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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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2016 is shaping up to be quite busy with numerous events happening already! The Community Lunch hosted over 60 participants, the Youth Engagement group is already planning the Youth Justice Forum and lots of changes happening around Malvern with the urban farm coming in, and discussions around transit 
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.
 
Next Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday, February 16, 2016. 5:30 to 8 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Program Room A&B

Click here to download the revised December meeting minutes and click here for the January minutes. 
Click here to download a summary of the meeting evaluation survey completed in November.
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
United Way's Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy

Following is a message from the United Way about their revised strategic plan for the Building Strong Neihgbourhoods Strategy. Please see below:
 
A decade ago, United Way came together with residents, community agencies, and other local partners to strengthen neighbourhoods across Toronto’s inner suburbs. In the years since then we’ve made good progress. Now, it’s time to take our work to a new level.
 
When United Way launched a new strategic plan we committed to renewing our Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy — building on our success, incorporating new dimensions, and expanding beyond Steeles Avenue to include York Region. We are pleased to announce that in December 2015 our Board of Trustees approved a framework that will position us to do just that.
 
Building on the consultations and discussions we had in the fall, we will continue to focus our efforts on strengthening three significant building blocks that are the foundation of strong communities:
 
1. People       
Strengthening resident voice and connections to other community stakeholders in order to leverage their collective capacity to effect change in their neighbourhoods.
        
2. Space
Increasing safe and access accessible spaces that enable communities to gather, share knowledge and access services.
     
3. Services
Improving access to a wide range of services that are coordinated and responsive to community needs.

But we believe United Way can do even more. We also want to strengthen our work by adding a fourth element:
 
4. Focused Issue    
Identifying a key social issue or narrow set of issues, which United Way will champion with residents and other partners to make targeted, measurable change in neighbourhoods. We will conduct a community engagement process with a range of stakeholders (including residents, social service organizations, community based organizations, local business, government and others). This engagement process will begin in spring 2016.
 
Ultimately, our goal is to use what we’ve learned through research and experience to continue the progress we’re making together — while adding an additional component that will deliver more focused results. We’re proud and excited to be working alongside all of you as we take these next steps together.
Urban Farming is Growing But Needs Nurturing

Growing up in the diverse Scarborough neighbourhood of Malvern, Alex Dow was surprised by how many people left it for places such as Orangeville or Peterborough, abandoning the urban environment to “reconnect with the land.”

That’s something he hopes will change in a few years as about 1.6 hectares in the Finch hydro corridor are harnessed for use as a unique community garden — one that will allow people to grow food not only for themselves but also to sell. It’s one of five hydro corridor sites the city is at work on securing in low-income areas across the GTA. Read the full Toronto Star article here. 
 

Scarborough Storefront Agencies Offer Help to All

Two storefront community agencies, both within the borders of Malvern, have opened up their doors to offer help to those in need. Scarborough Mirror has done a short article about them and how they are filling a gap in the system. Click here for the full article. 

Exciting Changes for Scarborough in 2016

Starting from potential transit upgrades, hospital improvements to the Scarborough Community Renewal Campaign, this year has a lot in store for the east of Toronto. Read the full Scarborough Mirror article here. 


Scarborough Transit Plans Under Discussion Again

Members of the mayor’s executive committee are meeting today to consider the latest proposal for the Scarborough subway extension. The proposal, which was announced last week, would scrap two of the three planned stations and reinvest the estimated $1 billion in savings into building a 17-stop LRT line that will connect with the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and go to the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus. Click here for the full CP24 article. 
Click here for a Toronto Star article and a CBC article for more discussions on the Scarborough transit situation.  

 
Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News
Malvern Youth Consultation Update
 
On Thursday, December 17, 2015, 28 youth aged 13-16 from various middle schools and high schools in the area participated in Youth Speaks to discuss challenges they face in 4 different settings: community, social, home and school. Activities were led by Malvern Parks, Forestry & Recreation Youth Outreach Worker, and smaller group discussions were facilitated by youth workers from Malvern Public Library, UTSC and Malvern Family Resource Centre. The youth provided insight about the way they are treated, their struggles and how they are perceived in the community. Results from these discussions will be used to inform the Youth Justice Forum planned for Spring 2016. If you would like to participate or get more information about this event, please contact Samantha at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com. 
 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News
 
