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Aug. 17, 2022

North York hotel to become refugee shelter

“In the past, shelters sometimes exist like islands within our community,” she said. “We really need the community to be involved, and I think the only way that this could be successful is if the neighbourhood has meaningful opportunities to be part of how this unfolds and not just it landing in the neighbourhood without connectivity to the people who live here.”

North York hotel to become refugee shelter

Jun. 18, 2022

Reclaiming a neighbourhood after a horrifying attack - Fresh Air

Lily Cheng co-founded the neighbourhood group We Love Willowdale to help the community heal and re-claim their spaces after the 2018 Toronto Van attack. We find out about the community they've built since then.

Reclaiming a neighbourhood after a horrifying attack - Fresh Air

Jun. 13, 2022

Two Toronto city council candidates initially endorsed by John Filion in 2018 election are set to face off in Willowdale

Cheng, who registered her candidacy Monday and was “leaning toward” a run whether or not Filion sought re-election, is now focused on persuading voters she should replace him Oct. 24.

“I want to increase citizenship engagement and help solve problems.”

Two Toronto city council candidates initially endorsed by John Filion in 2018 election are set to face off in Willowdale

Apr. 20, 2022

Veterans of Toronto’s upended 2018 civic election eye returning to the political fray

Lily Cheng, operator of the popular Facebook group North York Moms, started the 2018 election in a Willowdale ward endorsed by then-retiring Coun. John Filion. But she ended up finishing second to Filion when he changed plans after the council cut.

Veterans of Toronto’s upended 2018 civic election eye returning to the political fray

Jan. 17, 2022

North York Moms group founder Lily Cheng can put house 'back in order' with kids at school

“My husband and I both are working from home right now, and it’s been madness. Our home has been torn apart,” said Cheng, a Willowdale mother of two who runs a Facebook group called North York Moms, which has more than 10,000 members.

North York Moms group founder Lily Cheng can put house 'back in order' with kids at school

Nov. 4, 2021

'It's so sad, heartbreaking': Nurse paralyzed after Toronto van attack dies

“Her life was tragically stolen and drawn out. Really, it was a three-year death, which is, I think, far worse in some ways to have to endure that,” said Lily Cheng, co-founder of the community group named We Love Willowdale.

'It's so sad, heartbreaking': Nurse paralyzed after Toronto van attack dies

May 5, 2021

Toronto's single moms to be honoured for 'heroic efforts' during pandemic

More than 60 single moms will receive flowers, baked goods and pampering baskets to celebrate their “heroic efforts at solo parenting during the pandemic,” organizer Lily Cheng said.

Toronto's single moms to be honoured for 'heroic efforts' during pandemic

Apr. 21, 2021

'Heartwarming' virtual dinner will commemorate Yonge Street tragedy

Lily Cheng, the executive director of both organizations, said community members still have “scars” from the horrific crime. “We carry this in our hearts,” she said. “We felt it would be very important for us to bring people together especially on this commemoration day so that those who are still carrying pain (and) difficult memories can share (their feelings) with their neighbours.”

'Heartwarming' virtual dinner will commemorate Yonge Street tragedy

Mar. 3, 2021

Victim's family, Willowdale residents express 'relief' in van attack verdict

Willowdale resident Lily Cheng, co-founder of We Love Willowdale (a grassroots movement started in response to the tragedy), said she’s relieved to know the perpetrator will be held responsible for his actions.

Victim's family, Willowdale residents express 'relief' in van attack verdict

Jul. 15, 2020

Here’s how three new gardeners are growing their own groceries

No disrespect to front-lawn lovers, but Lily Cheng finds grass a waste of space. That’s why a large vegetable garden dominates the Willowdale resident’s front yard.

Now her family of four eats fresh greens every day, along with kale chips and lemon mint tea.

