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Below, you will find postings of local community news, web sites for local associations and organizations, and information to keep you up-to-date with the happenings in your neighbourhood.

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OUR COMMUNITY (click on each underlined web site for the latest info)


The Northlea community will be hosting a spring clinic on Monday, April 20 at Northlea school. This is our 25th clinic.

The Northlea Spring blood donor clinic takes place on Wednesday, April 5th from 2:00 - 7:00 PM at Northlea school, 305 Rumsey Road. Call 1-888-2 DONATE  (1-888-236-6283) to book an appointment. Thank you for your on going support.

Leaside Property Owner's Assocation

Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm except July and August at Trace Manes Center at Rumsey Road and McRae.

South Leaside Monday Group

A non profit community parent group that provides a forum for members to meet with friends, listen to speakers and discuss topics of mutual interest. Child care provided. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Meets every monday morning  9:15 a.m. to 11:00 Trace Manes 110 Rumsey Road

Leaside Garden Society

Their mission is to establish a friendly meeting place to share, encourage, award and educate on the fundamental values and principles of gardening, concerns about the environment and to create a horticultural legacy within the community; to be an inspiration for gardening everywhere.

Leaside Lawn Bowling Club

Lawn bowling occurs from May to September. We bowl during the day and in the evening, sometimes with set teams and at other times in casual games. There are many tournaments throughout the season and indoor bowling and card games during the winter.

Leaside Baseball

Summer Location:  Howard Talbot Park, Bayview & Eglinton,
Spring Location:  Toronto City Sports Centre, 32 Curity ave.

Leaside Hockey Association

There is a rich hockey history in this community for everyone to look up to...literallly. A glance up into the Leaside Gardens rafters will reveal the NHL sweaters worn by famous players who at one time played here. Among them are the Montreal Canadiens jerseys of Peter Mahovlich and Dave Gardner. Plus, the Blackhawk's jersey of Terry Caffrey and Brad Selwood's Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. Hanging above centre ice is our heritage jersey, as 2002 marked the 50th Anniversary Season of the LHA. It's design harkens back to those worn by the LHA teams back in 1952.

The LHA is incorporated as a non-profit organization. It is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors elected by our members. Open lines of communication and accessible officers ensure that the needs and views of all members are acknowledged.

Today, the LHA is one of the most respected minor hockey associations in the country. Our philosophy of providing children a solid foundation of hockey fundamentals BEFORE integrating game experience develops better hockey players over the long term. Three program streams – House League, Select and GTHL – provide over 1,200 players and their families with a hockey experience that meets their commitment and competitive needs.

A Leaside team is a fun team, a fair team, a well-coached and supported team, and yes, a competitive team. If this is what you are looking for in a hockey experience for your child(ren), you've come to the right place.


Leaside Girls Hockey Association


The Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association (TLGHA) provides a community oriented hockey program for young women ages 5 to 105. TLGHA is committed to providing a positive hockey experience for all participants. TLGHA is committed to safety, sportsmanship and fair play. TLGHA’s programs consist of youth and adult Learn-To-Play programs, an inclusive house league for players of all skill levels, supplementary skills development programs and a competitive select program to compete against other girls hockey organizations. TLGHA is sanctioned by the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) and is governed by the rules, policies and codes of conduct of the OWHA and Hockey Canada.


Leaside Skating Club


The Leaside Skating Club is dedicated to teaching the joys and skills of skating to people of all ages. It is sanctioned by Skate Canada and is a non profit organization operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Club employs a staff of sixteen professional skating coaches who are responsible for all on ice instruction, and an administrator who is responsible for the day to day running of the organization. LSC has operated at the Leaside Arena for over half a century and continues to be an integral part of community life.


Leaside Memorial Gardens


Arena Banquet/Reception Facilities Swimming Pool: Leaside Memorial Community Gardens has been a focal point for the Leaside community and surrounding neighbourhoods for more than 50 years, since the arena opened its doors 1951 at the intersection of Millwood and Laird Drive.


