SoHo Community Association


Welcome to the SoHo Community Association. We are an organization of engaged citizens dedicated to strengthening SoHo in London Ontario and promoting it as a great neighbourhood to live, work, and play in. We are run entirely by volunteers.

SoHo is located in the heart of London, Ontario, Canada. Conveniently located close to Downtown, SoHo is a very walkable community. We are home to several excellent restaurants and have a vibrant arts & culture community. SoHo is ethnically diverse and historically rich, we have an active heritage community and welcome people from all walks of life. SoHo – Discover Where the Heart is!

Nominations for the Board


David Lundquist

I am a resident of the Community since 2011 and a homeowner. SoHo is a wonderful community, and it is important that we work together. The Community Association can be a conduit for getting residents achieving a common good for all. As a resident I have only realized the SoHo Community Association during the last year and note that most of my neighbors are yet unaware this group of volunteers exists.

As President I want to:

  • Increase the level of local participation and community involvement by expanding the volunteer base of the organization.
  • Expand fund-raising efforts to ensure the association can fund community BBQ’s and other events.
  • Promote heritage awareness across the community
  • Build an inclusive association that welcomes participation by all residents including homeowners and renters including those in public housing.
  • Work on expanding initiatives such as community gardens and food security.
  • Work with the many artists and local entrepreneurs in the community to build positive spaces and community support.
  • Ensure harmonious relations with City Hall and the community with an emphasis on quality of life issues and sustainable development.

James Shelley

James Shelley is a research coordinator and administrator at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. On the side, he is also a group fitness instructor with GoodLife Fitness. He previously worked at the Canadian Mental Health Association prior to becoming a staff member at Western. At present, James sits on the boards of the London Public Library and Literacy Links South Central. James has lived in the same house in SoHo since 2004: he and his family love the neighbourhood and can’t imagine living anywhere else.


Leia Beland

I would like to apply for the position of vice president for the SoHo neighbourhood association. I have lived in SoHo with my husband and our five kids for six years, (though my husband has been here for 14 years).

I am a social worker who works as the family advocate in training at LIFE*SPIN and I have a long history of community organizing. I am also a trained grant writer. I have a lot of ideas about how to support the great stuff that is already happening in SoHo ( fruit trees, community gardens, the slave chapel, etc)

And I would be a dedicated board member.

Dan Doroshenko

I am a property owner at 553 Hill Street and have been an active member of the community association since 2013. I worked with past president Cheri McLeod to implement the SoHo Street Market in conjunction with the Ivey School of Business.

Currently, I represent the Urban League on two city advisory councils: Cycling; and Outstanding London Ambassador Awards. Additionally, I work with other city of London departments including: Trails Advisory Group; London Celebrates Cycling Events; and NeighbourGood London initiatives such as Walk To Shop and Active & Green. And I am also a member of the Byron Community Organization and Lambton Shores Community Association.

As a resident, I worked on community opposition against a proposed development that included participation in Peer Panel Review Process, and successful presentations to both the Planning & Environment Committee and City Council that lead to unanimous votes against the requested zoning change. Recently, I testified at the OMB hearing which lead to a successful, no-appeal ruling against the developer and their proposal. I also participate in the annual Emergency Preparedness Week program and assist ReForest London in their programs in both SoHo and Byron.

Jessica Justrabo

My experience centres on social services, but I have held a few different positions. Currently, I am the Coordinator of the Circles Program – which is co-lead by Ontario Works and Goodwill Industries. I have previously worked as a Project Manager for the City of London’s “Child and Youth Network”. I am very interested in municipal politics, and I care very much about my community. I have served on the London & Middlesex Partnership for 10 years as the co-chair of the “Justice and Protection Services” sub-committee. I also supported the development and early stages of the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty, including the public participation meetings.

I have lived and worked in the SoHo Neighbourhood for 3 years now. I desire to support this neighbourhood’s development in any way I can. I am very interested in serving as the VP of the neighbourhood association alongside some incredible Londoners who care about the development.


Laurie Bursch

As the long-time vice president of the SoHo Community Association, I’m delighted to step down from this role – it’s time for new blood. However, I believe that organizational memory is important; in that spirit, I’m standing for the role of SoHo treasurer. While you likely know me as a communications professional, I bring training from university-level courses in accounting and finance, experience in bookkeeping, and three years as high school “mathlete.”

I look forward to continuing to serve our community.

Nancy Hamm

I am the current treasurer of the Soho Community Association and an Area Coordinator of Neighbourhood Watch I would like to reapply for my position as treasurer. I have been with the organization since the beginning.

There are no applications for the position of Recording Monitor/Secretary at this time.

