Building Friendship through Volunteering: Fourth Saturday



Building Friendship through Volunteering: Fourth Saturday

Lo and Mat started Fourth Saturday in January 2018, both inspired by individual community experiences. Lo lived abroad in Australia for three years, using Meetup Groups frequently to make new friends and exper ience different parts of Sydney. When she returned home to Toronto, she found Meetup Groups were lacking, and that meeting new friends with similar interests was challenging.

Enter Mat. Mat had recently volunteered with a non-profit that helped organize the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade. The entire experience was memorable for him, especially post-celebration, when volunteers and festival performers enjoyed a potluck meal.

Together, Lo and Mat came up with the idea of a group that would gather people in the downtown east end, to meet like-minded people and do good in the community by volunteering with a local organization. After volunteering, the group would socialize and get to know one another better, by supporting a local restaurant or café.



Meet the bands from Girls Rock Camp 2018

Girls Rock Camp returned at Dixon Hall for it’s third consecutive year. Here are the bands our campers created.



Working with Young Women and Mothers in Regent Park

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re recognizing several programs in our Children & Youth department that work with young people and their parents in Regent Park to #pushforprogress, and ensure that young girls and women have the tools they need to excel.

Dixon Hall hosts two parenting groups which meet twice a week, on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Though the Tuesday night group is not exclusively for women, the participants are all young mothers. Every Tuesday, these women gather and form a peer support group. They learn from one another and relate to one another. Our Support Worker, Ronnie, is available as a resource at each meeting. Because many of the participants are newcomers to the community and to Canada, this group deals with many settlement issues – learning how to adjust to Canadian culture and parenting styles, how to navigate different systems like schools and health care, and how to



A Dixon Hall Love Story

Meet Dixon Hall’s sweethearts, Pablo and Monica, who are passionate about living their shared values and improving their community.



Governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto invest in Dixon Hall Youth Centre

Toronto, Ontario, November 8, 2017—Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and stay active. The governments of Canada, Ontario and Toronto recognize that strategic investments in recreational infrastructure—including funding for the Dixon Hall Youth Centre—play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.

The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West–Nepean, his Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto, and Neil Hetherington, Chief Executive Officer, Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services, today announced joint federal and provincial funding of $500,000 for the Dixon Hall Youth Centre, an important part of the Regent Park revitalization in Toronto.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are each contributing up to $250,000