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1LoveMalvern e-newsletter : October 8, 2015 edition
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1LoveMalvern (formerly known as 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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Continuing on the theme of transit, Scarborough has seen multiple meetings hosted by City Officials around the new transit plans over the last few weeks. Resident groups are also gearing up to provide their input around the low income TTC pass that is being proposed. See below for some action around transit happening right here in Malvern.
 
Special Announcement
It is with sadness but also excitement that we announce that Alex Dow will be moving on from his role at Malvern Family Resource Centre (MFRC) and joining United Way as the Director, Neighbourhood Initiatives beginning mid-June. His last formal working day at MFRC will be June 1st. He has enjoyed working with the 1LoveMalvern/MNAP network since 2009 and looks forward to stay connected with everyone in some capacity. You may join him for a bite/drink at Kelsey's at Morningside/401 (on Milner) on Thursday, June 2nd from 5:30pm-8:30pm.  This is an open invitation to you/your colleagues. No RSVP needed.
Next 1LoveMalvern meeting

The next monthly meeting will be on June 21, 2016. Learn more about key areas that Malvern is working on, including food security, youth justice, youth engagement, community safety, employment and education. Contribute your ideas and energy to tackle the community issues that matter to you. 
 
Next Meeting Date & Time: June 21, 2016. 5:30 to 8:00 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Boardroom

Click here for the April minutes. The May meeting minutes will be circulated in the next issue. If you are a participant in the meetings and have not filled out a meeting evaluation survey, please click the survey link. You may also download the summary of the Meet & Greet surveys and a summary of the monthly meetings' evaluation form 
 
Malvern's Transportation Working Group 
 
A Transportation Working Group has been formed by local residents keen on seeing Malvern's originally proposed LRT back on the City's transit agenda. Members from the workgroup have voiced their concerns on the recent transit forums hosted in Scarborough. Visit this website to participate in the online campaign to inform elected officials about the transit concerns in North East Scarborough and to fast-track the construction of the LRT into our community.
Malvern Voices Transit Concerns to Mayor Tory in his Recent Visit to Malvern

Scarborough Mirror covered the recent transit townhall hosted in Malvern by Councillor Raymond Cho. Representation from Malvern included youth, resident groups, seniors, TAIBU Community Health Centre and business owners, all affected negatively by the lack of a transit plan in Malvern in the mayor's new plans. The current plan sees transit being built here in 15 years.

Speak up for Low Income TTC Pass

A decision was made to move the Transit Fare Equity report to the October City Council cycle. The rationale for the change was to avoid getting the report buried under major transit reports to be discussed in June/July. This also allows more time for a detailed cost analysis and the draft of a preliminary implementation plan, both of which will strengthen our proposal. This change is meant to improve chances of success. The report will still get to Council in time for the 2017 budget process, as was the original case.
 
The new City Council meeting dates are as follows:
•        TTC Board: September 28
•        Executive: October 26
•        Board of Health: October 31
•        Council: November 8  
 
If you wish to depute at the September 28 meeting or if you need additional information about this process, you could contact Brenda Thompson at scarboroughtransitaction@gmail.com. An informal meeting is being held on May 26, 1-3pm at 4155 Sheppard Ave for interested community members to prepare and practice their deputations. 

Resilient Neighbourhood Economies Report

Metcalf Foundation announces the release of Resilient Neighbourhood Economies: A Foundation’s strategic learning from a three-year investment in local economies. The report is an overview of, Metcalf’s Resilient Neighbourhood Economies (RNE) project, three-year pilot that ran from 2012 – 2015. It was designed to help create economic opportunities for people with low-income in two neighbourhoods: Thorncliffe Park and Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park. The Foundation hopes that this report will resonate with others as they continue to pursue place-based strategies aimed at improving the economic livelihoods of people with low-income. 
UofT Scarborough Partnerships Report 2016
 
The University of Toronto recently published a report documenting their work with the community of Malvern over the years in the partnership with Malvern Family Resource Centre and TAIBU Community Health Centre in areas ranging from youth mentorship to food security. You may download a copy of the report by clicking here to read about the amazing work that has resulted from this partnership. Highlights of the partnerships include workshops to build capacity for small food enterprises, including skills development
ranging from food handling to account keeping, and many more.
Inter-Agency Referral Network

For the past few months, Masters students from University of Toronto's Public Good Initiative (PGI) program, supervised by Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), have been interviewing agencies in Malvern to develop a proposal for an inter-agency referral system. In addition to the interviews, they want to get more information from frontline staff through this anonymous survey. If you are an agency representative, please circulate this link amongst your staff so that more information is available for the students. The deadline for the survey is this Friday, May 20, 2016.
 
