Join CONC for our first Community Liaison Committee meeting starting at 6pm on Wednesday September 28th 2016 at LOFT Kitchen, 854 Bloor St. West! Come and contribute to the discussion on what we can accomplish together in transitioning our 30 bed emergency shelter at 850 Bloor St. into the Bloorcourt community. CONC’s Outreach & Communications Manager, Councillor Mike Layton and other members of the city and surrounding communities will be there to take a tour of the new facilities and learn about our community response plan and other opportunities for involvement with our agency.
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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.
Message from Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
The 2015-2018 CONC strategic plan galvanizes the most effective and innovative practices of our community of program participants, volunteers, staff and stakeholders to create dynamic change in the lives of individuals, families and our community as a whole. While we are fortunate to live in a time that has vastly increased our access to knowledge networks and communications we must also create our pathways to social change with unparalleled ingenuity and finite resources.
Innovation, entrepreneurship and human activity leading to communities that work involves taking risk and being creative while also building on evidence-based research that informs our field of work. CONC has always boldly worked to bring partners to the table and to launch initiatives that conclude in new opportunity and substantive community change. Whether building new housing, launching social enterprises or finding new ways for homeless community members to build their livelihoods we have accepted the challenge to make a difference. Like all change-makers, we soon realize change comes with its wins to celebrate and its losses to learn from. Any organization that is committed to change must do so with humility and the determination to learn from its mistakes.
It is with resilience as individuals and as a community that the fruits of our labour and learnings are realized. It is with tenacity that our faults and weaknesses must be addressed so that our strengths can prevail. The strategic plan that we have set in motion for 2015 to 2018 speaks to the heart of our true lived experience. Where barriers impede our forward movement we will address and remove them. Where health and wellness are not being achieved we will create partnerships to increase access to a circle of meaningful support. Where income security cannot be readily procured in traditional markets for those who are vulnerable we will look outside them to create new opportunities. Finally, where there is not enough affordable housing we will work with others to build it. These are the challenges we face in realizing the peaceful and prosperous world we envision.
With much appreciation for the journey ahead,
Yvette Munro Lynn Daly
Board Chair Executive Director