This community needs you! Volunteer with DECA!

Spring has sprung which means there is a lot happening in the community – a yard sale and the weekly Farmer’s Market are just two of DECA’s current projects.  These only happen with the support of our local businesses and volunteers — and DECA would love for you to be part of the action.  

How can you become more actively involved?  We all lead busy lives that do not always leave us with a lot of time for other things.  With DECA, there is literally something for everyone whether you have an hour to give or can make a regular commitment.  

Public Board Meeting: May 29th 2024 at 7 p.m.

One way to get involved is to attend DECA’s public board meeting  on Wednesday, May 29 at 7pm. We will be gathering at Ampersand Bakehouse, 1808 Danforth (and enjoying some of the cookies that will be featured at this year’s market!). Join us to learn more about what role DECA plays in the community or to tell us what you would like to see happen in our ongoing efforts to make this a vibrant and connected neighbourhood.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Weekly Farmer’s Market: Thursdays from 3 until 7 p.m. starting on June 6th 2024

Our weekly Farmers’ Market only happens because of our fabulous and committed volunteers. Currently a small but mighty group, we are in need of more hands to help out.  It can be an hour here and an hour there or a more regular commitment.  Check out all of the areas where we need help and perhaps sign up for a spot or two.  Most of the jobs at the market are also appropriate for teens and the market team is happy to sign their Community Service Forms. You can click on the link here to sign up: https://danfortheastcommunityassociation.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=87381

(note – if this signup doesn’t work, email green@deca.to OR wait until Monday night – we are waiting on the developer to fix our plan)

In the interest of reducing plastic waste at the market, we are also planning to have cloth produce bags available to give away. If you are interested in sewing for this, please contact Rebecca at green@deca.to Instructions (and inspiration) can be found here: https://zerowastechef.com/2019/05/16/sew-produce-bags-zero-waste-plastic-free/

Most immediately, we are looking for a few people to help with a postcard drop to promote the market over the next two weeks. If you are able to do a block or two, please email Gulnigar at green@deca.to 

Yard Sale – Saturday June 8

We are looking for people to help with the multi-seller sale at Kimbourne Park United Church (200 Wolverleigh) throughout the day. We will also need people to help take in and sort donations for the Clothing and Small Appliance Drive to benefit New Circles and Kennedy House Youth Shelter.

If you have some time to volunteer, please sign up here – we can use all the help we can get: https://danfortheastcommunityassociation.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=87103

 

#DanforthEast Yard Sale and Clothing Drive on June 8

Here comes our 10th annual neighbourhood-wide yard sale!

For the tenth year, DECA is excited to run this community wide yard sale! Our local retailers will be joining in the fun with a sidewalk sale along Danforth East hosted by the Danforth Mosaic BIA.

DECA is populating a map online to show every
home and business participating in the sale!

Once you sign up, your application will be processed and your location added to the map. We will then send out further tips to help you with organizing your sale and contact information if you have questions.

Sign up to add your yard sale to the map here!

The most successful sales are the ones where the whole street gets involved. For example, Coleridge and the streets surrounding East Lynn Park have all had fabulous street sales in the past. You can too! Talk to your neighbours and ask them to get involved by sharing this poster: DECA Yard sale 2024 2

Multi-seller Sale

No yard for a yard sale? No problem! Just register for the multi-seller sale happening at Kimbourne Park United Church on the day of the #DanforthEast Yard Sale. Please note that this location is for people who live in the catchment and don’t have access to a yard. There is no fee, but we would appreciate any donation you can make to DECA at the end of the day!

Registration for Multi-Seller Sale

Clothing and Small Appliances Drive

As we did last year, DECA will be collecting clothing and small appliances for New Circles and Kennedy House Youth Shelter.  We are looking for volunteers to help with collection and delivery, as well as yard sale set up — you can sign up here:

Volunteer Signup

Stay up to date with all things DECA:

Please also help promote the #DanforthEast Yard Sale through your own networks! The more yard sales we have, the more people will come out, the more successful this neighbourhood event will be.

Check out the current Yard Sale map here!

MEETINGS: Market Planning, Financial Literacy Conference, Development Proposals above Valumart

There are some pretty exciting opportunities to get involved in the community over the next couple of weeks. Here they are in chronological order:

Market Planning – This Saturday at 1pm in East Lynn Park

Join the DECA Green crew to plan out our market festivals, volunteer schedules and all the fun extras DECA brings to the Farmers’ Market. If it rains, we will meet at The Teaching Space at 2205 Danforth. Email green@deca.to if you have any questions.

