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NewRoads proudly supports the 11th annual Tour de Speed


Posted on Jun 23, 2017

Tour du Speed


On Saturday, June 3rd at the North Union Community Centre in Queensville, ON was the 11th annual Tour de Speed, presented by Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club.  NewRoads is a proud sponsor of this event encouraging riders between the ages of 9 and 18.  The event had an OCA (Ontario Cycling Association) record field for a youth event with 122 registered riders.
A special guest joined in the fun – our NewRoads LakeRide ambassador and Canadian cycling champion Ed Veal. Ed was at the starting line during the Time trials offering coaching and motivation to the riders. After the racing at the medal ceremony he gave a great motivational speech.


Ed Veal


Tour du Speed


It was great to see the community come together to support this inspiring event.  NewRoads would like to thank the Newmarket Eagles president Dean Robertson for including NewRoads year after year.  Watching it grow over the years has been wonderful and you can count on NewRoads for years to come.


Newmarket Eagles and Ed Veal



At NewRoads we believe strongly that in order for business to be strong communities need to be strong. To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit


Tour du Speed and NewRoads

“The 11th annual Tour de Speed was a great success, we had an Ontario youth race record crowd of 122 registrations with racers coming from as far away as Windsor and Ottawa. The weather was perfect for racing, the temperature was in the low 20s, sunny and no wind.  Racing started at 9:01 and didn’t stop until 12:45 with ten separate races taking place. There were two new format changes this year, the maximum age changed from 16 to 18 years old, but the most exciting was that groups were based on ability and not on gender. Proving the girls are just as fast the boys was 12 year old Mia Till of the Midweek Cycling Club from Toronto, she won silver in her group racing 3 kms in 3:27, three seconds behind the winner. Next years’ race is already scheduled for June 9th! The Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club are grateful for the support we receive from Michael Croxon, Kelly Broome, and The NewRoads Automotive Group. ”
– Regards, Dean Robertson


Tour du Speed Event



NewRoads Community Crew supports Golf Fore Change


Posted on Jun 22, 2017

Amber & Shaun from Central York Fire.

Picturesque Silver Lakes Golf Course


On Tuesday, June 20th the Women’s Centre of York Region hosted their 9th annual Golf Fore Change.  The Women’s Centre of York Region has quietly been making a difference in the lives of thousands of women since 1977 celebrating 40 years of service to our community.  In the past year the Women’s Centre helped 969 women across York Region.


Karen, Trudy, Judith & Maureen enjoying some golf at Silver Lakes Golf Course


The NewRoads Automotive Group have been proud sponsors of the Women’s Centre for many years through sponsorship and participation.

“The Women’s Centre of York Region became a part of my life almost 8 years ago.    As I come up to my eighth year I know I am surrounded by the most dedicated group of people I have ever met.  I am very proud of our clients, staff, donors, community partners, volunteers and our board of directors.  I’m looking forward to a very successful future with this team and believe very strongly that with our collective vision and team effort, anything is possible.”
– NewRoads Community Relations Manager Kelly Broome  and the centres co-chair said.

Golf Fore Change

There was a very heart-warming story told by Michelle Garner, a client of the Women’s Centre who after fleeing with her daughter and five month old son after receiving the care and services from the centre.  Today, Michelle thanks to the great work of the Women’s Centre she has found a home, is able to provide for her children, returned to school and graduated this year with a bachelor of arts in business administration with a major in Human Resources.

Kelly, Catherine, Shaun & Amber.

Golf Fore Change


The tournament was a success despite the weather and raised $14,000.  This money will provide programs and services to 14 women across York Region.  To learn more about the Women Centre of York Region visit


Michelle Garner


At NewRoads, we believe strongly that in order for business to be strong communities need to be strong.  To learn more about the NewRoads Community Crew and where you might find them next visit


Catherine Madden, Executive Director, Women's Centre of York Region


Girls and Guys Night Out Cheque Presentation


Posted on Jun 21, 2017

Girls and Guys Night Out Cheque Presentation


On June the 8th at Au Shucks Aurora, Ontario the NewRoads Automotive Group COO Jim VanDusen presented a cheque for $11,000 to The MS Society and Women’s Centre of York Region.


