A Year in Review

 

Highlights:

  • The Provincial government approved funding for the Thorncliffe Hub in November. The Hub will be at the east end of the East York Town Centre (former Target location) and open in early 2020. The Hub will bring all TNO’s Thorncliffe service locations under one roof and include many agency partners to allow a seamless service centre for area residents.
  • Bill Pashby, TNO Board Chair stepped down after 10 years service on the Board – Bill served with distinction and was instrumental in bringing the communities of Leaside and Thorncliffe Park together. We welcome Shelina Shivji as our new Board Chair, Shelina previously served as Vice Chair.
  • The Second Annual Flavours of Thorncliffe fundraiser was a successful event – this year there were 21 host chefs introducing food from Azerbijan to Syria. Many thanks to our guests and sponsors for making it such a success. Funds raised from Flavours of Thorncliffe allowed 25% more youth to attend TNO camps. Save the date for the Third Annual event, on June 13, 2109, 1 Laird Drive at All Canadian Self-Storage. Hal Spradling of All Canadian Self-Storage has once again, generously donated his space for the event.
  • The CEEW (Career Education and Employment training for Women) program provides programs for women to help them develop the confidence and soft skills required to integrate into the Canadian workplace. New collaborations with other agencies have improved this program. New workshops on Assertive communication, self-care and self-esteem building were included this year. Ryerson University is an ongoing partner in our program, offering the WCC (Workplace Communication in Canada) at our 1 Leaside Park Drive location.
  • Leaside Park Community Garden produced and distributed approximately three hundred pounds of produce. One hundred pounds were distributed to seniors and families in need and to the Thorncliffe Food Bank. There was significant youth engagement; over 25 high school students volunteered through the summer months, youth and seniors worked closely together, regardless of language barriers. The Community Garden is a key component of our Community Development programming. Thanks to our partner, Marc Garneau Collegiate; almost all the plants used in the garden were seeded in their greenhouse over the spring.

New Programs:

  • Tutor Me Please, generously funded by the Les Louis Shaw Foundation and Celestica offers after school help through the school year for students aged seven to twelve who are falling behind in maths, sciences and English. The children also receive a healthy snack.
  • TNO  Camp programs for area youth are always a highlight of our year and one of the fundraising goals of our Annual Flavours of Thorncliffe event. Through a donation from OMVIC, for the first time this year, TNO will offer “Winter Wonderland” a new winter camp program scheduled during the winter break.
  • We have been collaborating with the City of Toronto to bring a Bike Hub to our community. The Hub is now open and located at 10 Gateway Boulevard.  The Bike Hub will train local youth to recondition and rehabilitate bikes, saving them from landfill. The bikes will be donated to area residents. Recipients will receive training on how to repair and maintain their new bikes.
  • The Trades Connect program provides Permanent Residents, Conventional Refugees and community youth facing barriers to employment with a pre-apprenticeship program leading Trade Union Apprenticeships. The program provides GED certification and on-the-job training through a partnership with BuildingUP, a social enterprise construction company. The three year, pilot program is funded by IRCC and will be rolled out across Canada at the end of the pilot period.
  • The “Colours of our Voice” project will focus on building new relationships between seniors and youth in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park by creating a mural project. The project has been generously funded by  a grant from the Toronto Foundation and will create an opportunity to build new relationships and opportunities for shared learning leading to stronger social connections and a more resilient and vibrant community.

We celebrate our corporate sponsors in 2018:

Aqueduct Foundation, Atkinson Foundation, Celestica, CIBC, Costco Wholesale, DiamondCorp, The East York Foundation, Finastra, The Laidlaw Foundation, Les Lois Shaw Foundation, Meridian Credit Union, OMVIC, RioCan Investment Trust, SmartCentres, The Toronto Foundation, Q Residential, Park Property Management, RBC, TD, WalMart Canada, Wynford Green