Think that your community needs a hub but don't know what to do? This event is for you!
Community hubs are an important part to building strong neighbourhoods. They bring many different services together under one roof and make them accessible. Most importantly, local residents are the backbone to community hubs. They play a vital role in determining what the hub looks like and how it operates.
So, what can you do to support the development of a community hub in your neighbourhood?
On Saturday, September 29, the SPACE Coalition is holding a full-day introductory workshop on community hubs. This forum will be designed to support residents in navigating the hub development process and advocating for a hub in their community.
Many thanks to the City of Toronto for providing funding for this event.
Light refreshments, lunch and tokens will be provided.
| 9:30 a.m
Registration and Light Refreshments
Musical performance by Juan Camilo Montoya
| 10:00 a.m.
| 10:15 a.m.
|| Keynote Address: Pop-up Infrastructure
| 10:45 a.m.
Case Study Presentations
- Sports, Wellness and Achievement Network (SWAN);
- Community Action Planning Group (CAPG); and
- Rexdale Community Hub
| 11:30 a.m.
|| Experiential Learning Session: Developing Your Project Vision
| 11:50 a.m.
|| Presentation: Tools to Assess Your Community
| 12:30 p.m.
| 1:15 p.m.
|| Consultation: How to Hub Toolkit
| 2:15 p.m.
|| Facilitated Networking
| 2:50 p.m.
|| Wrap-Up and Closing
| 3:00 p.m.
Cutty Duncan Manager, Capital Engagement & Conservation Program, Tenant & Community Services, Toronto Community Housing
Cutty Duncan brings over 25 years of experience as a community organizer and community development professional supporting socially and economically marginalized populations in Toronto's inner city neighbourhoods. Most recently, Cutty worked for Social Planning Toronto managing the Action for Neighbourhood Change project in the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood where he worked with residents on community spacing solutions, economic development opportunities, and limiting the negative impacts of gentrification and police ‘carding’. In his current role as Manager of the Capital Engagement and Conservation Program with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Cutty continues to support residents/tenants in making important improvements to where they live. Current areas of focus include tenant engagement in the revitalization of the Jane –Firgrove neighbourhood and tenant engagement in capital improvements and conservation initiatives in over 60 TCHC buildings.
Steve Whitaker, SWAN Coordinator
Steve Whitaker is the founder and current coordinator of the Lawrence Heights S.W.A.N. (Sports, Wellness and Achievement Network). Steve is a 20+ year teacher with the Toronto District School Board who has spent the past 12 years at Baycrest Public School. He is now a Health and Physical Education specialist who also coordinates the school’s Special Education resources, among other duties. He created SWAN in response to the growing concerns he and other teachers have around overall student health and academic achievement. Mr. Whitaker resides in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood with his family.
E. Ann McRae, Rexdale Community Legal Clinic / Rexdale Community Hub
Ann McRae has been a lawyer since 1980. She joined Rexdale Community Legal Clinic in 2000, bringing experience in a variety of areas of law. As a Staff Lawyer at the clinic, Ann’s focus was public housing law and policy. From 2009 to 2013 she was seconded to Legal Aid Ontario as Clinic and Programs Advisor, GTA Region. During that time she was the project lead on a partnership between Legal Aid Ontario and Humber College to increase Legal Aid’s use of paralegals. She returned to the clinic in 2013 as Director of Legal Services.
Recently the clinic launched new initiatives shared with partner clinics and other agencies to expand services in employment law, immigration law and services to those with intersecting legal and health problems.
The legal clinic plays an active part in the partnership of agencies located at the Rexdale Community Hub. The RCH partners strive to achieve a level of collaboration that will help all agencies improve their services to the community. Since about 2016, Ann has been the chair of the hub’s Board of Directors. She is interested in the challenges for government-funded non-profit agencies to find a balance between being responsive to community needs and compliant with funders’ directives, which are not always in perfect harmony.
Michelle Francis, Community Action Planning Group
Michelle Francis developed a passion for Urban Planning through her work in design media. That passion led her to volunteer for a resident led planning group in her childhood home of Jane Finch. She hoped better planning could lead to better outcomes for the community. In addition to advocating for a HUB and Centre for the Arts, the Community Action Planning Group (CAPG) builds community capacity and engagement on planning issues that effect Jane Finch. CAPG is a member organization of Toronto Community Benefits Network where Michelle now works in Community Engagement.
Angjelin Hila, Outreach Librarian, Barbara Frum Branch
Angjelin is a Librarian at the Toronto Public Library. He completed his Information Science degree at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information. He has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English literature also at U of T, where he additionally studied visual art and psychology. He practices visual art in his free time.