NewRoads strongly believes in caring for our community through sponsorship and participation.  Girls and Guys Night Out is one of our four signature events designed to bring people together, build awareness, and encourage participation.


Once again thank you to our volunteer committee, the neighbourhood network, Mr. Menswear  and our wonderful community for their on going support.  Visit for more upcoming events, news, photos, and video.  like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group, thank you and see you again next year!



York Pride Fest 2017


Posted on Jun 20, 2017

York Pride Fest 2017


We were proud to sponsor the 2017 York Pride Fest here in Newmarket. Our NewRoads Crew dawning the rainbow tie-dye T-shirts lead the front of the parade and were among many out in support of the first Pride parade down Main Street on Saturday, June 17th, 2017.


Newmarket Pride Fest 2017


It was the first time the parade was held in the town after several years in Richmond Hill, and by most accounts, it was a great start and incredible success.


Newmarket’s Main Street was shut down with the Pride Parade joining two other events (The Farmer’s Market and Artisan Fair) forming a family-friendly party at River Walk Commons.


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017


The Main Street merchants joined in with rainbow foods and drinks for all to enjoy. We received many positive comments with people happy to see Newmarket as a diverse community that brings the everyone together.


York Pride Fest 2017


Once again thank you to all the volunteers, participants, Main Street merchants, organizers, and our wonderful community for their support. Visit for more upcoming events, news, photos, and video.


From all of us at the NewRoads Automotive Group, thank you and hope to see you again next year!


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017


Newmarket York Pride Fest Parade 2017


NewRoads team at York Pride Fest 2017



Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in York Simcoe


Posted on Jun 19, 2017

Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in York Simcoe


There’s nothing quite like a warm summer night north of the city. From sitting around a campfire at your cottage to barbequing in your backyard, it’s important to take advantage of the nice weather while it lasts. This summer, there is another activity you can add to your summer bucket list: attend an outdoor movie. Over the past few years, outdoor movies have become a popular summertime attraction across North America. They make for a fun (and inexpensive!) date night or family outing under the stars, and this year there are tons of places you can watch one outside of Toronto. So ditch the theatre this summer, grab your lawn chair and some blankets and catch an outdoor movie at one of these locations:


Barrie Film Festival Outdoor Films


The Barrie Film Festival is an organization that hosts year-round film programing in the Barrie area. From June to August, they will host a number of outdoor movie screenings in two different locations featuring recent box office hits.


Admission: Free


Doctor Strange – June 21 (Heritage Park)

Beauty and the Beast – July 12 (Heritage Park)

The Secret Life of Pets – July 26 (Heritage Park)

Viva Las Vegas – August 9 (Heritage Park)

SING – August 23 (Centennial Beach)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – August 30 (Heritage Park)


Bradford West Gwillimbury Outdoor Movies


Beginning in July, the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury will put on outdoor movie events on alternating Thursday evenings at 8 p.m.


Admission: Free

Location: BWG Library & Cultural Centre – West Lawn


The Secret Life of Pets – July 13

Sing – July 27

A Dog’s Purpose – August 10

Moana – August 24


Newmarket Moonlight Movies


The Town of Newmarket will be hosting weekly outdoor movie events at a variety of locations throughout the month of August and into the first week of September. Don’t worry about bringing your own snacks to these ones, because there will be free popcorn available courtesy of the Newmarket Scouts!


Admission: Free

Locations/Dates/Times (All movie titles TBA):

Maple Leaf Public School Gymnasium (Indoor movie) – August 2 – 7 p.m.

St. John Chrysostom School – August 9 – 8:15 p.m.

Glen Cedar Public School – August 16 – 8:15 p.m.

St. Nicholas School – August 23 – 8:15 p.m.

College Manor Park – August 28 – 8:15 p.m.

Ken Sturgeon Park – August 30 – 8:15 p.m.

Lion’s Park – September 3 – 8:15 p.m.


Town of Richmond Hill Moonlight Movies


You will be able to catch an outdoor movie in Richmond Hill every Wednesday night in August this summer. The movies begin when the sun goes down, but you can arrive at the location at 7 p.m. for fun pre-movies activities.


