About George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre
George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre (GCNC) is a 7,000 square foot facility devoted to community use in the Junction/Pelham Park neighbourhood of Toronto’s West End. GCCC is owned by The City of Toronto and will be operated by CONC. GCCC is located at 50 Sousa Mendes Street in the Junction Triangle. We were proud to open in May of 2019.
George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre is here to provide exceptional programming and build community-based resources in collaboration with you- local residents and collectives, other nonprofits, self-employed people and more…with a special interest in supporting LGBTQ2SI+ initiatives in Toronto’s West End.
Our centre provides a space where children and youth can grow up stimulated, valued for their unique strengths, and exposed to endless possibilities. We pride ourselves on provides a safe space where gender roles are challenged, mental health is a conversation, and the natural world is respected – A space full of the best parts of life!
About George Chuvalo
George Chuvalo, a Canadian icon, ranked among the world’s top ten heavyweights for much of his career. The son of Croatian immigrant parents who worked in the slaughterhouses of west-central Toronto, George Chuvalo is uniquely rooted in the Junction community where local residents petitioned to have our new community centre named after him. Completed in late Spring 2019, the opening of George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre was an important event in our community’s history and a vibrant, inclusive and memorable celebration. The opening honoured George Chuvalo’s life, including the 18 years he spent talking about the loss of four immediate family members to substance use, to advocate for drug prevention among young people across our country. George Chuvalo is a local hero.
GCNC was created to build a community hub with a special interest in supporting LGBTQ2SI+ initiatives in Toronto’s West End.
From job training through LOFT Kitchen, to events such as Prom Night and drop-in art programs, we are here to provide connections that foster friendship and a strong sense of belonging to all who enter our doors.
About the Junction Triangle
GCCC is proud to be a part of the Junction Triangle neighbourhood, which is an area bordered by railways.
The “triangle” shape of the neighbourhood is formed by the three sets of railroad tracks on the north, west, and east sides: The CNR/CPR mainline to the west, Metrolinx GO Transit Barrie line to the east, and the CPR east-west railway lines to the north. Dundas St. and Dupont St. account for its northern and southern boundaries, with Bloor St. providing a midline.
The area is known for its vibrant community cohesion, rich history and a mix of modern and industrial architecture. Bike paths, art studios, collaboration, good eats and great coffee – this neighbourhood has it all!
Graphic courtesy of the Junction Triangle Community Group
West Toronto Railpath
GCCC will be neighbours with the West Toronto Railpath bike path. The path runs from Cariboo Avenue, just north of Dupont Street West in the Junction Neighbourhood going south past Queen towards Liberty Village. The path serves to re-connect Parkdale, Roncesvalles, The Junction, High Park, Brockton, Beaconsfield, Liberty, Trinity- Niagara, and Dundas West neighbourhoods.
The Railpath has also become a vehicle of community organization through groups such as the ‘Friends of West Toronto Railpath‘ which encourages members to get involved in environmental clean-up projects and other betterment initiatives.
GCNC Programming in Development
We are currently fundraising to develop and implement programming in collaboration with local communities. Program priorities currently include:
- Multi-use space for community group meetings and activities, private and group classes, social events, arts events, workshops, conferences, and other happenings.
- Children’s before/afterschool and break care (PA Days, March Break, Summer) with a focus on STEM, social justice, literacy, arts and parenting support.
- Youth-focused sound studio and rehearsal space, LOFT Kitchen social enterprise satellite site, and general youth support services (Note that the sound studio will be accessible to all ages) • Entrepreneurship and self-employment support services including a community co-working space
- Family Programming and Family Support including Drop-In Playgroups, Workshops and Events
- Yoga, Neighbourhood Walking Groups, Baby Wearing, and other accessible recreational opportunities
- 50+ Programming focused on Arts, Recreation, Peer Support
- Curated Gallery Space for local artists
We are dedicated to increasing accessibility for community members living with disabilities at GCNC. A focus of our resource development efforts, we are appealing to donors to support the following accessibility features:
- Interior automated doors
- Height adjustable furniture
- Card Reader System
- Flexible seating options
- Tactile floor markings
If you have expertise in this area and would like to support our mission to make GCNC the most accessible community centre in the city, please contact us.
If you are community member who is currently part of a group (social, recreational, cultural) or interested in starting one, and interested in hosting on-going meetings or activities at GCNC, please contact us.
If you are an ambitious young person, or part of a youth group in Toronto’s West End, or a parent, teacher or youth worker with another local agency, who would like to talk about program development for youth at the new George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre, we want to hear from you!
If you are in the field of entrepreneurship development or employment counselling, and would like to talk about program development that supports economic growth in the Junction/ Pelham Park neighbourhoods, please contact us.
Please watch this space for an eventual list of programs available to join at GCNC.