Students and faculty from UTSC gathered at the third annual Community Connections Leadership Forum on November 6, 2013 to learn about the collaborative research, educational and community-building programmes in the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) and Mornelle Courth neighbourhoods. Students and faculty volunteer through the Storefront, taking on the role as mentors and organizing activities at UTSC facilities for local kids. Professor Bunce (Department of Human Geography) and Professor Campbell (Department of Biological Science) are also leading research efforts to reinvigorate the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) region in Scarborough.
City Studies student Ashley Vieira and Gabrielle Sew, a youth resident of the Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park neighbourhood, spoke about the positive impact the City Studies Community Outreach Initiative had on their academic and personal development. Both Ashley and Gabrielle play leadership roles in the Youth-Friendly East Scarborough project, a multi-year community development and research initiative under the academic guidance of City Studies lecturer Ahmed Allahwala. The highlight of the evening was the keynote speaker Matt Galloway, host of the CBC radio show Metro Morning.
The third annual Community Connections Leadership Forum was co-hosted by partner organization East Scarborough Storefront — a local hub that provides services and programs.