We are pleased to announce that the City of Toronto's Community Development Unit has partnered with Social Planning Toronto to engage a new Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy Advisory Group!
Apply to be an Advisory Group member!
We are seeking:
- Resident/community members with a passion for civic engagement and community development
- Resident/community members who enjoy working on local planning initiatives
- Resident/community members who identify with and support access for Indigenous, Black and other equity-deserving groups
Advisors will need to commit 6-10 hours/month, from June 2022 – September 2023. Residents, grassroots organizers and community leaders from equity-deserving groups are encouraged to apply.
Read more about the role and apply by 5pm on May 31st, 2022, using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tsnsadvisorygroup.
About the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy
The Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy is the City of Toronto’s action plan for ensuring that each of the city’s 158 neighbourhoods can succeed and thrive. Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy has supported healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with residents, community agencies and businesses to invest in people, services, programs and facilities in 33 identified Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs). The strategy focused on strengthening the social, economic and physical conditions to deliver local impact for city-wide change. For more information: www.toronto.ca/tsns2020.
The restart of engagement for Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy is an important opportunity to continue this work and incorporate learnings from the 2019 Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy Evaluation process, as well as the various impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black, Indigenous and other equity-deserving communities.
About the Advisory Group
The new Advisory Group will be composed of 16 representatives from Toronto's Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) and Emerging Neighbourhoods. For a term running between June 2022 - September 2023, the Advisory Group will provide input on the following:
- City-wide networking,
- Priority setting and implementation that is responsive to the priorities of advisory members,
- An equitable approach to neighbourhood wellbeing and resiliency to address challenges that have surfaced and/or been exacerbated due to COVID-19
- Neighbourhood-level strategic planning and coordination
- Succession planning for community leadership
- Strengthening the connection between systems-level coordination, strategic planning at the CCP clusters, and locally determined community priorities
Additionally, the Advisory Group will co-create a community mapping of best practices in virtual and in-person resident engagement, and contribute ideas for a pilot project based on these best practices.
About SPT’s Role
As the lead partner for implementation of the Advisory Group, Social Planning Toronto's leadership will include the following areas:
- Recruitment and selection of Advisory Members
- Training of Advisory Members
- Facilitation of Advisory Member meetings and activities
- Enabling city-wide networking, information sharing, capacity building, and leadership development
- Engagement of equity-deserving groups, including but not limited to Persons with Disabilities and Indigenous, Black, Racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities
To support the process, SPT will establish a Partnership Table of agency representatives with experience in civic engagement and community development initiatives in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Partnership Table representatives will work with SPT to share the call for applications with a wide range of resident networks, grassroots groups and community organizations, and will also sit on the selection panel for the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy Advisory Group. The Partnership Table will also provide advice and input into the delivery of training and communications throughout the program, as well as the development of a community analysis of best practices in virtual and in-person resident engagement.
Questions? Get in touch with Community Planner, Rima Athar, at [email protected].