Action for Neighbourhood Change Steeles-L’Amoreaux (ANC)
ANC works with residents to promote positive changes in their community through the development of a community vision and supporting residents in the implementation of an annual action plan to reach that vision. This has resulted in a variety of resident led projects that are working on programming, safety, education, food security and much more. ANC’s have also implemented Resident Action Grants where money is made available to resident led projects. In this past year RAGS continued to support projects such as a Sewing group, a knowledge sharing trip to Niagara Falls and a sports club. Hundreds of Residents have also been actively involved in the Poverty Reduction Talks happening across the City.
For more information, contact Pramila Javaheri at 416-419-3456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fatima Abdille: Placement student of ANC Steeles-L’Amoreaux and resident of the community
“Every child, regardless of their social location deserves to have the opportunity to be involved in their community engagement. My experience in both Silver Spring Park Reading Circle and Beyond Academics has taught me so far that in order for me to create social change and empower these children; I need to be more proactive in the solution.”
Steeles L’Amoreaux Strength in Partnership
Steeles L’Amoreaux Strength in Partnership (SSIP) is a group of organizations and residents that works to strengthen the Steeles L’Amoreaux neighbourhood and make it a better place to live. The group was formed in 2006.
Steeles L’Amoreaux is bound by Steeles Ave. E. to the north, Sheppard Ave. E. to the south, Victoria Park Ave. to the west and Kennedy Rd. to the east.
History of SSIP
SSIP started as a group called the Steeles L’Amoreaux Neighbourhood Action Partnership (SL NAP). It was formed after Steeles L’Amoreaux became a ‘priority neighbourhood’ under Toronto’s original Strong Neighbourhood Strategy in 2005. In 2013 the NAP changed its name to Steeles L’Amoreaux Strength in Partnership (SSIP) with more emphasis on being a community-driven network, SSIP began looking for more residents to get involved.
Though Steeles L’Amoreaux is no longer a ‘priority neighbourhood’ under the current Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020, there’s still lots of opportunity to strengthen community building.
SSIP works to
- Address community issues and challenges
- Connect residents with resources such as programs and services in the neighbourhood
- Strengthen residents' voice in shaping the community
Areas of focus
SSIP has four sub-committees that focus on each of the following:
All members of sub-committees are encouraged to attend the bi-monthly general SSIP meetings, attended by members of the entire network.
TTC tokens are available for residents attending meetings and events.
SSIP committees have planned several events in the past to engage residents and connect them with resources and services in their community.
- Annual Community Speak events
- Gleaning trips to Whittamore’s Farm
- Food safety and food preservation workshops
- Women in construction information session
- Youth in trades fair
- Health fairs and information sessions
- Orientation to Ontario health care system
- Workshop on Canadian political system
- Film/documentary screenings
- Scholarships to local youth in the community
One of the longest-running SSIP events is the annual Community Speak.
The Community Speak has been organized by the Resident Engagement Committee for the past 5 years. It brings together residents from around Steeles L’Amoreaux to take part in a discussion of local importance over a shared meal. Past discussion topics have included community safety, health services, and food access issues.
Each year the Community Speak attracts over 100 residents. It’s an active and fun-filled evening for everyone. Child minding and transportation are provided, as well as interpretation.
In addition to residents who are involved in SSIP, the following organizations are part of the network and provide programs and services in and around the Steeles L’Amoreaux neighbourhood:
Get Involved in SSIP today and help build a stronger and more vibrant Steeles L'Amoreaux community!
Top reasons to get involved:
- Get informed about what’s happening in the community and the services available
- Meet with others in the community to identify and discuss community needs and share creative ways to address them
- Share information about your agency’s programs and services
- Collaborate with agencies and residents on initiatives that improve the social, economic and health outcomes of the community
SSIP Newsletter Issue #1 (January-March 2015)
SSIP Newsletter Issue #2 (April-June 2015)
SSIP Newsletter Issue #3 (July-September 2015)
SSIP Newsletter Issue #4 (January-March 2016)
SSIP Newsletter Issue #5 (April-June 2016)
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