Tags: November 2021, Vol. 2, Issue 1
The GARDENS set out to learn how the community it works to serve experience its services, to ensure it responds to the needs of residents. During the summer, Humber College, as a GARDENS partner, hired two Work Study students, Asna Saeed and Stephanie Gonyea, to undertake this baseline study, under the supervision of Humber staff Ayesha Amin, Global Learning and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator in the Faculty of Social and Community Services, and Kavelle Maharaj, Event Coordinator and Community Liaison at the Lakeshore Campus and Principal’s Office.
Residents of South Etobicoke were given an opportunity to share their experience and views through an anonymous survey and confidential one-on-one interviews. The results of the study have been shared with the GARDENS Advisory Council to consider as the program evolves to better serve the community.
Looking to the future, the GARDENS team is exploring more partnerships and funding opportunities to continue to grow the project. Currently, we have secured funding from CF Sherway to continue to build the project operations and employ youth seasonally, and are in communications with the Toronto District School Board about expanding educational elements to high school students.