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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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Even after the nice, long Easter weekend, things haven't slowed down in Malvern. This month is just as busy as the others with the Scarborough Homelessness Report being launched tomorrow, the City's ongoing survey on the Lived Experience Advisory Group, the upcoming Youth Justice Forum and many other events. Drop by one of the events this month and take the opportunity to meet your Malvern neighbours. 
Next 1LoveMalvern meeting

The next monthly meeting will be on April 19, 2016. 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, April 19, 2016. 5:30 to 8 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Boardroom

Click here for the February minutes. Download the draft agenda and contact dansari@mfrc.org to provide any additional input or if you would like anything added to the agenda for the evening. 
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
  • Inter-faith Network News
  • Community Posts 
  • Agency newsletters
Current News & Issues
Scarborough Homelessness Report Launch Tomorrow

Tomorrow Friday, April 8, 2016 from 10 AM to 12 PM, the Scarborough Housing Stabilization Planning Network (SHSPN) will be launching their report, Laying a Foundationwhich is a new research report on homelessness in Scarborough. Presenters will highlight the key issues in homelessness and housing insecurity in Scarborough, the priority action areas for the community, and what we can do as individuals, community organizations, a network of homelessness service providers, and government to address homelessness in our community. To RSVP for this free event, click here. You can also download the itinerary and poster for more information about the event. 
 
Scarborough Transit Plan Popular with Residents
More than half of Toronto residents support a new city hall Scarborough transit proposal for a single-station subway extension and a 17-stop LRT, according to a new Forum Research poll. The poll showed that 58% of respondents approved the Scarborough subway-LRT proposal that would extend the Bloor-Danforth line a single stop to the Scarborough Town Centre and build an LRT to the U of T Scarborough campus. Although the LRT has been referred to as the Malvern line and the poll question referred to the transit stopping at the Malvern Town Centre, in fact the city proposal would see it terminate on the campus which is south of the Malvern neighbourhood. City Council also approved key  transit plan recommendations, as reported in this CBC article. To learn more about this, read the Toronto Star article and the CP24 article.
 
Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News
Malvern Youth Justice Forum
 
Following up from the youth consultation in December, Youth Speaks, the Youth Justice Forum has been booked for Thursday April 28, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at The SPOT. The event is currently being designed in consultation with youth workers from all the agencies around here. The event consists of guest speakers, activities and a mix/mingle with Malvern's youth workers. If you would like to provide your input to shape this event, please contact Samantha at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com. 
Malvern Youth Programs Service Coordination
 
As part of improving service delivery in the area, a database is currently being set up with all youth programs in the area. Once the database has been created, it will be shared with the community to help you decide the best days to offer programs in order to create maximum impact. If you would like to provide details of your existing programs, please contact Samantha at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com. 
Next Workgroup Meeting

The next Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice meeting will be in April. The group will review the workplan, discuss emerging issues within the youth population and design the upcoming Youth Justice Forum. 
 
To get to know the venue for the meeting or any other information, contact Samantha at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News
Malvern Eats completes one month! 
 
Malvern Eats has served approximately 70 to 90 participants weekly since its launch on March 3, 2016. Participants enjoyed warm meals, refreshments and salad every week. They also learned about local services and programs from service providers in the area. One of the weeks also included a discussion on the City's Lived Experience Advisory Group which the city is looking to put together.

Join us every Thursday, for a restaurant-style lunch service between 11:30am and 1:30pm at TAIBU CHC (27 Tapscott)

Interested in volunteering? Are you looking for an opportunity to engage your community in an atmosphere of warmth? Are you ready to get involved in providing a hot, healthy and delicious meal to someone who really needs it? Send an email to malverneats@muslimwelfarecentre.com

If you are also interested in sponsoring a meal, you may visit this link and click "Malvern Lunch" to donate towards this initiative.
 
If you are a service provider and would like to do a presentation to the group about your services and programs, get in touch with Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.


 
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 replaced with the ANC Volunteer Dinner in April. Stay tuned for details on the dinner. 
 
