Weston redevelopment 2015
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 http://www.artscapeweston.ca
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: www.otf.ca
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
LEF & Refocus our Kodak Lands
Fergy Brown, The Learning Enrichment Foundation past president and member of the board dies at the age of 89