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1LoveMalvern e-newsletter : October 8, 2015 edition
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1LoveMalvern Newsletter

1LoveMalvern (formerly known as 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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The hot topic this month seems to be transit! With the Scarborough Town Hall that was just hosted late April, and the upcoming transit event that Councillor Cho has invited the Mayor to come out to in Malvern, and the (free) civic engagment training being hosted by TTCRiders on May 12. Transit discussions won't end there for sure. There is a whole host of events happening around the community with the amazing weather in the forecast. Take a look and see what this community has to offer this season.
Next 1LoveMalvern meeting
The next monthly meeting will be on May 17, 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: May 17, 2016. 5:30 to 8 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Boardroom

Click here for the April minutes. If you are a regular participant in the network meetings and have not filled out a meeting evaluation survey, please click the survey link.
Your input will help make any changes to make the meetings more effective. You may also download the summary of the Meet & Greet surveys and a summary of the monthly meetings' evaluation form 
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 Transit Townhall Update

Mayor Tory and several Scarborough MPs including our own MP Gary Anandasangaree and City Councillors, including Councillor Cho, were present at the Scarborough Transit Townhall two weeks ago discussing the optimized transit plans brought forward by the Mayor. Several Malvern residents were present, and frustrated at the ambiguity around the promised Sheppart LRT that would come into the neighbourhood. Scarborough Mirror covered the event. 


Mayor Tory in Malvern to Speak about Transit 

Councillor Raymond Cho invites all residents to come out to the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (5183 Sheppard Ave E) and discuss the new transit plan with Mayor John Tory on May 10 from 7 to 9 PM.  

Speak up for Low Income TTC Pass

On May 31, City Hall will vote on a Low Income TTC Pass. To make sure there is a large turnout for the vote at City Hall, TTCriders/Scarborough is offering free training where you can:
  • Learn how to speak effectively at city meetings.
  • Find out more about the Fair Fare Coalition's campaign for free transit for riders on social assistance, including disability and a $50 Low Income Pass.
  • Share you story about unfair, TTC fare increases.
The Civic Engagement Training Workshop is on May 12 from 10am to 1 pm at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd. Food, tokens and childcare volunteers provided. Register here.

Contact Brenda at scarboroughtransitaction@gmail.com or 416-264-8442 for more details.

Resilient Neighbourhood Economies Report

Metcalf Foundation announces the release of Resilient Neighbourhood Economies: A Foundation’s strategic learning from a three-year investment in local economies.

The report is an overview of, Metcalf’s Resilient Neighbourhood Economies (RNE) project, three-year pilot that ran from 2012 – 2015. It was designed to help create economic opportunities for people with low-income in two neighbourhoods: Thorncliffe Park and Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park. Community partners included East Scarborough Storefront, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, and the Centre for City Ecology. Metcalf hopes that this report will resonate with others as they continue to pursue place-based strategies aimed at improving the economic livelihoods of people with low-income. Go to their website to download a copy of the report.
Inter-Agency Referral Network

For the past few months, Masters students from University of Toronto's Public Good Initiative (PGI) program, supervised by Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), have been interviewing different agencies in Malvern to develop a proposal for an inter-agency referral system. In addition to the interviews, they want to get more information from frontline staff through this anonymous survey. If you are an agency representative, please circulate this link amongst your staff so that more information is available for the students. Their project will end this month, so please circulate this as soon as possible. 
 
Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News
Malvern Youth Justice Forum Update
 
The Malvern Youth Justice Forum took place April 28 at The SPOT with  42 youth from Malvern and surrounding areas in attendance. Youth workers from Malvern Family Resource Centre, TAIBU, Malvern Public Library, YMCA and Lester B. Pearson attended also attended with youth from their programs. 

Guest Speakers included John Paul Rodrigues Lawyer (JPR Law), Christien Levien (creator of Legalswipe app) and a youth with lived experience. Guest speakers touched upon the Youth Justice system, positive and negative interactions with Police, the Malvern Mall's policies, features of the Legalswipe app.
Youth took part in an interactive art piece, where they wrote one word on a piece of paper that they felt represented Malvern. The words ranged from Love, Home, Community, Together, Family etc. 
 
