• remembranceDay
    Remembrance Day
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    Greedy giver
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    Nook Kids Art Show - Sticks and Stones the sades of Bullying
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    Poached Eggs, Turkey Sausage, Grilled Polenta with Spinach & Roasted Tomatoes
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    Treats from the Breakfast table at the Drop-In!
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    Ernest and Emily = summer fun at the Nook!
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    New Library
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    Drop In
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    Salsa Lesson
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    LOFTYCSEIlogo
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    LOFT Music presents Volume 5 - EVE - Every Voice Empowered !
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    LOFT Youth Centre for Social Enterprise and Innovation has a new website—loftycsei.org!
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    World Day Party
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    Snack time at the Nook
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    Bizacademy 2011 - March 14-18 - Applications available now!
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    Nook Community Potluck!
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    LOFT Music Volume 4 Release Party!
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    nook kids in christie pits!
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    a nook kid skateboarding!
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    New UTR Mural
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    The LOFT Sound Studio presents a workshop series featuring Masia1, RichKidd, & Tanika Charles!
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    Outdoor Pizza Baking!
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    At the Gazebo
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    Trip to Downtown
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    Fruit Kebobs!
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    Under the Radar paints mural for Montforte Dairy in Stratford, Ontario!
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    Kids Cook To Care program at CONC Drop-In
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    “Urban To Rural = Under the Radar to Montforte Dairy Farm”
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    York Students ” Garden Homework ”
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    Congradulations to LOFT Music artist Veronica aka Qween V for winning Cantores Amadores 2010!
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    LOFT Music Volume 3 is out! The R&B and Jazz Edition….
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    Under the Radar - a social enterprise with a triple bottomline…
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    BizAcademy 2010
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    BizAcademy 2010
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    The nook amazing race march break special
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    LOFT Comedy Jam!
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    Curry-in-a-Hurry Fundraiser!
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    BizAcademy 2010 - Spring BREAK Exclusive! Applications Due Feb 15 !!!!
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    Nook kids roasting marshmallows at Dufferin Grove
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    LIVE @ the LOFT Jam… this Thursday January 28th!
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    Specializing in the production of custom-designed tshirts for your organization!
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    Under the Radar specializes in the design and production of silkscreened clothing.
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    Nook kids meet Chris Bosh!
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    Nook Sing for Your Supper Invite
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    FUNDRAISING Sale this Friday - Door open at 10 AM!!
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    New LOFT Entrance Mural
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    LOFT Camping Trip 2009
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    L to the O to the F to the T. LOFT Music Volume 3 - R&B/Jazz
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    LOFT Music….! at the Opera House Nov 6 2009.. Get LIVE @ the LOFT every Wednesday people
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    New workshop at the LOFT Sound Studio - The BEATSHOP - every Thursday 4-6pm
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    Nook Kids Comedy Hour!
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    Christie Pits Park, taken by a Nook kid during a Photography Workshop
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    The Nook Plot in Christie Pits Community Garden, taken by a Nook kid during a Photography Workshop
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    Nook kids loving the Alex Duff L.O.F.T. mural, taken by a Nook kid during a Photography Workshop
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    Cathy’s Bike, taken by a Nook kid during a Photography Workshop
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    “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”
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    Fresh work in Christie Pitts courteousy of the LOFT!
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    LOFT Graff crew complete major production in Christie Pitts
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    nook kids at the science centre
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    nook summer olympics
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    nook kids at taste of the danforth
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    taking a break from soccer
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    LOFT pays tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, with RIP Mural in Irene Ave Park…
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    CONC summer mural program
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    UNDA THE RADA
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    LOFT Music artist Lucie shows off the CONC Membership Tshirt at our AGM 2009!
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    Bridging the Gap - CONC members from the youth to childrens programs come together for AGM!
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    The CONC Membership T-shirt - fresh work from the Youth Innovation Centre
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    Thanks to all the people that came to the AGM 2009
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    NOOK kids perform at CONC AGM!
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    New LOFT Mural - Jazz Legends on the back of Bloor St Cafe…
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    Connect the Dot - Much love to all those that came out and supported!
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    Christie Ossington go ridin’!  Trail riding with our Health & Recreation Program
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    The tricky part is getting started!  Fun on our Outdoor Adventure.
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    Braving the high ropes on our recreational Outdoor Adventure Day
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    Connect the Dot - Only One Week remaining! Sat May 30 at Dufferin Mall
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    Chili Time!  Just one example of the nutritious meals prepared daily at the Drop In
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    Some of our amazing volunteers preparing for lunch
  • Connect the Dot - Toronto Celebrates Youth Day at Dufferin Mall May 30 2009!
  • Salesforce.com Volunteers Help to paint CONC Southside!
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    Lots of fun and bonding on our successful Toronto Island Trip
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    Just some of the participants on our Toronto Island Trip enjoying a beautiful day
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    Dan and Jamil relaxing in the sun on our Toronto Island Trip
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    Join us for the Nook mixed arts interactive performance Sunday June 7, 2009
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    Mural season is here - LOFT youth complete the “714” piece behind Christie Subway Station
  • The LOFT Jam - this Saturday night at 8pm!!!
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    Fast & furious Go-Karting with our Health & Recreation Program
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    Pre-Go Karting excitement
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    Health & Recreation Ski Trip February 2009
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    A very refreshing walk along Niagara Falls
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    Enjoying a Spring Day on our hiking trip to Niagara
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    The LOFT Jam III - a celebration for Youth Week 2009
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    Youth Week 2009 - the LOFT is in full effect….
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    The LOFT Jam - we’ve only just begun…
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    Introducing the LOFT Tshirt - silkscreened at the new Youth Innovation Centre - Get Yours now!
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    Colourful homemade Flowers at the Nook
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    Amazing Race Adventures
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    Nook Tea Party Thank You Cards
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    Field trip to the Gardiner Ceramics Museum
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    nook costume madness

