Downsview staff, past and current, joined by teachers from Victoria Park and William Lyon Mackenzie, gathered recently to play a little euchre and talk about the One City Scholarship Fund in celebration of the successful end to the semester. The tournament was intense, loud, competitive and filled with laughter, fueled by the incomparable baking of Monica de Jersey.
The event raised $600 for the One City Scholarship Fund, which will provide substantial, multi-year scholarships to Toronto students who have come from poor backgrounds and who have excelled academically. The goal is to award the first scholarships in 2017. One City hopes as well to help change the narrative in the city about young people who grow up in poor neighbourhoods. They do not deserve the stigma and diminished expectations they too often face. We need to understand how the vast majority of them are working hard to build positive lives.
The organizers, Lia D’Andrea, Lisa Prinn and Sharon Lee, see these kinds of relaxed social gatherings as an important way to spread the word about One City and to raise some money for this teacher-driven cause. Plans have begun for a spring event!
One City Scholarship Fund is run by teachers for students in partnership with the Toronto Foundation and the Toronto Foundation for Student Success.
When we reach across the barriers that divide us, we become one city.