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1LoveMalvern e-newsletter : October 8, 2015 edition
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1LoveMalvern (former 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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Thank you to everyone who has supported the Transportation Working Group through the Twitter, email campaigns and through physical presence at City Hall! Our voices did get recognized at the City level to some extent, as you had seen on the Executive Committee meeting minutes (items 4.d. and 6). City Council did vote on the transit plan yesterday, as you will see in the updates below. There's some new information about pro-bono consultancy services available for service agencies, and an important survey that can affect future funding opportunities from the city. Please take a moment to go through these important pieces of information.
1LoveMalvern Steering Committee Meeting
Interested network partners are invited to attend a meeting over the summer to discuss the future structure of the network, potential projects, tools to use and ways to continue the great work done through the network. If you are interested in being part of these discussions, please contact dansari@mfrc.org by July 22, 2016.
 
Next 1LoveMalvern Meeting

The 1LoveMalvern monthly meetings are on a break for the summer and will return in the Fall. The next meeting will be on September 20, 2016. 

Click here for the June meeting minutes. You may also download the Inter-agency Referral System Presentation by UofT Masters students.
 
Malvern Transit Updates
 
Despite all the concerns and arguments against the expensive subway extension, City Council voted 28-15 to move forward with the expensive one-stop Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) from Kennedy Station to Scarborough Town Centre. The vote is still being deemed a success, after years of debate which have stalled transit investments in Scarborough. Although the 1LoveMalvern Transportation Working Group's plans include pushing for transit to come north of 401, our plans heavily hinge on transit investment south of the 401 too. We are advocating for connections from the Eglinton East LRT stop at UTSC, Scarborough Town Centre and Sheppard East LRT. Even though the Eglinton East LRT line is included in the transit plans, it is at risk of being postponed, due to lack of funding. As residents of a community constantly being ignored when it comes to transit plans, we will keep an eye on the actual progress in these promised plans.  For more information around the campaign, contact dansari@mfrc.org

Pro-bono Consultancy Services
 
Public Good Initiative (PGI) is a pro-bono policy consulting organization that matches graduate students (consultants) from the UofT's School of Public Policy and Governance with non-profit organizations seeking to increase their policy and research capacity to achieve organizational objectives. Consultants bring a range of qualitative and quantitative skills in policy development and analysis to the projects as well as a commitment to help solve real-world problems. Projects generally span 6 to 8 months, and will commit approximately 4 students for 2-4 hrs/week for the project's duration. For agencies interested in hiring these consultants, the call for proposals for 2016-17 clients is open from July 1 - August 1, 2016. Completed application forms can be sent to clients@publicgoodinitiative.ca. You may download the application form and client handbook here.
 
UTSC Hiring Locally
 
As part of University of Toronto Scarborough Campus’ (UTSC) initiative to provide more employment opportunities to local residents, they are reaching out to surrounding neighbourhoods, including Malvern, about employment opportunities at their institution. Please visit their website to access the most recent job postings and spread the news with your clients and other residents.

SDFA Community Investment Funding Program Review - your input is needed!

The City of Toronto’s Social Development, Finance & Administration's (SDFA) is revisiting their Community Investment Funding programs, which include: Community Recreation, Community Festivals, Community Safety, Access, Equity and Human Rights, and Service Development Investment Program (SDIP). As agencies who have benefited from these funding streams, through 1LoveMalvern and other projects, your input will help guide the grant programs to be more responsive, accountable, transparent and accessible. You can provide input through the following methods:

1.Anonymous survey, available till August 21, 2016

2. Roundtables for Community Groups (register by clicking here)

3
. Community Town Hall on September 27 (to get your feedback on the draft staff report based on input from the survey and roundtables)


Malvern Eats is Looking for Sponsors
 
Malvern Eats continues to grow and feed about 140 meals weekly. These community lunches have been serving Malvern residents for more than a year, and creating connections within the community. The lunches have become a terminus for connecting residents to local resources through presentations by service agencies around health, dental, employment and housing services and other topics.

Malvern Eats is looking for sponsors for the next few weeks in order to continue creating these connections and equipping residents with resources available in the community. If you are interested in sponsoring, click here and select "Malvern Lunch". If you are a service provider and would like to share information about your services and programs, contact Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.

Everyone in Malvern is welcome to attend lunch every Thursday between 11:30am and 1:30pm at TAIBU CHC (27 Tapscott Rd).  



