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.
Thanks to everyone who rallied up their friends, colleagues and family to vote for the Morningside Heights Urban Farm last week! The voting was a part of United Way's Rouge fundraising campaign. Thanks to all your support, encouragement and well wishes, our farm was the project with the leading votes at the time polls closed, making an amazing comeback from second place! The winner will be officially announced at United Way Rouge on April 8. Have a great long weekend!
Next 1LoveMalvern meeting

The next monthly meeting will be on April 19, 2016. 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.
Next Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday, April 19, 2016. 5:30 to 8 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Boardroom

Click here for the February minutes. Download the draft agenda and contact to provide any additional input or if you would like anything added to the agenda for the evening. 
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
  • Inter-faith Network News
  • Community Posts 
  • Agency newsletters
Current News & Issues
Two Cycling Hubs Coming to Scarborough This Summer

Coming this June, Scarborough residents will have two new reasons to hop on their bicycles. In conjunction with local community partners, The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) will be opening a pair of cycling hubs here. The new hubs, located at the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre and AccessPoint on Danforth, will both offer access to free tools and bicycles, as well as programming such as bike repair clinics, cycling mentors for new Canadians, and family-friendly bike rides. Click here to read the full Yonge Street Media article and the Scarborough Mirror article. 
Malvern Partners Meet & Greet Update
On March 8, 2016, over 60 representatives from agencies inside and outside of Malvern attended the first ever Malvern Partners Meet & Greet and learned about new initiatives and opportunities for collaboration within the network. Participants learned about each others' resources and assets through their exchanges. You can download the booklet that was distributed during the event, and also take a look at the the summary of the feedback from participants. If you were a participant and did not have an opportunity to fill out a survey, you can fill out an anonymous survey here.

Mayor Tory Recognizes Waste-Diversions from Malvern Condo

Mayor John Tory, Councillor Cho and other City staff visited Mayfair on the Green to understand how the condo building manages to divert 85% of its waste away from landfill. Click here to read Tory wants waste-diverting condo to be model for the city and Scarborough Condo Leading Way Toward 'Zero Waste'.
Lived Experience Advisory Group - Poverty Reduction Strategy

To help inform the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy, the City of Toronto is creating an advisory group made up of people with lived experiences of poverty. On Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm at Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Dr), a group of organizations will explore this further and go through the City's survey as a large Scarborough group. If you would like to continue conversations within your own groups, you may follow this conversation guide to help shape your discussions and then fill out the survey. Deadline to fill out the survey is April 22, 2016. You may download the flyer for the event here. If anyone from Malvern is interested in going, please get in touch with Dania at or 416.284.4184 x 250 for the details. TTC tokens available as needed. 
What Toronto's March 2016 Transit Reports Mean for the City's Future

On March 4, 2016 The Torontoist wrote an article assessing the most recent announcements around transit this month. Toronto's City Planning Department released a major update on transit network plans which includes a plan to implement a one-stop "express subway" from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Town Centre and an extension of the under-construction Eglinton Crosstown LRT via Eglinton Avenue East from Kennedy Station over to Kingston Road and finally along Morningside Avenue to the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC).  Additional articles can be found in the TorontoistCP24 and in The Star. Metronews speaks about the potential challenges.  To read more on the City's report, visit here.

Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News
Malvern Youth Justice Forum
Following up from the youth consultation in December, Youth Speaks, the Youth Justice Forum has been booked for Thursday April 28, 2016. The event is currently being designed in consultation with youth workers from all the agencies around here. If you would like to provide your input to shape this event, please contact Samantha at 
Malvern Youth Programs Service Coordination
As part of improving service delivery in the area, a database is currently being set up with all youth programs in the area. Once the database has been created, it will be shared with the community to help you decide the best days to offer programs in order to create maximum impact. If you would like to provide details of your existing programs, please contact Samantha at 
Next Workgroup Meeting

The next Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice meeting will be in April. The group will review the workplan, discuss emerging issues within the youth population and design the upcoming Youth Justice Forum. 
To get to know the venue for the meeting or any other information, contact Samantha at
Food Security & Resident Engagement News
 Malvern Eats has launched! 
Approximately 90 participants enjoyed a Lemon & Herb Chicken in a white sauce, Rice Pilaf, Vegetables, Garden Salad, Fruits & Refreshments. Toronto Police Services 42 Division provided information on anti-theft  and crime prevention methods.

