If you’re in a bit of a pickle because of the teachers’ walkout planned for Thursday and Friday, hustle over to this Google form and sign your little ones up for the “West Toronto Solidarity Camp”. It’s organized by parents and community volunteers “in solidarity with our striking educators”.
The camp will be on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7 at the Canadian Legion at 3591 Dundas St W. They’re asking for a suggested donation of $10 a day, but nobody will be turned away.
You have only until May 31 to take the York South–Weston recreation programming survey. The city is asking residents so that they have a better sense of what sports, arts, and social programming to bring to the recreation centres around the riding.
If, like me, you’ve occasionally woken up too late to get programming for the kids, you might want to weigh in.
#CityofTO is conducting a community needs assessment for recreation programming in Ward 5 (York South-Weston)
The survey that will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous.https://t.co/lk1ub3Bo3H
Pelmo Park Public School has asked the city for permission to build a 4000-square-foot single-storey daycare attached to the main school building.
According to Chris Tonks, the centre will hold 49 children, from infant through to preschool, and will accept city subsidies. It won’t, however, open until after 2021.
Tonks says that Weston Memorial has also been approved for funding for a 49-spot daycare. It, too, is in the early stages of the process, and will not open until at least 2021. Still, this is great news; Weston has not had an institutional daycare since we lost Weston Village Childcare 5 years ago.
Ujima House at the corner of Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. holds a treasure-trove of resources for young and potential fathers. Ujima is a Kwanzaa principle that means Collective Work & Responsibility (To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together).
Officially opened on June 21, 2011, Ujima House is a non-profit organization that focuses on meeting the needs of African-Canadian men. However, the centre warmly welcomes men of all ethnic backgrounds.
The only father-focused centre in Canada, services include one-on-one mentorship, parenting courses, supervised visitation areas, cooking lessons and help with legal matters.
I spoke to Ed Gough Jr., Program Coordinator at the centre about why the centre was created and the impact it has had on members of the community. “A lot of fathers feel like they are not being listened to or heard,” he said. “Many of the men who come here did not have stable, supportive father figures in their lives. Ujima House provides a safe environment for men to talk, share experiences, and learn from one another on how to become a better father for their children. When men feel safe, they are bound to open up.”
As social stereotypes surrounding the roles men and women play in raising children continue to erode, it is encouraging to know that a place like Ujima House exists.
Quickly approaching their 10 year anniversary, the centre is focused on expanding the services it provides to men beyond the Weston community. One initiative the centre hopes to have up and running by September 2018 is a series of free webinars and talks. Not only will this help to young and potential fathers outside the Weston community, it will also allow people who are not able to visit the centre access resources anytime they need it.
This Sunday, June 17th, 2018, Ujima House is hosting a Fathers’ Day Celebration. The event will take place from 11 AM-5 PM. Activities include an Annual General Meeting (11 AM-12 PM), drumming, and a Daddy Olympics which include a diaper changing competition. All are welcome!
Ujima House is located at 1901 Weston Road #18, York, ON, M9N 3P5.