Community Meal  News 
 
After a string of successful community lunches, the program hosted another lunch on January 21st at TAIBU Community Health Centre which was attended by over 60 participants. The event ended with lots of positive reviews and interest in continuing this in future months. The next community lunch will be held on February 18, 2016 and will run from 12 to 1:30 PM with presentations from different service agencies serving the Malvern area. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor a meal, please contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com




FoodReach Toronto Info Session 
 
FoodReach Toronto is a one-stop shop to access healthy food and nutrition resources, allowing community organizations to provide the best food to their clients for the best prices. They are reaching out to different community service agencies to provide information about their portal and how organizations can benefit from using their service and will be hosting a session in February. Date for the event will be determined in the next few days. If you would like to attend, please contact Wynette at 416-284-4184, ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
1LoveMalvern Food Security/Resident Engagement Workgroup
 
If you are a resident interested in food security & resident engagement initiatives, join our workgroup and meet other community members working to push forward food security & resident engagement in Malvern. The workgroup meets once a month and work on several initiatives that impact the community. Some of the current initiatives are: Community Meal & Service Provider Information; Food Procurement; Malvern Catering Network. If you would like to get involved and need more information, contact Wynette at 416-284-4184, ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
 
Next Workgroup Meeting

The next Food Security/Resident Engagement meeting will be held on February 2rd 6:15 to 8:30 PM. Venue TBD. 
 
For more information, contact Wynette at 416-284-4184 ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
S.P.O.T. Updates
 
SPOT-ON Employment Services for Youth
 
On-Track Career and Employment Services has taken on a lead role in animating the space at The SPOT and are hosting several employment related sessions over the next few months. Please see the events listed below: 

Centennial College HYPE Program: Being held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 10:00am. Download flyer here

Youth P.A Day Pizza Party: Youth exploring their career possibilities through interactive activities on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:00am. Download flyer here. 

ACCES Employment Sales and Marketing Program: Guest presentation by ACCES Employment on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 1:00pm. Download flyer for more details. 

Enterprise Toronto Self Employment Information Session
Exciting presentation for youth interested in running their own businesses on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:00am. Download the flyer here. 


Please call 416.396.8650 or email to register for one or all of the sessions! 

 
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
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 next ILLMP workgroup meeting is on March 22, 2016 9:30 to 12 PM. Venue TBD. For more details on the workgroup and meeting, please contact Donna Ping at dping@toronto.ca

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

Community Posts
Include your news in the 1LoveMalvern newsletter!
 
The next newsletter will go out on February 11, 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  February 9, 2016
Arabic Language Services Survey

Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership (TEQ LIP) is conducting a survey of services that are offered in Arabic. This information will help refugee sponsor groups refer their sponsored families and individuals to places that can help them in Arabic. If your agency provides services in Arabic, please fill out the following survey by January 31, 2016 to help create a comprehensive database. 
 
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 YamaArianfar@hotmail.com
 
Free HIV/AIDS Training 
 
Toronto Public Health is offering a free 2-day HIV/AIDS 101 training to community workers on Jan 28 and Jan 29 at The Hub-Mid Scarborough 2660 Eglinton Ave E. Download the flyer for more details

Scholarship Opportunity for TCH residents


The Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship program for Toronto Community Housing (TCH) is for residents under the age of 25 entering post-secondary education or training. The program offers upto $4,000 in scholarship to cover tuition fees for the first year of post-secondary education or training and opportunities for scholarship in the second year too. Applications are due by March 23, 2016 at 5 PM. Information sessions around this opportunity are being held at the TCH head office (931 Yonge St) on Jan 16, 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm, and Jan 16, 2016 from 3  to 6 pm. For more information contact scholarships@torontohousing.ca or 647-218-1465.
 
Scarborough Community Renewal Organization Kick-Off Meeting

The Scarborough Community Renewal Campaign Team would like to invite you to the Kick-Off Meeting for the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7pm at the Scarboro Golf Club, 321 Scarborough Golf Club Rd. This organization will lead and advocate for community-driven initiatives that will advance Scarborough’s growth in a positive way. Attend this meeting and join this organization to help build Scarborough’s future. 

Click here for more information about the Campaign and here for the Organization’s terms of reference. Download the flyer for more details to the event here. 
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1LoveMalvern Coordinators

Dania Ansari
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Wynette Tavares
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Samantha Wright
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1LOVEMALVERN (aka Malvern Neighbourhood Action Partnership)
90 Littles Road (Littles Rd. and Sewells Rd.)
SCARBOROUGH, ON, M1B 5E2