Join us every Thursday, for a restaurant-style lunch service between 11:30am and 1:30pm

Interested in volunteering? Are you looking for an opportunity to engage your community in an atmosphere of warmth? Are you ready to get involved in providing a hot, healthy and delicious meal to someone who really needs it? Send an email to

If you are also interested in sponsoring a meal, you may visit this link and click "Malvern Lunch" to donate towards this initiative.
If you are a service provider and would like to do a presentation to the group about your services and programs, get in touch with Wynette at
FoodShare Mobile Food Market on Break
FoodShare's Mobile Food Market, an immensely popular market last summer and Fall that was coming out to the Empringham neighbourhood, is on a break and going through some re-evaluation until further notice. Stay tuned for more news about the Market!

Next Workgroup Meeting

The next Food Security/Resident Engagement meeting will be on March 29, 2016 6:15 to 8:30 PM at MFRC - 90 Littles Rd. 
For more information, contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 x 222 or
1LoveMalvern Food Security/Resident Engagement Workgroup & ANC Revitalization workgroups
The 1LoveMalvern Food Security/Resident Engagement Workgroup and ANC's Revitalization groups have merged, and will be hosting another joint meeting this month. If you are a resident or agency representative interested in food security & resident engagement initiatives, join this group to participate in projects and meet other community members working to push forward food security in Malvern. The workgroup meets once a month and works on initiatives that impact the community. Current initiatives include Malvern Eats; Food Procurement; Malvern Catering Network.
S.P.O.T. Updates
Scarborough East York Service Collaborative
The Scarborough East York Service Collaborative, being facilitated by CAMH, is developing a walk-in service at The S.P.O.T to support youth with mental health concerns. The walk-in will be resourced by a range of community partners, including mental health service providers, and other related supports, such as employment, housing, and settlement services. Supporting agencies will flex their staff to offer services at the walk-in.

What we can offer:

• Space for agencies to engage with and offer services to a new client base

• On-site coordination support

• Platform to engage and network with other community agencies

• Training opportunities

For more information about this initiative, contact Chantal Fougere, Regional Implementation Coordinator at or 416-535-8501 x 34325
Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who interact with Youth is an initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that focuses on mental health problems and first aid.  It is delivered by trained facilitators over the course of 2 days. The program is evidence based, well evaluated and has been adapted for the Canadian context. It is intended for service providers, and other adults who work with youth but do not have mental health or addiction support as part of their service mandate.

MHFA aims is to equip participants with skills and knowledge that will improve their ability to:
• spot early signs of mental health problems in young people
• provide help on a first aid basis and link families to local resources
• help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
• help prevent a mental illness from getting worse

As part of the Scarborough-East York Service Collaborative at The SPOT, CAMH will be offering this 2-day training in April/May. Interested individuals can contact Dania at to include their name on a list. Once a minimum number of participants is reached, the training dates will be set. 

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.

Integrated Local Labour Market Planning (ILLMP) news

Job & Career Fair

The East District, Toronto Employment & Social Services will host their annual Job & Career Fair on April 6 from 10 am - 4pm at Scarborough Civic Centre - 150 Borough Dr.

Visit this link for more details and a list of participating employers and opportunities available. On-site workshops are also available to help with job search supports. 

Self Employment Resource Guide

2015 saw many accomplishments by the ILLMP workgroup, including the very successful Youth Service Provider Forum. Another success was the release of ths the Self-Employment Resource Guide by the self-employment subgroup. The guide lists resources and services located in Scarborough. You may download the guide here and share it within your networks. 

ILLMP Workgroup Meeting

The ILLMP workgroup for March 22, 2016 has been cancelled. For details on the next meeting, please contact Donna Ping at 

You may download a copy of the January meeting minutes here.

Inter-faith Network news
150 Youth Voices Celebration Choir at Malvern Methodist Church 

Malvern Methodist Church  is one of the host sites for Hopeworks Connection's signature program - Toronto Children`s Concert Choir. As part of HWC`s 15th anniversary celebrations they have embarked on an ambitious project to create a 150-voice community Celebration Choir to join their sister choirs from Detroit, Memphis and Jamaica on stage at their annual concert on June 4th at St Lawrence Center for the Arts. The plan is to recruit children 7 to 18 yrs of age from satellite locations, one of which is Malvern Methodist Church. Rehearsals are held every other Saturday beginning in February 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, and  the Church will also provide a healthy snack and homework help. To register, visit or contact 416.939.1702 or the Church at 416.283.8008. You can also download the details of the program and the program flyer.

Free Tax Return Preparation & E-File Service
Working with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Islamic Foundation of Toronto is pleased to offer free tax preparation again through CRA's Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).
This service is for eligible individuals who have a modest income and a simple tax situation. People of all faith/religions and cultures are welcome! For more information and appointments please email us at For more details visit their website.

February 21, 2016 to April 30, 2016 
Walk-in Saturday & Sunday - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday to Thursday by appointment only.

