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Farewell from outgoing DECA Chair, Sheri Hebdon

I was first elected to the DECA Board in 2009, by accident. I showed up at a “neighbourhood cocktail party” with my wife and baby after seeing posters and hearing about it from a nice woman I met at baby-and-me yoga.

On arrival, my new friend Natasha (DECA’s founding Chair) welcomed us at the door and she casually asked me if I would be interested in joining the Board. I said I was interested in learning more and then we moved on to other conversations.

Later in the evening, I was discreetly nursing my baby when all of a sudden Natasha and another woman stood up on chairs and announced that the cocktail party was actually the AGM. They (and others) gave short pitches about their projects like the farmers’ market and the business revitalization team (who did store makeovers) and then I heard my name.

What?

Then everyone voted yes and I was on the Board. Just like that. While nursing my son.

Eight years later, at tomorrow’s AGM & Party (we’re a bit more up front about the AGM part now!), my time on the DECA Board, where I have been Chair for three years, will come to a close. While I am confident that the Board will be in excellent hands for next year, it’s hard not to worry about what the future will hold.

Though, the real question is not what, but who. DECA isn’t a thing – it’s the sum total of a group of people who all add what they (we) can to make our neighbourhood better. Bringing new people into the fold is critical, but it’s not easy. We have the things now that DECA has helped to build over the past decade and people may take it, and us, for granted. Or maybe they just don’t know? Or maybe they just can’t take on one more thing.

Whatever the reason is that you aren’t more involved, here is my pitch to you to get involved. Don’t think about what you’d put into it, think about what you will get out of it.

Volunteering for DECA has given me so much over the years. No matter what else is happening in my life or in the world, I have taken a lot of solace knowing that I’m doing something to make the world better, even if it’s just in my little corner of it. I find it energizing to help in big and small ways, and feeling so much more connected to my neighbours and local businesses positively impacts me on a daily basis. My children (there are three of them now) understand that volunteering is part of life, and each of them have legitimately volunteered for DECA too by doing things like putting up posters, helping to set up events, handing out cookies and candy canes at the Festival of Lights. Given that parenting is a long game, instilling this so early is important.

Start with one hour. One hour of involvement per year could mean helping at an event, putting up posters, tossing pumpkins or cooking for the farmers. Maybe you have two hours? Maybe five? What about one hour for every year you’ve lived here? If you have kids, get them involved and you won’t believe how proud they will be of themselves. Start with one hour and you may find that you that you’ll want to do more.

At the very least, join DECA as a member. Sign up online or in person tomorrow at Hirut. $10/household for the year.

If you don’t know where to start, come to the event tomorrow and ask me, or any of the other Board members. Meet your neighbours. Get involved.

Here’s the poster one more time:

Oh, and there will be door prizes!

Thanks for a great eight years, Danforth East! See you all around the neighbourhood.

-Sheri

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This weekend!

Now, we all know that Silly Goose Kids is an amazing store. Recently, this was verified by Now Magazine readers who named them one of the best Toy Stores in the city! (Many, many of our beloved locals earned nods in the city-wide “Reader’s Choice Best of Toronto” – click here for all of the winners)

The fact that this awesome little store manages to undertake many community events only makes us love them more. Join Silly Goose Kids this Saturday, November 18 for Neighbourhood Toy Store Day where they will be offering 15% off all day along with exciting events, giveaways and activities including a visit from the Gruffalo himself!! (So excited…er, I mean, my kids will be so excited…).

See you there at 2054 Danforth, just west of Woodbine from 9:30am-6:00pm.

 


Another shopping event is happening at the Nooks!

Shop for all of your holiday gifts at the EVERYTHING IS UNDER $50 POP-UP Market on November 18th from 11am-6pm. This is the perfect pop-up to shop for everyone on your list! Featuring a curated selection of hand-made, local and artisanal good (again, ALL UNDER $50! You can’t go wrong!). 2005 Danforth Avenue

Check out their Facebook event for more info.


Add A Little Purr To Your Life: Wag on the Danforth Cat Adopt-A-Thon this Saturday!

Adopt! Adopt! Adopt! Please Toronto Cat Rescue on Saturday, November 18th from 10am – 4pm for an adopt-a-thon with Wag on Danforth! Kittens and cats will be waiting for you in-store to adopt them and bring them home.

*** Special Adoption Fees at the event only! Our adoption fee at the event only is $100 (vs. the standard $175 adoption fee) for cats and kittens over 8 months of age, and $175 for kittens under 8 months of age – payable by cash only. Our fee includes: spay or neuter, vaccination (receive a rabies vaccination, if age appropriate) and includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance. For City of Toronto residents, the adoption fee includes a mandatory City of Toronto cat license that is valid for one year.

