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2017 Mayor's Community Safety Awards Celebration!
The Mayor's Community Safety Awards celebrate innovative, Toronto-based projects that help build safe communities.
Five projects will receive a $1,000 award, sponsored by Bell Canada.
The winners will be honoured at a ceremony at Toronto City Hall.
When: Saturday, June 10, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Toronto City Hall Members Lounge
100 Queen St. W.
Mayor John Tory will celebrate the efforts of five local safety projects at the Mayor's Community Safety Awards at Toronto City Hall on Saturday June 10, 2017 at 3:30pm. He will be joined by Inspector Chris Boddy, Community Response Unit Manager, Toronto Police Service and Lena Demarco, Regional Director, Community Affairs, Bell Canada. Two projects will also receive honorary mentions were also recognized at the event
The winners of the Mayor's Community Safety Awards are:
Aboriginal Walkabout Program
The Aboriginal Walkabout program pairs three police officers with several elders from Toronto's Aboriginal community for a walkabout along Yonge Street and its adjacent laneways, alleyways and parks to address negative behaviours impacting local businesses. As members of the Aboriginal community are encountered along the way, officers and elders engage them in conversation. This approach allows members of the Aboriginal community to see elders working hand in hand with police toward a common goal, keeping people safe.
Ephraim’s Place works with residents in the Jane-Sheppard communities to provide programs and services that give youth the skills they need to build a successful future and bring about positive personal and community transformation. Their program, Project HEARTcore, is a free after-school program that empowers youth from Grades 9 to 12 to make a difference in their school and community. This program encourages youth to help others and get involved in positive ways.
Support and Knowledge for Young Women (SKY)
The SKY project is designed to enhance awareness around sexual violence and provide support in healing. This project teaches youth skills around negotiating consent and healthy relationships, and provides a safe space for disclosure and counselling. SKY equips participants with skills and knowledge to navigate difficult situations, while increasing access to supportive community resources and services.
Chalkfarm Safe Walk Program
The Chalkfarm Safe Walk Program aims to engage local parents and volunteers to escort local children to Chalkfarm Public School in the morning and back home or to local community programs in the afternoon. The program creates a visual presence in the community and builds relationships between residents with local service providers including teachers at the school, Toronto Police Service and others.
Surveillance of the Body: A Public Drawing Class For Body Conscience LGBTTIQQ2SA Youth
The Surveillance of the Body project converts an activity traditionally associated with commercial art and design practices to a vehicle to reach LGBTTIQQ2SA youth who often feel left behind or isolated. This project provides a platform and opportunity to build on the skills to understand what it means to negotiate, own and be in control of their minds and their bodies, and how to address violence aimed towards them. Building positive self-image and creating safe space for growth contributes to the development of young leaders and the peers that support them.
The two safety projects that received honourable mentions are:
The Forgiveness Project
The Forgiveness Project was created to build a space for youth to explore themes in forgiveness and conflict management. It grew into a book series and a travelling art exhibit, and now involves working with people affected by crime, including perpetrators, to discuss what forgiveness looks like.
Impact 'N Communities Violence Intervention Ambassadors Project
The Violence Intervention Ambassador Project (VIA) was started to build the capacity of young people to act as ambassadors against violence. Through training and workshops youth develop the skills and tools needed to be proactive in dealing with violence in their communities and become leaders in their neighbourhoods.