Bob Kemp wins ‘Most Connected to Your Community’ at fourth annual TABIA awards

Beach Mirror

Several Toronto business improvement areas were recognized for their work in their communities over the past year.

The fourth annual Toronto BIAs Recognition Awards Dinner was held Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the Palais Royale Ballroom.

Organized by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) and sponsored by the City of Toronto and Metroland Media Toronto, the event honoured BIAs in a variety of categories:

Branding: Liberty District BIA

Floral: Dundas West BIA, Danforth Mosaic BIA and Sheppard East BIA

Outstanding Murals: Lakeshore Village BIA

Master Plan: Financial District BIA and Junction Gardens BIA

Creative Solutions: Financial District BIA

GateWay: Baby Point Gates BIA

Streetscape: Bloordale Village BIA, St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA and Danforth Village BIA

Working with BIAs: Yellow Pages Group

Marketing: Leslieville BIA and Waterfront BIA

Community Engagement: Regal Heights BIA and Harbord Street BIA

Volunteers: Bloor West Village and Chinatown BIA

Round of Applause: Kingsway BIA

Events: Bloor Yorkville BIA, GreekTown on the Danforth BIA and Emery Village BIA

Perseverance: Eglinton Hill BIA, Eglinton Way BIA, Fairbank Village BIA, Upper Village BIA, York Eglinton BIA and Mount Pleasant BIA

Years of Service: Ms. Grace Russo

Michael Comstock Community Builder Award: Ms. Amy Chow

The Most Connected to Your Community Award: sponsored by Metroland Media Toronto, was given to Bob Kemp from the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA. Kemp’s nomination was submitted for his work in the community with Bob Kemp Day, which celebrates children in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood and is in its eighth year.

Kemp holds a parade and barbecue in David Crombie Park. This past year more than 800 children and families enjoyed festivities for all ages.

Other award sponsors were Street Graffiti Solutions, CTM Media Group and Wish Twice Productions.

In collaboration with Toronto City Council, business owners and tenants have formed 78 BIAs across the city to maintain safety, enhance the look of their neighbourhoods and attract businesses to the area.