Throughout its existence, Leaside Gardens has formed an enduring partnership with three main user groups that, today, account for the vast majority of the arena's ice rentals.  The Leaside Hockey Association was formed in 1952 and now boasts 1,280 members in house league and select programs.  The Leaside Skating Club was founded in 1951 and today provides figure skating instruction to 590 members, primarily girls and young women.  The Leaside Girls Hockey League has grown tremendously since its start in 1974, now fielding house league and select teams comprised of 575 girls.  In fact, through the involvement of the Skating Club and Girls Hockey League, roughly half of the Leaside Gardens' current users are girls.


In addition to our single-pad rink the facility also includes a banquet room, the William Lea Room, and a pool operated on a cost-recovery basis pursuant to an agreement with the City of Toronto (which is responsible for all programming in the pool).


Leaside Arena Expansion Project


For some time, the arena's ice allocation had been static, with all of the available ice rented, save for necessary maintenance time.  Even if the Board had wanted to, there was no more ice time to rent.  As a result, our main user groups have been forced to rent ice across the GTA at market rates.  They cried out for a second pad of ice at Leaside Gardens. The Expansion Committee was formed.


Toronto City Council approved the Leaside Arena Expansion Project as part of the 2012 city budget.  The $12.5 million project includes a $7.5 million loan from the city and a $1.5 million loan from the province against future operating revenues, $1 million from the city in accelerated capital improvements, and $2.5 million raised by the local community. More info under Leaside Arena Expansion Project.



Mount Pleasant (Between Davisville & Eglinton)

Mt Pleasant BIA

On Mount Pleasant Road between Eglinton and Davisville there are over 200 shops and services for you to explore.

We have some of Toronto’s finest restaurants and cafes here in Mount Pleasant Village - come and thrill your taste buds! As well, our wonderful food shops are ready to entice you with anything from fresh produce to delicious baked goods. A diverse and eclectic assortment of boutique stores are sure to have that "something" for you, your home, your children or that special someone - come check them out! If relaxing is your thing, there are plenty of magnificent spas and salons to enjoy, and our many knowledgeable healthcare professionals are ready to provide their expert advice.

You can see a movie, take a course, go to the library, drop off your dry cleaning, get all you errands done. It is all right here in Mount Pleasant Village.

Walk, ride or drive - there is plenty of parking. Come meet the people in your neighbourhood!

Davisville Tennis Club (DTC)

Davisville Tennis Club is a very active and social community tennis club operating in the heart of Toronto (Mt. Pleasant and Davisville). Over the course of the summer months, we endeavour to give our members a truly unique and positive experience that comes from sharing moments and time with your DTC friends.

It also comes from playing a lot of tennis. If you are new to the sport we offer beginner classes, round robins and orientation to get you familiar with the game and comfortable on the court. For the more advanced player, we have both A and B intercounty teams, tournaments, and ladder play.

Davisville offers a lot to our members. We limit our membership to 500 members every year to ensure that all members have the opportunity to play.

Friends of Mount Pleasant Cemetary

For many years members of the community neighbouring Mount Pleasant have enjoyed using the cemetery as a safe environment to walk or run as part of their regular fitness regimen. Recently, we have implemented a few features which have made the cemetery a little more accessible and convenient for those that like to walk and run along the cemetery's roadways.


With over 14 kilometres of paved roadways throughout Mount Pleasant Cemetery’s 205 acres there are plenty of options for routes to take when jogging or walking in the cemetery.  To make it a little easier for you we have identified a few routes on some handy maps which you can download.

1 KM Routes
3 KM Routes
5 KM Route


Eglinton Community Association

Mission Statement

Developed in 1990 by CECC’s Board of Management, the following is our Mission Statement: The Central Eglinton Community Centre provides programs and services to meet the diverse and changing needs of our community.

