CCRA celebrated its 66th Anniversary in 2015 making it one of the oldest continuing community organizations in the GTA.
Centennial Community & Recreation Association is a volunteer group of residents who are dedicated to the preservation, development and improvement of our Centennial community in Scarborough (East Toronto).
With the support of our members, CCRA sponsors and plans events for all ages like Winterfest, Summer Concert Series, Heritage Day and the Waterfront Festival. We sponsor school activities, scholarships and 2nd Highland Creek Scouting.
CCRA represents the Centennial community to all levels of government about local planning and development issues. We advocate for changes that meet the needs of our residents.
Founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1950, the Centennial Community and Recreation Association (CCRA) celebrated its 66th Anniversary in 2015 making it one of the oldest continuing community organizations in the GTA. William Dempsey was the founding President and in his own words outlined the purpose of the CCRA:
“From the beginning in 1949 there have been people of vision and conviction who have stood firm in the cause of the Centennial Community and Recreation Association. Community improvement, preservation of the environment, clean air, open space, the recognition of sound land use development principles aimed at keeping characteristics of the early community, recreation facilities and programs to meet the needs of the people of all ages are continuing objectives.
The creation of something better, rather than acceptance of something less worthy remains the watchword.”
CCRA is operated by an elected board of directors from the Centennial Community who volunteer their time. The executive meet the first Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August, to carry out the Association’s operations.
For over 65 years CCRA has represented the Centennial Community in issues affecting the community. CCRA has been a leading force in many local projects and an active voice in the community, attending Ontario Municipal Board hearings to preserve public park spaces and protect Centennial's natural environment. CCRA worked tirelessly to bring the Port Union Waterfront to life and has been instrumental in organizing all-candidates meetings during election campaigns.
Membership campaigns raise funds for CCRA and were possible only because of the efforts of Centennial residents who canvassed their neighbours annually. Money raised by the CCRA is used within the Centennial community to sponsor sports clubs like the 2nd Highland Creek Scouts, Mowat dragon boat team and school scholarships.
CCRA By-laws require that an Annual General Meeting of the Association be held each October to elect an executive. The term of office for each election is one year. To elect members a quorum of 25 voting members must be present. The Association is in need of new members to continue to have new ideas, energy and momentum. Is this the year you get involved in your community? Join us at a meeting and see what being a member is all about. CCRA needs your ideas, support and enthusiasm.
Help keep the CCRA healthy and active for many years to come!
The Centennial Community in south-east Toronto is bounded by Highway 2A on the north, Port Union Road on the east, Lake Ontario on the south, and Highland Creek on the west.
According to the 2011 Census, Centennial Scarborough had a population of 13,093 - an increase of 5.2% above the 2006 census.
For detailed statistics about Centennial Scarborough, see the City of Toronto neighbourhood profile with data from the 2011 census.