On Sunday, July 26, 2015, more than 50 residents and 18 mentors were in attendance at the Toronto Plaza Hotel for the Journeys to Success: Celebrating Community Heroes dinner event. Toronto Community Housing staff celebrated a number of residents who were nominated by their neighbours, community partners and staff, as Community Heroes.
ABOVE: Journeys to Success - Celebrating Community Heroes welcomes its participants and mentors
"It's important for [young men] to understand the importance of planning their lives and how one goes about executing their plan," said Dr. Vidoll Regisford, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Community Development at George Brown College. "When they encounter challenges, they need to persist in the hopes that good will come from them."
ABOVE: Dr. Vidoll Regisford, Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Community Development, George Brown College, kicks off the evening with welcoming remarks
Over the course of the evening, residents had the opportunity to participate in mentoring activities, experience vocal artists, poets and spoken word performers and enjoy a dinner.
"Where you live is not as important as how you live," said Blakka Ellis, a writer, educator and comedian in attendance.ABOVE: A young participant involved in a mentoring session with Mike Morgan, Community Services Coordinator, Toronto Community Housing
"This past weekend's event had a lot of positive energy," said Danny Anckle, Director, Resident Access & Support Services, Toronto Community Housing. "Participants had opportunities to meet people from diverse careers and received tips and directions for their own paths. I think that many people benefited from the event as I noticed a lot of mentors exchanging contact information and perhaps even developing positive relationships with young residents."ABOVE: Danny Anckle, Director, Resident Access & Support Services, Toronto Community Housing presents to the crowd
Toronto Community Housing has delivered the Journeys to Success program for young women since 2013 to help empower them to set and achieve their goals, as well as to celebrate reaching them.
"Sit still, listen and connect with your unique self because we all have our light to shine in this world," said Michael St. George, dub poet. "Sitting still helps identify the light."ABOVE: Journeys to Success participants, mentors and staff pose for a photo before the evening comes to a close
To learn more about the Journeys to Success program, visit Journeys of Success page