The first week of Frontlines day amp was a huge success: 108 kids showed up for classes, games and activities. The local youth organization could still use a hand though.
Angela Carter, interim director, says that fundraising ha been going well, but they could still use ‘in kind’ donations to help with lunches for the increased number of young people. Kraft Dinner, juice boxes, and fresh fruit would be especially welcome. I’m sure thy could also use a bit of money if you had some around. It costs about $50 to send a kid to camp for a week and all the Frontlines camps are free for participants.
On July 1st, the old fairgrounds in Lions Park once again echoed to the sounds of music and fireworks thanks to Canada Day celebrations that are becoming a firm tradition. Even though the event is not announced in the list of Canada Day happenings, posters around the site, word of mouth and a variety of newsletters and emails seem to get the word out. Throughout the day, vendors set up their stalls and the heady mix of diesel and burgers soon began to waft through the park.
The day was cloudy but mild and many families made a day of it, bringing chairs and picnic supplies. Politicians made their inevitable speeches while several bands and Elvis serenaded the crowd throughout the evening.
At 10 pm, the fireworks display began and did not disappoint. They were spectacular, lasting a good length of time and with a variety of flashes, bursts and window-rattling bangs enjoyed by residents on both sides of the Humber. The crowd drifted home happy, no doubt looking forward to another one next year.
Frontlines will be hosting its annual summer day camp between July 3 and August 17. This will be held at the Frontlines location, 1844 Weston Road (South of Weston Road and Lawrence). Along with specialized sports, cooking and photography electives, there will be a 3-week musical theatre program.
Ages: 6-12 with a leadership training program for youth in grade 8 and higher.
Cost: there is no charge for participants other than for trips and $10 for a camp T-shirt.
For further information and to register, contact Denise Gillard at 416-244-7017 or email Denise here.
Frontlines Cooks and the Weston King Neighbourhood Drop In have won nice awards from the mayor. They won the Community Safety Award in November, and each received $1000 and a commemorative certificate.
is a cooking class that builds on peer mentorship and healthy living. Children learn about menu creation, healthy eating, and how to shop on a budget. Meals are shared together, along with table manners! Full bellies and full hearts.
The WKNC Drop In is a safe place for the marginalized to hang out, get warm, do laundry, and meet and network.
Last night’s Frontlines Fundraiser was a success even though a last minute switching of the venue caused organizers to scramble. The event had originally been scheduled at the Church on Weston Road but a funeral necessitated some quick thinking and after some frantic phone calls, a the York West Active Living Centre was made available. The evening was organized and filled with performances from L.I.T.s (Leaders in Training) under the direction of Joel Reid and other Frontlines staff. Delicious home baked goodies and rice crispy squares were also sold.
Program Manager Denise Gillard expressed her pride at how far the LITs had come this year and thanked Summer Activity Coordinator Tyra Jones-Hurst for her work this summer. Also in attendance were rap performer Squally Blesso who praised Frontlines and thanked Executive Director Kristy Grisdale for helping him when he was a teen, and NDP provincial candidate Paul Ferreira.
A correction: Maggie Knap, Executive Director of the York West Active Living Centre says “York West was unable to provide the space for Frontlines at such short notice but did refer Kristy to Toronto Community Housing Health Promotion Officer, Ahmed Ali who was able to offer the recreation space at Eagle Manor at 1901 Weston Road for the venue.”