Wag is a family-run shop located in the East end of Toronto at Danforth Ave. & Woodbine Ave., Wag is easily accessible via car with street parking or TTC (Woodbine station). 1918 Danforth Ave / (647) 349-8263


Next weekend!

The Danforth Mosaic BIA is hosting an all-day local shopping celebration next Saturday, November 25 concurring with DECA’s 6th Annual Festival of Lights from 5-6pm. Here’s what they have to say about the event:

Make the Holidays special by shopping, eating and playing on Danforth East this Holiday Season!

Join the Businesses of The Danny BIA on November 25, 2017, for Shop Local Saturday – a great opportunity to explore and discover the great businesses that are in this neighbourhood that have everything you need to make your holidays special!

You’ll Love What You Find Here! There will be buskers moving through the neighbourhood between Jones & Westlake from 2pm-5pm to entertain you while you explore our local businesses.

Here’s the Facebook event for more info


One more thing…

Are you coming to our Annual General Meeting & Party on Monday? Hope you can make it, but if not, please do sign up to be a member of DECA. It takes 5 minutes, costs $10/household (per year) and you will feel great about supporting our 100% volunteer run community association. Here’s the link!

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Our Annual General Meeting  & Party is coming up on November 20 from 7-9 pm at Hirut (2050 Danforth). Hope you can join us!

At the party you can:

  • Meet your neighbours
  • Enjoy Hirut’s delicious food (on us!)
  • Find out how to get more involved with DECA
  • Join DECA or renew your $10/year per household membership
  • Meet our Board and many of our other amazing volunteers
  • Vote for next year’s Board if you are a member (this is the AGM part!)
  • Enjoy the cash bar

If you’ve never come to the Party & AGM before, the short formal part will go from about 8:00-8:30pm and you’ll hear about our annual events and ongoing initiatives, the not-to-be-missed Treasurer’s report, nail-biter Board elections and last but not least, remarks from our outgoing Chair (yours truly). The rest of the time is for chatting with neighbours and hanging out. Not a bad way to spend a Monday evening.

Membership and voting are limited to people who live in our catchment (Main to Lumsden/Mortimer to Monarch Park to the train tracks) but everyone who cares about this neighbourhood can come to this and all of our events.

The Board will be putting forward the following nominees for election to the 2017/18 Board:

Loreen Barbour (Co-Chair)

Gay Stephenson (Co-Chair)

Audrey Kvedaras (Vice Chair)

Anita Schretlen (Treasurer)

Nicole Bergot-Browning (Secretary)

Alison McMurray

Amanda Olson

Melissa Peretti

Jennifer Scott

Rebecca Green

Brad Bradford

Lorraine Chen

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If you are interested in future opportunities on our Board, please ask us about it on Monday or reach out to us by email and we can talk about getting you involved over the coming year.

See you on Monday!

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First of all, thank you to everyone who came out to the Pumpkin Parade at East Lynn Park on November 1st and especially to the volunteers who tossed pumpkins in less-than-ideal weather to help us restore the park at the end of the night.

The Pumpkin Parade was the first of four November DECA events. Here is the low-down on what else is coming up!

DECA Pride cinq-à-sept | November 9 |5-7pm

Bringing together East End LGBTQ+ folks and allies, DECA Pride is hosting a casual get together at Local 1794 from 5-7pm. Light snacks provided. Meet at the back!

Click here to join the DECA Pride email list and here to join the Facebook group.


DECA Annual General Meeting & Party | November 20 | 7-9pm

It’s our last official #DECAde event – the Annual General Meeting & Party! Come to Hirut Café and Restaurant to eat delicious Ethiopian food, listen to some live music, meet your neighbours, renew your membership or join DECA and celebrate another great year of community-building. Cash bar. Board elections and formal remarks will be short, starting at around 8. Facebook event is here.

Stay tuned for our recommended nominations for next year’s Board. Spoiler alert: change is afoot!


DECA’s Festival of Lights | November 25 | 5-6pm

For the past five years, DECA has organized a tree lighting event at East Lynn Park to celebrate the festive season and this year promises to be the best one yet!

Rumour has it that Santa himself has cleared his schedule to visit us.

Watch this space for the beautiful poster to come, and in the meantime, save the date!

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DECA AGM – Nov 21

Our Annual Party & General Meeting is coming up on November 21 from 6-9pm at Hirut. Hope you can join us! 

