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May 2017 - by Candice Davis and Nabeel Ahmed with a Prologue by Peter Frampton

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Weston redevelopment 2015

Weston Road redevelopment by Metrolinx

Happenstance brings groups together at LEF

Call the new partner organizations that recently started operating under The Learning Enrichment Foundation’s (LEF) roof whatever you want, just don’t tell Peter Frampton his site is a hub.
Rather, LEF’s executive director calls the grouping at 116 Industry St. – which includes Genesis XD, North York Women’s Centre (NYWC), The Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Projects (ONESTEP), and North York Harvest Food Bank (NYHFB) – a “co-creation.”
And co-creating they are, as the organizations have found ways to work with each other through the “kismet” way they all came together, Frampton said.
Read more at Inside Toronto

Weston Artscape Weston Hub Survey - June 2015

Beginning this summer, Artscape will be working with the Weston community to build a shared vision for a new community cultural hub. The Artscape Weston Hub will feature 8,600 square feet of indoor creative programming space, 12,400 square feet of outdoor community gathering space, and 26 affordable live/work housing units for artists and their families. The Hub will be developed and operated by Artscape, a not-for-profit urban development organization that has decades of experience developing projects in partnership with neighbours, community partners and other local stakeholders. If you live or work in Weston, and would like to get involved in shaping the vision for this exciting project, then please follow this link and complete a brief survey: Weston Artscape Weston Hub Survey
For more information about the project, please visit

LEF & Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC) - June 2015

Ontario Trillium Foundation Funds New Community Hub in Mount Dennis
Toronto – On Saturday, Weston King Neighbourhood Centre held a grand opening to celebrate the building of a new satellite site, the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC). Local MPP Laura Albanese was on hand to formally congratulate the Centre on the work it’s done to create a shared community kitchen, thanks to a $200,200 grant it received in 2014 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. “This new community Hub, headed by two of our leading community organization, will promote social and economic inclusion and help people develop, strengthen and share their skills.” At the heart of the new centre is a commercial-grade kitchen that will host community kitchen programs, support new community-run businesses and act as a meeting space for learning and sharing about food and health. MDNC will also feature a programming room, dining area, and counseling and meeting space.

“MDNC creates opportunities for community members who are looking to rebuild their lives, share their skills and knowledge with the community, and participate in the local economy,” says Erika Pulfer, of Weston King Neighbourhood Centre “Capital Investment from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has built a community asset that acts as a foundation for activities from basic supports to peer-led programs and social enterprise.” The project has been created in partnership with the Learning Enrichment Foundation, who owns the building and provides settlement and employment supports out of the same space. The addition of MDNC makes 1267/1269 Weston Road a community hub offering a variety of services for the community in one space. “The investment from the Trillium Foundation will unleash a level of innovation and engagement that is unprecedented in our community yet builds upon a strong legacy of community responsiveness. Weston King Neighbourhood Centre is weaving together practical supports, and learning opportunities that will come alive in the new space, and leverage the capacity and expertise of so many community partners,” said Peter Frampton, Executive Director, Learning Enrichment Foundation

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation:The leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF helps build healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit:

About the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre:Weston King Neighbourhood Centre is a small, well-respected drop-in center that creates a welcoming and accessible place for the most marginalized members of the York South Weston community. We provide support for people who are coping with addictions, mental illness and poverty by providing: basic needs, opportunities for social interaction, support for well being, and opportunity for change. For more information, please contact: Erika Pulfer

Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC)

LEF & Refocus our Kodak Lands

LEF AGM 2014 invitation

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Fergy Brown, The Learning Enrichment Foundation past president and member of the board dies at the age of 89

Fergy Brown LEF Past President
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The Learning Enrichment Foundation honours Fergy Brown

Humble, dedicated and sincere are just a few of the words friends, colleagues and family used to describe The Learning Enrichment Foundation’s (LEF) retiring board member James Fergus Brown.
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In a corner of Etobicoke, bike repair is leading to work experience for local teens

Cameron Richards is being modest. When, towards the end of summer, his fellow volunteers at Weston Wheels — a new youth-operated bike shop in the priority Mt. Dennis neighbourhood — absconded to get summer jobs (ones that paid), the Grade 12 student at York Memorial Collegiate Institute worked solo, dutifully coming in four or five days a week to help the modest flow of customers with warped wheels or busted gears.
Read more at the National Post

Art of bicycle maintenance puts young workers on a new path

Damien Boltauzer has been a dishwasher, picked fruit in British Columbia and tried his hand at carpentry. But for the 27-year-old cycling enthusiast, working as a bicycle repair and maintenance technician for Toronto’s Bixi bike fleet is different. Boltauzer is one of several dozen unemployed youth, newcomers and others who have found hope and new careers through the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s acclaimed bicycle assembly and maintenance program.
Read more at the Toronto Star

LEF in the News

Toronto Star article "Fiorito: Protest movement needs to broaden" speaks about the organized protest movement and mentions community service is not done as well as it should. This of course is with the exception of LEFCA, who he points out with a focus on the members, makes it one of the best.
Read more at the Toronto Star

LEF in partnership with CURA: Business Done Differently

The portion of LEF that is involved with CURA is our childcare centres, with a focus on the quality of life of our childcare staff.
Read more at the Social Economy Centre

Weston Wheels featured in the York Guardian

Weston Wheels is now open for business, and local youth are running the shop. Supported by the LEF and 12 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), the youth-led initiative held its grand opening March 17 at 1267 Weston Rd.
Read more at Inside Toronto

Toronto Business times in Conversation with LEF's Executive Director, Peter Frampton: Linking Workers with Work

Through a variety of job training programs, childcare solutions as well as settlement and immigration assistance, the LEF works hand in hand with industry to create the link between qualified workers and employers.
Read more at Toronto Business Times

University of Toronto Students Reach out to the Community at LEF

Alternative Reading Week offers service-learning opportunities - This year, more than 200 University of Toronto students participated in what is quickly becoming a Reading Week tradition.

LEF Toastmasters Re-Launch

We have recently changed the day and time of our weekly meetings. Starting Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 3 p.m. to 4:30 we will be relaunching LEF Toastmasters Club in Room 110.

Going forward, we will be holding our club meetings every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 in Room 110, at 116 Industry Street, Toronto, Ontario M6M 4L8. For further information members and guests can contact or
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Sweet spot for low-wage earners: after-tax salaries of $30,000 or more a year

February 10, 2012 - Neserita Gascon sacrificed a teaching career and the joy of raising her two school-age children when she left the Philippines for Canada in 1985 to build a better future for her family. But after working for nine years as a live-in nanny for a Willowdale family, Gascon developed a severe skin allergy to harsh cleaning chemicals and rubber gloves and had to quit.

See Inside the BIXI Bike Warehouse at LEF

August 26, 2011 - There's BIXI Toronto on the front end — the bikes themselves, their stations, and everything visible by users on the street or visitors to BIXI's website. But the repairs warehouse that actually services the bikes is tucked away in a building north of Eglinton called The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) training centre...

The Grid TO | Bixi bike doctors

May 26, 2011 - [Darren] Duke... runs The Learning Enrichment Foundation’s bicycle maintenance training program. He took the position in September, just before the LEF landed the Bixi Toronto maintenance contract. “This is probably the best job I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. Duke comes from a family of bike fix-it experts—his brother owns Duke’s Cycle, the west-end Toronto institution.