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June 11, 2009
Dishing up a ‘recipe’ for community vitality in Toronto
Generous Torontonians make vision of Alexandra Park residents a reality

Toronto - On Saturday, June 13, Mayor David Miller and residents of the downtown community of Alexandra Park will get their first taste of a new project aimed at creating a more vital community.

What: Unveiling of Recipe for Community project

When: Saturday, June 13
2:30 p.m. (formal presentation followed by photo opportunity)

Where: 20 Vanauley St., at the back of the building
Intersection of Queen Street and Spadina Avenue
(just north of Queen Street, two streets west of Spadina)

Residents will roll up their sleeves and work together to beautify their community by building window boxes, painting murals and planting flowers and an organic garden.

It’s all part of the ‘Recipe for Community’ project, a resident-inspired partnership between the Toronto Community Foundation, City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing. The project blends four key ingredients: food, convening, youth engagement and neighbourhood beautification.

There will be photo and interview opportunities with community representatives as well as Mayor David Miller, Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina), Rahul Bhardwaj, President and CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation, and David Mitchell, Chair of Toronto Community Housing’s Board of Directors.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:

Kyle Rooks, Media Relations, Toronto Community Housing, 416-688-8277 (cell),

Carole Boivin, VP Marketing, Communications and Donor Services, Toronto Community Foundation,
416-921-2035 ext. 212,

Manjit Jheeta, Toronto Office of Partnerships, City of Toronto, 416-392 8684,



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