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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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Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable winter break and was able to spend time with family and friends. 1LoveMalvern, with the support of all its community partners, wrapped up 2015 with several community events and promises that 2016 will be even more exciting by enhancing the Malvern catering network, addressing youth justice concerns, and forming stronger connections within the community. 
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, January 19 2016. 5:30 to 8 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Program Room A&B

Click here to download the December meeting 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
Malvern Partners' Meet & Greet Postponed

The Partner's Meet & Greet originally scheduled for January 19th has now been postponed to an undetermined date. We will discuss alternate dates at the next monthly meeting scheduled for Tuesday Jan 19th 5:30 to 8 PM at MFRC- 90 Littles Rd. The goal of the partnership forum is to provide space to make new connections with agencies in Malvern, residents, grassroots groups as well as institutions and organizations outside of Malvern. Participants will have an opportunity to present their ideas and upcoming projects to discuss potential partnership opportunities.

For more details about this event, contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org or 416.284.4184 ext 250
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. 

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. 

 
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 continues into 2016 with its first lunch of the year being held on January 21, 2016 at TAIBU Community Health Centre. The event will run from 11:30 to 1 PM, with presentations from service agencies including TAIBU, Malvern Family Resource Centre and other agencies. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor a meal, 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 January 26th 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 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
 
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 January 26, 2016 9:30 to 12 PM at MFRC - 90 Littles Rd. For more details on the workgroup and meeting, please contact Donna Ping at dping@toronto.ca

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

Community Posts
Include your news in the 1LoveMalvern newsletter!
 
The next newsletter will go out on January 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  January 26, 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. 
 
City's Parks, Forestry & Recreation Facilities Master Plan Survey
 
Parks, Forestry & Recreation is developing a 20-year Facilities Master Plan to guide decision making and investment in parks and recreation facilities and is asking residents to help plan for the future of parks and recreation facilities in Toronto by completing this survey by January 24, 2016. 
 
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
 
Labour Market Access Program
 
Enhanced Language Training is a 14-week labour market access program which includes an 8-week in-class training and a 6-week work placement. Clients are introduced to business English, Canadian workplace culture, sector specific information and employability skills. Trainings are provided in the following sectors: Accounting, Engineering, Customer Service & Administration for Immigrant Women, Financial Services, Hospitality, Information Technology and Sales & Marketing. To register, please contact the ELT administrative office at 416.395.8270, 416.395.3669 or 416.395.8270 at 515 Consumers Rd, Suite 103 or download the flyer for more information. Classes begin Jan 15, 2016 - download the flyer for more details. 

START Customer Care Program

Acces Employment is hosting a nine-week program to provide women with industry-recognized certifications in Customer Service, Computer Training, Job Search Support, Coaching & Job Shadow Placements. Women must be Ontario Works  (OW) recipients. Priority consideration for immigrant women on OW, but we welcome referrals from ALL interested women receiving OW. The 2016 program starts on Jan 25th. Download the flyer for more details or contact Arlene Chin at 416.431.5326 ext 2463.

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

Discovering Your Options: Youth Employment Services


On-Track Employment and Career Services will host a fun filled interactive event for high school students on February 12, 2016 from 11  am to 2 PM at The SPOT - 30 Sewells Rd. This is a P.A day for public and Catholic high school students and they will be treated to pizza, refreshments, and a variety of Career Assessments to help them discover more about themselves.

 

These assessments will help youth gain better insight into their strengths, abilities, interests, and values. Please see 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.

YWCA's January Programs 
 
YWCA Toronto Employment Centre, 3730 Kingston Road is hosting some special events for the month of January 2016, please see details below:

MaxTV Media Job Fair Jan 19, 2016 at 10 am – Hiring Business Development Representatives, Advertising Sales Consultants, Appointment    Setters and Projects Managers
 
Securitas Job Fair Jan 23 at 1:30 pm - Hiring Full-Time Rotational Security Guards (Free Security and Canadian General Standards Board Training and Free Uniform)
 
Free Communication Skills Training Jan 22, 2015 at 9:30 am - This training will help you to gain the skills you need to speak with poise and confidence in face-to-face interactions.
 
Essential Skills for EmploymentFree 4-week Computer Training -  Orientation on January 7, 2016 at 9:30am
 
Inspire Charity – Jan 29 at 10am YOU MIGHT BE MISSING OUT ON EXTRA MONEY! Sessions will Include information on government grants, child care credits,  tax credits and more.

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