Malvern Youth Justice Forum Update
 
The Malvern Youth Justice Forum took place on April 28 at The SPOT with 46 youth and youth workers from Malvern in attendance. Youth workers from Malvern Family Resource Centre, TAIBU, Malvern Public Library, YMCA and Lester B. Pearson also attended with youth from their programs. 

Guest Speakers included John Paul Rodrigues Lawyer (JPR Law), Christien Levien (creator of Legalswipe app) and a youth with lived experience. Guest speakers touched upon the Youth Justice system, positive and negative interactions with Police, Malvern Mall's policies and features of the Legalswipe app.



 
Overall, the forum was a great success. Youth and youth workers found the information shared was very helpful. Please contact Samantha at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com
Malvern Youth Programs Service Coordination
 
As part of improving service delivery in the area, a Youth Service Coordination Chart has been created and will be circulated in June. If you would like to provide details of your existing programs, please contact Samantha at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com. 
Malvern Caterers to be Featured at UTSC Farmer's Market
 
Two caterers from the Malvern Caterers' Network are currently being supported by the workgroup to feature their unique flavours and styles at the University of Toronto Scarborough Farmer's Market this Summer and Fall. Stay tuned for the exciting details and stories around that!
Malvern Eats Continues to grow
 
Malvern Eats has been gaining numbers with the warmer weather. On an average, 110 community members are served every week. Special thanks to our partners Muslim Welfare Centre, TAIBU CHC, Toronto Police 42 Division, Malvern Food Bank, our awesome sponsors, caterers and volunteers for their continued efforts. 

Lunches were provided by 5N2 Soup Kitchen, Reh'ma Catering & TAIBU's own resident chef. 
Everyone is welcome to attend every Thursday, for a restaurant-style lunch service between 11:30am and 1:30pm at TAIBU CHC (27 Tapscott Rd)

Interested in volunteering? Are you looking for an opportunity to engage your community in an atmosphere of warmth? Send an email to malverneats@muslimwelfarecentre.com

If you are a service provider and would like to share information about your services and programs, contact Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.


If you are also interested in sponsoring a meal, you may visit this link and click "Malvern Lunch" to donate towards this initiative.
Toronto Police Services and University of Toronto Scarborough students published a short article with stories and videos about Malvern Eats. 
 
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 held on Tuesday May 31, 2016. Venue TBD
 
For more information, contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 x 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
Food Handler's Training
 
Toronto Public Health is hosting a free Food Handler's Training program in Malvern. Eligible participants include residents experiencing barriers to employment, local caterers looking to start a small business and residents involved in community food programs. Please note that the June 9th session was changed to June 8th recently. The sessions will be on the dates listed below at MFRC - 90 Littles Rd: 

June 2 -11:30 to 2:30pm             June 16 - 11:30 to 2:30pm
June 8 - 11:30 to 2:30pm            June 23 - 11:30 to 2:30pm
                                                 June 30 - 11:30 to 2:30pm


We still have 5 spots available - If you are interested, contact Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com or 416.284.4184 x 222
 
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 services will come into the place very soon - so stay tuned for more exciting news about this! 

For more information about this initiative, contact Chantal Fougere, Regional Implementation Coordinator at Chantal.Fougere@camh.ca or 416-535-8501 x 34325
 
1LoveMalvern Branding
 
To encourage postive branding for Malvern, the 1LoveMalvern website is being used to streamline all online communications. Everything related to the network will be shared online under the 1LoveMalvern branding.



Please tag 1LoveMalvern Facebook page @1lovemalvern Twitter on your social media blasts to promote upcoming events and any community updates as we are trying to reach out to as many people as possible through these platforms.
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 has provided their details to create a chart of all existing programs and services offered by their groups. You may download the service coordination chart to see what programs are offered by the faith groups for the whole community. 

If you are a faith-based organization and do not see your information listed here, please contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org to be included. 
Include your news in the 1LoveMalvern newsletter!
 
The next newsletter will go out on June 2, 2016. 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 May 31, 2016
Job Fair for Syrian Newcomers

Join us for an information session and job fair on May 28 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at International Living Learning Centre (240 Jarvis St) for Syrian newcomers to learn about and apply for positions offered at Paramount Fine Foods - one of the fastest growing Middle Eastern restaurant chains in North America. 

Learn How to Access Special Needs Supports in the Community - at the Parent Engagement Forum and Handbook Launch Event
 
Join the ANC Parent Engagement Committee for the launch of their parent handbook on May 28, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm at Malvern Toronto Public Library (30 Sewells Road) in the Community Room.. All participants at this event will receive a FREE copy of this handbook that identifies local resources to ensure young people with learning disabilities, mental health challenges and physical disabilities are able to reach their full academic potential.The handbook helps parents navigate a variety of supports and information, including community programs, grants, bursaries, educational resources and Individual Education Plan processes. Attendees will also be able to connect to post secondary resources to support students' transition to high school and  higher education. For more information about this event, contact mroberts@mfrc.org or at 416-284-4184 x 220.
 