For more information, contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 x 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
1LoveMalvern Food Security/Resident Engagement Workgroup & ANC Revitalization workgroups
 
The 1LoveMalvern Food Security/Resident Engagement Workgroup and ANC's Revitalization groups have merged, and will be hosting another joint meeting this month. If you are a resident or agency representative interested in food security & resident engagement initiatives, join this group to participate in projects and meet other community members working to push forward food security in Malvern. The workgroup meets once a month and works on initiatives that impact the community. Current initiatives include Malvern Eats; Food Procurement; Malvern Catering Network.
 
S.P.O.T. Updates
 
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 walk-in will be resourced by a range of community partners, including mental health service providers, and other related supports, such as employment, housing, and settlement services. Supporting agencies will flex their staff to offer services at the walk-in.

What we can offer:

• Space for agencies to engage with and offer services to a new client base

• On-site coordination support

• Platform to engage and network with other community agencies

• Training opportunities

For more information about this initiative, contact Chantal Fougere, Regional Implementation Coordinator at Chantal.Fougere@camh.ca or 416-535-8501 x 34325
Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who interact with Youth is an initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that focuses on mental health problems and first aid.  It is delivered by trained facilitators over the course of 2 days. The program is evidence based, well evaluated and has been adapted for the Canadian context. It is intended for service providers, and other adults who work with youth but do not have mental health or addiction support as part of their service mandate.

MHFA aims is to equip participants with skills and knowledge that will improve their ability to:
• spot early signs of mental health problems in young people
• provide help on a first aid basis and link families to local resources
• help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
• help prevent a mental illness from getting worse

As part of the Scarborough-East York Service Collaborative at The SPOT, CAMH will be offering this 2-day training in April/May. Interested individuals can contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org to include their name on a list. Once a minimum number of participants is reached, the training dates will be set. 


 
 
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 ILLMP workgroup for March 22, 2016 has been cancelled. For details on the next meeting, please contact Donna Ping at dping@toronto.ca. 

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

Inter-faith Network news
 
150 Youth Voices Celebration Choir at Malvern Methodist Church 

Malvern Methodist Church  is one of the host sites for Hopeworks Connection's signature program - Toronto Children`s Concert Choir. As part of HWC`s 15th anniversary celebrations they have embarked on an ambitious project to create a 150-voice community Celebration Choir to join their sister choirs from Detroit, Memphis and Jamaica on stage at their annual concert on June 4th at St Lawrence Center for the Arts. The plan is to recruit children 7 to 18 yrs of age from satellite locations, one of which is Malvern Methodist Church. Rehearsals are held every other Saturday beginning in February 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, and  the Church will also provide a healthy snack and homework help. To register, visit www.tc3.ca or contact 416.939.1702 or the Church at 416.283.8008. You can also download the details of the program and the program flyer.

Free Tax Return Preparation & E-File Service
 
Working with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Islamic Foundation of Toronto is pleased to offer free tax preparation again through CRA's Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).
 
This service is for eligible individuals who have a modest income and a simple tax situation. People of all faith/religions and cultures are welcome! For more information and appointments please email us at freetaxreturn@islamicfoundation.ca. For more details visit their website.

Dates:
February 21, 2016 to April 30, 2016 
Walk-in Saturday & Sunday - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday to Thursday by appointment only.

 
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 decided to create a chart of all existing programs and services offered by the faith-based groups. You may download the service coordination chart to see what programs are offered by the faith groups for the whole community. 
Inter-faith Network Workgroup Meeting

The inter-faith network workgroup will be meeting this month to design a workplan and set priorities for the year. If you would like to join these discussions, please contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org to get more details. 

Community Posts
Include your news in the 1LoveMalvern newsletter!
 
The next newsletter will go out on April 21, 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 April 19, 2016
Transit Fare Equity Survey

As one result of the Poverty Reduction Strategy, the City is exploring ways to make transit more affordable. The City is circulating the Transit Fare Equity survey to be filled out by residents. Residents can provide feedback on the different options on making transit more affordable. Fill out the survey at this link. 

