGM zoom meeting by computer.

The Registration deadline is 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

For more information contact Lia Martelluzzi, Executive Director at lia@dukeheights.ca or visit dukeheights.ca.

Please forward a copy of this notice to your commercial/industrial tenants.