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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, the upcoming Community Speaks will bring together different Malvern residents, 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 October meeting.

Fill out the meeting evaluation survey to make upcoming meetings more effective 
 
To download presentations from previous 1LoveMalvern meetings, please visit www.1lovemalvern.com.
In this Issue: 
  • 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
Current News & Issues
Scarborough Hotel Might be Converted Into Shelter for Homeless Men

A two-star hotel in Scarborough may soon be converted to a homeless shelter for some of the city’s most vulnerable men. The city of Toronto is buying the hotel on the Kingston Rd. motel strip as part of its five-year plan to open as many as 15 new temporary and permanent hostels to ease overcrowding, replace shelters closing due to redevelopment and expand service to the inner suburbs. Read the full story here

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. 

 
Scarborough Homelessness Planning Day 
 

Scarborough Housing Stabilization Planning Network (SHSPN) is conducting a homelessness research project to develop a better understanding of homelessness and housing issues in Scarborough. Please provide your input at the Planning Day on Thursday November 26, 2015 at The Mid-Scarborough Hub, 2660 Eglinton Ave East. Workshops begin 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Individuals with lived experience of homelessness or housing instability are encouraged to attend. We have a limited number of honorariums in the form of a $25 grocery store gift card and tokens available if necessary to support clients.  Please RSVP for individuals with lived experience as well and identify the need for (an) honorarium(s) when you RSVP.
Please RSVP to Cassandra Vink at 
416-948-9773 or cassandra@vinkconsulting.com by November 13th.  

Help pack donations to ship to Syrian Refugees

Muslim Welfare Centre is inviting all members of the public to help sort through clothing and food items in anticipation of packing two 40 ft. shipping containers this weekend to ship to Lebanon. Drop by on Saturday Nov. 7th, after 11:00 am to see firsthand this important effort in action. The first shipment will start the journey to Lebanon on Monday, Nov. 9th .
Check out their
Facebook page for updates on the relief efforts

Toronto Ward Boundary Review

Toronto Ward Boundary Review is looking at the size and shape of Toronto's Wards. If you haven't provided your input yet, this is your last chance to have your say heard - fill out this survey and share your views on the ward boundaries. Survey will close on November 15, 2015. 

 
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

















 
Workgroup Update

The youth workers are currently conducting focus groups to inform the upcoming Youth Justice Forum. after recent incidents with youth in public and private spaces. The Youth Justice Forum will bring together guest speakers, community service providers, representatives from other neighbourhoods, youth with lived experiences in the justice system and much more.
 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News

Free Community Meal 
 
The 1LoveMalvern Food Security Workgroup in partnership with  a local chef and Malvern Presbyterian Church will be hosting another community meal on November 19 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.

Please contact Wynette at 416-284-4184, ext. 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com, if you would like more information.
 
FoodShare's Mobile Food Market Update 
Returning on Nov 18, 2015

 
Food Share is returning to the Malvern neighbourhood on Nov 18 from 6:15 to 7:45 PM, as renovations have been completed. Come 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!
Community Speaks

On 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 lunch. Childminding will be available, TTC tokens will also be provided for residents and the afternoon will end with some giveaways.


For more information contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org or Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com
Empringham Breakfast Club Update
 
Due to renovations at the HOPE Centre on 110 Empringham Dr Unit #212, the Empringham Breakfast Club was put on hold until now. The breakfast club will start back up on Monday November 16. If anyone is interested in donating food items and supplies to the breakfast club, please contact Neika at natassiacordinates@gmail.com. 
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
 
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
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 November 19, 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 17, 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!
Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician Program

The Electrical Workers Union President will provide information on a pre-apprenticeship electrician program on Nov 20, 2015 at 10 AM. The info session will be held at the SPOT - 30 Sewells Rd. Call 416.283.5229 for more details. 
 
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

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. Contact Margaret at 416.284.2632
 
         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:
  • Free Food Handling Certification Nov 17 to Nov 19 9:30 to 2:30 PM
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR Level C - Nov 20th, 10 am to 5:30 PM
  • Employment Cafe: Dressing for an Interview - Nov 25th, 10 to 1 PM
  • Basic Cashier Training - Nov 27th, 2 to 4 PM
Navigating City-Owned Properties

The City of Toronto's Community Crisis Response Program (CCRP) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN/ROEJ) are pleased to offer a full day professional development workshop for Youth Workers, youth leaders and those who support youth residents. This free workshop explores agreements, policies and procedures that may affect Toronto Community Housing and various city owned properties. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet and connect with legal professionals, safety advisors, police officers and community advocates.
 
This workshop will be offered in three locations in the city:
November 20th, East Scarborough - Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive 
November 27th, Downtown Toronto - City Hall, 100 Queen St. West 
December 3rd - North York - *Location TBD

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. 
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.
 
National Housing Day
 
Malvern Family Resource Centre's Women's Place and the Housing Support program will be participating in National Housing Day on Friday November 20th, 2015 at the Malvern Public Library from 10am-11:30am. We will be sharing recent data and resources regarding affordable, market rent, and subsidized housing.

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!! 


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
 
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 to submit is Nov 13, 2015. Click here for the poster. 
 
Winter Jacket Drive
Malvern Family Resource Centre's Women's Place and Youth Centre will be collecting winter jackets for the residents of Juliette's Place and their families. These donations will be used to keep women and their families warm over the winter months. Juliette's Place has expressed a need for women, children and youth jackets. We are looking to provide residents with jackets that are gently worn, clean, fashionably "current". New items are welcome! 
 
We are looking to collect items up until Friday, November 13th until 5pm. If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with Shauna Benn at sbenn@mfrc.org or 416.284.4184 ext 234. 

East Scarborough Storefront is Hiring
East Scarborough Storefront is hiring a Coordinator for Workforce Development Strategies to link local residents with local employment opportunities. Click here for the full job posting. 
 
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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