Debt Centre Now Open in Scarborough

Global Kingdom Ministries just launched their Debt Centre last week. Global Kingdom has partnered with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) a renowned debt counselling charity, to provide free debt counselling service to people with spiraling debt in these hard economic times. It is dedicated to helping anyone regardless of their age, background, gender or religious affiliation.  Scarborough-Guildwood MP John McKay will be attending and sharing some remarks about this new Centre.
 
For more information, contact Godfrey Adderley at godfrey@globalkingdom.ca
 
Immigrant Employment Day 2016
 
Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership (TEQ LIP) invites everyone to attend the Immigrant Employment Day on June 3 2016 at Ellesmere Recreation Centre (20 Canadian Rd) from 9:30 to 12:30 PM. The day will include interactive workshops on Health & Employment and Social Enterprise. For more information contact Melissa Waterman at mwaterman@accessemployment.ca or 416 431 5326 x 2405. 
 
Juliette's Place Healing & Hope Gala

Juliette's Place, also known as Homeward Family Shelter for Women, is hosting their 12th Annual fundraising gala: Healing & Hope on June 10, 2016 at Parkview Manor (55 Barber Greene Rd). Download the flyer here for details. 
 
Free Community Breakfast @ Philadelphia SDA Church
 
Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church is hosting a free community breakfast on July 30, 2016 at 8:00 am at 85 Grand Marshall Dr. Please RSVP by July 3, 2016 to events@philadelphiasda.ca or 647.609.2271. Everyone is welcome to join and enjoy a meal with other community members from Malvern

Petition for Province to Act on its Commitment for Inclusionary Zoning

Social Planning Toronto (SPT) is leading a petition to call on the Province to act on its commitment to grant municipalities inclusionary zoning powers. With that power, municipalities will be able to require developers to create affordable housing within new residential developments. There are already two private members’ bills (Bill 3 and 39) on inclusionary zoning before the legislature. Sign this petition to call on the Province to bring forward one of these bills immediately to avoid further delay.

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 fjogiat@cathcrosscultural.org.
Private Sponsors Meetup

The Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership invites you to the monthly meet-up for Private Refugee Sponsors in Scarborough on May 26. Come and share your experiences, questions, and supports with others who are sponsoring refugees. To register go to eventbrite or contact Matthew Klaas at mklaas@cathcrosscultural.org
 
Job Postings

Several job postings are available for the summer. Take a look at the details below: 
YWCA events

YWCA is hosting several events this month. Find details listed below. For more information, contact Marlene Dilchan 
at 416-264-5788 X 236 or mdilchan@ywcatoronto.org or check their site.

Teleperformance Canada Job Fair: 
May 24, 2016 @ 10AM

BMO Presentation - Learn About Banking Careers: May 25 @ 11:30AM

Cashier Training: May 25, 2016 @ 10am - noon

TTC Career Info Session: May 26, 2016 @ 10AM

Scarborough Community Legal Services - Becoming a Canadian Citizen: May 27, 2016 @ 10am – noon

You May Be Missing Out on Government Grants, Child Care Credits and Tax Credits: May 27, 2016 @ 10AM

Better Business Communication: May 30, 2016 @ 9AM
 
weSpeak: Straight Black Men Building Resilience to HIV in Ontario

weSpeak is a research study looking at the social conditions that make straight black men vulnerable to health issues, like HIV, as well as some of the ways that men overcome challenges and access health resources. weSpeak is in the process of getting a group of community stakeholders together to get your perspectives and thoughts about community empowerment, social conditions, and HIV risks for straight black men. A focus group discussion will be held on May 26, 2016 between 6:00 to 8:30pm in Scarborough. For more information contact Kimberly Bryce, RN at kbryce@ryerson.ca and visit www.we-speak.ca
 
Acknowledge Positive Movement's Pre-school Graduation 

Acknowledge Positive Movements is hosting a Pre-School Graduation  on Thursday June 9th at 6:30pm at Alexander Sterling Public School (70 Fawcett Trail).  For more information about the event, contact Nicole Allong at 647.922.6557 or apmcanada@hotmail.com

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 Klaas at mklaas@cathcrosscultural.org
 
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. For more information, contact Denise Andrews at 416.289.5000 x 7022 or dandrews@centennialcollege.ca or view the website

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 the neighbourhood association is looking for. For more details on the group, contact Yama Arianfar at YamaArianfar@hotmail.com.
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