~ a growing and changing community
Meet our new Rockcliffe-Smythe Community Association/Canada Summer Jobs Community Outreach and Development Team.
(From left to right: Sidra Mahmood, Claudia Pensa Bowen, Ayesha Talreja and Rakeen Ahmed.)
Rockcliffe-Smythe Community Association is pleased to announce that Service Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs program has funded four students to lead RSCA’s Community Outreach and Development Project this summer, from June 20 to August 27.
Based at the offices of our generous project partners, Jane Alliance Neighbourhood Services and Career Foundation at 909 Jane St. Suite 205, the students will undertake a range of projects to build our Association, its activities, partnerships and community engagement in various local programs and services.
We’re looking forward to many achievements, including new outreach and communications as well as projects like a survey of local priorities for City investments in Rockcliffe-Smythe, environmental education, community events, employment fairs, a sustainable new community garden program at Marie Baldwin allotment, computer literacy training and multimedia production promoting our community, local programs, parks, and other community assets and features.
Please join me in welcoming them to our Association and the neighbourhood.
Sidra Mahmood – a fourth-year University of Toronto double-Major in Environmental Geography and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Raised in Rockcliffe- Smythe and a volunteer with the High Park Nature Centre and LEAF, Sidra authored a report on urban water management in Toronto and hopes to promote and develop environmental and recreational initiatives within our community. Highlights include watershed protection, park and trail enjoyment, and promoting civic engagement in Association, City and agency educational and participatory community activities, information, services and programming, from tree planting, walks, community gardening, health, employment and skills training to a new services directory, website content, interactive survey and outreach, to what’s planned for the new York Community Recreation Centre, Crosstown transit hub, and Black Creek-Humber conservation and stewardship.
Claudia Pensa Bowen – is a third-year Major in Human Relations minoring In Diversity in the Contemporary World at Concordia University, where she volunteers on the Sustainable Concordia Board and for the Dish Project and Hive Free Lunch Program; and is involved in student life initiatives from safe space policy to art installations. A proactive leader, Claudia brings strategic planning and organizational development insights, communications skills and creative flair to building our association, agency partners and community, initiating, planning, designing, producing or facilitating multiple collaborative new projects, including capacity-building, membership, partnership and policy development, multimedia outreach, promotion, local services directory, website and content, interactive surveys, educational materials and programs, public events and employment services .
Ayesha Talreja – is a McGill University International Development and Urban Studies student from Parkdale-High Park. Ayesha is actively engaged in solidarity, food security and social justice work, volunteering on the board of the Quebec Public Interest Research Group and with Greenest City, the STOP and West End Food Co-op, and shadowing a female MP – background she hopes will inform leadership on community recreational, environmental and development initiatives and policy. Collaborating on diverse Association projects, Ayesha will also help produce, promote, deliver and analyze a new, online Association survey of Rockcliffe-Smythe residents’ priorities for new City investments here using the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods 2020 Action Ideas- a shopping list of more than 200 initiatives gathered city-wide last year to help citizens direct plans for new City services in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas like ours.
Rakeen Ahmed – is a Commerce student at McMaster University focusing on Finance and Human Resources, and volunteering with development, community and other non-profit organizations, including the international campus-based AIESEC and the community-based Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office in Toronto. A Bangladeshi-born Canadian, Rakeen brings a diverse outlook, business knowledge and other leadership, engagement and Web skills to Association and community initiatives including administration, membership, outreach, multimedia planning and content, a local services directory and website, research, supporting employment and income security programs, leading seniors and youth computer literacy programs, and developing local business and community partnerships.