In the Community
Reid has been a leader of several of community organizations and initiatives. He is currently Vice President of the Unionville Residents Association and he represents them on the Historical Unionville Community Vision Committee. This group advises Markham City Council on implementation of the Vision for Unionville that was developed from a community consultation process in 2014/2015.
Reid is also a past President of the Unionville Villagers Association.He continues to represent the UVA on the Markham Centre Advisory Committee. This group advises Markham City Council on the implementation of the vision for the development of the Markham Centre development here in Ward 3.
Over the years Reid has led several initiatives to promote the interests of the residents of Ward 3. He led a joint effort of the URA, the UVA and the Unionville Business Improvement Association to encourage a more appropriate redevelopment of the Varley condominium site on Fred Varley Drive. The effort included a challenge to the development at the Ontario Municipal Board.
Reid also led a community initiative to support the health and safety of our community by encouraging the City to maintain over 100 years of tradition by continuing to facilitate ice skating on Toogood Pond. Unfortunately, Council didn’t see it that way, but Reid’s not done yet!
In 2015 Reid was recruited as Chair of the Unionville Festival and had the privilege of leading the festival for two years. He is currently on the board managing and organising the 125 + vendors who join us on the first weekend in June. Over that past two years he increased vendor revenue by over 150% — raising over $50,000 in 2018 to support the many free activities of the Festival. He also helped implement a state-of-the-art event management system to better manage vendors for future volunteers.
Reid is particularly proud to contribute to the Festival which is perhaps the most visible sign of the strength of Ward 3 Unionville as a community. The Festival grew out of a protest to protect the village from bulldozers in 1970. It is this sense of community spirit that inspires Reid. He is committed to continue to support all the residents of Ward 3 Unionville as we protect and promote our community through the stresses of massive growth and change.