On April 27th, Mayor Frank Scarpitti (pictured above), council and city staff gathered with the family, friends and community members near and dear to Alex Chiu’s (pictured above) heart. Chiu’s daughter served as MC and speaker at the event that saw many laughs, shared memories, inspirational words, and a humourous gift exchange (see picture above).

They were there to celebrate the legacy of the former Ward 8 Councillor, who was the first person to christen the pool at Milliken Mills Community Centre & Library in 1989.

L to R: Mayor Frank Scarpitti, former Ward 8 Councillor, Alex Chiu with his wife Alice and City CAO, Andy Taylor

That is not all as Chiu, the city’s longest-standing Councillor also christened Ward 8 when it was established in 1985. Thirty-three years on council has meant that he was instrumental in the growth and development of the town as it blossomed into a city.

Needless to say, Milliken Mills Community Centre & Library is one of many landmarks that Chiu has had a hand in championing.

He went on to swim 100 laps non-stop each day for five days in 2001 at the Milliken pool, to raise money for the City of Markham’s United Way Campaign. The result of his inspirational efforts was nearly $20,000 raised and the establishment of “Alex’s Swim” as an annual event in support of the charity.

“I first entered politics after the coaxing of some good friends in the community,” says Alex Chiu. “I stayed because I realized I had a real ability to help others and make a change for the betterment of Ward 8 and the City of Markham. Having the pool at the Milliken Mills Community Centre & Library named in my honour is very humbling, and I am grateful for this distinct privilege.”

“I hope this pool will serve as a permanent reminder of all that Alex has achieved and all that he has contributed to the success of our community,” added Mayor Frank Scarpitti.

You can visit the 6-lane x 25-metre lap pool, water slide, whirlpool, sauna, and leisure pool at Milliken Mills Community Centre, simply CLICK HERE for swim times and programs.