Community Happenings


It was a pleasant Thursday morning on February 16th. Mayor Krantz stood on the steps of the Town Hall and made the proclamation that Saturday, February 25th  would be the Coldest Night of the Year Day in Milton.

He was accompanied by Executive Director of the incredible Milton Transitional Housing,

Donna Danielli, Councillor Colin Best and several walkers planning to walk 2K, 5K or 10K for the CNOY. Many of those in the group have faithfully walked or volunteered for the event over the years since the first CNOY in 2011.

The Ahmadiyya Milton Muslim Jama’at of Milton’s Run for Milton cheque presentation of $30,000 to Milton District Hospital Foundation at Sherwood Community Centre occurred last month.

They also gave an update on their future Mosque in Milton at 1456 Bronte Street South. In addition to being a mosque it will host community bbqs, gatherings, future Run for Milton charity events to support our local hospital as well as many other diverse and community driven activities.

Their motto of “Love for All, Hatred for None” continues to resonate with both humility and love for all of humanity.

Thank you Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at for inviting Milton Villager Magazine and other community members to have dinner together tonight and get an update both on the future mosque as well as getting the .nal fundraising amount for our hospital.

Their vision for the future mosque to help also be a community centre bringing people together (regardless of religion or ethnicity) in peace and love is a powerful message to hear.

During a ceremony at the One King West Hotel and Residence in Toronto held on September 27, 2022, Mr. Don D’Souza from Milton received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.

The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism recognizes up to 20 individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to volunteerism in Ontario each year.

Don D’Souza is a proud Miltonian, an outstanding community leader dedicated and driven to building a brighter tomorrow by supporting those in his community. He has volunteered for more than 10 years with the Navy League of Canada, Milton Branch and supporting the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps CHAUDIERE. Appointed the organization’s president in 2014, he has worked tirelessly to create positive change in his community.

In January 2020, Don co-founded the Navy League Cadet Corps ADVENTURE, a program for youth between the ages of 9 and 12 that promotes teamwork, good citizenship, and leadership skills. Don helped raise over $50,000 through grants, donations, and sponsorships to create the Milton Cadet Centre, which offers a safe space for youth to come together and learn new skills. Through Don’s leadership and dedication, membership at the centre has more than doubled. The Milton Cadet Centre has become one of Ontario’s strongest and most engaged Navy League branches.

A tireless volunteer, Don also finds time to volunteer with the Halton Regional Police Service, the Milton Legion’s Poppy Drives, as well as to provide support to community celebrations, Meals on Wheels and Toys for Tots.

By now you’ve probably heard that Zeeshan Hamid is running for Mayor. Hamid has spent the past 12 years on Council, but I wanted to know more about Zee, beyond politics.

Our conversation starts with a discussion about his love for coffee. Zee tells me he has more than a dozen coffee machines at home. When I ask him where to find the best coffee in Milton, he says, “you’ll often find me at Barn Door Cafe or Chudleigh’s Blossom Cafe, but if you’re looking for beans then Java Nut is your stop.”

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) celebrated the opening of its Temple in MILTON located at 410 Bronte St South, Unit # 202 & 203 on the auspicious occasion of Lord Krishna ‘JANMASHTAMI’ festival on Friday August 19, 2022. ISKCON Milton temple was formally inaugurated by the Consul General of India, Toronto – Apoorva Srivastava, Acting Mayor of Milton – Kristina Tesser Derksen, Halton Regional Councillor – Mike Cluett, Town Councillor Rick Di Lorenzo and representative of the Milton MPP Parm Gill

Councillor Rick Di Lorenzo has been Milton’s local Councillor for south east Milton for 12 years now. In 2021 he won the Milton Champion Award for Milton’s favourite local politician and his passion for community involvement clearly shows in his activities with resident groups and organizations. He was one of this year’s sponsors for Milton Canada Day, as well as helping the Milton Halal Food Festival take off in their first year.

This election he’s running for Regional Council for ward 3, leaving his local Councillor position open for others. When asked why the change, he says “Regional Council has added responsibilities such as Halton Public Health, Halton Regional Police (related to my focus on community safety). These two areas have always been a focus of mine. Plus Milton’s infrastructure has been lacking support at the regional level, often delayed and pushed back it has fallen behind our growth. I believe Milton deserves better.”