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1LoveMalvern e-newsletter : October 8, 2015 edition
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1LoveMalvern Newsletter

1LoveMalvern (a.k.a Malvern Neighbourhood Action Partnership (MNAP)) is a collaborative of residents, agency members and other stakeholders that strengthens the various communities within Malvern. 1LoveMalvern achieves community transformation by building community capacity, developing innovative initiatives, leveraging new resources and providing opportunities for local residents to receive training, improved access to services, and an increased voice in shaping their community.
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The coming Fall and Winter months bring very exciting events for the network. Tomorrow is our first Community Speaks, the Youth Engagement group will be hosting a Youth Justice Forum in December, and January will be 1LoveMalvern's first Partners Meet & Greet. Take a look and see which events suit your needs and we'll be happy to provide you with more details. 
Next 1LoveMalvern meeting
 
Learn more about key areas that Malvern is working on, including food security, youth justice, community safety, employment and education. Contribute your ideas and energy to tackle the community issues that matter to you.

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 15 2015. 5:30 to 8 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Program Room A&B

Click here to download October meeting minutes. November minutes to follow in the next newsletter. 
Please fill out the meeting evaluation survey to make upcoming meetings more effective. A summary of the surveys from the last meeting will be available in the next newsletter. 
In this Issue: 
  • Current News & Issues
  • Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News
  • Food Security & Resident Engagement News
  • SPOT Updates
  • Community Safety News
  • North Scarborough ILLMP News
  • Community Posts 
  • Agency newsletters
Current News & Issues
Scarborough Business Association Launch
 
On October 22nd, the Scarborough Business Association hosted their launch with over 200 participants from different organizations and businesses in attendance. The Scarborough Business Association is an initiative of the Scarborough Rotary Clubs. For more details on the event, read the InsideToronto coverage of the event.
Upcoming Malvern Partners' Meet & Greet

On January 19, 2016, 1LoveMalvern will be starting off the year by hosting a partnership forum to provide space to make new connections with agencies in Malvern, residents, grassroots groups as well as institutions and organizations outside of Malvern. Participants will have an opportunity to present their ideas and upcoming projects to discuss potential partnership opportunities. For more details about this event, contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org or 416.284.4184 ext 250
 
Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News
Youth Justice Forum
 
Due to recent incidents in Malvern, several youth justice concerns have been brought to the network's attention over the past few months. In light of these incidents, which have affected youths' access to services and spaces, the Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice workgroup is organizing a Youth Justice Forum on Dec 7 & Dec 8 from 5 to 8 PM at Malvern Public Library - 30 Sewells Rd. 

The forum will be hosting several guest speakers, including John Howard Society, creator of Legal Swype and youth with lived experiences through the justice system. The evenings will also incorporate group discussions and provide an opportunity to meet local youth workers in person. For more details, please contact Samantha Wright at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com. More details to follow!
 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News
 
Community Speaks is tomorrow! 
 
Tomorrow Saturday  November 21, from 1 to 3 pm, at Malvern Public Library Community Room - 30 Sewells Rd,  1LoveMalvern will be hosting its first Community Speaks event which will bring together residents from all parts of Malvern to discuss local concerns and develop solutions for them. Topics discussed at this event will be: 

Safety in Public Areas - what does a safe neighbourhood look like to you?
Beautification of common spaces - how can we make public spaces more appealing?
Accessibility - ways to improve transit access, walkability & access to services  

Discussions will be held over a delicious lunchChildminding will be available, TTC tokens will also be provided for residents and the afternoon will end with some raffle prizes.

If you would like to attend and have not RSVP'd yet, please contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com by 3.30 PM today.
 


 
 



 
Community Meal 
 
Yesterday's community lunch at Malvern Presbyterian Church was a success with over 35 participants from various parts of Malvern, enjoying a meal together and meeting new people. Participants got an opportunity to connect with Toronto Employment & Social Services, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities'  & Malvern Family Resource Centre's housing worker. Special thanks to Sabrina Sookhansingh and her family, our local chef who prepared the meals this month and brought in new energy and new flavours to our monthly project.  

As always, the monthly lunches are open to all members of the community and provides a great space to have conversations with new members of the community.

