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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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1LoveMalvern, with the support of all its community partners, has wrapped up the year with several interesting events including Community Speaks, a series of community lunches and a special Holiday Community Meal, and a series of youth consultations. The team would like to thank everyone for participating in the events, trainings and workshops this past year. The new year promises to be filled with exciting initiatives and will start off with the Partners Meet & Greet to provide a platform for different groups to meet and discuss collaborations for the coming 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.
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e will be hosting the partnership forum on January 19, 2016, in lieu of the January 1LoveMalvern meeting. 

Partnership Forum Date & Time: Tuesday, January 19 2016. 5 to 9 PM
Location: TBD

Click here to download the November meeting minutes. The December minutes will be circulated next month. 
Click here to download a summary of the meeting evaluation survey completed at the November meeting. If you haven't filled out a survey please go through 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
Malvern Youth Consultation
 
Yesterday December 17th, 1LoveMalvern invited over 35 youth for an evening of consultation to discuss challenges they face at home, school, in the community and in social settings. Youth workers from various agencies including Parks, Forestry & Recreation, Toronto Public Library, Malvern Family Resource Centre and UTSC united to run small group discussions and larger group activities to understand their daily challenges. Results from these discussions will be used to design a Youth Justice Forum in Spring 2016. If you would like to participate or get more information about this event, please contact Samantha Wright at youthengagement.mnap@gmail.com. 
 
Food Security & Resident Engagement News
 
Community Meal & Service Providers Connection Update 
 
Yesterday on December 17th, 1LoveMalvern hosted its holiday community meal and served over 60 community members at Malvern Presbyterian Church - 1301 Neilson Road. The meal and giveaways were sponsored by On-Track Career and Employment Services with On-Track employees serving the meal. The dishes were prepared by local chef Sabrina Sookhansingh who has had residents asking for recipes for some of the items. Residents were able to connect with staff from Toronto Public Health, Julliette's Place, On-Track & Malvern Family Resource Centre. 
 
Stay tuned for details on the January Meal, to be held on Thursday, January 21st. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor a meal, please contact Wynette at 416.284.4184 ext 222 or residentengagement.mnap@gmail.com







 
FoodShare Mobile Food Market - Holiday Break 
 
FoodShare Toronto have been bringing in fresh fruits and vegetables into Malvern, with the help of Empringham resident volunteers.  The indoor market runs every Wednesday evening, from 5:15pm - 6:30pm at the H.O.P.E Centre, 110 Empringham Drive, Unit #212. but is on a break for the holidays and will reopen on January 13, 2016. For more 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
 
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

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 January 7, 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  January 5, 2015
Open Dialogue on Vulnerability

As the second anniversary of the 2013 Ice Storm approaches, the City is exploring lessons learned and steps being taken to improve responses. This session is geared to those who would like to learn more about emergency preparedness, including community engagement and the development of social safety networks to support Toronto’s most vulnerable. Register here for the event, tomorrow December 18, 2015 from 9 am to 12:30 pm -  the event is free and open to all community members.
 
Community Holiday Dinner

Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church is hosting a Community Dinner on Thursday December 24, 2015 and is inviting all community members to attend. Entertainment, activities and gifts accompany the dinner, which runs from 6 to 9 PM at 65 Grand Marshall Drive. For more information, contact phillyoutreach@hotmail.com. Download the flyer for more details.
 
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. 

 
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.
 
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
 
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.

Discovering Your Options: Youth Employment Services


Spot-On Employment will host a fun filled interactive event for high school students on February 12, 2016. 11 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 January 16, 2016 from 10 am to 1pm, and January 16, 2016 from 3 pm 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  JANUARY 19, 2016 AT 10AM – Hiring Business Development Representatives, Advertising Sales Consultants, Appointment    Setters and Projects Managers
 
SECURITAS JOB FAIR JANUARY 20 AT 1:30PM - HIRING Full-Time Rotational Security Guards (Free Security and Canadian General Standards Board Training and Free Uniform)
 
FREE COMMUNICATION SKILLS TRAINING JANUARY 22, 2015 AT 9:30AM - 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 – JANUARY 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.
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