 
 

Malvern Catering Network at Scarborough Fare
Scarborough Fare, a four-day North America-wide Food Conference, was hosted by UTSC between June 22 - 25, with over 500 international food scholars and participants. Staff from the Malvern Food Security workgroup participated at a roundtable discussion about how community-university partnerships can lead to culinary innovation. They shared their experiences and learnings from the Malvern Catering Network and how the partnership with Culinaria Research Centre has boosted the profile of the project.
      
 
Food Handler's Training Update
 
15 residents completed their Toronto Public Health Food Handler's Training program in June, where they learned about food safety, nutrition and safe food handling techniques. Graduates from the training are now being connected to resources and workshops across Scarborough to help them pursue careers in the food business. Many participants are interested in formalizing their current catering operations while others are looking for employment opportunities in the food industry. For more information, contact Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
Malvern Caterers Featured at UTSC Farmer's Market
 
Two caterers from the Malvern Caterers' Network debuted their unique culinary talents at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Farmer's Market and they were a complete hit! Their booth was visited by approximately 70 individuals, curious about the food and the Malvern Catering Network project, which is in partnership with UTSC's Culinaria Research Centre. Caterers from the network will again feature their flavours at the Fall market. The market runs from 2:30 to 6:30 pm at Military Trail/Ellesmere.



 
Next Workgroup Meeting

The Food Security/Resident Engagement meeting will continue to be hosted throughout the summer. The next meeting will be on Tuesday July 26, 2016. Venue TBD
 
For more information, contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 x 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com
 
Youth Service Coordination Chart

Malvern has a very high number of youth, which means our service agencies provide a great number of programs and services for them. The 1LoveMalvern Youth Engagement  and Youth Programming workgroup has now compiled details of existing youth programs and services offered by service agencies and faith groups. You may download the document here. If you do not see your information, or would like to make changes, please contact Samantha at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
Insight into Malvern Youth Issues 

As the funding cycling for the Youth Programming and Engagement project nears its end, the 1LoveMalvern Youth Engagement Coordinator is interviewing youth workers in Malvern to produce a report of current youth issues and recommendations to support the youth better. If you are a youth worker and would like to provide information for this report, please contact Samantha at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
General Updates

The Toronto Public Library (TPL) is taking on operational responsibility for the SPOT and introducing a Digital Innovation Hub, funded through the City of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Strategy, which will open in Fall 2016. On-Track continues to provide employment services to increasing numbers of youth in the space. TPL continues to continue to maintain the physical space and infrastructure and promoting activities and opportunities at the SPOT.

For more information about the SPOT, you may contact Patricia Eastman at peastman@torontopubliclibrary.ca.

 
Upcoming Projects

Impact N' Communities will be delivering a community safety initiative, trusteed by East Metro Youth Services, to provide Malvern youth with capacity building training and programs to ensure that the SPOT is identified as a welcoming and safe space.

The Scarborough East York Service (SEY) Collaborative, facilitated by CAMH, is developing a walk-in service at The S.P.O.T to support youth with mental health concerns. This service will also launch in the Fall. For more information about this initiative, contact Chantal Fougere, Regional Implementation Coordinator at Chantal.Fougere@camh.ca.
 
1LoveMalvern Branding

The 1LoveMalvern branding is picking up in the community and beyond, mostly due to the recent transit advocacy work. Please Continue to tag the 1LoveMalvern Facebook and @1lovemalvern Twitter handles on your social media blasts to promote community events. The 1LoveMalvern website continues to compile community events for everyone to visit and obtain information from
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 July 28, 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 July 26, 2016
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 to events@philadelphiasda.ca or 647.609.2271. Everyone is welcome to join and enjoy a meal with other community members from Malvern

 
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.

YWCA events

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


Summer Outing: Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): July 15, 2016 @ 11 am – 4 pm

Tim Hortons Information Session: July 20, 2016 @ 11 am – 12 pm (noon)

Tenants’ Rights Information Session: July 22, 2016 @ 10 am – 12 pm (noon)

Restaurant Training: July 22, 2016 @ 1 pm – 3 pm

Summer Movie Night: July 29, 2016 @ 3 pm – 5 pm


 
LIP Support for Refugees
Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) is circulating different resources for community members to help  refugees navigate the system here. Toronto South LIP is has prepared the attached flowchart, as a resource for private sponsors to help understand the pathway incoming refugees will follow over the next four years. Toronto East Quadrant LIP has put together this guide which lists services offered in Arabic and Armenian. If you have any questions regarding this or have anything to add or amend, you may contact Matthew Klaas at mklaas@cathcrosscultural.org
 
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