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Executive Director's Message
Last year I had the privilege of participating in the Ontario Government’s town hall conversations across the province as they were developing the Anti-Racism Directorate’s mandate. I joined the tour in Scarborough and went on to visit Thunder Bay, Windsor, London and Ottawa. As an immigrant to this country, I was eager to participate in the tour and to get the opportunity to hear from people from across the province on the topic of Anti-Racism. The stop in Thunder Bay was by far the most moving of all of the discussions for me personally, as we connected with the stories of Canada’s indigenous populations and listened and learned about the continuing challenge to have their basic human rights acknowledged and respected.
The impact of colonialism has been devastating and the resulting rates of suicide, poor living conditions, mental health and addictions, lack of opportunity and complete disrespect for their culture, spirituality and traditions were documented in the Truth and Reconciliation Report, 2015. Although the headlines have moved on to talk about other issues, our communities ought to maintain our focus on achieving justice and respect for the people and the land that we now share with our indigenous brothers and sisters. The experience was deeply personal for me because as a person of African descent, I recognized some of the same devastating impacts of colonialism and paternalism on my people historically and to this day.
The world headlines have been focused on the US President’s unprecedented racist remarks about people from several parts of the world recently. The rising tide of racist rhetoric in the US has resonated with some people in Canada and has manifest in our communities across the province in some very scary ways. Since all but the indigenous populations are immigrants, it is even more troubling to hear people claim Canada as theirs and shout “go back home” and other such alarming insults. In this issue, we are celebrating diversity and expressing our appreciation for the generosity of our indigenous brothers and sisters who, despite the land being taken by force and the treaties ignored and neglected are willing to share the land with us.
As Canadians, we must clearly take a stand in support of what we value – diversity, inclusion and dignity for all human beings. We must do this within the context of respect and acknowledgment of the native people of this land, who we need to hear and learn from. Truthfully, I struggle with how we can begin to address the injustices unless we first listen and understand how to heal and restore our collective humanity in peace.
Warden Woods Community Centre
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Get Ready! Peace for Scarborough Walk 2018 - Our 4th Anniversary
On May 4, 2018, Warden Woods Community Centre and Peace for Scarborough celebrate its 4th anniversary. Again, this year we are joining the Jane's Walk events happening across the world in May. Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods.
Get ready to join Warden Woods Community Centre, our community partners, service organizations and residents of Southwest Scarborough for a walk to declare our support for peace in Scarborough and across Toronto.
The event will be hosted at Warden Woods Community Centre, 74 Firvalley Court on May 4, 2018, starting with the walk at 2:30 pm. As usual, there will be entertainment and refreshment. Mark this date and join us!
#Peace4Scarborough or #Peace4the6ix.
For information contact Veveen at 416-694-1138 ext.160 email@example.com
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OF YOUR COMMUNITY
Join the Community Advisory Group
We are recruiting advocates and activists for the Community Advisory Group
For more information contact Hyacinth at 416 694 1138 ext. 165, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit us at Warden Woods Community Centre - 74 Firvalley Court Scarborough, ON M1L
Youth Drop-In Basketball
For Youth Ages 13 - 17
on Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm - 8pm
on Thursdays 8pm - 9:30pm
At Oakridge Jr. Public School
110 Byng Ave.Scarborough, ON
For more information contact David at 416-694-1138 ext.122 or
Volunteers Needed Join Our Team
Warden Woods Community Centre is looking for new volunteers.
Apply now for the following positions:
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For information contact Stella at 416-694-1138 ext.153 email@example.com
Winter Respite Service
For Homeless People
Service Operating from
November 15 2017 - April 15 2018
at 705 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON
Contact Winter Respite Service at 416-639-6766 or Head Office 416-694-1138