I am resigning from the Board of Friends of Guild Park and Gardens – Effective Immediately

I am resigning from the Board of Friends of Guild Park and Gardens – Effective Immediately

Guess what I am going to talk about on this post?

From Left to Right: Ralph van Putten, Joe D'Addario, Councillor Paul Ainslie, John Mason, MPP Mitzie Hunter, Janet Heise, Miroslav Glavić, Rose Mitchell-Spohn and Kate Kennedy
From Left to Right: Ralph van Putten, Joe D’Addario, Councillor Paul Ainslie, John Mason, MPP Mitzie Hunter, Janet Heise, Miroslav Glavić, Rose Mitchell-Spohn and Kate Kennedy

My resignation has nothing to do with what anyone has said or done. It’s been coming on for a while.

I became a Board member 5 years ago. It’s been great 5 years. I met great people. Worked with great people. I even got to escort Santa Claus from where he parked his sleigh to where we had the festivities for the Tree Lighting Ceremony that year.

I mostly did the tweets. Except ones with links to Facebook posts. That’s all automatic. I still remember creating @guildpark account.

I can’t remember how I knew about the group forming. Most likely Councillor Paul Ainslie mentioned an event of the group or the group. I, honestly, can’t remember.

By training I am a journalist. I worked in Radio and Television for the past 15+ years. I like to talk about what I see.

I always wanted to digitize the park. Imagine looking at a Google Maps Satellite view of the park and being able to click on the monuments, statues and so forth then a popup comes on a shows you a video of someone describing that monument, statue or whatever it is.

My Team and I took a project, imagine having a gigantic Panoramic video of the Scarborough Bluffs from Bluffer’s Park to the Rouge Park (Pickering border with Scarborough). That was one amazing project. Amazing Drones.

Imagine you are standing in front of 201 Guildwood Parkway, click left, click right, click straight. You move in that direction, depending on where you click. Google has only done the front U shaped road. Not the trails.

The digitizing of the park and virtual walk projects got put on hold due to the construction. I never got back to them.

As a journalist, I interview people. I got busy with that. I go to Malvern to interview someone, then edit the video or audio on my laptop while heading to my next interview in Rexdale. Edit the Rexdale interview on the way to a Danforth interview then edit on the way to Mimico. I do not drive and take TTC and GO.

After editing I’d have to upload it to the Youtube channel, and if it’s video interview then I have to close caption the video on Youtube.

This kept on going non-stop for months and months. It kept me away from the Board of Friends of Guild Park and Gardens meetings as I was beyond tired. I was so tired once on the GO Train that was supposed to be a Mimico-Guildwood trip, it ended up being Mimico-Oshawa-back to Guildwood. Trip, someone woke me up at Oshawa.

It has been too much for me, it kept taking a toll on my physical and mental health. I have to take it easy.

I should of resigned maybe in June or July. However, both my 3-Year Directorship and Regular membership expired at the AGM. I always renewed my membership at the AGM. If I resigned on June then they would have to spend time looking for a replacement. It is much easier if I don’t go for renewal of my Directorship and my membership.

I need to focus on work, which already keeps me busy. In average I was starting work at 06:00 and by the time I got home after work and all the volunteer work, not just with Friends of Guild Park and Gardens, it was 23:30. My life was being sucked right out of me.

I am going on vacation and enjoy traveling for 15 days. When I come back, I start at a new Digital Media company. I’ll be “upper management”. I need to cut down on most of my community volunteering. I am not a young 20 year old that I was when I started a lot of this. I am now a 40 year old, less flexible, less hair, less energy. The coffees I took, along with those energy drinks. I am sure my stomach and internal organs are complete shit.

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Councillor Paul Ainslie, Miroslav Glavić, Mayor John Tory.

The work that Councillor Paul Ainslie has done at the park is amazing. I don’t think the word amazing is enough.

Outside Guild Park and Gardens he got the City of Toronto to modernize, including Social Media.

That passion he has for our Community is very good. He even has the patience to explain how things work and answer my million and two questions over the years.

Mayor John Tory has come every year that I’ve been there at Guild Alive with Culture Festival.

It could be that I am an old fart that I can’t be doing non-stop going up and down, left and right for work AND things in Guild Park and Gardens.

It is always good when I am sitting at the Tim Hortons down the street and people come up to me saying how things improved and their enjoyment of our events.

There was also some bad times, when people were upset at me because of the year of no events and how things take forever to get done. I have no real say in it. Most times there is a process staff have to go through and Councillor Paul Ainslie along with Mayor John Tory have to find funding for things.

I am glad the Tim Hortons did not end up at the Guild Park and Gardens.

I am going to be brutally honest, the whole restaurant and it’s lack of real working hours upset me. I would love to see something there that you can take your family to, most of the week, not just lunch on weekends. Open the outside, make it an outdoor patio.

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Councillor Paul Ainslie, Guildwood Flag, Mayor John Tory and Friends of Guild Park and Gardens President John Mason

I think the flag is a wee bit too small, don’t you think?

This is one of the projects that happened in the Community. I think they are being delivered now? I can’t remember.

The Meaning of the flag is as following:

GUILDWOOD COMMUNITY ON THE BLUFFS
In flag format:

GUILD                        WOOD
COMMUNITY ON THE BLUFFS

Get it now?

I have taken so many photos, I couldn’t find one of our Councillor, MPP and MP combined. However I have one of our Councillor, MPP and Mayor together.

It will be impossible to get our Councillor, Mayor, MPP, Premier, MP and Prime Minister at the Park all in one time, for a photo or a group selfie.

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Mayor John Tory, MPP Mitzie Hunter, Councillor Paul Ainslie

I am sure most people won’t read the whole thing.
Thank You to everyone that has made the past 5 years a bunch of amazing years. To my neighbours, I’ll still be around. To Councillor Paul Ainslie…BIG THANK YOU. To City Staff, You are all amazing, I’ll buy you coffees after the election. To my MPP Mitzie Hunter, You are always coming to our events with a big smile. Thank You for cheering me up. Smiles are awesome. To Mayor John, I know of a great place you can take your wife for your anniversary and her birthday.

It’s time to move on.

 

 

 

 

Miroslav Glavić


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