About CONC

Strengthening our community since 1993

Our Story

Founded in 1993, Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre (CONC) is a multi-service agency in West Downtown Toronto providing essential and innovative services for vulnerable community members. We provide free programs, services and supports for children, youth, adults and seniors living in poverty, including community members who are newcomers, sole-support parents, challenged by mental and physical health issues, lacking food and income security, homeless, underhoused, and experiencing other barriers to living healthy lives and participating fully in community. CONC was incorporated in 1997 as a non-profit organization, gained charitable status in 2002 and became a United Way member agency in 2001. CONC is governed by an elected Board of Directors largely consisting of local residents who reflect the diversity of the catchment area.

Mission & Vision

The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre is dedicated to building upon the strengths and vision of community members to improve the quality of life in the Christie Ossington community and surrounding neighbourhoods. By working in collaboration with residents, community institutions, agencies, local businesses and stakeholders, we will create a safe and healthy community.

We will achieve our mission by:

  • Engaging the skills and talents of community members of all ages
  • Recognizing that our greatest strengths and potential as a community exist within our cultural, ethnic and racial diversity
  • Providing forums and opportunities for co-ordinated community planning, economic development and employment in our community
  • Supporting the educational and social development of our community’s children and youth
  • Building upon the innovative ideas of residents, partners and stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges we face as a community
  • Working together with community institutions, agencies and stakeholders to build our community capacity
  • Making full use of community resources such as schools, recreation centres, parks and community spaces
  • Engaging in this work with a sense of joy and appreciation for each other

Our Approach

Our approach to the development and delivery of programs and services is grounded in:

  • Anti-Oppression
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Strengths-Based Approach
  • Evidence-Based Practice

We recognize and work, in partnership with all stakeholders, to dismantle the systemic barriers facing our communities, while remaining responsive to the needs and priorities of individual program participants.

Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan galvanizes the most effective and innovative practices of our community of program participants, volunteers, staff and stakeholders to create dynamic change in individuals, families, and our community as a whole.

Click here to read our Strategic Plan 2019-2022

Our Supporters

In-Kind Donors

  • Brock Sandwiches
  • Cate and Levi
  • COBS Bread
  • Daily Bread Food Bank
  • Don’t call me cupcake
  • Dufflet Pastries
  • Fiesta Farms
  • First Book Canada
  • Heel Boy
  • Home Hardware
  • Indigo
  • Karma Co-op
  • Krudar
  • Living Felt
  • Loblaws
  • M & M Meats
  • Mables Bakery
  • Nedege
  • Never Grow Up
  • Nike
  • No Frills
  • Paul’s Boutique
  • Penningtons
  • Pizza Pizza
  • Rotblotts
  • Second Harvest
  • South Sai Centre
  • Sportchek
  • Spynga
  • St. Raymond Catholic School
  • Starbucks
  • The Candy Factory
  • Toronto Maple Leafs
  • VIA Rail Canada
  • Wholefoods


  • 11, 13, & 14 Division Toronto Police Services
  • 211 Toronto
  • Abrigo Centre
  • Adam House
  • Barque Smokehouse
  • Bickford Centre TDSB
  • Catalyst Kitchens
  • CDI College
  • Centennial College
  • Christie Refugee Welcome Centre
  • Church of St Stephen-in-the-Fields
  • City of Toronto
  • Civil Libertines
  • Daily Bread Food Bank
  • DAT Hair Salon
  • Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
  • Eden Trattoria Restaurant
  • Edge West Clinic
  • Fairmont Royal York
  • Family Service Toronto
  • George Brown College
  • Hakim Optical
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Harbord Collegiate
  • Houselink Community Homes
  • Humber College
  • Kennedy House
  • Kids Cook to Care
  • KLINK Coffee
  • Local Immigration Partnership
  • Lotus Cooperative Homes Inc.
  • Lund University
  • Marcca College
  • Medix College
  • Northwood
  • Northwood General Store
  • Oasis Dufferin Community Centre
  • OCAD University
  • Ontario Employment Services
  • Palmerston Library
  • Pear and Pepper
  • Planned Parenthood Toronto
  • Roast Butchery
  • Romero House
  • Ryerson University
  • Second Harvest
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Sistering
  • Sketch
  • Skills for Change
  • Social Enterprise Toronto
  • Sorella Toronto
  • Spark Espresso and Fresh Bar
  • St. Raymond Catholic School
  • St. Stephens Community House
  • The 519
  • The Salvation Army
  • Toronto Employment and Social Services
  • Toronto Meditation Centre
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Unison Health Community Centre
  • United Athletics
  • WEST Neighbourhood House
  • West Toronto Legal Services
  • Working Women Community Centre
  • YMCA Culinary Program
  • York University


  • Ministry of Health Promotion
  • Ministry of Education
  • City of Toronto
  • United Way of Greater Toronto and York Region
  • Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
  • Loblaws Inc.
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • CHUM Charitable Foundation
  • St. Stephen’s Community House
  • WEST Neighbourhood House

We are also grateful to the individual community members who donated to CONC this year.

Board of Directors 2021/2022

  • Danièle Spethmann, Chair
  • Terry Costantino, Treasurer
  • Serica Leung, Secretary
  • Gina Paulette, Director
  • Brianne Simionati, Director
  • Brian Houghton, Director
  • Laeticia Diniz, Director
  • Laura McKinley, Director
  • Chetan Mehta, Director

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