Inter-Faith Network Service Coordination Chart
In efforts to create more impact within the community and reduce the duplication of services, the Inter-faith network workgroup decided to create a chart of all existing programs and services offered by the faith-based groups. You may download the service coordination chart to see what programs are offered by the faith groups for the whole community. 
Inter-faith Network Workgroup Meeting

The inter-faith network workgroup will be meeting this month to design a workplan and set priorities for the year. If you would like to join these discussions, please contact Dania at to get more details. 

Community Posts
Include your news in the 1LoveMalvern newsletter!
The next newsletter will go out on April 7, 2016. If you would like to include your agency's news, events and updates please contact Dania at with the pertinent details and main contact by 12 PM on April 5, 2016
Focus on Youth Applications - Deadline March 25

TCDSB is now accepting applications for the Focus on Youth (FOY) program at this link. The FOY program provides TCDSB students living within identified Neighbourhoods Improvement Areas (NIAs) with the opportunity to earn two secondary credits (Guidance- GLN and Leadership – GPP) while employed with the FOY program during the summer. Deadline to apply is March 25. 

The program provides employment opportunities for approximately 250 TCDSB students in the following placement areas: 
  • Custodial (July 4 – Aug 12) up to 29 days 
  • Clerical or Work with Community Organizations Delivering Child and Youth Programming (July 5 - Aug 12) up to 28 days.
Students will have an opportunity to work for up to 6 weeks during the summer and earn $11.25/hour.

For more information, please contact Andre Fullerton at 416.222.8282 x 2310.

Food by Ward Launch - March 30, 2016 

Join the City's Medical Officer of Health, City Councillors and Food Champions on March 30, 2016 from 12 pm to 2 pm at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street, Committee Room 2 to celebrate the important work of Food Champions across Toronto!
The event will give you a chance to mingle with Councillors and other Food Champions, enjoy a short presentation about Food by Ward, and of course, eat amazing food catered by CaterToronto, Flavours of Thorncliffe (Thorncliffe Women's Committee) and Friends Catering Company.
Join us to recognize and celebrate the vibrant and dynamic food movement in Toronto, which would not be possible without dedicated agencies, organizations, food networks, City Councillors and individuals just like you. You are all Food Champions, and for that we thank you. Visit this link for more details about the event.

Become a Farmer at North-East Scarborouhg's First Urban Farm

Malvern ANC is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications from Ward 42 residents who are interested in farming at the Morningside Heights Urban Farm. Located along Morningside Avenue, just south of McNicoll, in the Hydro Corridors on a 2 acre site, farmers will have access to their own plot where they can grow and sell produce for profit, helping to improve local access to affordable fresh healthy food, while also earning a supplementary income from the food they sell. The project welcomes residents who have both training, experience or a combination of both, and encourages both individuals and small groups to apply. Selected farmers will also have an opportunity to sit on the Farm Advisory Committee helping to advise on the operations and decisions made about the farm. 

To receive an application, please contact Melana at All applications are due by 11:59 pm on Friday April 8, 2016.
4th Annual Spotlight On Literacy
This one-day event brings together residents, parents, children, youth and community stakeholders – everyone with an interest in ensuring that literacy lives in the KGO community. The theme is Learning Beyond Books. What you eat, where you live, your daily habits - there's more to learning than just books. Each year offers dynamic speakers, engaging breakout sessions, and over 1,500 FREE books for attendees to take home. The event will be held on May 12, 2016 5 to 8:30 pm at Sir Robert L Borden School  (200 Poplar Rd). Download the flyer for more details.
Newcomer Youth with Disabilities for Research Study

A University of Toronto PhD candidate is seeking participants for a research study exploring pre- and post-migration experiences of immigrant youth with disabilities. If you know anyone interested, please pass on this poster and/or this script for some more detail to share with other agencies. 
Settlement Services for Newcomers

Through Catholic CrossCultural Services' SEPT Program, new settlement services are available for newcomer students and families every Monday at Lester B Pearson CI. Download the flyer to learn more about the kinds of services provided. For more information, contact Farhana Jogiat at
Empringham Neighbourhood Association Workshop Needs

Empringham Neighborhood Association is a newly formed resident group in Malvern. They are looking for agencies to provide workshops and trainings for their residents in the areas of financial literacy, health and education. Click here to download the list of workshops that the neighbourhood association is looking for. For more details on the group, contact Yama Arianfar at
Free Academic Upgrading Program