What's New

Join The Nook Children's Program Sat Dec 7th 10:00 am-6:00 pm

St Raymond's Catholic School Room #117
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Salesforce.com Volunteers help to paint CONC Southside bright, vivid colors!

Welcome to The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

Founded in 1994, The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre is a multi-service organization located in Toronto’s West end providing community based programming for everyone. We welcome all, including all demographics, social classes, status, gender and gender identification, ethnic background, religion, and age. As well we provide exceptional programming for high-needs children, youth-at-risk, homeless men and women, vulnerable community members, newcomers, or anyone who might require extra support. The Centre was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit organization, gained charitable status in 2002 and became a United Way member agency in 2001. The Centre is governed by an elected Board of Directors largely consisting of local residents who reflect the diversity of the catchment area. It works from a community-capacity building framework to actively engage community members in program development, delivery, and evaluation.

In the News:

We have a new building!!!

The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre is pleased to announce that we are expanding!

 

LOFT Youth Centre for Social Enterprise and Innovation Social Enterprise and Innovation – Innovating a brighter future During the past 16 years of service, our neighbourhood centre has had the honour of helping channel some the amazing energy from youth through our LOFT program. From young graffiti artists, budding sound engineers, passionate entrepreneurs, and dedicated community activists, thousands of youth have sought out opportunities for engagement through our programs. As part of this process we have seen first hand the many benefits gained from the subtle gestures of kindness, care, support, love, guidance, and encouragement our staff team and stakeholders has had on these youth. Since those early days, is has been our long term vision to build and provide a safe and nurturing space in our community where youth are able to nurture their ideas, access resources, find validation in their contributions, exercise their voice, and work together to define and manifest their ideal vision for the future.

 

Recently in partnership with the Ontario governement we have under taken this new initiative:

Youth Learn How To Market Their Creativity

June 24, 2009 10:00 AM

McGuinty Government Providing Opportunities For Youth To Develop Business Skills Ontario is investing in the talent and entrepreneurial potential of low-income, at-risk youth in west downtown Toronto. The province is providing $25,000 to the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre for their project, the LOFT (Life, Opportunities, Food and Technology). The funding will provide youth in the area with entrepreneurship training, business tools, and mentorship opportunities. This will help them identify market opportunities and sales strategies for products and services developed through the LOFT program, such as music, CDs, mural arts, food products and studio rental. Launched in 2006, the Young Entrepreur Program (YEP) provides funding to non-profit organizations for projects that promote the entrepreneurial spirit in youth aged 12-29. Nineteen organizations have been selected in this third round of grants, totalling just over $1 million in support.

For more follow this link:  http://news.ontario.ca/medt/en/2009/06/youth-learn-how-to-market-their-creativity.html

Some of our many services are Community Capacity Building: Annual Street Festival, CONC web site, Community planning initiatives, community gardening, partnership development, volunteer program, mentoring/development support to community driven initiatives, facilitation of committees for programming feedback and input.

Youth Programming, The LOFT (Life Opportunities, Food and Technology): One-on-one counseling, Employment support, Life skills workshops, Computer access and training, Peer support for Newcomer Youth, settlement support, Sports/recreation activities, Community Service Order Supervision, L.O.F.T. Café community kitchen program, Our New Views online youth engagement project, Grab Da Mic n Spit self-expression/performance program, Graffiti Arts youth entrepreneurship program, Multimedia/graphic design projects, Social events, Volunteer program.

Children's Programming, The Nook Literacy/Arts and Recreation Drop-In: After School, Summer, Suspension Help and Special Events programming, literacy/arts/recreation development opportunities, daily tutoring, workshops and public performances, environmental education, Healthy Snack, Cooking Club, Walking School Bus (local schools), Computer access, Parent Support and Volunteer program.

Homeless Initiatives: 45 bed Men’s Hostel Program, 20 units of Transitional Housing, Off The Streets Into Shelter Street Outreach Program, Housing Help, Community development and mobilization of working groups, Volunteer program.

Food Access and Drop In: Settlement and Newcomer programming, Resources and referrals, Laundry and shower, internet/phone/fax/copier access, Winter Relief Breakfast Program, Daily food, Sole Support Parents Food Bank, PAID I.D Clinics, Legal assistance, community cooking, haircuts, arts/recreation activities, writing/discussion circles, Community meetings, Social development trips, one-on-one support, Job search assistance, Housing help, Educational workshops, Cultural/seasonal celebrations, Voices newsletter, Newcomer peer support, Volunteer program.

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