Survey for an Art & Cultural Centre at Guild Park 

The City of Toronto Arts & Culture Services is developing a new arts and cultural centre in east Toronto and is looking for your input. Guild Park & Gardens is the location of the future facility, a remarkable 88 acre green space on the Scarborough Bluffs and site of the historic artist's retreat "Guild of All Arts".  For more details on this exciting initiative download the summary sheet.
 
Consulting with the arts community is a key part of the planning to determine what types of spaces, services, programs and partnerships artists and arts groups may be interested in as part of a vibrant, creative community arts hub. Please fill in the survey to provide feedback. 
 
If you would like to provide further input or have any questions please contact Susan Kohler, Senior Arts Consultant, at 416-396-5142 or skohler@toronto.ca
 
Mayor's Task Force on Toronto Community Housing

The City of Toronto is hosting community meetings across the city to hear from the public on the recommendations from the Mayor's Task Force on Toronto Community Housing. To register for the event or to request language or ASL interpretation, email community@toronto.ca or call 416-338-3302. Light refreshments and child-minding will be provided. Sessions in Scarborough are listed below. For more dates and times, download the flyer.  
  • Monday April 11: Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Dr) 6:30 - 8:30
  • Thursday April 14: Cedarbrae Manor (65 Greencrest Circuit) 12:30 - 4:00 pm 
Become a Farmer at North-East Scarborough's First Urban Farm

Malvern ANC is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications from Ward 42 residents who are interested in farming at the Morningside Heights Urban Farm. Located along Morningside Avenue, just south of McNicoll, in the Hydro Corridors on a 2 acre site, farmers will have access to their own plot where they can grow and sell produce for profit, helping to improve local access to affordable fresh healthy food, while also earning a supplementary income from the food they sell. The project welcomes residents who have both training, experience or a combination of both, and encourages both individuals and small groups to apply. Selected farmers will also have an opportunity to sit on the Farm Advisory Committee helping to advise on the operations and decisions made about the farm. 

To receive an application, please contact Melana at mroberts@mfrc.org. The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 pm on April 15, 2016.
 
4th Annual Spotlight On Literacy
 
This one-day event brings together residents, parents, children, youth and community stakeholders – everyone with an interest in ensuring that literacy lives in the KGO community. The theme is Learning Beyond Books. What you eat, where you live, your daily habits - there's more to learning than just books. Each year offers dynamic speakers, engaging breakout sessions, and over 1,500 FREE books for attendees to take home. The event will be held on May 12, 2016 5 to 8:30 pm at Sir Robert L Borden School  (200 Poplar Rd). Download the flyer for more details.
 
Petition for Province to Act on its Commitment for Inclusionary Zoning

Social Planning Toronto is leading a petition to call on the Province to act on its commitment to grant municipalities inclusionary zoning powers. On Monday, March 14, after many years of urging, the Province announced that it would finally pass legislation giving 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. Social Planning Toronto is asking that this legislation be passed before the legislature breaks for the summer in June. Click here to sign the petition.
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
 
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 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 through the Academic and Career Entrance Program (ACE). While in the program, students are provided with advising services and may be eligible for a transportation allowance. Classes are offered in the fall, summer, and winter semesters.   For more information, please contact Denise Andrews at 416.289.5000 x 7022 or dandrews@centennialcollege.ca or view the website
 
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 at mklaas@cathcrosscultural.org
Lived Experience Advisory Group - Poverty Reduction Strategy Update & Upcoming Discussions

To help inform the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy, the City of Toronto is creating an advisory group made up of people with lived experiences of poverty. On March 29, 2016, 18 Scarborough residents got together at Scarborough Civic Centre to answer the 5 questions offered by the City through their survey as part of the process. Agencies and groups part of organizing the event included Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA), Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (BBNC), Social Planning Toronto, and 1LoveMalvern. Participants broke off into 3 groups to tackle the questions and came back with several action items. BBNC is hosting another community conversation on April 14 1:30 to 3:30 PM at 93 Birchmount Rd. Download the flyer for more details. If you would like to host conversations in your own groups, you may follow this conversation guide and then fill out the survey. Deadline to fill out the survey is April 22, 2016. If anyone from Malvern is interested in hosting a conversation, please get in touch with Dania at dansari@mfrc.org or 416.284.4184 x 250 for details.

