Rexdale Women’s Centre
Rexdale Women's Centre (RWC) support immigrant, refugee and newcomer women and their families to become fully participating members in Canadian society. As a leader in our sector, we enhance our clients’ self-sufficiency and competence by providing essential services and facilitating access to community resources.
Over the past 33years of community services, RWC has encouraged residents of various ethnic origins and backgrounds to become more involved in their community. RWC has hosted picnics and community fairs in local parks and encouraged residents to utilize this free resource in the community. In 2002, RWC assisted the City of Toronto to complete the Parks Use survey for Rexdale multi-cultural residents.
In 2003, RWC successfully completed a project funded by the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to plant trees, organize walking tours and print and distribute brochures in 8 various languages on urban parks and resident involvement. Again in 2005, RWC received funding from the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation to organize information sessions combined with walking tours in local parks to educate community residents about garbage collection/disposal, recycling, clean up of park area, other safety and health hazards. Both of these projects were instrumental in bringing environmental awareness and education to community residents and brought them closer to local parks.
Furthermore from 2004 to 2007, RWC organized four years in a row Community Festivals at the Rowntree Park to promote resident’s involvement in community festivals and events and build strong neighbourhoods and encourage park usage. We have organized walking tours for newcomers in 8 different park of GTA in 2018. In addition, we organize yoga sessions, walking tours, health and fitness exercises and various recreational activities in local parks which not only help our clients especially newcomers to be familiar of their local parks but also to establish community networks to integrate with their neigbours and other community members for long lasting community development activities.
To sum up, RWC has a long standing history of commitment to community involvement in parks. From time to time, we organize nature walking tours, and other recreational activities for newcomer immigrants and refugees belonging to multicultural and multi-ethnic communities to get them familiar with local parks. Through the feedback of our clients, it shows that these walking tours and recreational activities are instrumental in making newcomers aware of the existence of parks and their effective use in their everyday life for their personal health, social networking and community belongingness. Based on the strong interest of the community residents, we are requesting funds to organize walking tours, fitness/yoga activities, music and fun where community residents especially newcomers will be familiarized with the local parks and develop connections with local residents.
Parks we work in:
- Rowntree Mills Park
Things we do:
- nature walks
We're looking for volunteers in these areas:
- Occasional volunteers