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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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Finally Spring has arrived! And with the new blossoms, comes a series of new discussions and events that will lead to meaningful changes in Malvern. The Social Enterprise, Urban Farm, Youth Justice Forum, Community Meals and all the other events and projects aim to empower local residents with new skills and knowledge to make a difference in the community. 
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 February minutes. The April minutes will be circulated at the next issue. If you are a regular participant in the 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. 
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
With the recent transit plans being shared with the City, join Mayor John Tory, local Scarborough City Councillors and Scarborough Members of Parliament to discuss the upcoming Scarborough Transit Plans. The Town Hall on Saturday April 23, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Drive) will consist of a presentation followed by a Q & A session. RSVP at the eventbrite link or on the facebook page. Download the poster here. If you have any questions, e-mail Gary.Anand@parl.gc.ca or call 416.283.1414. You can read about the key recommendations approved by City Council in this CBC article. 
Food by Ward Mapping Tool Reveals How Accessible Food is in Your Neighbourhood

To shed light on the reality of food access in the city, Toronto Food Policy Council lead the development of Food by Ward, a mapping tool that shows food assets available in each neighbourhood. The maps highlight services—like farmers’ markets, healthy food retailers, student nutrition programs, food assistance programs (such as food banks), and community gardens—in each ward and show how they stack up to the average across the city. Somewhat predictably, wards in the city’s inner suburbs tend to have fewer food resources available than those in the downtown core. Click here to read the full Torontoist article.

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, similar to that set up in Parkdale and Kensington. 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
 
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. 
 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News
Malvern Eats Continues into April
 
Malvern Eats has served approximately 70 to 90 participants weekly, but last week's lunch saw over 100 participants, who came out to enjoy the good weather, great company and get more information about services offered in the area. Participants enjoyed chicken and rice. This week's lunch will have facilitators from Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) come out to facilitate a discussion on the City's Lived Experience Advisory Group as part of their Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Everyone is welcome to attend 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 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.


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. 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 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 on Tuesday May 18 and Tuesday May 25 from 9:30 to 5:30 PM. Interested individuals can contact Dania at dansari@mfrc.org to sign up for the training.

 
 
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 May 5, 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 3, 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
 

Debt Centre Open House

Global Kingdom Ministries is inviting members the community to an Open House Luncheon to celebrate the launch of our Debt Centre at Global Kingdom Church (1250 Markham Rd) on Tuesday April 26, 2016, from 12 pm to 2 p.m.
 
Global Kingdom has partnered with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) a renowned debt counselling charity, to provide free debt counselling service to people with spiralling 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.
 
To RSVP for this event, contact Godfrey Adderley at godfrey@globalkingdom.ca by Thursday, April 21, 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. The City has sent out a survey as part of the process. 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. ACSA will be facilitating a session at today's Malvern Eats to obtain Malvern residents' input to help shape the advisory group. 
 
Vegetarian Cooking Class
 
After a successful cooking class last month, Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church will be hosting another vegetarian cooking class this Sunday April 24, 2016 at their facilities at 65 Grand Marshall Dr from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Fee for the class will be $15. For more information contact 416.286.3209.

Virtual Apple Drive 

With the rising cost of fresh fruit and vegetables, the Toronto Foundation for Students Success is running a Virtual Apple Drive to help struggling Student Nutrition Programs. During the month of April you can join in by signing up here: http://tfss.ca/apple-drive/apple-drive. Read the full e-blast. 
 
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 3rd week and we have space for new registrants.  If you are interested in joining this program, please contact Amaal DarrSeniors Program Coordinator at 416.284.4184 x 242

YWCA Programs 

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 416.266.0303
 
Job Postings with Malvern ANC 

Malvern ANC has a few job postings with the new projects coming into the community this summer. You may download the job postings below:
ACCES Employment Job Fair at Dorset Park Hub 
 
On April 27, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM ACCES Employment will be hosting a job fair at the Dorset Hub (1911 Kennedy Rd). To Register by Phone, call the Dorset Hub at 416-292-6912.

Scarborough Entrepreneurs Expo

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 the Toronto Regional Board of Trade in partnership with the ACCEL Zone will be hosting an half day event for entrepreneurs. The day promises to be exciting and educational for entrepreneurs. Workshops will cover Funding, Sales and Micro-Moments. To register and to see more event details, visit this link and download the event poster

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. 
 

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. 
 

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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