Neighbourhood Voice                                                                                                Summer 2010

HIKE FOR PURPLE MARTENS                                                                       MFRC’s New
Eco-Fit group donates money to build Purple Marten house in Rouge Park
    Keeping fit and staying active was    Park as a part of their environmental
simply not enough for our group of        commitment to the Eco-Fit program.
over 15 seniors who trained for weeks     The funds will be directed to building      Malvern’s Healthy Food Education
with our staff for a guided 3km hike in   and installing a much-needed shelter        and Development Project
the Rouge Valley. While discovering the   for Purple Martens – a protected bird       Feeding people, minds and innovation
importance of staying active, the se-     species of the Rouge. Be sure to keep          Working with Ryerson University, Cen-
niors in MFRC’s programs found a way      an eye out for the Purple Marten house      tennial College and the University of
to share the benefit of their physical    in the near future.                         Southern California, we will be explor-
activity with the environment!                 For our spectacular Fall line-up of    ing new ways to build a knowledgeable
     The Eco-Fit group raised approxi-    programs, please call Amy Semenuk,          and informed service community, par-
mately $1,000 in pledges for their walk   Seniors Manager, at (416) 284-4184.         ticularly amongst vulnerable children,
and donated the proceeds to Rouge                                                     teens, women, newcomers, seniors and
                                                                                      Aboriginal people. We received a grant
                                                                                      which will allow us to focus on strength-
                                                                                      ening food systems and processes in
                                                                                      Malvern. The heart of the project will be
                                                                                      on establishing a Think Tank to generate
                                                                                      new ideas and the implementation of a
                                                                                      weekly community kitchen in different lo-
                                                                                      cations across Malvern.

                                                                                      Parents Symposium
                                                                                      Building strong parenting communities

                                                                                           While our focus is often on children
                                                                                      and youth, we maintain awareness of
                                                                                      the needs and interests of parents. In the
                                                                                      early fall we will be partnering with sev-
                                                                                      eral community events to provide a series
                                                                                      of parent workshops that will help build
                                                                                      new knowledge and awareness, and help
DUSK DANCES DELIVERS                                                                  strengthen families. Be sure to sign up for
Vancouver dance crew comes to Malvern                                                 a workshop or two!

   After months of planning, auditions, for the Malvern performance. They will        ANC Residents Advisory and Plan-
rehearsals and recruitment of volun- also be appearing in Withrow Park in             ning Process
teers, Malvern Family Resource Cen- Toronto in early August.                          $100,000 to Build strong communities
tre’s first presentation of Dusk Dances                                               and neighborhoods
was welcomed by hundreds of people                                                        Throughout July, the ANC (Action for
over the 4-Day Performing Arts Event                                                  Neighbourhood Change) will be hosting a
at Neilson Park July.                                                                 series of meetings with residents across
     The event was a huge success as                                                  Malvern to inform them of new oppor-
a large crowd of onlookers watched                                                    tunities and initiatives regarding the de-
wide-eyed at the sheer talent of the                                                  velopment of the Malvern area and com-
dancers. The performances were truly                                                  munity.
enjoyed by people of all ages.                                                            As part of the ANC’s work, it will be
    The Dusk Dance crew is originally                                                 supporting a process to award $100,000
                                                                                      to community projects that are proposed
based in Vancouver but flew to Toronto
                                                                                      by residents.

 MALVERN FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE    1371 Neilson Road, Suite 219, Scarborough, ON M1B 4Z8   Phone: (416) 281-1376   www.mfrc.org

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