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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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Benjamin Jovero: Janitor by Trade, Artist by Passion

40 Oaks resident Benji Jovero recently had his art displayed at the Daniels Spectrum. In a review of his work by Artscape, we read: “Despite what many would consider a life of hardship, Jovero’s message could only be described as one of hope.” “He finds his inspiration from those who make a difference, who lend […]

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Farewell for Phil

CRC hosted a public farewell for Phil Nazar, departing Housing Manager, on the afternoon of Friday, January 30. Over 50 people from the CRC’s larger community of friends, partners, volunteers, and participants dropped by to give Phil their best wishes. Those in attendance had the opportunity to publically thank Phil for his contribution to CRC and […]

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Never too late to graduate

by Michelle Brown, CRC staff After two years of hard work and many years since he was a teenager, Lloyd Pike has finally graduated with a high school diploma. “CRC helped me rebuild my education and allowed me to develop new skills through volunteering and giving back to my community. I’m very proud of my […]

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The courage to write and find out who you are

by Katherine Haggart, Life Writing Class Volunteer Writing takes courage. You have to risk something about yourself to put your inner thoughts on paper. And that’s what happens on Tuesday mornings over coffee and snacks, when a small group of writers meet at CRC to share their personal stories. They come from different backgrounds and […]

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Art that Matters

by Kimberley Dodd, Art Drop-In Volunteer “I like painting and making art with flowers. It makes me feel good”, Margaret Birk says with a smile. Every Tuesday afternoon, in the Rogers Family Room, Margaret and a group of 5 to 10 people participate in a weekly Art Drop-In. This is an initiative I had the […]

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Versatility and Variety at Regent Park Community Food Centre

“Eggplant is my favourite vegetable because it is so versatile. You can roast it, put it in soup, and use it to make baba ghanoush,” explains Ron Cockburn, the new Community Chef at the CRC Regent Park Community Food Centre. “And I like lettuce because there are so many varieties and I love to use it in […]

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Good people helping to make things better

Josh Cowan-Kaplan volunteered with CRC over the summer. We asked him to tell a little about himself, why he volunteer at CRC, and how volunteering at CRC changed him. Josh didn’t come to CRC to serve because he volunteered. He was ‘voluntold’. “My mom said I had to do something meaningful this summer that would […]

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