We are excited to be participating in Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th anniversary in 2017 through the Ontario 150 Youth Partnership Program.
Growing Community: Engaging Diverse Youth to Strengthen Ontario’s Tapestry of Urban Gardens (Growing Community) is engaging young people from diverse faith and cultural backgrounds to design, plant, and maintain urban gardens across the province. This initiative features the creation of 8 urban gardens in Ottawa, Toronto, and Halton.
In Toronto, native plant gardens are being established at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, Manor Road United Church, and the International Muslim Organization of Toronto (IMO).
The approach in Halton is to engage youth at faith-based schools to create native plant gardens. The two schools we are working with are Christ the King Catholic Secondary School in Georgetown and Tarbiyah Islamic School in Milton.
A competitive application process is resulting in three faith community gardens in the Ottawa area — at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Albert in St. Albert, Maison Tucker House in Rockland, and St. John’s Anglican Church in Kanata.
We are sharing stories and photos throughout the year as these projects unfold. (See blog listing at right.)
Ontario is recognizing the historical significance of 2017 with Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that will honour Ontario’s past, showcase the present, and inspire future generations. The Ontario150 Partnership Program provides youth with opportunities to actively participate in their communities in ways that reflect their creativity, cultural expression, diversity, inclusion, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, healthy living, and civic engagement. Faith & the Common Good is grateful to the Province for providing funding for Growing Community.
Partners on this project include: