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October 16, 2006
Media Advisory: Employment, training and planting bulbs for the future at Driftwood Community Centre
The Jane-Finch Neighbourhood Action Team, Toronto Social Services, Black Creek West Capacity Project, Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and The Driftwood Youth Council present the Employment, Training and Service Fair at the Driftwood Community Centre. Residents will have an opportunity to connect with potential employers, get information about pre-employment and training programs, and services and supports offered by local community agencies.

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Times: Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bulb planting and barbeque at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane St. (Jane and Finch)

The fair features information booths by over 50 agencies and City services, including Children’s Services, Fire Services, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Public Health, Public Library, Social Development, Finance and Administration, and Social Services.

Following the Service Fair, neighbours are invited to take part in a bulb planting and barbecue celebration. The bulb planting is part of the Driftwood Youth Council’s youth leadership program, which received a grant from the Parks and Trees Foundation. The bulb planting program is designed to help build safer communities though beautification, and to provide a forum for communities to work together. The Driftwood Youth Council is also creating a scholarship fund to assist young people entering college and university.

The City of Toronto’s Community Safety Plan is supported by four pillars: strong neighbourhoods; a co-ordinated crisis response program; employment and engagement opportunities for youth; and youth justice that balances enforcement with prevention. Part of building strong neighbourhoods is to connect government and community services and resources towards the shared goal of making communities safer. The Jane-Finch Neighbourhood Action Team is one of 13 teams in place across Toronto to create and enhance these critical connections.

Media contact:
Yvonne Anderson, Community Development Officer, Social Development, Finance and Administration,



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