Admission: Free


Angry Birds – August 9 (Richmond Hill Public Library)

SING – August 16 (Bond Lake Arena)

Beauty and the Beast – August 23 (Richvale Athletic Field)

Guardian and the Galaxy – August 30 (Rogue Woods Community Centre)



Don’t forget to check out the outdoor movie websites for alternate dates and locations in the event of inclement weather!


Bradford Bypass Connecting Link Update


Posted on Jun 12, 2017

Read our first Bradford Bypass update here


For more than a decade, both the provincial government and residents of the north GTA have discussed the possibility of building a bypass that would connect two major Ontario highways – the 404 and 400 – north of Newmarket. Despite initial plans, the project (which become known as “the Bradford Bypass”) failed to materialize. However, the highway (which is now being called the “Connecting Link”) recently got one step closer to becoming a reality when it was officially added to the province’s updated Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe region on May 18, following a strong push by the public throughout 2016.


Bradford Bypass Hwy 400 to Hwy 404

According to the Town of East Gwillimbury website, “the Highway 400–404 Connecting Link is a proposed 16.2 kilometre, four-lane controlled access highway that will provide an east-west connection between Highway 400 in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Highway 404 in the Town of East Gwillimbury” that would help to “alleviate congestion on east-west corridors across the Holland Marsh” and “provide an alternative path from eastern Toronto and eastern Greater Toronto Area to Barrie and the rest of the Simcoe area.”


If approved, the Connecting Link would come as a response to the significant population and infrastructure growth that has occurred in the York Region and Simcoe County areas over the past few years. From 2006-2016, there was a population increase of over 20 per cent in York Region, and an increase of nearly 18 percent in Simcoe County*. The Growth Plan projects that the population of each area will rise by hundreds of thousands by the year 2041, and that the amount of jobs in the regions will increase drastically over this time. Approximately 50 per cent of York Region residents currently commute to other regions for their jobs, according to the Town of East Gwillimbury. The highway link would help to alleviate what is currently is, and is expected to be, heavy traffic during rush hours as people commute to and from the surrounding area for work. It would also aid in the development of businesses in the area which in turn would boost the economies of the respective regions.


There are currently no timelines in place for construction and completion of the Connecting Link, however a provincial environmental assessment is already underway.


We will keep you updated on the progress of the project.


*All figures are from Statistics Canada



7th Annual Girls (and Guys) Night Out


Posted on Jun 5, 2017


It was a fantastic evening at NewRoads Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC for the 7th Annual Girls (and Guys) Night Out!


NewRoads Girls Night Out photo


NewRoads Girls Night Out


The evening raised $11,000 and featured not one, but two fashion shows brought to you by MR Menswear with Mike Rathke and his team joining forces with the NewRoads Automovive Group to host both women and men for the first time to raise awareness and funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Women’s Centre of York Region. The men’s Fashion Show featuring numerous community leaders while the event also offered live and silent auctions, delicious food & drink, swag bags and shopping with amazing local vendors & businesses. ​


MR Menswearfashion show


See the complete photo gallery here.



East Gwillimbury Spirit of Success Business Awards Gala


Posted on May 31, 2017

Spirit of Success Business Awards


Recently we had the honour of presenting the “Excellence in Large Business Award” to the TD Canada Trust Mount Albert Branch at the East Gwillimbury Chamber of Commerce event – the Spirit of Success Business Awards Gala.


Thank you East Gwillimbury Chamber for allowing us to take part!  See more photos from this wonderful event here.



Chamber of Commerce letter

5 Festivals to Attend in York Region this Summer


Posted on May 29, 2017

Pride Parade photo


This summer, the municipality of York Region will play host to dozens of different festivals. These events provide the perfect opportunity for the entire family to get out and enjoy the summer weather by trying new foods, celebrating different cultures and supporting local businesses. Here are five festivals any York Region resident should check out this summer:


Aurora Chamber Street Festival – June 4


For the 22nd year, a portion of Yonge Street in Aurora will be closed to cars and instead be filled with street performers, food vendors and tents. The one-day festival will have over 500 vendors and activities for the entire family (even your dog!) Parking and admission are free.