We are committed to:

  • high quality programming

  • financial, physical and social accessibility

  • volunteerism

  • providing opportunities for community participation

We encourage the development of a forum for individuals to share their concerns and ideas, and to work together in the resolution of community issues within an environment that fosters dignity and equity.




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A Message from the Northlea Community Blood Donor Clinic Committee

Dear Bessborough Families,

The award winning Northlea Community Blood Donor Clinic has been helping to save lives for over 7 years. The need continues.Leaside has donated 1,497 units of blood to date, saving over 4,521 lives,making us one of Canada's most successful community run clinics.

Please join us. Bring a friend or send a designated donor! If you have never donated before, now is the best time to start. Help us keep this Leaside tradition going.

Where? Northlea School (North Gym) 305 Rumsey Road

When? call for details

R.S.V.P. by calling the Canadian Blood Services appointment number at 1-888-2-DONATE

(1-888-236-6283) NOW! The criteria for donating can be found at Refreshments are available.

In November of 2002, two Leaside area students were diagnosed with leukemia in the same week. They required blood transfusions to save their lives and help them fight the disease. The Leaside community began running blood donor clinics twice a year to support them in their battle. Both students in honour of whom we began these clinics have finished treatment. One continues to need monthly transfusions of a blood product to fight infection. One thousand donors are needed to provide just one month's unit of the necessary product.

The need continues. 50% of Canadians will need blood in their lifetime. It could be your child, your father, a friend or a neighbour. Once again, in Leaside, it is. A Leaside father, neighbour, and friend underwent lifesaving surgery for a sudden, severe infection. In March 2008, Paul Kocher needed49units of blood as part of his treatment. People like you helped save his life. There are others just like him in our neighbourhood who need blood to fight cancer, save their lives or improve their quality of life while managing chronic illness.

You can continue to show your support for Noah, Emmy and now Paul by rolling up your sleeves. Many thanks in advance for being part of this clinic and for giving the "gift of life".


Leaside Dance School

822 Millwood Rd
phone: 416-519-3979
Leaside Dance School offers classes in Balet, Jazz, Music & Movement, Early Dance,
and Folk Dance. The school is located inside Leaside United Church at
882 Millwood Rd. Classes begin in September and run every Thursday and Saturday.
More information about registration can be found at



Polaris Family Mediation

Polaris Family Mediation is dedicated to helping families resolve their conflicts surrounding parenting, separation and/or divorce. Mary-Louise Taselos is a member of the ADR Institute of Canada and focuses on parent  planning, child and spousal support, division of property, child access and custody, elder mediation, and child protection mediation. Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution model that helps families reach a manageable outcome in a comfortable and safe environment. Contact Mary-Louise Taselos at 674.280.6252 for more information.


Midtown Alliance Church, 67 Taunton Road

Offering a respite program for families with children with disabilities for a yaer. Visit website or contact Cynthia at, 416-316-2995

Leaside Residents - Outdoor Bootcamp in Sunnybrook has started!

Guest (Power Play - Nutrition and Fitness). This fresh-air workout is located in a beautiful park setting with all equipment provided. Workouts are modified for beginners, yet challenging enough for an experienced athlete - guaranteed! Personalized attention, at an affordable price, if ensured as groups are 3-6 people. Visit for contact information.


Want some great gourmet meat's & BBQ goods?

If you haven't been to Grill Time on Laird Drive, it's a must. Visit


Healthy Aging Program for Seniors and their Families

The parish of St. Augustine of Canterbury is launching a program to help seniors and their families deal with issues of aging and wellness.

All sessions will be held at St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church, 1847 Bayview Avenue, M4G 3E4. Tea/Coffee Served.

For more information contact the church at 416-485-2656 or Suzanne Parsons at 416-429-6680.


Monopoly Madness!

Your chance to give generously to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Leaside Memorial Gardens, Toronto, ON



 Jennifer Kolari - Connected Parenting - April 1
Jennifer Kolari speaking event - April 1


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