Overall the forum was a great success. Youth and youth workers stated that they enjoyed the information shared and would love to attend another event in the future. 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. 
 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News
Malvern Eats Continues to grow
 
Malvern Eats has been gaining in numbers with the warmer weather. Approximately 250 residents & community members were served in the last two weeks. Special thanks to our partners Muslim Welfare Centre, TAIBU CHC, Toronto Police 42 Division, Malvern Food Bank, our awesome sponsors, caterers and volunteers for their continued efforts. 

Lunches were provided by 5N2 Soup Kitchen & TAIBU's own resident chef. MFRC Housing Help shared information on income supports and the Women's Breakthrough Project will see support for women experiencing addiction.

Everyone is welcome to attend every Thursday, for a restaurant-style lunch service between 11:30am and 1:30pm at TAIBU CHC (27 Tapscott Rd)

Interested in volunteering? Are you looking for an opportunity to engage your community in an atmosphere of warmth? Send an email to malverneats@muslimwelfarecentre.com

If you are a service provider and would like to share information about your services and programs, contact Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.


If you are also interested in sponsoring a meal, you may visit this link and click "Malvern Lunch" to donate towards this initiative.
 
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 held on Tuesday May 31, 2016. Venue TBD
 
For more information, contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 x 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
Food Handler's Training
 
Toronto Public Health will be hosting a free Food Handler's Training program under their Community Food Works Program. Eligible participants include residents experiencing barriers to employment, local caterers looking to start a small business and residents involved in community food programs. The sessions will be on the dates listed below at MFRC - 90 Littles Rd: 

June 2 -11:30 to 2:30pm
June 9 - 11:30 to 2:30pm
June 16 - 11:30 to 2:30pm
June 23 - 11:30 to 2:30pm
June 30 - 11:30 to 2:30pm


Very limited spots available - If you are interested, contact Wynette at residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com or 416.284.4184 x 222
 
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 services will come into the place very soon - so stay tuned for more exciting news about this! 

For more information about this initiative, contact Chantal Fougere, Regional Implementation Coordinator at Chantal.Fougere@camh.ca or 416-535-8501 x 34325
 
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 the network 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
 
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. 

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. 
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 are a faith-based group and 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 May 19, 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 May 17, 2016
City of Toronto Grant Info Sessions
 
The City encourages your organization to come to the Grant Information Sessions for the Community Safety Investment (CSI) or Access, Equity & Human Rights (AEHR) grant programs. Deadlines for application are in June.
 
Come down to get more information, ask questions and talk directly with grants staff about your project idea and its fit with the grant program goals. No registration needed: 
  • Scarborough Civic Centre: May 6 at 10 AM – 12 noon, Committee Room 1 (150 Borough Dr.)
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre: May 9 at 10 AM – 12 noon, Main Boardroom (399 The West Mall) 
Download the CSI Guideline, Access to Equity Guideline and general guideline to complete the applications

Debt Centre Now Open in Scarborough

Global Kingdom Ministries just launched their Debt Centre last week. Global Kingdom has partnered with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) a renowned debt counselling charity, to provide free debt counselling service to people with spiraling debt in these hard economic times. It is dedicated to helping anyone regardless of their age, background, gender or religious affiliation.  Scarborough-Guildwood MP John McKay will be attending and sharing some remarks about this new Centre.
 
For more information, contact Godfrey Adderley at godfrey@globalkingdom.ca
 
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.
 
Immigrant Employment Day 2016
 
Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership (TEQ LIP) invites everyone to attend the Immigrant Employment Day on June 3 2016 at Ellesmere Recreation Centre (20 Canadian Rd) from 9:30 to 12:30 PM The day will include interactive workshops on Health & Employment and Social Enterprise. For more information contact Melissa Waterman at mwaterman@accessemployment.ca or 416 431 5326 x 2405. 
 
