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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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Get your update on local news and initiatives which make this neighbourhood so uniques. Malvern's community meals continue to grow and connect residents to existing services and programs, Local Immigration Partnership is arranging the Scarborough Safety Week to raise awareness of safety concerns across Scarborough and Muslim Welfare Centre is coordinating efforts to send relief to Syrian refugees to support them over the harsh winter months. 
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, November 17 2015. 5:30 to 8 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Program Room A&B

Click here to download minutes from the September meeting. October minutes to be circulated at the next newsletter. 

Click here to download the presentation by SNAPStart mentorship program.
 
To download presentations from previous 1LoveMalvern meetings, please visit www.1lovemalvern.com.
In this Issue: 
  • Malvern in the Media
  • Current News & Issues
  • Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News
  • Food Security & Resident Engagement News
  • Community Safety News
  • North Scarborough ILLMP News
  • Community Posts 
  • Agency newsletters
Malvern in the Media
Federal Election Results


With the federal elections just completed on Monday, all the MPs have now been elected. If you don't know who are your local MPs, read through these two articles for a coverage of the race in the two ridings of Scarborough North and Scarborough Rouge Park which make up Malvern.
Farley Flex is a Canadian music promoter who is best known for being a judge on the reality television series Canadian Idol. Flex grew up in Malvern and got his start in the music business in the area, organizing a break dance competition in the early 1980s. Read more about him and this award on this InsideToronto article.
 
Current News & Issues
Syrian Relief
 

In light of the recent global crisis, millions have been displaced from their homes in Syria and forced to live in refugee camps. Many Toronto and Malvern residents have been supporting Syrian families through refugee sponsorship channels but there are other ways to help as well. 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. 

 
Toronto Remains Poverty Capital of Canada
 

A new report from Social Planning Toronto and partners shows that, among large Canadian cities, Toronto continues to have the highest percentage of children and youth living in poverty. While the overall rate for Toronto is at 29%, the child poverty rate in Malvern is at 33%. Read the full report here.

Plight of Canadian Renters

According to the Canadian Rental Housing Index, 40% of renter households are paying more than 30% of their before-tax income on rent and utilities, an amount widely considered to be unaffordable. Read about it here.

 
Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News

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

















 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News

Free Community Meal 
 
The 1LoveMalvern Food Security Workgroup in partnership with 5N2 Soup Kitchen and Malvern Presbyterian Church will be hosting another community meal today on October 22 from 12 noon to 1:30 PM. A hot meal, along with information services from local service providers is brought together to connect clients to service providers. The meal is open to ALL community members. Please share and circulate with resident networks and clients.

We are looking for local service providers interested in reaching out to the community through these meals on November 19 and December 17, 2015.

Each meal is prepared by the incredible 5N2 Soup Kitchen, a volunteer-run team and it costs between $150 to $250. We are also accepting monetary and food donations to help cover the costs of the meal, cutlery and refreshments.

Please contact Wynette at 416-284-4184, ext. 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com, if you would like more information about sponsoring a meal and/or providing your agency's information at an upcoming meal.


 



Daily Bread Food Bank's Annual Report on Hunger 

Daily Bread has published their annual report on Hunger in Toronto. It reveals that food bank usage has increased in Toronto's inner suburbs by 45% and overall usage of food banks across the city has risen by 12% since 2008. Read through the report here.

Read through the Global News and Toronto Star report on this issue.
FoodShare's Mobile Food Market Update 
Returning in the fall & winter as an indoor 
market!
 
FoodShare's Mobile Food Market has been operating it's outdoor food market in Malvern, since June 2015. The market will move indoors to 110 Empringham Drive, Unit #212 in the coming weeks.
 
The Empringham H.O.P.E Centre is currently under renovation and once completed, community members and residents will be able to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables close to home during the fall & winter months. Please stay tuned, for new start dates and timing. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting this initiative in the community.


 
Next Workgroup Meeting

The next Food Security/Resident Engagement meeting will be held on October 27 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.
 
Community Safety News
 
1LoveMalvern Branding
 
The 1LoveMalvern website is being used to streamline all online presence for 1LoveMalvern activities and everything related to MNAP will be shared online under the 1LoveMalvern umbrella.

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.
Integrated Local Labour Market Planning (ILLMP) news
Single Parent Employment Resource Fair

At this event you can expect to:

  • Learn about employment and child care resources available for single parents
  • Identify your career directions
  • Opportunity to speak with agency staff and employers

The Fair is on Wednesday Oct 28 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Malvern Employment and Social Services - 325 Milner Ave 9th Floor.  Contact Robyn Carr at 416-397-1152 to register



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 November 7, 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  November 5, 2015
Malvern's Latest Mural
 
Who's seen Malvern's latest mural? Malvern’s first outdoor mural was officially unveiled to the public on September 18 in the presence of Councillor Cho’s office, MFRC Staff, students from Heritage Park PS and Malvern residents. The execution of the mural was led by MFRC with funding from StreetART Toronto and creative direction from artist Brad McMillan and youth volunteer artists from the community.Its located at the underpass at Morningside & Old Finch. Walk or drive by the mural to pay it a visit and see how many local landmarks you can spot!
LEARN Academic Support Program

TAIBU is supporting the launch of a video documentary about using a Community Approach to Education and Health on Oct 24 11 to 1 PM at 27 Tapscott Rd Unit 1. Keynote address will be by Dr Julius Garvey, a vascular surgeon, activist son of Jamaican political leader, Marcus Garvey. Click here for the poster. 

