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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”