As one of the 365 community projects supported to date by the Government of Canada, the University of Toronto Scarborough-led recognition program 150 Neighbours, marks the momentous occasion of Canada’s sesquicentennial. The program includes a social media-driven and crowd-sourced photo documentary series which will, over 150 days, feature 150 members of the community who are good neighbours, community and nation builders, past an present. Local residents will be invited to contribute their stories online, and also at events and training in digital media storytelling programs organized by community partners.
“The 150th anniversary of Confederation is an opportunity to come together and strengthen the bonds that unite our communities,” says The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “150 Neighbours is a wonderful example of a project that will highlight the wealth and diversity of Scarborough’s cultural heritage.”
The City of Toronto’s largest borough, Scarborough represents more than 20 per cent of the population and, as a popular destination for newcomers to Canada, it is one of the most diverse and multicultural neighbourhoods in the country.
“Scarborough is home to civic-minded community members whose unique and diverse stories represent all walks of life, and demonstrate the promising future of the Canada that’s becoming,” says Professor Bruce Kidd, Vice President University of Toronto and Principal U of T Scarborough. “By telling personal stories as a community, residents will be part of something bigger. And by engaging our community members in the creative process, everyone involved will have ownership.”