On July 27, 2017, Alura Moores, President of the Rosewood Taxpayers’ Association, presented a deputation before the Toronto Police Services Board regarding a need for change in protocol and/or practice with respect to contacting neighbourhood associations in specific, high-risk missing persons situations.
See item 5 and pages 6-9 on the TPSB meeting agenda.
Alura Moores has lived across Canada as well as in Germany and Australia. She spent most of her youth on the east coast of Canada, primarily in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia – a suburb of Halifax. She completed her Honours in Anthropology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and proceeded shortly thereafter to travel around the world working on cruise ships with Royal Caribbean International.
Alura has worked and volunteered with numerous youth organizations from a very young age, including as a Lieutenant with the Air Cadet Instructor Cadre. Holding various occupations over the years, Alura found her calling as a paralegal and office manager and has worked for firms specializing in criminal and regulatory defence, civil litigation, appeals, etc.
After meeting her now husband John Ngo, she agreed to follow him back to Scarborough, where he had been raised since the age of four after immigrating to Canada. Alura and John moved to the community of Rosewood in June of 2011 – walking distance from John’s family! Since moving to the neighbourhood, Alura and John have had two sons and have been enjoying getting to know their neighbours and others who live in Rosewood and building on new friendships.
Alura’s involvement with the Rosewood Taxpayers’ Association (RTA) started with a yellow newsletter from RTA that arrived in her mailbox and attracted her attention. She decided to attend one of RTA’s general meetings. Intrigued and encouraged by the strong sense of community, she continued to participate in the various RTA initiatives including the Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive and community cleanups and was then welcomed on the executive. In September of 2016, Alura was elected president of the Rosewood Taxpayers’ Association. In this capacity, she hopes to continue and expand on some of the great initiatives that have been implemented by past presidents and executives. She would also like to explore the needs of an aging population and concerns relating to dementia and how our community can better support those needs and concerns. Above all, she would like to focus on inclusivity and maintaining a safe neighbourhood for all to enjoy.
About Toronto and Rosewood Alura says:
My favorite things about Toronto are the food, the diversity of people, and the abundance of arts and cultural events. You can never be bored in this city!
My favorite thing about Rosewood is Alexmuir Park. I love seeing people of all ages walking the path, exercising, and enjoying the park. There are always kids playing and running between the three playgrounds (and my kids always want to go to all three!). The hill in the middle is just steep enough to go for a good slide during the few occasions we have enough snow. There are people who do tai chi and practice lion dances under the trees during warm summer mornings and evenings. It’s really quite wonderful.