Young Toronto Community Housing residents recognized with scholarships

Young Toronto Community Housing residents recognized with scholarships

September 11, 2014

Toronto Community Housing is home to some brilliant young minds, something that was celebrated earlier this month at a back-to-school barbeque in the Firgrove community.

Residents of the Firgrove community enjoy the barbeque.

In what is becoming a yearly tradition, 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies were given away and four Toronto Community Housing residents were recognized with scholarships.

The four scholarship recipients include:

  • Walter: a volunteer with the Firgrove Learning Centre, the Back to School backpack program and Rookie League. Walter is enrolled in the Business Administration Accounting program at George Brown College.
  • Odette: a volunteer with the Native Women's Resource Centre, who has also helped organize Pow Wows at George Brown College and assisted with a naming ceremony at the Toronto District School Board at the new Aboriginal Education Centre. Odette is studying at George Brown College in the Community Worker program.
  • Tetteh: a student at Brock University, Tetteh volunteered at Father Henry Carr Catholic School, where she was involved with the "Stop the Stigma" initiative. She also helped coordinate the Starlight Strut Fashion Show, raising over $2,000 for Sick Kids Hospital.
  • Daniram: a volunteer with the Back to School Backpack program since its creation, Daniram is very active in the community where he helps with different community initiatives like holiday parties, community barbeques and other special events. Daniram is studying Social Service Work at Humber College.

Two of the scholarship winners Walter (left) and Odette (right) stop for a photo with officers from Toronto Police Service's 31 Division.

The Firgrove Back to School drive is just one example of the many resident-led initiatives in our communities. Since 2007, the program has presented 34 young residents heading to trade school, college or university with scholarships totalling $34,000, and distributed more than 7,000 backpacks for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.