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July 18, 2013
Recipe for Community program celebrated in the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood
Today, the City of Toronto celebrated the Recipe for Community program in the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood with the donation of garden tools to the local residents. On hand for the celebrations was Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO of Toronto Community Foundation, Marlene McKintosh, Executive Director of UrbanArts, Craig Crane from Humber College and Jeffrey Edwards, a representative from the community.

"Today's event in the Weston-Mount Dennis community highlights the many diverse people, their stories and how they are making a difference in their neighbourhood," said Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West), Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee. "This event shows what can be done when the City works with residents, community partners and businesses to revitalize their neighbourhood."
The Recipe for Community program, through partnership with the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Foundation, has been working with residents, community organizations and businesses in the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood to offer training for young people in bike safety and bike repair, food handling certification, first aid certification, culinary demonstrations, artistic performances by community groups, gardening programs, small business training and leadership workshops.

"The goal of the Recipe for Community program is to build a happy and prosperous city, one neighborhood at a time," said Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston). "Offering shared skills, training for young people and small business support has certainly been the recipe for success in the Weston-Mount Dennis community."

The Recipe for Community program started in 2009 and involves neighbourhood residents in an effort to improve their sense of belonging and safety in their community. The initiative has been harnessing resources, expertise and commitment of residents for the past four years. Working with public and private organizations, the program successfully creates new opportunities and fosters a sense of belonging and pride.

"We are very pleased that the Recipe for Community program is an integral part of the reimagining and redevelopment of Weston-Mount Dennis," said Bhardwaj. "We are also grateful to our partners and donors, without whom this community building initiative would not have been a success."

In the Weston-Mount Dennis community, the Recipe for Community program focuses on four areas: community engagement and capacity building, food, community assembly and neighbourhood beautification.

"As the lead community partner for Weston-Mount Dennis, UrbanArts is delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with the City of Toronto, local businesses and the community to further the work we do," said Laurie-Shawn Borzovoy, Chair, UrbanArts Board of Directors. "Through this initiative, we are able to further advance the value of the arts by engaging youth and community and building capacities in the most dynamic ways toward our goal of transforming lives and transforming communities."

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