Here’s how three new gardeners are growing their own groceries

Apr. 22, 2019

One year after Toronto van attack, memorial events offer chance to pay tribute to victims

“Everyone gets busy in life but I remember a year ago when it happened, we had this awakening in our community of how important it is to reach out and care for each other,” said Lily Cheng, a community organizer and one of the people behind the We Love Willowdale group that is helping co-ordinate Tuesday’s commemoration events.

“We want to redeem that. We want to say those lives were not for nothing. We can do that by being a better community, by building even deeper connections within our community.”

One year after Toronto van attack, memorial events offer chance to pay tribute to victims

Oct. 22, 2018

John Filion coasts to council in Ward 18, Willowdale

Runner-up Lily Cheng — who Filion had earlier endorsed, prior to his eleventh-hour decision to run — trailed in second place, with just under 20 per cent of votes.

John Filion coasts to council in Ward 18, Willowdale

Oct. 16, 2018

母亲组织创办人陈伶俐谈市选挑战

多伦多市选投票前,恰好是加拿大大麻合法化的时候,华裔市议员候选人陈伶俐(Lily Cheng)认为,如何应对大麻合法化,以及改善交通安全,都是未来市政府要面对的重要挑战。

陈伶俐在加拿大出生,曾获得麦克马斯特大学和瑞尔森大学的全额奖学金,毕业后曾去台湾发展,当过当地广播电台和电视台的节目主持人。现在,她是2个孩子的母亲、多伦多柳惠区(Willowdale)选区的市议员候选人。

母亲组织创办人陈伶俐谈市选挑战

Oct. 11, 2018

In Willowdale, incumbent councillor faces challenge from candidate he once endorsed to replace him

“I am a mom, a woman and a minority — that perspective is not represented on council,” Cheng says in an interview at Yonge St. and Sheppard Ave. in the centre-north Ward 18, which is suffering strains from hyperdevelopment rivalling that in the city core.

In Willowdale, incumbent councillor faces challenge from candidate he once endorsed to replace him

Aug. 28, 2018

Meet the people challenging Premier Doug Ford’s Toronto ward cuts in court

Cheng, the daughter of Taiwanese parents, signed up to run in the 47-ward system in Ward 29, a newly created North York district with no incumbent. The community organizer and mother of two young children decided to put her name on the ballot after the van attack on Yonge St. led her to speak at a vigil encouraging others to give back to their community. She felt she should do the same.

Meet the people challenging Premier Doug Ford’s Toronto ward cuts in court

Jul. 24, 2018

The importance of empowering a community dealing with tragedy

The Danforth mass shooting brings back painful memories of the North York van attack. BT"s Melanie Ng speaks with Lily Cheng, co-founder of We Love Willowdale about the importance of empowering a community dealing with tragedy.

The importance of empowering a community dealing with tragedy

Jun. 3, 2018

'They are now a part of us': Makeshift memorial for Toronto van attack victims comes down

"Here we see evidence of deep sorrow, deep grief and deep love," said Lily Cheng, co-founder of community group We Love Willowdale.

'They are now a part of us': Makeshift memorial for Toronto van attack victims comes down

May 20, 2018

Picnic will celebrate a neighbourhood that’s still shaken by van attack

We Love Willowdale co-founder Lily Cheng said she knows people who have been avoiding Yonge St. since the attack.

“We want to do something that fosters a sense of safety and community so that people with come out and shift this feeling,” said Cheng.

Picnic will celebrate a neighbourhood that’s still shaken by van attack

Apr. 25, 2018

'Reclaiming our sense of security': Community begins to heal after Toronto van attack

“I think that was really symbolic,” she told CTV News Channel on Wednesday. “We walk these streets every day and our sense of security was taken away so by coming together and praying and walking, we were blessing our neighbourhood, and reclaiming our sense of security.”

'Reclaiming our sense of security': Community begins to heal after Toronto van attack

The Van Attack: One year later

Touching people like Jesse James, Sean Huh, and Lily Cheng, neighbours who helped organize a moment of silence the next day, prayer walks, music at Olive Square Park and Mel Lastman Square and, eventually, a healing movement called We Love Willowdale.

The Van Attack: One year later