YWCA Programs 

Friday, April 8, 2016 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pmWorker Health and Safety Legal Clinic: Employment Rights at Work

Tuesday, April 12-14, 2016 | 9:30am-2:30pm:  Retail Training Certificate and Job Search Program  

April 15, 19, 21, 26 and 28, 2016 | 1:00-3:00pm: Free Income Tax Clinics (by appointment only)
 
Friday, April 22, 2016 | 10:00am-noon: Worker Health and Safety Awareness Training Certificate

Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 10:00am- 1:00pm: Employment Café: Dressing for an Interview
 
 If you have any comments, questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 416.266.0303, or by replying to this email.

Seniors' Active Living Fair

Are you an agency or community program that provides services or resources for older adults? Showcase your services and meet residents at the Senior's Active Living Fair on April 11, 2016 10 am to 1 pm at MFRC - 90 Littles Rd. Organizations are able to make a short presentation about their agency, meet potential clients and network with other service providers. The fair will also feature a participants raffle as well as refreshments.

We also would like to invite your local agencies to set up an information table at this event. This unique outreach opportunity will connect you with a large and diverse community of older adults (55+). You will have the opportunity to showcase your services targeted at older adults, make a short presentation about your agency, meet potential clients as well as network with other service providers. 
 
If you are interested in tabling at this event or have questions please contact Amaal Darr, Seniors Program Coordinator at adarr@mfrc.org or 416-284-4184 x 242.  

EAST Animating Democracy Youth Forum

Scarborough Arts is asking everyone: How can youth use the arts to ignite social change? Their flagship program, EAST Animating Democracy invites everyone to explore this question at its first Youth Forum at the Scarborough Civic Centre on Friday, April 15, from 5 to 9 PM. This Youth Forum explores the many ways that youth in Toronto have utilized the arts in order to mobilize their communities and influence social change. A panel of artist-activists and community leaders such as Randell Adjei, Amanda Parris and George Knia Singh will respond to questions from Scarborough's youth and emerging artists. You can download the event flyer and press release for more details. 

Job Postings with CPAC

Cross-Cultural Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) is looking for 2 individuals to fill their summer student positions – Event Assistant and Wordpress Developer/IT Support Assistant. 

To be eligible, candidates must:
  • have been registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; and,
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada (foreign students are not eligible).
Deadline to apply is April 30, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Vivian Lee, Employment Counsellor/Job Developer at 416-298-7885 x 105 or vivian.lee@cpac-canada.ca. For information about the organization, visit their site
 

Children's Mental Health Week - May 4, 2016

Come and join us to end stigma around mental health on May 4, 2016 at 5 pm at Scarboro Golf and Country Club (321 Scarborough Gold Club Rd). Youthlink is pleased to announce that Patricia Marra-Stapleton, a mental health leader fro TCDSB, will join us to speak about youth mental health early intervention services and suicide prevention. Youthlink invites Scarborough businesses, agencies and the community to celebrate Children's Mental Health Week. Please RSVP by April 25, 2016 to info@youthlink.ca or 416.967.1773 x 2. You may download the flyer here. 

Poetry Slam @ The Library 


Are you an aspiring spoken word artist or poet? There is an opportunity right here for you in Malvern. Malvern Public Library now has weekly Poetry, Rap, Songwriting workshops on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM until May with world slam champ Ian Keteku. Call 416-396-8969 for more info. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity right here in your community! Download the flyer for more details. 
 

Energy Assistance Program 


The saveONenergy HOME ASSISTANCETM program is aimed at reducing the energy burden for those in need. Eligible housing providers, which include non-profit housing providers, co-operative housing providers, shelters and transitional housing, may receive free energy efficient upgrades to their homes or apartments based on the result of a free Home Energy Assessment. Social housing tenants are automatically eligible for participation in the Home Assistance Program. Eligible upgrades include new energy efficient light bulbs, new appliances and more. More information available in this document. You may also contact Sarah Bradt at Sarah.Bradt@greensaver.org to obtain more information. 

 
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. 
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