The Centennial College Academic Upgrading Program is a tuition-free program sponsored by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) that prepares students to meet college entry requirements. Students can upgrade their reading, writing, math, science and computer skills for college entrance, further skills training, apprenticeship or employment. Students can also work towards a high school equivalency through the Academic and Career Entrance Program (ACE). While in the program, students are provided with advising services and may be eligible for a transportation allowance. Classes are offered in the fall, summer, and winter semesters.   For more information, please contact Denise Andrews at 416.289.5000 x 7022 or or view the website
Show Me Your ID
The Centre for Community Partnerships, University of Toronto presents, Show Me Your ID, on  March 30 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave), an event featuring a panel discussion of the collective action which has taken place to address discriminatory policing practices in Toronto. The panelists will share how their work mobilizing communities has been informed by their experiences with anti-blackness, racial injustice, Indigeneity, gender and their intersectional identities. We will look at what lessons have been learned, what changes have been achieved and what this means moving forward toward the City we want.

Scarborough Housing Stabilization Planning Network (SHSPN) Report Launch

The Scarborough Housing Stabilization Planning Network will present the release of Laying a Foundation, on April 8, 2016 at Scarborough Civic Centre - 150 Borough Drive, 10 am to 12 pm.a compelling new research report on homelessness in Scarborough.
Presenters will highlight the key issues in homelessness and housing insecurity in Scarborough, the priority action areas for the community, and what we can do as individuals, community organizations, a network of homelessness service providers, and government to address homelessness in our community.
It's a free event.  Refreshments will be provided.  All are welcome. To RSVP for the event, please registere here. Download the flyer here. 

Seniors' Active Living Fair

Are you an agency or community program that provides services or resources for older adults? Showcase your services and meet residents at the Senior's Active Living Fair on April 11, 2016 10 am to 1 pm at MFRC - 90 Littles Rd. Organizations are able to make a short presentation about their agency, meet potential clients and network with other service providers. The fair will also feature a participants raffle as well as refreshments.

We also would like to invite your local agencies to set up an information table at this event. This unique outreach opportunity will connect you with a large and diverse community of older adults (55+). You will have the opportunity to showcase your services targeted at older adults, make a short presentation about your agency, meet potential clients as well as network with other service providers. 
If you are interested in tabling at this event or have questions please contact Amaal Darr, Seniors Program Coordinator at or 416-284-4184 x 242.  

Job Postings with CPAC

Cross-Cultural Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) is looking for 2 individuals to fill their summer student positions – Event Assistant and Wordpress Developer/IT Support Assistant. 

To be eligible, candidates must:
  • have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada (foreign students are not eligible).
Deadline to apply is April 30, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Vivian Lee, Employment Counsellor/Job Developer at 416-298-7885 x 105 or For information about the organization, visit their site

Children's Mental Health Week - May 4, 2016

Come and join us to end stigma around mental health on May 4, 2016 at 5 pm at Scarboro Golf and Country Club (321 Scarborough Gold Club Rd). Youthlink is pleased to announce that Patricia Marra-Stapleton, a mental health leader fro TCDSB, will join us to speak about youth mental health early intervention services and suicide prevention. Youthlink invites Scarborough businesses, agencies and the community to celebrate Children's Mental Health Week. Please RSVP by April 25, 2016 to or 416.967.1773 x 2. You may download the flyer here. 

Poetry Slam @ The Library 

Are you an aspiring spoken word artist or poet? There is an opportunity right here for you in Malvern. Malvern Public Library now has weekly Poetry, Rap, Songwriting workshops on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM until May with world slam champ Ian Keteku. Call 416-396-8969 for more info. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity right here in your community! Download the flyer for more details. 

Energy Assistance Program 

The saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCETM program is aimed at reducing the energy burden for those in need. Eligible housing providers, which include non-profit housing providers, co-operative housing providers, shelters and transitional housing, may receive free energy efficient upgrades to their homes or apartments based on the result of a free Home Energy Assessment. Social housing tenants are automatically eligible for participation in the Home Assistance Program. Eligible upgrades include new energy efficient light bulbs, new appliances and more. More information available in this document. You may also contact Sarah Bradt at to obtain more information. 
Settlement Pathway for Privately Sponsored Refugees

The attached flowchart, prepared by Toronto South LIP and Woodgreen Community Services, is a great resource for private sponsors to help figure out the pathway the incoming refugees will follow over the next four years. 
Supporting Syrian Refugees in Scarborough 

Toronto East Quadrant LIP has put together a guide which lists services offered in Arabic and Armenian. You may download the guide and if you have any questions regarding this or have anything to add or amend, you may contact Matthew at
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1LoveMalvern Coordinators

Dania Ansari

Wynette Tavares

Samantha Wright

1LOVEMALVERN (aka Malvern Neighbourhood Action Partnership)
90 Littles Road (Littles Rd. and Sewells Rd.)
Scarborough, ON, M1B 5E2