As the heat of the summer intensifies, we know that we are not far from another graduation ceremony. Let me congratulate all the participants in our various programs for your accomplishments this year. I hope you enjoy the evening!
2007/2008 was a watershed year marking the metamorphosis of East End Literacy into Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development (CCL&D). This was the culmination of a couple of years of discussions and strategic planning with input from the board, staff, learning participants and our extended community. It was amazing for me to witness the angst and eventual satisfaction as the new plan and, in particular, the new name fell into place. I can feel the confidence from all involved that we are headed in the right direction.
As we look to our theme for the graduation ceremony; “Strong Communities Together,” be reminded that it is no coincidence that our name includes the word community. Over its more than 20 year history, and in our recent planning activities, CCL&D has understood that empowering individuals is accomplished through a holistic training approach that allows them to integrate and take advantage of the community around them. The Immigrant Women Integration Program (IWIP), a truly innovative program, takes the concept one step further by empowering women with the skills to strengthen their communities and then by sending the participants out to expand the capacity of communities across the city. Building strong communities is what CCL&D does!
With its shiny new name and renewed confidence, CCL&D is attracting new initiatives that will make for exciting times ahead.
This year marks my sixth and therefore my last year on the Board of Directors of CCL&D. I would like to take a moment to express my sincere respect for the board, staff and learning participants that I met and worked with at CCL&D. I have learned much from those I have shared this experience with. I look forward to finding ways to stay involved with CCL&D over the next few years.
President, Board of Directors