In the Community
Reid has been the City Councillor for Ward 3, Unionville, since December 2018. He led the field of five candidates in the October 2018 election by over 1200 votes. Since that time, he has been working hard to ensure that the voices of residents of Ward 3 are heard at Council and in the halls of the Civic Centre. Reid currently serves on the following committees and boards, as well as the Development Services and General committees of Council:
- Engineering (Transportation) Subcommittee, Vice Chair
- Budget Committee
- Waste Diversion Subcommittee
- Heritage Markham – statutory reviews of heritage building applications
- Varley-McKay Art Foundation – fundraising for the Varley Art Gallery
- Unionville Business Improvement Area
- Unionville Subcommittee/Heritage Vision Committee
- Cycling and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Public Art Advisory Committee
- Doors Open Markham
- Unionville Festival
- Markham Richmond Hill Smart Commute Advisory Committee
- UNHabitat Urban Economy Forum Steering Committee
Before his election to Council Reid was a leader of several of community organizations and initiatives. He was Vice President of the Unionville Residents Association (URA) and he represented them on the Historical Unionville Community Vision Committee (now the Unionville Subcommittee). This group advises Markham City Council on implementation of the Vision for Unionville that was developed from a community consultation process in 2013/2014.
Reid is also a past President of the Unionville Villagers Association (UVA) devoted to the preservation and promotion of the Unionville Heritage Conservation District.
Reid continues to attend the monthly meetings of the URA and the UVA to stay in touch with residents and to keep them informed new developments across Ward 3 and Markham. The meetings of both groups are public and residents from anywhere in Markham are encouraged to attend.
Over the years Reid led several initiatives to promote the interests of the residents of Ward 3. He chaired a joint effort of the URA, the UVA and the Unionville Business Improvement Area 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 (now the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal).
Before joining Council, 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 then stepped back to manage the 125 + vendors who join us on the first weekend in June. In 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 remains on the Festival organising committee as a liaison with the city and guide to newer 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.