How We Do It
Community Programs and Recreation:
We offer a number of programs that create opportunities for community members to come together and get to know each other. They are built on the belief that each community member has something to offer the community and that if HSCA creates a platform for sharing these gifts, the community will continue to be connected, resilient and vibrant. The primary goal of these programs is that community members will build and strengthen relationships, creating a network of support across Hillhurst Sunnyside. These programs include weekly drop-in groups where community members can come together to build and share skills, some examples are chair yoga, badminton, Neighbour Night and conversational ESL. We are also launching a new program that will connect neighbours one-on-one to support each other, this could take the form of shoveling someone’s walk, meeting with them for a weekly coffee, helping to tend their garden, or anything else that could bring two people together! Community members will also find weekly flea and farmers’ markets, community gardens and an outdoor seasonal pool.
Basic Needs Supports:
We believe that community members need their basic needs to be met in order for them to become active, engaged citizens. To provide this support to the community, we offer full-time daycare, before and after school care, Income Tax Clinics and a weekly food access program for people struggling to access fresh, nutritious food.
As part of our revenue generation to allow us to maintain our facility and run community-driven programs, we rent our facility. From sports leagues to weddings, we have a number of spaces that we rent seven days a week.