WARD 6 COUNCILLOR
1988-present: Avia has, and continues to work with her husband, Bill (3rd generation Holland Marsh Farmer), expanding their Edible Horticulture (vegetable farm) business in the Holland Marsh.
2010-present: Since prior to being first elected to represent the Farmers/Residents/Business Owners in Ward 6, Township of King in 2010, Avia has, and continues to be a vocal advocate for Farmers in the Holland Marsh, as well as other sectors in Agriculture. Additionally, Avia is active on a number of boards and committees with a focus on Agriculture, Economic Development and the Environment. Avia is the Agricultural/municipal representative on the Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee (provincial appointment); the King Township representative on the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority board of directors (York Region appointed); Agricultural member on the IESO York Region Local Advisory Committee; King Township member for the community group organizing the annual Run/Walk for Southlake (our local hospital); one of three council representatives on the King Township Sustainability Advisory Committee; member of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance (York Region appointment); member of the Economic Development Strategy Task Force (King Township); and member representing the Holland Marsh on the York Region Agricultural Advisory Liaison Group. Avia is the former Chair (Holland Marsh) of the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee; former director (Holland Marsh) with CanAgPlus (a national food safety board); former director with Holland Marsh Growers Association.
Avia is a current member of the Arts Society King; King Chamber of Commerce; Business Women's Network of York Region; Catholic Women's League, Ladies in Philanthropy for Southlake, Women of Influence Giving Circle (Seneca College, King Campus), and Holland Marsh Growers Association.
1982-1993: Avia was employed as a Legal Secretary for a prestigious law firm in Aurora, Ontario until she left to raise her family, and assume a larger role growing the family farm business.
1981-1982: Avia attended Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology (King Campus) for a one year course, and obtained her Legal Secretary Certificate.
Avia and Bill continue to be involved in a variety of charitable organizations, and farm organizations. They reside in the Holland Marsh (Ward 6) in the home originally built by Bill's parents.|