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 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). 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 Klaas at mklaas@cathcrosscultural.org
Women and Employment Agency Fair
 
Looking for a job or career change? MFRC is hosting a Women and Employment Agency Fair on May 14! Meet and speak with employment agencies in Scarborough.YWCA Toronto will run a breakaway session on networking and job search tips at 11 am. Join us at 90 Littles Road between 10 am and 2 pm. Registration is required to attend. Some of the agencies that will be in attendance include:

Malvern Family Resource Centre
ONTrack
Microskills
Toronto Employment and Social Services 
Toronto District School Board Essential Skills Upgrading 
Tropicana Community Services
Elizabeth Fry Toronto
YMCA Toronto 
YWCA Toronto
ACCES Employment 
Centennial College, Women For Non-Traditional Careers
York University, Bridging Program
and others 

For more information or to register, please contact Lisa at 416 284-4184 ext.230.

Innoweave Platform's Youth CI Initiative 

Laidlaw Foundation and J.W. McConnell Family Foundation are inviting interested parties to learn more about the Innoweave platform's Youth CI initiative on May 25, 2016, 8:30am-11am @ Scarborough Civic Centre--Council Chambers 
 
Youth Collective Impact (Youth CI) helps enable organizations across Ontario to develop, launch, and implement Collective Impact initiatives that directly improve outcomes for youth in their communities. This session is specifically geared towards youth-focused, youth-serving and youth-led organizations in Toronto.
 
Please click on the link to register, or click the link to see a list of other Youth CI information sessions happening across Ontario. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact info@youthci.ca 

YWCA events

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

Mavencare Job Fair: May 11, 2016 @ 10AM
 
Food Handling Training and Job Search Program: May 17 to May 19, 2016
9:30am - 2:30pm


Manpower Job Fair: May 18, 2016 @ 10AM

Parks, Forestry & Recreation Info Session: May 19, 2016 @ 10AM 

Teleperformance Canada Job Fair: 
May 24, 2016 @ 10AM

BMO Presentation - Learn About Banking Careers: May 25 @ 11:30AM

Cashier Training: May 25, 2016 @ 10am - noon

TTC Career Info Session: May 26, 2016 @ 10AM

Scarborough Community Legal Services - Becoming a Canadian Citizen: May 27, 2016 @ 10am – noon

You May Be Missing Out on Government Grants, Child Care Credits and Tax Credits: May 27, 2016 @ 10AM

Better Business Communication: May 30, 2016 @ 9AM

Registration open for SPIDER's Open Dialogue on Vulnerability Event

Let's continue the conversation about problematic hoarding, with an emphasis on the creation of solutions and implementation of supports for individuals with lived experience of hoarding.  Participants will gain an understanding of the terminology related to "clutter", assessment tools, strategies for supporting the de-cluttering process, and harm reduction approaches employed by housing providers to support tenants. Registration is open for SPIDER's Open Dialogue on Vulnerability Event on May 20, 2016 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM at North York Civic Centre Council Chambers (5100 Yonge St). Register at this link.
 
Community Kitchen

Older adults and caregivers cook a nutritious meal while taking part in skill-building and educational activities in this 10-week program. Participants learn and share new recipes, cook together, eat the meal and engage in discussion after. Offered throughout the year in 10 week sessions on Wednesdays at 1321 Neilson Road from 11:30am to 1:30pm. We are currently in our 5th week and have space for new registrants.  If you are interested in joining this program, please contact Amaal Darr, Seniors Program Coordinator at 416.284.4184 x 242

 
weSpeak: Straight Black Men Building Resilience to HIV in Ontario

weSpeak is a research study looking at the social conditions that make straight black men vulnerable to health issues, like HIV, as well as some of the ways that men overcome challenges and access health resources. The group is in the process of getting a group of community stakeholders together, who work with black men. The purpose of this group is to get your perspectives and thoughts about community empowerment, social conditions, and HIV risks for straight black men. A focus group discussion will be held on May 26, 2016 between 6:00 to 8:30pm in Scarborough. For more information contact Kimberly Bryce, RN at kbryce@ryerson.ca and visit www.we-speak.ca
 
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. 
 
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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