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Contributing to well-being

Drop-In Contributing to well-being Monty has been a participant at CRC for over 10 years, ever since he moved into Regent Park. He has used the drop- in, meal, clothing, and laundry programs. “I enjoy CRC and its new space and the people very much and am particularly happy with the housing staff that have […]

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Healthy Creativity

Food Skills Healthy Creativity Peter is an older gentleman who comes to the community kitchen at the CRC Regent Park Community Food Centre. We were washing dishes one day and he said, “You know, I’ve been eating very healthy.” He began to tell me how before he ate a lot of steak and pork chops, […]

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Walking together towards success

Community Advocacy Walking together towards success It was not easy for Asmaul to come to CRC at first; her self-esteem was so low that she felt that she had no capacity to do anything, despite her educational background. Asmaul is a stay-at-home mom with four children. She came to Canada 15 years ago from Bangladesh […]

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Showing me the individual I am

Community Gardens Showing me the individual I am I started as a gardener at CRC ten years ago and it was a great experience. I would go to meetings for gardening projects and that is where I met Ashrafi. She encouraged me to get involved with CRC even more. I started to volunteer in the […]

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Home and Hope

40 Oaks Housing Community Home and Hope If what you are about to read seems guarded, you’re right. Even a diamond starts as coal. And I am a work in progress. Where does one start? Do I even remember my past and its progression up until the time I’m writing this down? I will try! […]

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Carmel Hili: Companion of CRC 2014

In his 30 plus years on staff at CRC, Carmel’s connection to people regardless of their socio-economic status was real, compassionate, ever about their welfare and empowerment, sometimes at the expense of his own. During his time at CRC Carmel inspired us all and was a mainstay to its work. Carmel firmly believed CRC was […]

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Paul Dowling: Companion of CRC 2014

Paul helped CRC lay out its future plans in light of the redevelopment of Regent Park. He joined the Board, during a time of great uncertainty and change. It was a “homecoming” for Paul, having interned in Regent Park as a Social Work student 30 years before. Paul volunteered countless hours as Board Chair and […]

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John Deacon: Companion of CRC 2014

John has worked with love and dedication for CRC since he first began volunteering as a young teenager. He was a 16 year old from Rosedale when he decided to paint some houses on Bleeker Street for CRC. It was, he said, “his first exposure to the other side of the street” and he never […]

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Greig Clark: Companion of CRC 2014

CRC has become an integral part of Greig’s life and Greig’s life an integral part of CRC. As Board Chair, he volunteered countless hours – in fact it became his full time vocation. He brought sound governance, professional management, financial accountability, and great public profile to CRC, especially during the redevelopment of 40 Oaks. CRC’s […]

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Valda Alleyne: Companion of CRC 2014

Valda is known affectionately at CRC as Grandma. She quietly and efficiently with no complaining or judging of others has become a favourite of many who come to CRC. She has mentored many of the young people in the Regent Park community, but seeks no recognition or thanks for her tireless efforts. Although she has […]

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