Raising Generational Wealth Summit – May 2-4, online

Local author and financial literacy expert Clifton Corbin (aka the superstar volunteer who runs the market Kidpreneur program) is hosting the Raising Generational Wealth Virtual Summit, featuring Clifton and more than 20 other speakers. Clifton writes: “At the summit, you’ll hear from trusted experts who have a proven track record of helping people like you achieve their financial goals. Whether you want to get out of debt, grow your savings, or start investing, you’ll find practical, actionable advice you can trust. So if you’re tired of feeling lost and confused about money, grab your free ticket to this event.”

Community Consultation for Development Proposal above Valumart – May 6, 6-8pm, online

The development proposed for the site at 985 Woodbine has been revised, and the city is holding a Webex Community Consultation. You can find all the details here:

985 Woodbine Ave._CCM_Notice

 

What’s New in April: DECA board, Arts Fair and Market Planning, Community Updates

Your New Board

DECA held our first meeting of our 2024 Board this past Tuesday. Your board this year comprises:

Chair – Jennifer Scott
Treasurer – Andrea Nichols Egan
Visioning Liaison – Raktim Mitra
Secretary – Rebecca Green
Members at Large:
Andrea Orazi
Alisa Metcalfe
Alexander Marsolais

Our first public board meeting will be on May 21. Watch this space for details on time, location, and special guests!

Arts Fair Sponsors Wanted!

Anyone interested in exhibiting or being a sponsor or food vendor can find the forms and info at our Arts Fair page: https://deca.to/artsfair/
If someone is interested in being a musician at the Fair or wants to run kids activities, they should contact deca.arts@gmail.com
Market Planning
We are looking for people to join our market planning committee! Join us in the park on Saturday, April 27 at 1pm. Contact green@deca.to if you have any questions!

Wheel Trans Community Feedback

From the TTC: We want to hear from you! From now until April 30th, we’re looking for community feedback on improving our Wheel-Trans Service & Family of Services. We invite all persons with disabilities who use the TTC, including Wheel-Trans, support persons, and members of community-based organizations that support or advocate for people with disabilities to participate. Your feedback plays a crucial role in shaping decisions concerning accessibility at the TTC.

Jane’s Walk

From the organizers:

Since 2007, Jane’s Walk has brought together over 40,000 neighbours in Toronto, uniting lifelong residents and newcomers alike to celebrate their communities.

This platform allows everyone to share their unique experiences, honour their cultures, exchange passions, foster connections, champion change, and envision a more inclusive city for all.

https://www.janeswalkfestivalto.com/submit-a-walk

The Jane’s Walk Toronto festival runs from May 3-5, 2024.

The deadline to submit your walk is April 26.

AGM reminders

DECA’s Annual General Members’ Meeting is Monday night at Hirut, 6-8 pm!

Remember, you need to be a member of DECA to attend. You can renew your membership here or at the door.

This year, we are also selling DECA totes! $10 gets you a locally produced tote with our logo drawn by local artist Tak Bui.

Candidates for the DECA Board 2024 and Revised Constitution

We hope you’ve marked your calendars for our AGM on Monday March 25! Take a minute to rsvp here if you haven’t already. Our 2024 Board will be voted in at the meeting — you can read about our candidates below.

constitution revisions

We are proposing a number of changes to our constitution, including expanding our boundaries to Greenwood and Cosburn. You can read the proposed changes here in advance of our AGM on March 24:

DECA Revised Constitution

Candidates for the DECA Board 2024 – in their own words!
Alexander Marsolais

My family and I have lived in the Danforth East neighbourhood since 2015. I have been volunteering for DECA for the past couple of years, and have really enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in various DECA events and initiatives. It has been a great way to be reminded of everything that makes our neighbourhood great, and the ways that an organization like DECA can contribute to a community. I am a big believer in being involved with your community, and also believe the work DECA does has a positive impact on our neighbourhood. I am keen to help continue and support DECA’s work in the Danforth East neighbourhood, and I would be really excited to join the board.