Please contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com for details on the December community lunch. 
 


 
 





FoodShare's Mobile Food Market Update 
Returning on Nov 25, 2015
 
After a hiatus due to renovations at The H.O.P.E. Centre, FoodShare is returning to the Malvern neighbourhood on Nov 25 from 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM. As an added incentive, FoodShare will be raffling off coupons to use at the market. So drop by and get your fresh fruits and vegetables at The Empringham H.O.P.E Centre, 110 Empringham Dr Unit #212. The market will be operational throughout the Fall and Winter months!
 
FoodReach Toronto
 
Food Reach helps community organizations to order fresh and healthy foods in a convenient and affordable way. Food Reach is a one-stop online to order fresh produce, dairy and bread products at wholesale prices
 
The portal allows you to:
  • Place food orders easily and reliably
  • Save costs by streamlining your procurement process
  • Track your orders and track prices
  • Receive fresh produce and dairy orders the next
  • Access resources such as recipes, nutrition guides, menu planning materials and more
  • Be part of a group of community food agencies influencing the food supply stream and prices


 
Next Workgroup Meeting

The next Food Security/Resident Engagement meeting will be held on November 24 from 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM. Venue TBD. 
 
For more information, please contact Wynette at 416-284-4184 ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
S.P.O.T. Updates
 
MFRC Programs at the SPOT
 
As part of ongoing support at the SPOT, several agencies are hosting programs and workshops out of the space to continue to have connections and relations with the youth who access the space. MFRC is hosting three programs: 
  • Young Heroes
  • OJEN
  • Move Dance Program
Spot -On Employment Services for Youth

On-Track Employment and Career Services has stationed drop in employment services for youth aged 15- 29 Mon to Fri 9 to 3 PM at the SPOT- 30 Sewells Rd. Services include resume critiques, interview skills, job developer services and much more. 
 
Community Safety News
 
1LoveMalvern Branding
 
To encourage postive branding for Malvern, the 1LoveMalvern website is being used to streamline all online communications. Everything related to MNAP will be shared online under the 1LoveMalvern branding.

Please tag 1LoveMalvern Facebook page on any of your online postings and tag @1lovemalvern Twitter on your tweets to promote upcoming events and any community updates as we are trying to reach out to as many people as possible through these platforms.

As part of the Community Speaks event tomorrow, Community Safety is one of the topics of discussion, so drop by and shape the discussion around Community Safety between 1 and 4 PM at Malvern Public Library.
Integrated Local Labour Market Planning (ILLMP) news
Stock Transportation is Hiring School Bus Drivers

Stock Transportation founded in 1958, provides customer-focused transportation services including home-to-school, special needs and field trips, as well as summer and charter trips for districts and organizations across the country. Stock will be hiring for several part-time school bus drivers. On Wednesday November 25th from 9:30 am – noonthe Malvern Employment and Social Services will be hosting an Information Session for interested residents. 
 




Self Employment Resource Guide

Earlier this year, the self-employment subgroup had released a very resourceful guide for self-employed individuals in Scarborough. The guide lists resources and services located in Scarborough. You may download the guide here and share it within your networks. 

Community Posts
 
Include your news in the 1LoveMalvern newsletter!
 
The next newsletter will go out on December 3, 2015. If you would like to include your agency's news, events and updates please contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org with the pertinent details and main contact by  12 PM on  December 1, 2015

Youth Job Connection
 
YMCA is connecting youth aged 15 to 29 who face multiple barriers to job and training opportunities through a new program - Youth Job Connections. Youth will be placed with an employer for a paid 6 week internship through this program. You may contact either the Milner (416.609.9622) or the Finch (416.335.5490) location to discuss this opportunity. 
HIV/AIDS 101 Training for Community Workers
Toronto Public Health's Sexual Health Promotion team  is hosting an interactive 2-day workshop covering HIV basics, living with HIV, STI co-infection, social determinants of health, stigma & resilience on Nov 25 and Nov 26 from 9:30 to 4 PM at Warden Hilltop Community Centre - 25 Mendelssohn Street. Spots are limited to please register through Toronto Health Connections at publichealth@toronto.ca or 416-338-7600
Syrian Relief Work
 

Muslim Welfare Centre is coordinating efforts to ship supplies to help out the refugees. Recommended food items to donate include rice, lentils, canned vegetables, baby formula, cooking oil, tea bags, pasta, dry milk, cereal, flour, sugar, cookies. In addition, winter items are also being collected to help them through the harsh winter months, these include coats, sweaters, socks, sleeping bags. Your agency can also be a collection point for these supplies. To arrange that, please contact Firaaz Azeez at 416.754.8116. 

