On Saturday February 25th, Larry Shuttleworth and SIA representatives Jenna Canning and Natasha Farrugia joined more than 100 Brampton residents in the “Coldest Night of the Year” walk. With their hats, mitts and gloves, the three braced themselves for the cold 10km walk. The event in Brampton was one of many held in cities throughout Canada to raise money for charities that serve hungry and the homeless.
One hundred and forty walkers bundled up, set foot and had an excellent time together. However, the reality of a life lived on the streets remained in their thoughts throughout the walk. Prior to the commencement of the walk, participants were reminded that they should enjoy themselves but that, for many people, living on the streets is a reality. With faces tingling and hands beginning to numb, walkers were given an inkling of what life may feel like merely spending one night on the streets, let alone days, weeks, or even a lifetime.
In total, 140 walkers participated in Brampton’s “Coldest Night of the Year” event, and $26, 286 was raised for the Regeneration Outreach Community.
The Regeneration Outreach Community, “helps with restoring, rebuilding and renewing people’s lives”. The organization provides a breakfast from 8AM – 10AM from Monday to Friday.
On Saturday, February 18th, one hundred teachers, parents, social workers, professors and other members of the Latin American community packed into a University of Toronto, O.I.S.E (Ontario Institute classroom). These stakeholders met to discuss the education of their Latin American students and children, they came from Toronto and the surrounding areas. The event was organised by the Asociacion de Profesores Hispanos-Canadienses (The Association of Spanish-Canadian Teachers). It marked the eight conference organised by the Association.
Hispanic-Canadians face similar challenges that many new immigrant families face in Canada. Parents do an admirable job balancing their work and their family lives as they orient themselves to the new culture and the new language. This conference allowed the Latin American community to celebrate the steps being taken by parents, educators and local organisations in the Greater Toronto Areas to help advance the development and education of their youth.
Presenters included, Sabrina Mendez and Marta Pizon from the radio station, Voces Latinas, (The Voice of the Communidad 1610 AM), Teach 2 Learn (a program that helps at-risk students succeed at school). We also heard from various Latin American students who were granted scholarships by the Asociacion de Profesores Hispanos-Canadienses for their high academic standing.
The conference included an awards ceremony. Solidarity in Action was selected to receive the award in International Community Development work, for our international development projects in Peru and Ecuador.
The Asociacion de Profesores Hispanos-Canadienses looks to promote the diverse Spanish cultures evident in the communities in Toronto and the surrounding area. One of their main objectives is to provide Hispanic-Canadians with scholarships that will them these students to pursue a post secondary education.