Memorial Centre

More Summer Updates

Dear Neighbours:

A few more items to take note of.

1. Casino Feedback
As you know, City Council is seeking the input of residents on whether or not there is support for locating a casino operation in Kingston. You probably saw the results of the public meeting last Wednesday. There is still time to submit your opinion to the City’s poll. There are several ways of communicating your opinion by phone, over the internet or in writing. However, the deadline for participating in the poll on the casino is Tuesday 14 August. Make your opinion known. If you can, do it right now it will only take a few minutes.

2. Kids Summer Art Camps
Kingston School of Art is running kids summer art camps in August. For more info check www.

3. A message from Kingston Public Health
Dear Kingston Neighbourhood Associations,
The City of Kingston is a vibrant place to live, work, study and play. And Kingstonians are a passionate and caring community. Ensuring the well-being, health and success of our community is a goal shared by many. While the City of Kingston continues to show leadership and make great strides in many areas, there is an area in which we need to start having a serious conversation. That area is alcohol. Alcohol is so intricately woven into our social fabric that discussions surrounding it are often challenging, animated and personal.

KFL&A Public Health and its partners on the Greater Kingston Area Safe and Sober Community Alliance would like to invite you to take part in this conversation at the launch of “It Starts Here…” a report on alcohol in the City of Kingston. The launch will include two events on Monday, November 5, 2012 an afternoon session geared towards professional stakeholders and public policy makers, and an evening session for the entire community.

Our guest speaker will be Ann Dowsett Johnston, an award-winning Canadian journalist, and 2011 recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. This fellowship culminated in a 12-part series on Women and Alcohol published in the Toronto Star last November. She is currently working on a major international book on this topic to be released fall 2013. Ann will share her perspective on the issue of alcohol and examine possibilities for action based on local issues.

The launch of this report is intended to shed some light on a public health issue that continues to be downplayed in the popular media. It’s time to begin a conversation and examine the impact alcohol is having on individuals and the community at large, and how we can create conditions where alcohol use is only a part of our good times. We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us.

To Register for the afternoon presentation contact Julia Chenier,
*Registration is not required for the evening Public Forum.
For further information please contact Cathy Edwards at 613-549-1232 ext 1508 or

4. Fall Fun at the M-Centre Market
We are in the planning stages of a Williamsville event to be held at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market in September. If you would like to be involved please let us know.

Aug 22: Bicycle Tour of North-end Gardens

Hey Folks,

If you missed out on our first bicycle gardens tour in July, don’t fret! We are having a second Community Gardens Bicycle Tour on Wednesday, August 22nd from 6-8pm.

This tour will highlight some North Kingston gardens, such as the Memorial Center Pollinator Garden, First Avenue and JG Simcoe GROW Gardens,  Community Harvest Market Garden, Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden and the Compton Fire Lane Gardens.
We will meet infront of the Rising Heights Community Health Centre at 263 Weller Avenue at 5:50pm, and wind up at the Memorial Centre around 8pm to enjoy free refreshments!
Our first tour was a great success and we anticipate the second will be also! There is no need to be an experienced cyclist to attend. We are pleased to have co-leaders from Cycle Kingston along to share cycling and safety tips along the way.

We hope you will join us. Please RSVP to if you are able to attend.

Williamsville Summer Update

Dear Neighbours:

Summer Cool Down – We hope that you are enjoying this hot summer. To keep cool why not try the M-Centre aquatic park and splash pad or sit in the shade of the trees in the Memorial Garden or Linear Park? Don’t forget the lovely shade in Victoria Park and the wading pool. For those with more energy there are tennis courts in Victoria Park and Compton Park.

Farmers’ Market at the M-Centre – The Farmers’ Market continues to be busy each Sunday. The vendors look forward to seeing you and sharing the fruits of their labour, so do visit them from 9:00am to 2:00pm every Sunday.

Williamsville Working Group – After a short break the working group resumes its meetings this Tuesday August 7th. We encourage you to get involved as we plan for our fall and winter activities. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

St. Luke’s September Events – our friends at St. Luke’s (236 Nelson Street) have several activities upcoming in September.

  • September 2nd – 11:30 to 1:30 free community bbq at Good Shepherd Mission 46 Cowdy St. sponsored by Kingston North Anglican Ministries.
  • September 19th – 12:00 noon luncheon & bridge party at St. Luke’s, call to reserve a table 542-5501 or 548-3096. Admission $10.
  • September 28th – 5:00 to 7:00 pm Fish Fry at St. Luke’s, reserve tickets at office Mon. to Fri. 9:00 to noon or 542-5501, $15.

Enjoy the Civic Holiday weekend!

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents

Spring Update

Dear Neighbours,

Spring is well underway and we are all getting busy in our gardens and social lives, so here are a few reminders and requests.

Memorial Centre Market – is still looking for volunteers to assist on market days with set up and take down of food court and community/information booth tables and tents, market barricades and banners. If you can contribute a few hours to help with these tasks please contact Nathalie the Market Manager at and let’s help make this important endeavour a success.

Williamsville Community Association – next working group meeting is August 7. If you would like to get involved with our activities consider attending this meeting. Contact co-chair Pat at for more details. Our next Town Hall is in October, so planning will be underway soon.

Buy Your Neighbourhood – we urge you to continue your support for Williamsville businesses and services throughout the summer months. They are vital to keeping our neighbourhood strong and vibrant.

Enjoy the months ahead!