Celebrating the Work of Two Local Non-Profits

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre 18th anniversary with Community Youth in Action Network

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On Saturday, April 18th, the staff and volunteers at Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre and Community Youth in Action Network (CYAN) hosted a funder and volunteer appreciation event.

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre (OPNC) was celebrating their 15 year anniversary and recognizing its founding members as well as its current volunteers. In addition they celebrated the recent renovation of the second floor to better accommodate the needs of local youth. Our community has the largest concentration of youth in Halton. The Loft renovation was made possible through an $87,000 capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation as well as support from Oakville Community Foundation De Maio Fund, Halton Region, Habitat for Humanity and Home depot.

We are grateful for our volunteers, funders and agency partners like CYAN who allow us to ensure that North Oakville is a place where people are Supported, Connected and Contributing so that we are able to build a healthy community.

Community Youth in Action Network (CYAN) was also celebrating their recent two-year, $108,100 grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation to support the development of additional programming, community outreach initiatives and partnerships as well as enhance overall organizational capacity. CYAN youth were at the event preparing the community gardens, planting seedlings for fresh vegetables and herbs and participated in community cleanup at Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre. CYAN is also supported by funding from United Way Oakville and the Community Foundation of Oakville.

Local MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, Mark Emmanuel from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Local and Regional Councilor Jeff Knoll were present to celebrate with the two agencies.

MPP Naidoo-Harris shared that “These Ontario Trillium Foundation grants have been put to great use by both the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre and the Community Youth in Action Network. When we help people, especially youth, to actively engage in their local neighbourhoods, we make our communities stronger. I can’t think of two groups more worthy of this important funding.”

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