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  • Writer's picturePat Browne

Are we a village?

We are a village was an observation from someone outside our little community. The idea that English Lane Don Mills should be English Lane Village in Don Mills is a subtle distinction filled with a multitude of ideas and an interesting question to contemplate at this time of year.


If a village is a small community (usually defined as between 500 and 2,500 inhabitants) clustered around a central point. By that definition we are a village.


Villages are also defined as being close to workplaces but separate from them and consist of higher-quality housing with integrated community amenities and attractive physical environments. We are all the above.


In creative writing, a village is described as a place that is far away from the push and shove of the city. You feel a connection with the village. There are open spaces and natural environment with streams, flowers, woods, and walkways. We cover that completely.

What are the positive points of a village?

Strong community: villages have a close-knit community where people know each other and look out for one another.

Peaceful environment: villages tend to be quieter and more peaceful than dense urban environments with less traffic and noise pollution.


We cover it all.

English Lanes is a community of caring individuals who are there for each other in times of strife and times of joy. Over the years I’ve seen neighbours reaching out to each other to help with snow shoveling or bringing food when a neighbour is sick or hurt. I have benefited from that myself.


English Lanes sits in a beautiful natural area with trails and parklands all around us. We are minutes away from the hustle of the city, but miles away from the noise and confusion. We may not be Shangri-La, but we pretty much nail the definition of village – so welcome to English Lane Village in Don Mills.


Interesting musings. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and the best for the new year. Stay safe and well, and if you need something remember the village is here for you.



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Elka Popova
Elka Popova
Jan 02

I have compared our community with a village in conversations with friends. Many of us know each other and care for each other and we love doing things together. I first experienced the spirit of our village when our kids were growing and we spent numerous hours on our beloved playground watching the kids play while socializing with the parents. Then we got Buddy (our dog and third baby) and we got to meet more beautiful people - this time, the dog parents :) I love our village and I hope we preserve our village spirit for years to come. I don't like it when people leave, but I am happy to welcome new neighbors, who I hope become our…


Dec 23, 2023

It truly does take a village & we experienced it first hand how wonderful the hood could be .No doubt we miss the “ village “ vibes & 9 years living in English Lanes created some life long memories & friendships that we carry with us in this next Chapter of our lives . To you all have a most wonderful Holiday Season , May the New Year bring you all much peace , happiness , good health & love . We feel that we can always return & we shall.

Lottsa luv from Sunny & Denis Orban

Formerly of Jessie Drive


Diana Munteanu
Diana Munteanu
Dec 23, 2023

A wonderful and heart-warming idea! Happy holidays, everyone!

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