Mother of Victim of Violence Opens New Youth Lounge

Mother of Victim of Violence Opens New Youth Lounge

May 31, 2006

Toronto Community Housing is providing the space for new youth lounge at 444 Lumsden West Tower and is providing ongoing support. Toronto Community Housing knows how important it is to engage youth and provide opportunities.

Who: Mrs. Cheryl Stewart, mother of the late Drew Stewart; Councillor Janet Davis; Youth in Action, East York anti-violence group; Lumsden youth including Josh Brown and Justin Deuce, Lumsden youth tenant representatives; Kemi Jacobs, Children and Youth Services Toronto Community Housing; John Martin, Community Housing Manager

What: Lumsden Youth Lounge Official Opening
Youth for Youth events include: Youth Speak Out; displays on video booth, spoken word, freestyle expression and graffiti mural with dedication to the late Drew Stewart who was well known to Lumsden youth
Community BBQ

When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, Official Opening

Where: 444 Lumsden, West Tower

Why: Disturbed by the violence that took the life of Drew Stewart, a member of their community, when he intervened to defend a female friend; community youth expressed a need for a gathering space to call their own.

"There have been many community meetings in East York addressing youth violence in our community, including the senseless murder of my son Drew. The message is clear. We need to provide the youth in our community a safe place for them to express themselves. This youth lounge is a perfect example of what can be accomplished by youth voicing their interests and concerns. As a community we need to continue to listen and provide positive alternatives," says Cheryl Stewart.

Toronto Community Housing is the not-for-profit housing corporation owned by the City of Toronto. TCHC is home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate income - about six per cent of the City of Toronto's population. These families, seniors, refugees, recent immigrants and people with special needs reside in 58,500 households in communities throughout Toronto. TCHC is Canada's largest landlord and one of the largest social housing landlords in North America.

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