About the CRBA
We’re a team of passionate volunteers from the local Business and Residential community working to make the community a great place to do business and live.
Our core projects include:
- Promoting local businesses
- Advocating for smart development
- Throwing community events
We’re a not-for-profit, volunteer led organization building a better Corktown Toronto.
Corktown Volunteers and Board Members
For years, Corktown has been working with our local businesses and residents to build a sustainable, people-oriented neighbourhood. Find out about our current work below and how you can volunteer in our quickly changing area.
We currently have a need for volunteers in the following areas:
- Social Media and Digital Communications
- Web Development
- Community Engagement
If you’d like to explore volunteering with Corktown, please fill out our Expression of Interest form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do our best to respond within 48 hours. Volunteer and Board Member positions are usually filled at our Annual General Meeting in February but can be filled on an ongoing basis as necessary.
- Keep the local residents and businesses informed through monthly public meetings, a recurring newsletter and an up-to-date website.
- Convey community concerns and issue priorities to all relevant public and private institutions.
- Help realize neighbourhood improvements, using a constructive and collaborative approach.
- Read our bylaws here.
The Board of Directors
The Corktown Board of Directors is comprised of residents and business owners from the neighbourhood. Board members are elected annually for one-year terms. All members of the CRBA in good standing are eligible to cast a vote and run for a position on the Board.
2020/21 Corktown Volunteer Board of Directors
Aaron Binder – President
Vacant – Vice-President
Sanjay Vakani – Treasurer
Vacant – Secretary
Lisa Bugelli – Marketing and Outreach
Cory Lemos – Heritage Head
Ann Summers-Dossena – Foundry Project Lead
Louis Selmeci – Corktown News Editor
Socrates Apallas – Development Group Lead
Will Meneray – Business Success Team Lead
The Corktown News
Team Lead: Louis Selmeci, Editor-in-Chief
The Corktown News is our
Team Lead: Will Meneray
Our Business Success Working Group is finding ways to best support our local businesses and make sure they have every opportunity to succeed.
1) King East BIA Exploration
2) Queen East Improvement Working Group
3) Demographic and Information Gathering
Events and Outreach
Team Lead: Aaron Binder
Our Events and Outreach Group is finding new ways to drive Tourism, support our businesses, and maintain communications about our community oriented projects. We produce multiple events throughout the year of various sizes.
1) Community Cleanup
2) Corktown Egg Hunt
3) Corktown Holiday Party
Development and Construction
Team Lead: Socrates Apallas
Corktown continues to grow and we want to make sure that how it grows makes sense for everyone. Our Development Group works closely with surrounding neighbourhoods and the Toronto Centre Councillors Office to make sure our any new building projects fit our area.
Team Lead: Cory Lemos
Our Heritage Working Group is dedicated to keeping the neighbourhood beautiful and memorable. There’s a lot of history here that residents and visitors love – let’s keep it intact. We understand that developments need to happen and that they can co-exist when done properly.
Adjacent Working Groups
Team Lead: Ann Summers-Dossena
The Foundry is a building located at St. Lawrence St. and Eastern Avenue. Corktown Board Member Ann Summers Dossena has struck a Working Group to explore potential uses for this building and begin developing a plan.
Dormant Working Groups
These are groups formed by prior boards for specific reasons but can be re-started if the need and community leadership arises to work with us. If you’d like to re-activate a dormant group, email email@example.com.
Arts and Culture
King St. Transit Corridor
Queen East Revitalization