King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival – June 10


All of your favourite local craft beers will be in one place on June 10th, as the King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival takes places at Memorial Park. There will be a variety of gourmet food trucks to accompany the dozen local craft brewers that are taking part in the event. Spend your day sipping delicious beer while enjoying a full line-up of live musical performances. Kids are welcome and a variety of passes are available for purchase online and on site.


York Region Pride Parade – June 17


On June 17th, put on your most colourful clothes and head over to Main Street South in downtown Newmarket to watch the 5th annual York Region Pride Parade. Your kids will love cheering on the fun floats that pass by while dancing along to the music. Want to show your support for the LGBTQ community and participate in the parade? Sign up to be a volunteer or register your local business or group to march or drive a float.


Culture Bridge Festival July 8 – 9


Formerly known as the Caribbean & South Asian Showcase, the 2017 Culture Bridge Festival will take place indoors at the Newmarket MAGNA Centre. The event is a celebration of world cultures and will feature art, performances, a cultural marketplace as well as a variety of activities for kids that will help to educate them on different cultures. Admission is free and non-perishable food donations are encouraged.


Richmond Hill Ribfest - July 21 – 23


Ribfest, an annual event at Richmond Green, has something for every member of the family. The three-day festival will have live entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, midway and children’s activities. Professional ribbers will cook in front of judges in hopes of being awarded a title while professional eaters compete in the biggest event of the weekend – the rib-eating contest.



4 Tips for Landing a Summer Job


Posted on May 24, 2017

4 Tips for Landing a Summer Job


The warm weather we experienced this past week served as yet another reminder that summer is quickly approaching – and with it brings the perfect opportunity for young adults to earn cash and gain experience while they are off of school. Whether you are a high school student looking for your first job or a recent university graduate looking to gain experience in your chosen field, finding employment for the summer months can be challenging. With lots of competition and limited positons, it’s easy to feel defeated before you even start applying. Use these four tips to stand out from the competition and land that dream summer job:


Be Different


Most employers receive hundreds of applications for positons they advertise, so it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of cover letters and resumes. The solution? Make yours different. Adding a splash of colour to your resume or including an interesting anecdote in your cover letter will help your application stand out from the crowd. Go even further and send a “video resume,” in which you explain why you would be a perfect fit for the job. That kind of effort will get you noticed.


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It is easy for an experienced hirer to tell when they receive the same cover letter that has been sent to dozens of other employers. Write a custom cover letter for every application you submit and make them as personalized as possible. Start by addressing the letter directly to the employer, rather than just to “who it may concern” or the “hiring manager.” Search the company website to learn more about their history, mission statement and the products and/or services they offer. This way, you can mention in your cover letter how your values fall in line with those of the company, or how you love using one of the products they sell.


As for your resume, change it for each job you apply for. If you are applying to a summer camp, include all the child care experience you have, and when you are submitting an application for a landscaping positon, replace your babysitting experience with your lawn care experience. If you want to be really bold, you can even match the colours and fonts on your resume to those of the company you are applying to.


Take a Risk


Even if you don’t have experience or interest in a particular field, don’t be afraid to apply for a job in that area anyways. There are only so many positions available out there in the job market and you may not be able to get one that matches your interests. Keep in mind that it’s short term and you won’t be doing this forever. You may even end up loving the job you land, and even if you don’t, you will still gain valuable experience and knowledge. Either way, if you can keep an open mind, it’s a win-win.


If there is a job you are really interested in but don’t feel qualified for, apply anyways. It never hurts to give it a shot, and you never know – an employer might see your potential and offer you an opportunity anyways.

Don’t be afraid to Intern


Working for free (or a small amount) many not appear appealing at first, but there are many benefits to doing an internship. Don’t let the stereotypical intern experience of being a full-time coffee-fetcher deter you – the vast majority of internships will provide you with a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a particular field and you will make great connections that can help you land a job further down the road. Even better, interns are frequently offered paid positons with the company following successful completion of the internship.