Community Matters Toronto housed in St James Town and has been in the community helping people in a variety of different programs that helps new comers settle in for over 15 years. CMT have been a group of neighbours within St James Town who are working to contribute to a strong neighbourhood culture. By building relationship networks, it assists in the development in making links to people who have a common interest and allows for the exchange of knowledge and skills.
Community Matters Toronto assists families and individuals who deal with challenging issues like housing, finances, and social issues like settling into a new life in a new country. They also offer a job club were people can learn how to look for work and redeveloping their resumes and how to get Canadian work experience. CMT can assist with citizenship application and learning English through their English Café, plus many more programs that focus on health living.
They have recently completed a manual called: ‘’Our Story’’, which summarizes their learning and experiences to date. This can be found at:http://www.communitymatterstoronto.org/Our%20Story.pdf
Keeping with promoting good neighbours, CMT is hosting another Arts Banner Competition. The last one was held in 2014 which has over 20 different artists, representing different aspects of the community. There are a couple of banners from students at Rose Ave School, some youth have submitted their work along with adults from different cultural backgrounds. It is time to change the banners with new and exciting art that will fly from poles within the community of St James Town. The dimensions that artist should use when sending in their art pieces should 8’’ wide by 16’’ high. The art should be submitted as a jpeg and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live in the St James Town area or have lived in the neighbourhood we encourage you to send in your art work. This banner competition is open to all ages and abilities. The closing date for submissions is May 10th.
The winners of this exciting initiative is announced on June 10th, and the banners will be launched on June 27th at our Cultural Collage Festival – it is a festival of different cultures within St James Town. The festival will have music, food venders from a variety of different cultures along with information tables and lots of activities for the kids.
Contributed by Nicole Tanguay
Events Coordinator, Community Matters Toronto