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Dorset Park Community Hub

COVID-19 Update: Food Bank Open (Appointment Only) Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 4pm. Call 647-723-9238 to make an appointment. Other programs and supports from ACSA and partners are virtual with some in person options becoming available. For the most up to date information, please contact hub reception at 416-292-6912, ext 300.

 

Over 50,000 people came into the Hub last year to access a variety of programs and services ranging from newcomer services, to yoga classes, to seniors programs, resume review etc.

The Dorset Park Community Hub is a place where everyone may have equal access to a wide range of services and supports vital to the well being of our community. In 2020, over 70,000 people walked through the hub doors and accessed the services of our anchor partners including the food bank, newcomer centre, computer lab, children’s programs, youth programs and wellness programs. The hub is not just a place for people to access service and supports, as it is also about creating space for community. As a result, residents have been taking ownership and have started numerous initiatives of their own such as the sewing and cooking class.  To find out more about Dorset Park Community Hub, please visit http://dorsetpark.com/

       

          

 

 

For more information, contact reception at 416-292-6912, ext 0 or email hubreception@agincourtcommunityservices.com 

 

The Dorset Park Network

The Dorset Park Network is a coalition of local residents, social service organizations, business representatives, institutions and levels of government providing supports, programs or services to the Dorset Park neighbourhood. The network also has work groups that collaborate to address the neighbourhood’s prioirity areas. For the purposes of neighbourhood action, the Dorset Park Network focuses its efforts on the area bounded by Birchmount Road to the west, Midland Avenue to the east, Flora Drive to the south and Highway 401 to the north.

History

The Dorset Park Network started in 2005 as a group called the Dorset Park Neighbourhood Action Partnership (NAP). It was formed after Dorset Park was identified as a ‘priority neighbourhood’ by the City of Toronto under its original Strong Neighbourhood Strategy, and as such required investment and support.  In 2014, the City re-classified Dorset Park as an ‘emerging neighbourhood’. Afterwards the network became community-led and re-named itself the Dorset Park Network to continue strengthening the neighbourhood.

What does the Dorset Park Network Do?
  • Leverages resources for the community
  • Connects residents and community partners to address local priorities
  • Ensures residents’ voices are at the table when taking neighbourhood action

For more information or to become a partner, contact Hub Supervisor, at 416-292-6912 x 303.

 

Women’s English Circle

In 2014, the Women’s English Circle program expanded to 5 days a week which allowed it to reach over 60 women and 40 children in the Dorset Park Community This program works to teach women new skills and also works to increase social networks and get women involved in the broader community. 

For more information contact Suganthine Sivakumar at 416-292-6912, ext 315

 

SUCCESS STORIES & QUOTES

Ghada Al Kalaa: Resident of Dorset Park

My name is Ghada Al Kalaa, and I have been a resident in Dorset Park for over 11 years. I joined the English Circle for Women when it started in 2007. I am a very caring and social person and volunteering in the food bank gave me the opportunity to develop my English skills while helping the members in my community. Also, having no other family in this country other than my children, the community hub became my second home. I have had really great memories here and have made wonderful friends. I am now the assistant coordinator in the English Circle for Women. I’m so proud of this program and its success! I have encouraged a lot of women in this area to join because I truly believe that this program has a lot to offer women. In 2014, we were approved for a resident action grant. That summer, we took over 200 community members and their families to Niagara Falls. It was a great success! I strongly encourage everyone who is able to volunteer during their spare time to do so, because it not only builds a stronger community, but also provides you with self-satisfaction.

 

Lamyaa Hassan: Resident of Dorset Park

In 2013, I joined the Safety group. We call ourselves the Safety Ambassadors. We are a group of residents who care about our neighbourhood. We work together to make our community a better and safer neighbourhood.  What I really like about this group is the respect to each other and that everyone is a leader. In this program, we learned how to identify a problem and how to find the best solution. Calling 311 was a big step because it was something new to us. We’ve been meeting with the police every month and have been working to make small changes to Glamorgan Park. We’ve also been collecting signatures in hopes of being able to get a speed hump. The best experience of hall was handing in that petition to our city councilor Norm Kelly and best of all meeting Mayor John Tory at City Hall and telling him about our group and what we do. These were all great experiences and we are very proud of ourselves. 

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"My experience in both Silver Spring Park Reading Circle and Beyond Academics has taught me that to create social change and empower these children I need to be more proactive in the solution"
Lamyaa Hassan, Dorset Park, July 2015

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