Author: Stephanie Liu

City employees receive service award for community contributions

On June 14, Mayor Frank Scarpitti awarded more than 20 part-time and contract City of Markham staff for their years of service and contributions to the community. The ceremony, at Markham Civic Centre, recognized the work of part-time and contract employees who have worked for the city from five to 30 years. In addition to family and friends, local councillors and commissioners attended the event to congratulate the award recipients. City part-time and contract staff work in departments varying from customer service to children’s programming. Don Roe, recreational programs supervisor, has mentored part-time staff from when they started working...

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Young singers steal the spotlight at Markham Idol

At the June 1 event, Markham Idol highlighted talent and passion in young singers. Hosted by the Unionville Youth Council, the next generation of singers gathered at the Rouge River Community Centre to compete in the annual singing competition. This year, a record breaking number of more than 50 singers auditioned for the competition, however, only 17 acts were selected to compete in the final show. The competition was divided into two age groups, with seven junior singers and 10 senior singers in each category. The top three in the junior category were Ryan Ghodse-Elahi (first), Erika Michalos (second)...

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Canadian veterans honoured during Asian Heritage Month

On June 1, Asian Heritage Month GTA will pay tribute to Canadian veterans and fallen soldiers. According to organizers, honouring Canadian veterans by the Asian community is the first event of its kind. Nancy Siew, Asian Heritage Month GTA committee chair and former citizenship judge, says they chose to honour veterans at the event because “these people are very deserving” and have given Canadians the freedom and democracy they have today. “When I had the chance to speak at the swearing in (ceremony) of new Canadians I would always tell them to, one, obey the laws and, two, give...

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Markham Expo celebrates young leaders and their community achievements

Back for another year, Markham Expo celebrated the accomplishments of youth and their constant activism in the community. The day-long event, on May 5, was organized by the Mayor’s Youth Council and took place at the Markham Village Community Centre. With more than 65 booths at this year’s event, each organization offered youth a wide range of opportunities to further immerse themselves in the community. According to Julia Ip, Youth Council co-chair, the event took one entire school year for the 25-member council to organize.  “From our stage to the mini games that kids can play, to all the community...

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Students run against cancer in Relay for Life

On May 1, students from Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School participated in the Relay for Life fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. The concept behind Relay for Life is to create awareness around cancer through team walks around a track and festival-like activities. The local high school specifically had activities such as basketball, salsa dancing lessons and the luminary ceremony to recognize those who have been diagnosed or who have died from the disease. Although this was only the second year the school has hosted the event, there were 21 teams registered to participate in the relay race and...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Markham Museum

    November 5, 2017 - December 31, 2018
  2. Geared for Growing exhibit

    March 7, 2018 - January 1, 2019
  3. From the Ground Up exhibit

    March 7, 2018 - January 1, 2019
  4. Seniors Advisory Committee Craft Show and Hobby Fair

    June 19

    July 1