The Whitevale and District Residents’ Association (WDRA) is made up loyal residents of Whitevale who are extremely proud of their village and are intent on maintaining its unique historic character. The WDRA was formed in 1972 at the time that the government was expropriating land in-and-around Whitevale for construction of an airport.
Since the beginning, the WDRA’s objectives have been:
To protect, promote and enhance the heritage of Whitevale and its surrounding agricultural land;
To protect, promote and enhance the social, cultural and recreational interests of the people of Whitevale and district; and
To cooperate with any organization or person which this Association recognizes as having aims consistent with its own.
The annual Whitevale Easter Egg hunt was again enjoyed by all. From the hand-crafted baskets to the community-made chocolate eggs, the activities spanned the entire week culminating in the big hunt at the park. The festivities started the Sunday before where the children and their parents gathered at the community centre to create their baskets – there are clearly some very creative minds developing in our village. Later in the week, folks (young and not so-young) gathered at the community centre once again to whip together a mix of butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and chocolate to create the much sought after treats. It was a terrific opportunity for the next generation to learn the traditional way to make the these old-time favourites.
Finally the day of the hunt! Although the morning was brisk, more than 50 folks participated. Held off at the starting line until given the go-ahead, the kids clamoured in excitement. Once released they scrambled through the park in the quest to find the colour coded plastic eggs, these eggs where then traded in for the coveted confection.
Whitevale Road is closed east of the Hamlet (between Golf Club Road and Sideline 28). Signage for detour routes have been put in place to assist commuters. This road closure coincides with the closure of Sideline 26 north of Taunton Road. All this is part of the major overhaul of Sideline 26 (that will become Whites Road) and construction of Seaton.
We know that Whitevalians are in love with the fact that Whitevale is a quiet, little hamlet where not much changes…it’s like we’re frozen in time. However, the development of Seaton is just around the corner and that means so much around us is going change over the next little while — no matter how we feel about it. In order to help you understand some of what you can expect, the WDRA has developed this newsletter to provide you with the most up-to-date information relating to Seaton and other changes the City is planning both within and around our hamlet.
Your WDRA invites all kids/grand-kids, young and not-so-young, to come out and enjoy the arrival of spring with several activities that will culminate in an Easter Egg hunt in the park. We’d like to see all residents get involved in this free Whitevale Community event in whatever aspect they’d like.
Here’s the line-up of activities:
Make Your Own Easter Basket Saturday, April 8 – 9:00 am
Children are invited to make their own Easter basket at the WACC.
Chocolate Filled Easter Egg Making Workshop Wednesday, April 12 – 7:30 pm
Learn to make Chocolate Filled Easter Eggs. Adults (and interested teenagers) are invited to an evening workshop to learn to make fondant filled Easter Eggs (both traditional and peanut butter). This evening workshop will be held at the Community Centre starting at 7:30.
Easter Egg Hunt Friday April 14 (Good Friday) starting at 9:00 am
9:00 am – Whitevale kids will make their Easter egg hunting baskets at the Community Centre, with parental help if needed.
10:30 am -Whitevale kids will hunt for eggs and redeem them at the Community Centre for treats.
Please RSVP prior to April 8th. All Whitevale residents are encouraged to participate.
The WDRA is committed to keeping residents informed on the plans and associated timelines as they relate to the development of Seaton. In an effort to do so, we will continue to communicate with the Seaton Stakeholders to obtain and understand the most up-to-date information.
At the Oct 19, 2016 meeting of the Association, a presentation was shared with residents that included the most current details based on recent meetings with the City of Pickering and the consultant for White Sun Developments (the landowner in close proximity to the Hamlet). In response, residents have asked to be updated with as much information as possible, including an understanding of lot sizes. To that end, we have found on the City of Pickering’s website the draft plans of subdivision for the White Sun properties (identified in pink below). This will provide you with the most recent ‘public’ information on these plans of subdivision.
Note: Infrastructure Ontario’s plan for subdivision (SP-2015-06) was submitted in 2015 but has not been approved yet.
Whitevale Park now has a special place of solitude, reflection and meditation. “Isobel’s Place in the Park”, is in memory of Isobel Thompson. Friends and neighbours will gather at the Whitevale Park for this sunset tribute to Isobel, followed by refreshments and the sharing of memories in the Whitevale Community Centre.
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Whitevale Park, 371 Whitevale Road
Isobel and her husband Tommy have been the heart and soul of Whitevale since their arrival some 50 year ago. Their commitment to our hamlet and the preservation of the North Pickering lands is unparalleled. The dedication of this quiet place in the park is in appreciation of Isobel’s selfless devotion to our community.