At the party you can:

  • Find out how to get more involved with DECA 
  • Join DECA or renew your $10/year per household membership
  • Meet our Board and many of our other amazing volunteers
  • Meet your neighbours
  • Enjoy Hirut’s delicious food (on us!)
  • Vote for next year’s Board if you are a member

If you’ve never come to the Party & AGM before, the formal program usually goes from about 7:30-8:30 and it involves volunteers doing short “pitches” for their events/initiatives, the Treasurer’s report, Board elections and remarks from the Chair. 

It’s always a fun night and a chance to see and reflect on what a community can achieve when we work together for positive change. 

Membership and voting are limited to people who live in our catchment (Main to Lumsden/Mortimer to Monarch Park to the train tracks) but everyone who cares about this neighbourhood can come to this and all of our events. 

The Board will be putting forward the following nominees for election to the 2016/17 Board:

Sheri Hebdon (Chair)

Audrey Kvedaras (Vice Chair)

Anita Schretlen (Treasurer)

Alison McMurray (Secretary)

Amanda Olson

Melissa Peretti

Loreen Barbour

Jennifer Scott

Gay Stephenson

Peter Woodcock

Nicole Bergot-Browning

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See you on Monday!

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So it finally feels like fall but don’t start your hibernation yet. Lots happening this weekend! 

Danforth East Short Film Festival – Saturday from 8-10pm, $10 

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or at the door! 2183 Danforth @ Time Capsule Board Game Café. 


DECA is a proud sponsor of the festival. 

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Just Say “Boo!”, Sunday from 3-5pm, free

CareVillage is a newly formed not-for profit that aims to provide East-End Toronto parents with immediate solutions and long-term resources with the goal of building a self-sustaining network, a modern village. 

This Sunday, October 23rd, from 3-5pm at Kaza Family Centre, 1386 Danforth Avenue, they are hosting a family Halloween Event!

– games and activities for kids with fun prizes!

– any opportunity to get a professional photo of your little one in Halloween costume!

– and opportunity to meet local families and build your community!

CareVillage will also be accepting *new and unopened* toiletry and non-perishable food items, as well as hats, mitts, and scarves, that will be distributed to East-End families for their upcoming holiday food and toy drive.  Click here for more info.  

DECA is a proud sponsor of this event too!

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DECA Pride October Mingle, Sunday from 3:30-5:30pm, free

Join DECA Pride at at Time Capsule, 2183 Danforth for a social event for east-end LGBTQ+ people, and any allies who also want to come. Come on your own, with a date, with friends or with your family and enjoy free game-playing, and light snacks courtesy of DECA. 


To be added to DECA Pride’s email list, click here and request to join. This is a DECA-led initiative. 

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Halloween Swap, Sunday from 11am-4pm 

Bring any halloween related costume or accessory and receive swapping tickets for each item (10 tickets max). Items are worth between 1 and 3 tickets each, depending on size and condition.

The Sharing Depot is located at 1803 Danforth Ave and they promise to be haunting the place from 11am-4pm – bring your spooky items down and swap with your neighbours for new spooky items!


For more info about the swap click here. Learn more about the Sharing Depot here!

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DECA Board Meeting, Monday from 7:30-9:30pm

Drop us a line at info@deca.to if you’d like to come!

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 Save the date!

Our Annual General Meeting will be on November 21 from 6-9pm. Stay tuned for details. 

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Fairy Door Auction – ends Sunday at 1pm so bid now!

A message from Danny’s Urban Fairies:

Danny’s Urban Fairies is pleased to announce our giving back to the community initiative. Don’t miss this great opportunity to bid on a limited selection of one-of-a-kind fairy doors through an online silent auction. 100% of the proceeds from this silent auction will be donated to the East End Music Project – a local non-profit music education program for east end kids.

Visit: http://dannysurbanfairies2015.eflea.ca/view to bid before the auction closes on November 15 at 1pm!

Old’s Cool – Good news and bad news

Our friends at Old’s Cool had their window smashed last night. It happens, but since this is a new business with owners who are working so hard to build a community space – it just kind of sucks. Zahra said that they are declining donations at this point but they are really touched by the community concerns for them.  So if you have a chance in the next couple of days, stop by to show support – a smile and a purchase would help lift their spirits!

The good news is that the show must go on, so their awesome craft fair will still happen next weekend on November 21st. Mark your calendars!

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DECA Party

It’s our Annual Party and General Meeting on Monday. Everyone is invited! (Yes, that means you)

If hear about our exciting year and meeting your neighbours isn’t enough of a draw, Hirut’s delicious food certainly should be. (Cash bar and live music too!)

The speeches and board election will take place sometime between 8-9pm (ish), in case that matters!

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