The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) is a group of neighbours that started working together in 2007 to make our community more vibrant, walkable, safe and fun. We’ve made big changes to our little pocket, starting with our East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market, giving facelifts to a number of Danforth stores and bringing the Danforth East Community Arts Fair to the community. We call ourselves a “community” association rather than a “resident” association because we feel it is important to include residents, businesses, schools, places of worship, and other organizations in the conversations we have about how to make our home on Toronto better for all of its inhabitants. You can read our full constitution right here.
Our catchment is between Monarch Park and Main, the railway tracks and Mortimer/Lumsden.
We acknowledge that we are on the treaty lands and territories of Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee and now home to many diverse Inuit and Metis peoples. By acknowledging the land we stand on, we are all reminding ourselves of our human connection and responsibility to care for the land and its people. We reflect on the history of colonialism and its impact in our community and firmly commit ourselves to listen, learn and speak the truth on a path to reconciliation.
Our constitution has been revised for the 2021 year. You can read the full draft here..
- Co-chairs: Michelle Alton and Fahreen Ladak
- Vice-chair: Audrey Kvedaras
- Treasurer: Andrea Nichols Egan
- Past Chair: Alison McMurray
- Members at large: Anne Valeri, Joshua Fernandes, Rebecca Green
DECA’s board meets on a regular basis to plan events and initiatives that celebrate and support our community. Board members are elected and appointed in accordance with DECA’s Board Member Nomination and Election policies. Our board meets monthly to plan for events and initiatives to celebrate our community. DECA comprises a number of sub-committees, each responsible for their own events, initiatives and meetings.
DECA committees lead and support different DECA events and initiatives, with each committee being responsible for work and projects in their respective areas. Each committee has at least one DECA Board Member and the committees meet separately from the DECA Board. DECA’s activities depend on both the needs in our community, as well as the skills and interests of our members.
DECA’s goals in 2021 are to continue to:
- Promote an inclusive, diverse and vibrant community in which all of our members feel safe;
- Support environmental initiatives, including the Farmers’ Market; and
- Ensure that our neighbourhood’s voice is considered by elected officials in relation to important social and government issues.
Currently, there are five DECA subcommittees that support DECA’s work:
DECA Visioning is city planning at a grassroots level, responsible for meeting with developers, city staff and other stakeholders in our community. Find out more from Audrey at email@example.com
DECA Green is the home of the Farmers’ Market committee, as well as other initiatives coming soon — watch for our Couch-side Climate Action in March! Find out more from Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org
DECA Connects organizes and runs community events focused on social issues and advocacy. Some of the key events and initiatives of this subcommittee include DECA Discussions (started in 2020), the DECA Young Leaders Scholarship and DECA Pride. Find out more from Michelle at email@example.com
DECA Events organizes some of DECA’s most popular events, including the Danforth East Arts Fair, Pumpkin Parade, Festival of Lights and DECA Dance Party. We hope to bring back more of these events in 2021 after a pause in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more from Fahreen at firstname.lastname@example.org
DECA Social helps ensure that DECA members and the community generally are informed of DECA events and projects. The work of this subcommittee includes monitoring and updating the DECA website and social media accounts, as well as leading initiatives to attract new DECA members. Find out more from Anne at email@example.com
We encourage DECA members and other individuals in our community to reach out with ideas and feedback. We also welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering with the committees to express their interest. You can connect with the committee lead as set out above or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.