  YWCA training programs

YWCA's JUMP program is hosting several training programs for women and girls aged 13 and up. Only permanent residents, landed immigrants and convention refugees and live-in caregivers are eligible to participate. Trainings are listed as follows:
  • Employment Cafe: Dressing for an Interview - Nov 25th, 10 to 1 PM
  • Basic Cashier Training - Nov 27th, 2 to 4 PM
 
    Heart to Heart
If you are a South Asian youth 16 to 29 yrs old, ASAAP is looking for you! ASAAP is looking to set up a focus group to discuss your ideas, vision and suggestions to have conversations around sexual health in your families. TTC tokens, refreshments and community service hours will be provided. Alternatively, you may also fill out a survey.

Soccer Drillz Program Looking for Participants
Free 10 week soccer programs offered for both boys and girls aged 11 to 14 in the Fall, Winter Spring and Summer. Contact Laura Gosse to learn more and to register: 416-284-4184 ext. 235 or lgosse@mfrc.org. Click here for the poster. 
 
Toronto Neighbourhood Rankings
 
Curious about the ranking of different neighbourhoods in the City? Want to know where Malvern ranks? Take a look through this website for details. 
 
Malvern All-Elements Hub
 
UNITY Charity will be hosting multi-arts based programming every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8pm at 1321 Neilson Rd. Take a look at the flyer and contact tony.g@unitycharity.com or dynesti@unitycharity.com for more information. 
 
Agency Training: Steps to leading Healthy Eating and Cooking Workshops

Toronto Public Health is hosting  a 2-day training series  on Nov 30 and Dec 1 for facilitators who want to lead healthy eating and cooking workshops for community members. Workshops are being held in the west end at Fortino's- 330 Queen's Plate Dr. To register, visit their site. 
 
Start a Food Business Training
 
The Centre for Immigrant and Community Services is hosting a series of workshops to train interested individuals to learn about marketing & branding, menu planning and the legal requirements of starting your own food business. Workshops are free if you register by Nov 25th. Click here for the eventbrite.
Essential Skills Upgrading at TDSB

Are you interested in upgrading your reading, writing, math and digital technology skills? TDSB offers free upgrading for adults who want to improve their essential skills. We can help you prepare for:
  • Adult high school or a GED preparation course
  • Upgrading at college
  • Job skills training
  • Employment
Want to learn more? Come to our Tuesday morning information sessions. We will answer any questions you might have and help you determine if our program is right for you. To reserve a space at an information session, call 416-396-3475.
 
Holiday Bazaar

The Close Knit Circle will be holding a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday November 21st from 10 to 1 PM at MFRC - 90 Littles Rd!  Start your holiday shopping and support women from the Malvern community! All items are reasonably priced and knitted with love from Malvern women. Proceeds will go towards material to provide new knitted items to those in need. 
 
Items will include but are not limited to holiday decorations, blankets, hats, scarves, hair ties, hair bands, bags, and more!! 

Canada Goose Info Session
 
Canada Goose is hosting an employment Info session on Nov 26th at 2 pm at Golden Mile Employment and Social Services (1880 Eglinton Ave E). Toregister, visit their site.
 
Centennial College's ACCEL program
 
ACCEL is the business start-up accelerator at Centennial College that helps youth aged 18-29 start or grow their own business in the eastern Greater Toronto Area. We nurture entrepreneurial youth, and facilitate the maturation and acceleration process for aspiring startups. ACCEL works to reduce barriers and provide opportunities. To learn more about ACCEL visit the ACCEL Zone during their open houses at Centennial College, Progress Campus (941 Progress Ave), Student Centre, CCSAI, 2nd Floor, Room 4A/B
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Dania Ansari
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