THE CORNELL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION : YOUR OFFICIAL VOICE OF CORNELL
To offer the most desirable community living experience in the GTA.
To maintain and improve the community living experience in Cornell through involved representation to policy makers and stakeholders. To facilitate enhanced social interaction among the residents of Cornell.
The Cornell Residents Association (formerly the Cornell Rate Payers Association) was established with the help and encouragement of Ward Councillor, Jack Heath. Cornell had many growing pains and needed a way to bridge the gap between builders, the town and residents. The residents wanted to create a unique and inviting place to live, a place that met the vision we all bought into.
Those of you who bought from the original sales centre located at Hwy #7 and McCowan Road, the full screen video featuring Michael Burgess sold us instantly. We knew this would not become just another subdivision. Instead we chose to live in a community that would take us back to the days when people cared about their neighbours. Andres Duany was the Urban Planner who created the vision for Cornell. It would take hard work and commitment from the residents to see this vision through. So Jack sent out an invitation to the community asking for volunteers to help "kick start" Cornell and thus the Cornell Rate Payers Association (now the CRA) was born!
THE CRA'S COMMITMENT
We’ve worked towards many causes since then and always maintained our commitment to doing the best we can. We have also started some fantastic community events; the Annual Cornell Picnic, Annual Golf Tournament, Cornell Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas Caroling and the community wide Garage Sale – just to name a few.
We currently host 2 main events every year:
The Cornell Picnic
The Cornell Tree Lighting Ceremony
* We also promote other community driven events like the Cornell Garage Sale and work with other associations like Keep Cornell Beautiful to promote other events in and around Cornell.
The amount of hours put in by the CRA Board is outstanding. It is strictly done on a volunteer basis and over the years we've had many wonderful people in the community involved. The board is a diverse group with varying backgrounds and viewpoints, although this has made for a few rather interesting meetings, it has always brought forth insight and understanding that works.
The CRA keeps residents and members informed of local community issues and events through this website (mycornell.ca), email bulletins, the Bulletin Board in the Mews Park and through our active Facebook Group.
The CRA is a non-profit group of volunteer residents who make a big difference to the quality of 'community' in Cornell. Our Cornell Picnic has a charge for rides and we have fantastic sponsors that help to pay for our costs to run our events. Everyone that helps to organize these events are volunteers.