Election Night in SoHo – Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:00 pm at Childreach – 265 Maitland at Horton

In addition to the broad outlines found on the website (, these are the day-to-day operational duties for board members:

• Liaison with all other community organizations, city departments, and member agencies
• Also a member of the Urban League (each community group is only allowed one voting member at a monthly meeting), the Centre of Hope Community Council (quarterly meetings), and the London Community Foundation Back to the River Committee (meetings as required)
• Sets agendas
• Plans activities and events with the board
• Develops grant applications

Vice President
• Back up to the president attending other meetings and events should the president be unable to attend
• Accompany president (when possible) to meetings with city or other agencies
• Assists with planning activities and writing grant applications

• Maintains bank accounts, making deposits and withdrawals as needed
• Pays invoices as required
• Assists with budgeting for events
• Assists with creating budgets for grant applications

Recording Monitor (Secretary)
• Takes minutes of monthly meetings and posts
• Maintains web page with assistance of webmaster
• Maintains FaceBook and Twitter accounts
• Assists with writing grant applications

We also need to store the physical property of the association – giant garden games, a bubble machine, other toys and games, tables, pop-up tents, and coolers that were part of the market.

Please apply by indicating the position you are interested in and provide a couple of paragraphs outlining your relevant experience by midnight, Monday, February 18, 2019. Applicant information will be posted here 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Send applications to:

Happy Halloween!

Ahead of tomorrow night’s festivities, we remind all residents to be on the lookout for the little ones walking our streets in search of treats. Please ensure that you drive slowly, and parents, please make sure that costumes are visible in the dark.


Our neighbour, Rajaie El Shorafa, remains in critical condition in hospital while police search for his attacker. Should you see Jessie McConnell, please call 911.

Shelby’s Food Express and Edgar & Joe’s are raising funds for the El Shorafa Family; Shelby’s will donate $1 for every plate sold up to tomorrow, and Edgar & Joe’s will donate $1 from every hot beverage sold until November 3rd. Both restaurants will provide catering for a benefit concert this Friday, November 3rd to be held at Call the Office on York Street. Tickets are $5 at the door and there will additional raffles.

A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up for the family by Shelby’s:

We are grateful to Edgar & Joe’s, Shelby’s Food Express, and Jesse McCabe and Call the Office for their incredible kindness in supporting a neighbour family in need.


The rain water collection gardens on Waterloo Street have been completed. All that remains is for plants to be added next spring. These gardens are designed to cleanse the water that runs into the Thames River after heavy rainfalls. And I can assure our residents that we are already the envy of the membership of the Urban League because we have them!


With respect to the development planned by Medallion Corporation for the old hospital lands, the company is currently carrying out the due diligence phase of the project and have yet to submit a planning application. The city planning department will be facilitating a meeting for our residents with the corporation at that time. Stay tuned!


Our next association meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Childreach, 265 Maitland Street at the corner of Hamilton Road, one block north of Horton.



Movie Night in Meredith Park

Saturday, September 9, 2017

7:30 PM

We would like to thank all the residents who joined us for SoHo Celebrates Canada 150 on August 26th. Please join us for this special movie night courtesy of the City of London Neighbourhood Services Department. “Sing” stars Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey in a world where a koala bear tries to save his theatre by hosting a singing competition.

SoHo Celebrates Canada 150

On 2015-04-26,at 4:23 PM Latif, Anam ( Subject: Canada 150 logo University of Waterloo student, Ariana Cuvin, beat 300 other submissions in a design contest to create a logo for Canada’s 150th anniversary coming up in 2017. The logo will be featured on special products commemorating the event. Anam Latif Reporter, Waterloo Region Record 519-895-5638

SoHo Celebrates Canada 150!
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Meredith Park – Maitland & Nelson Streets

Fun Fair for the Kids! Bouncy castles, bubbles, toddler roller coaster, face painting, balloon animals, giant garden games

Barbecue presented by Scouts Canada at 5:00 pm – vegetarian option available
Music by Nikki Brydges & the Smokin’ Guns

PLEASE REGISTER by calling 226-636-0624
Or through Eventbrite:
SoHo 150 Tickets


Agenda – March 16th, 2017

March 16th, 2017 – Childreach.

  1. Approval of February Meeting Minutes – Jamie
  2. Civic Space SoHo – Julie Michaud
  3. Earmark Launch – Shelley
  4. Neighbourhood Bike Festival – Angela
  5. Electronics recycling – Angela
  6. The Great Transit Debate – Potential talks with both Downshift and city staff – Angela
  7. Open Discussion – At this point in the meeting, members/guests are free to bring forward any concerns they have.
  8. Adjournment

Agenda – January 19th, 2017

January 19th, 2017  – Childreach.

  1. Approval of November Meeting Minutes – Jamie
  2. Selection of a New Vice President
  3. Election for the Position of Vice President
  4. Creation of a “Director At Large” Position
  5. Election of a Member to Director At Large
  6. Presentation by Pathways on the Community Wood Shop
  7. Canada 150 Committee Formation – Angela
  8. Open Discussion – At this point in the meeting, members/guests are free to bring forward any concerns they have.
  9. Adjournment

Please note that this month’s meeting will be in the upstairs meting room at Childreach.  An elevator is available for those who require it.

Agenda – November 17th, 2016

The SoHo Community Association

November 17th, 2016  – Childreach.

  1. Approval of October Meeting Minutes – Jamie
  2. Active & Green Home Check-Up Program – Greg Sandle
  3. Selection of a New Vice President
    • Election for the Position of Vice President
    • Creation of a “Director At Large” Position
    • Election of a Member to Director At Large
  4. Canada 150 Event Update – Angela
  5. Open Discussion – At this point in the meeting, members/guests are free to bring forward any concerns they have.
  6. Adjournment