Urban heroes–vote for Ken!

Ken Theobald, a volunteer at the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, has been nominated for an Urban Heroes award, and he needs your vote.

KenFrom the profile:

Ken Theobald is a front-line community worker who has been working in the city’s northwest inner suburbs (specifically Weston/Mount Dennis) for the past decade. He goes way beyond what is expected in his job.

He is a tireless advocate for those who live on the margins in this community — those who are homeless, struggling in poverty, dealing with mental health issues, dealing with substance issues, newcomers, refugees, racialized and Indigenous people.

He is a strong advocate for the inner suburbs and for neighbourhoods that are under-served and under resourced.

Ken is also a strong social justice advocate who campaigns for adequate housing, income support, an effective poverty reduction strategy and a social safety net for those in need.

He is an effective community organizer who has introduced new programs and services to this community. He believes that the key to being a good advocate and a good organizer is the ability to listen and to transition from empathy to action.


Volunteers needed

Two local groups are looking for volunteers. The MDCA is “VERY short of volunteers” at the Pearen Park skating rink. They are looking for some good people to work in the skate shop, some talented folks to coach skating after school and on the weekends. If you are interested, you can contact Simon.

From the BCA

The Black Creek Alliance is also hoping you’ll stop up to help them with their pollinator’s festival. While all hands are welcome, they are extra interested in hearing volunteer coordinators and entertainers. They’ll be hosting their first meeting at Access Alliance at 761 Jane St on Feb 11th from 6-7:30. They would be grateful if you would RSVP.