Alisa Metcalfe

Having had the privilege of living in this neighbourhood for almost thirty years, I have always been drawn to the sense of community that connects us – as neighbours, as friends, as fellow east enders. I grew up in small town Windsor, Ontario, and remember feeling very lost when I first moved to the “big city” of Toronto for grad school. While I came to love the sights and sounds of Toronto, it was not until I moved into this neighbourhood that I felt as though I had finally found home. There has always been something very unique about this little east end hub of ours that makes it a special place to live. Based on my experiences, DECA has played such an instrumental role in creating, building and fostering this sense of community – that sense of belonging. The efforts of this committed group of volunteers have, over the years, done so much to create a vibrant, connected and beautifully diverse community where people want to put down roots and where you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. For so many years, I have benefitted from what DECA has contributed to this neighbourhood. Volunteering for the Board will hopefully allow me to play a more active role in continuing to build this community of ours and an opportunity to give back in whatever way I can to this place that I have made my home.

Andrea Oratzi

I love our Danforth community and I want to help contribute to the wonderful job DECA does at increasing community vibrancy. I am also passionate about food, food access and farmers’ markets, and I would be very keen to share this passion with the DECA Farmers’ Market – we’ve been coming to this market as a family since 2015 and it’s one of the highlights of the summer. I enjoyed the work I did with DECA this summer on the Story Trail and I would love the opportunity to carry on supporting such a great organization in our community.

Andrea Nichols Egan (returning)

I have lived in the neighbourhood since 2001 and have also owned a business on the Danforth for 4 years now. I started volunteering with DECA about 7 years ago doing some of the social media for the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market and have been an active volunteer since then – including being on the Board and the Treasurer for the past 4 years. I love working with such an enthusiastic, community minded group of people. I would be happy to continue my work on the board for the next year.

Jennifer Scott (returning)

My family and I moved to the Danforth East neighbourhood nearly 10 years ago, just before I had my son. During my parental leave I spent time learning about the Danforth East area and was introduced to DECA, a group of fabulous volunteers and community members who had been working since 2007 to build a vibrant community.
In 2015, DECA’s “Pop-Up Shop” program supported myself and a group of local volunteers to run a Hub on the Danforth that provided household necessities to newly arrived Syrian refugees; a truly life-changing experience. Once the Hub wrapped up operations, I joined the DECA Board, eventually serving as Co-Chair. After taking a break from volunteering for a few years, I returned to serve as Chair of the Board last year.
I deeply believe that community involvement provides a sense of belonging and social connectedness, can foster and support inclusion, and creates space for empathy and accountability. This belief, and the joy I’ve received from being involved with DECA, is why I hope to continue to serve on the Board. In the coming year — DECA’s 17th (!) — I hope to work with the incoming Board and community to help build awareness around DECA’s activities, and refine its mandate to meet the needs of our neighbourhood.

Raktim Mitra (returning)

I have proudly contributed to DECA as a board member since 2022. In addition to contributing to the farmer’s market, arts fair, and city council candidates’ debate, I have co-led the DECA Yard Sale event for the past two years. As first-generation immigrants from Bangladesh, my wife and I started our family in Toronto’s East-end, and have always called this part of the City our home away from home. Our two children are growing up in this neighbourhood, and we are excited with what this community has to offer. With an intention to more actively contribute to the community, I joined the DECA Board two years ago, and it has been a privilege to work with great colleagues and volunteers who are selflessly working toward making this community more vibrant and welcoming to all.
In my professional life, I am an Urban Planning professor. I study and promote neighbourhood livability and active lifestyles. Through my research and teaching, I continue to engage with the Danforth East residents, the City, advocacy organizations such as Cycle Toronto and TCAT, and TDSB elementary schools. My personal and professional values, which focus on creating vibrant, livable communities that are walkable, bikable, safe and happy, align really well with the visions of this association, and because of this, I am hoping to continue my work as a DECA Board member toward these shared goals.

Rebecca Green (returning)

I’ve been a part of DECA in a variety of roles since the beginning. My particular joy is the farmers’ market, where I have painted faces, co-ordinated volunteers, planned kids’ activities, and made a general nuisance of myself. This past year, I worked on the Danforth East Yard Sale and co-ordinated the clothing and home goods donations to New Circles and Kennedy House Youth Shelter. This project combined a lot of my favourite things – textile reuse, mutual aid, thrifting and chatting!
I also have been writing the blog and updating website and social media with Jenn and Andrea N-E this year. If I’m elected to the board again this year, I look forward to whatever we come up with next!