What Is the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations?
According to our Constitution, adopted June 5, 1990, the general purpose of the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations is to provide a township-wide basis for the affiliation of associations of individual ratepayers who own properties containing a seasonal residential dwelling or a residential dwelling in those parts of the Township of Tiny in the County of Simcoe designated “Shoreline Residential” in the Official Plan of the Township.
The specific purposes of the Federation are to:
1. promote the aims and objectives of residents of the shoreline communities of Tiny Township generally, and in particular to promote the aims and objectives of local associations of such residents;
2. promote the protection, enhancement, and wise use of the environment of the shoreline and the shoreline residential area of Tiny Township;
3. encourage and assist the formation of local associations of shoreline community residents in areas where such associations do not exist;
4. provide a forum for members to discuss issues and exchange information;
5. lend assistance to members in informing themselves on issues of concern and pursuing such issues to resolution;
6. monitor area development, considering the principles of sound land-use planning and environmental management;
7. promote the development of, improvement of and/or changes in policies of governments or government agencies where such action is deemed appropriate to the furtherance of the purposes of the Federation;
8. promote the adoption and/or enforcement of governmental laws, bylaws, standards or practices where such action is deemed appropriate to the furtherance of the purposes of the Federation;
9. raise funds to conduct activities furthering the purposes of the Federation, and to place funds on deposit with a bank or trust company in Ontario until required for such purposes;
10. hold lands or other real or personal property as may be necessary to further the purposes of the Federation.
Directors of the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations for 2019-20
Paul Cowley, President, Carusoe Bay Association
Linda grew up in Toronto and has cottaged in Tiny since the age of five. After retiring from actuarial work in the life insurance industry and several years tutoring mathematics, she has volunteered in many clubs and organizations most recently Sunnybrook Hospital and the Kiwanis Music Festival.
After working in educational publishing, Lynne has spent the last 20 years volunteering and serving as a Board Member for non-profits in Portugal and Ontario. Currently a Trustee of the University of Lisbon, Lynne is also on the Board of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation and divides her time between Lisbon, Toronto and Tiny.
After teaching at several universities for more than a decade Judith Skelton Grant wrote three big books — Robertson Davies: Man of Myth, A Meeting of Minds: The Massey College Story and (with Carl Spadoni) A Bibliography of Robertson Davies. She has served on the board of FoTTSA since 1997, was president from 2000 to 2011, writes Reports on Council, coordinates its water sampling program, and is one of the editors of The Tiny Cottager.
Doug is a director and past-President of The Nottawaga Beach Association. He was cottaging on Georgian Bay before he was born, and has been enjoying it more fully since then. He is also a corporate lawyer.
Scott Williams, Editor Tiny Cottager, Bluewater Georgina Wendake
Andrew has enjoyed visiting Tiny since infancy. In 1986 Jennie and Andrew purchased a cottage at Cawaja Beach. Together with their three sons and now extended family, they go “up north”, year round. Andrew is currently the Chair of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival Committee and Chair Emeritus of the RVBIA. He is also Chair Emeritus of the Copernicus Lodge Foundation. In Tiny, Andrew served on the Township’s Parking Strategy, Small Watercraft and Community Policing Committees. He has represented FoTTSA (Founding Sponsor) on The Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament Committee since 2015.
Katie Houston, Thunder Beach Association
Katie is a sessional lecturer and PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. A life long cottage resident, Katie splits her time between Toronto and Thunder Beach. Focused on connecting people and communities, she is deeply passionate about pushing others to think more deeply about their own responsibilities to the environment, land and water upon which they live and play.
Tom spent his working career in the human resources function in Ontario’s electricity sector. After retirement, Tom has served as a board member with a number of not for profit organizations including Neighbour to Neighbour, Electricity Human Resources Canada, Transparency International, Humber College Human Resources Advisory Committee, and the Woodland Beach Property Owners Association. Tom currently lives in Mississauga.
Robert McBride, Wymbolwood Beach Association
Robert is retired from his life’s work as a transportation planning and engineering professional with over 40 years service with an independent consulting firm in Toronto. The cottage on Wymbolwood that Robert and Lynn Short share with their family was originally acquired by Robert’s grandfather in 1957 and has passed through family hands since. In addition to FoTTSA, Robert presently serves on a number of boards including the Land Economics Foundation and Wymbolwood Nature Preserve Limited.
Member Associations as of March 2020
Addison Beach Property Owners’ Association
Ardmore Beach Association
Bluewater Dunes Ratepayers Association/Corporation –
Bluewater Georgina Wendake Beaches and Ratepayers Association www.yourbgw.ca
Carusoe Bay Association
Cawaja Propertyowners Association www.cpoa.ca
Cedar Point Cottagers Association cedarpointcottagersassociation.ca
Cleopatra Resort Co-Ownership Inc.
Deanlea Beach Association Inc.
Edmor Beach-Georgian Heights Ratepayers Association
Farlain Lake Community Association www.farlainlake.ca
Georgian Highlands Cottagers’ Association
Lafontaine Area Shoreline Homeowners Association LASHA
Kettle’s Beach Subdivision Association Inc.
Kingswood Acres Beach Association
The Nottawaga Beach Association
The Pennorth Beach Corporation
The Rowntree Beach Association
Thunder Beach Association thunderbeach.org
Wahnekewening Community Association
Woodland Beach Property Owners’ Association www.wbpoa.org
Wymbolwood Beach Association www.wymbolwood.ca
The Federation’s Position on Beach Access
The Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations owns no land and takes no partisan position on beach access issues. It is an umbrella organization, representing member associations whose individual situations differ radically one to the next.
The key principle which the Federation strongly supports is that decisions about beach access issues should be determined by those directly involved, on an informed basis, without coercion or confrontation. No mandated or “one size fits all” approach should be imposed.
The Federation’s role is to identify and clarify issues, and to convey objective information to our members, and others with an interest in these matters, so that they may make informed decisions. By way of example — in many parts of the shore, land ownership is not clear. In our view, one kind of information that is needed before negotiations are entered into or decisions made, is the report of David Lambden, the land surveyor and boundary expert, who is looking into beach ownership for the Township.
For more information, please see the article “Who are we and what do we do?” from Issue #16 of The Tiny Cottager
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