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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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With the holidays just around the corner, many agencies are wrapping up the year with holiday events. The Community Meal on December 17 will be featuring a special holiday lunch and the workgroup is inviting everyone from the community to share the meal. TEQ LIP is hosting a resource and info session on supports available for Syrian refugees on December 17 as well. In addition, the new year will start off with 1LoveMalvern's first Partners Meet & Greet to provide a platform for different groups to meet. and discuss collaborations for the upcoming year. 
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, December 15 2015. 5:30 to 8 PM
Location: Malvern Family Resource Centre - 90 Littles Rd - Program Room A&B

Click here to download the November meeting minutes. 
Click here to download a summary of the meeting evaluation survey completed at the last meeting. If you haven't filled out a survey and would like to do so, you can fill out the meeting evaluation survey to make upcoming meetings more effective.
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
Upcoming Malvern Partners' Meet & Greet

Community partners - mark off your calendars! On January 19, 2016, 1LoveMalvern will be starting off the year by hosting a partnership forum 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. Venue TBD. 

For more details about this event, contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org or 416.284.4184 ext 250
 
Youth Programming, Engagement & Youth Justice News
Youth Justice Forum
 
The  Youth Justice Forum originally scheduled for Dec 7 & Dec 8 at Malvern Public Library - 30 Sewells Rd. has now been postponed. 

The workgroup is looking for new members to join and mobilize resources to support issues faced by local youth. For any details regarding the workgroup, please contact Samantha Wright at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com. 
 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News
 
Community Speaks Update
 
On a brisk Saturday afternoon, 33 residents joined 1LoveMalvern for the first Malvern Community Speaks event. As part of a resident engagement activity, participants had the opportunity to meet other residents and come together to discuss important issues affecting their community. A big thanks to the Malvern Public library staff for providing their space, Malvern Recreation Centre for providing tables, resident speakers for presenting their local expertise about the community, facilitators for capturing and moderating discussions, Mama Rose for catering the event and residents for coming out and making the day a success. Topics discussed included Community Safety, Beautification of Common Spaces, and Accessibility. Important points and solutions came out of the discussion which will help to inform future and ongoing projects in Malvern.1LoveMalvern hopes to bring out more residents at future Community Speaks events.
 


 
 



 
Community Meal & Service Providers Connection Update 
 
On Thursday, November 19th, local resident Sabrina Sookhansingh, prepared this month's community meal at the Malvern Presbyterian Church - 1301 Neilson Road. The meal was a success and participants enjoyed the hot meal and dessert. Residents were able to connect with staff from Toronto Employment & Social Services, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities & Malvern Family Resource Centre - Housing Support, while sharing a delicious and nutritious meal. 
 
Stay tuned for details on the upcoming December Holiday Meal, to be held on Thursday, December 17th. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare and serve the meal, please contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com


 
 





FoodShare Mobile Food Market - Winter hours 
 
Empringham resident volunteers have been working with FoodShare staff to bring fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables to the community of Malvern. Located in a Toronto Community Housing Unit turned community space, community members can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables sourced directly from the Ontario Food Terminal. The indoor market runs every Wednesday evening, from 5:15pm - 6:30pm at the H.O.P.E Centre, 110 Empringham Drive, Unit #212.  Visitor parking spots are available next to the H.O.P.E. Centre. Parking is also available on Sewells Road and is a short walk to the H.O.P.E. Centre at Unit #212. For information, contact Tameika Shaw at 416 644 3539, ext. 234 or tshaw@taibuchc.ca
 
1LoveMalvern Food Security/Resident Engagement Workgroup
 
Are you a resident interested in food security & resident engagement inititatives. If so, join our workgroup and meet other residents working to push forward food security & resident engagement in Malvern. Workgroup members meet on the last Tuesday of each 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 residentengaement.mnap@gmail.com.
 
 
Next Workgroup Meeting

The next Food Security/Resident Engagement meeting will be held in January. Date & venue TBD. 
 
For more information, 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
 
Community Safety @ Community Speaks Discussions
Community safety was one of the topics of discussion at the recent Community Speaks. A report from the event, with all the findings will be circulated once completed. 
 
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

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 December 17, 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  December 15, 2015
Start a Food Business Training
 
The Centre for Immigrant and Community Services is hosting a series of workshops to train interested individuals to learn about marketing & branding, menu planning and the legal requirements of starting your own food business. Workshops are free if you register by Nov 25th. Click here for the eventbrite. Workshop dates are Dec 1, Dec  9 and Dec 15, 2015

Syrian Relief Work
 

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. 

SSIP Film Screening
Steeles L'Amoreaux Strength in Partnership (SSIP) is hosting a film screening that explores life and struggles people with mental illness face . Attached is the flyer for the event on Monday Dec 7th 6 to 8 PM at Agincourt Public Library - 155 Bonis Ave.

Supporting Syrian Refugees in Scarborough: Information & Resource Event

Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership and Arab Community Centre of Toronto together with partners from all across Scarborough invite you to this information and resource event on December 17th 5:30 to 8 PM at Scarborough Civic Centre for private refugee sponsors and service providers interested or involved in supporting Syrian refugees in Scarborough. The event aims to help prepare and inform private refugee sponsors and service provider organizations in Scarborough to welcome and support Syrian refugees as they settle in our community, and to help connect with each other. 
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 to help create a comprehensive database. 
 
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 associaiton is looking for. For more details on the group, contact Yama Arianfar at YamaArianfar@hotmail.com
 
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. Contact us at  416-396-3475 to book a spot at the info sessions.
 
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
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MNAP COORDINATORS

Dania Ansari
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90 Littles Road (Littles Rd. and Sewells Rd.)
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