Job Opportunities for Women on Ontario Works!

Access Employment’s START program is still taking in applicants! The program is for Women on Ontario Works. For more information contact Arlene Chin – Coordinator, START program at 416-431-5326 ext 2463

Community Health Week
Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities (SCHC) invites everyone to their open house on Saturday October 24th 1 to 4 PM at 629 Markham Rd Unit 2. The afternoon consists of tours of the facilities, games and refreshments. 
 
Chronic Illness Workshop
If you are suffering from pain from arthritis, whiplash pain or any other conditions? Central East LHIN is holding a free 6 week Chronic Pain workshop at Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd, starting from Oct 28. Click here for the flyer and website to get more information. 
 
Annual Christmas Bazaar

Malvern Presbyterian Church is hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar on November 14th 9 to 2 PM at 1301 Neilson Rd. Baked goods and crafts will be on sale. Vendors can also rent tables for $20. 
 
HIV/AIDS 101 Workshop
Toronto Public Health's sexual health promotion team is hosting a two-day interactive workshop covering HIV basics, living with HIV, STI co-infection, social determinants of health, stigma & resilience on Wednesday November 25th & Thursday November 26th 9:30am-4:00pm at Warden Hilltop Community Centre
25 Mendelssohn St.
Download the poster for registration details. 

Free Second Career Info Night
Centennial College is hosting a free Second Career Information Night on Wednesday, November 4. Please see the flyer for more information.
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. 
 
Administrative Resources for Refugees
While refugees and refugee claimants are entitled to healthcare coverage in Ontario, these populations face challenges in accessing the healthcare system. One of the reasons for this is the lack of awareness among providers of the health coverage that is available to refugees and refugee claimants. Settlement at Work has listed some resources on their site for anyone to browse through and get better acquainted with the system. 
 
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. 
Scarborough Business Association Launch
University of Toronto Scarborough is hosting the launch of the Scarborough Business Association. If you are a business owner, big or small, come out to Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre 875 Morningside Ave on Oct 22 at 6 PM and see what the Association can offer you!

National Mural Symposium
 
Mural Routes is hosting their 17th National Mural Symposium from Oct 23 - 25 at Harbourfront Community Centre. See their full schedule of speakers and activities here.
 
Scarborough Community Safety Week Oct 25 - 31, 2015

Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership is proud to announce its 3rd Annual Scarborough Community Safety Week being held from Sunday, October 25 to Saturday, October 31, 2015 across Scarborough. 

Opening event:
October 25:  Crime Conference2 – 5 pm at Milliken Park Community Recreation Centre - 4325 McCowan Road, Scarborough
The event will offer an understanding of cyber crime trends on the internet and in social media and features a keynote address by 42 Division and a panel of experts. 

Visit their website and this poster for more details. If you want to host an event during Safety Week, you may use these resources to organize your own event and fill out the form to participate.

Spot -On Employment Services for Youth
On-Track Employment and Career Services is stationing drop in employment services for youth aged 15- 29 Monday to Friday 9 to 3 PM. Services include resume critiques, interview skills, job developer services and much more. The drop in services begin on October 28th. 
 
Calling all 12-18 yr old Artists for On-Track's Holiday Card Design Contest!
All 12 - 18 year old artists are welcome to participate in On-Track Employment & Career Service's Holiday Card designing contest. Winning designer will win $100. Deadline ot submit is Nov 13, 2015. Click here for the poster. 

Malvern Women's Advisory Network

Women's Place is looking for women-identified individuals who live/work/play in Malvern and who would like to be a part of the Malvern Women's Advisory Network to advocate for women in the following areas: Equal opportunities in Employment and Education, Safety - freedom from harassment and abuse, Accessible childcare, Affordable housing, Accessibility rights for women with disabilities and other issues affecting women. 
 
If you are interested, please contact Shauna Benn at 416-284-4184 x 234 or email sbenn@mfrc.org for more information on how to submit an application.
 
 
P.O.S.T. (Preparing Our Students for Transition)

Not sure what to expect after your done high school? Can't decide between college, universities, internships, and more? In POST you will learn how to adjust as you leave your senior year and enter into this next stage of life. Gain the confidence to move into this new milestone comfortably!
 
Contact Alyssa Jones at 416 284-4184 ext.227 or ajones@mfrc.org for more information
 
Grant Opportunities for Artists
Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council have to granting streams open for theatre and performance artists to take advantage of: the Platform A Grants and Theatre Creator's Reserve
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90 Littles Road (Littles Rd. and Sewells Rd.)
SCARBOROUGH, ON, M1B 5E2