Annual General Meeting 2019 – DUKE Heights BIA

November 01, 2019

DUKE Heights BIA invites its members to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Location: Painters Union Hall (IUPAT), 132 Toro Rd, Toronto
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Proof of BIA membership will be required. Members are requested to bring their photo IDs and either a business card, utility bill showing business name/tenant name and address, or their City of Toronto property tax bill.
The purpose of this meeting is to approve the DUKE Heights BIA budget and general program for 2020. This program is paid for by a special levy charged to BIA members. For the BIA member, the best way to participate in decision making is to get involved, so we encourage you to be active and join our committees.

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Tour de DUKE Heights – Children’s Bike Race held on October 05, 2019

October 05, 2019

While the “big” folks can race, so can the “little” ones!

After hiding behind the gloom for the past few days, the sun finally came out bright to smile at and welcome young riders on the tracks of the first ever Tour de DUKE Heights on October 05, 2019. The event took place on Canarctic Drive located in DUKE Heights BIA. It was a “special day” for children from surrounding communities who received their first bikes and helmets as gifts and then took part in a friendly race.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory addressing children and parents at Tour de DUKE Heights 2019

DUKE Heights BIA co-hosted the first Tour de DUKE Heights with Toronto City Councillor Anthony Perruzza. The event was a success! Special thanks to the City Transportation and Traffic Management departments, TTC, EMS, Toronto Police, CultureLink Bike Hub and our volunteers for assisting in the day’s events.

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The day started with a Cycling Education and Safety training session by CultureLink Bike Hub and bike trainer Hugh Smith, who is also a retired officer and one of the city’s first Bike Patrol Unit officers. This session aimed at guiding the young riders on essential skills and awareness of road safety.

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With significant contribution from our sponsors we were able to provide 101 bikes to children from underprivileged families from the surrounding neighbourhoods. The Toronto City mayor, the local MPP and the City Councillor joined our Board of Directors at the inauguration ceremony.

To end the proceedings of the day full of excitement and fun, each racer was given a race medal and treats, so every kid was a winner!

Hundreds of Jobseekers Participated in the Annual Opening Doors Job Fair

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October 01, 2019

A hiring event took place at the National Event Venue located in the DUKE Heights BIA on Aug 29, 2019. The event was organized by the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT) to connect newcomer jobseekers with prospective employers hosted 15 employers from various fields. MNLCT is an organization from the BIA that works as a conduit to bring together diverse talent with employers who understand that to serve their diverse customer base, they need to have qualified and culturally competent staff.

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“We know that great candidates come through various locations, we are trying to connect them to the right opportunities”, said TD Bank’s Nima Hersi at the job fair. The fair was an opportunity for jobseekers to demonstrate their skills as well as network with employers.

“I have been able to move from table to table submitting my resume and having a chat with some of the employers. I am hoping to be contacted soon.” said Denis Wakigiri, one of the newcomers at the Fair. Leticia Esquivel, who oversees the HOPES program (Helping Our Newcomers Prepare for Employment Success) at MNLCT said, “The newcomers’ participation was high, this is a good example of how we can support them and the kind of activities they require since lack of employment is one of their main barriers.”

DUKE Heights BIA sponsored this event. This was a window for us to connect our member businesses with the right talents that they need. Events like this support one of our core objectives – driving employment in the area.

Tour de DUKE Heights – Children’s Bike Race Event on October 05, 2019

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September 01, 2019

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DUKE Heights BIA is working with Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7 and few other local community organizations towards organizing a community bike race event on October 05, 2019. The objective of this event is to provide bikes to kids who are in need from the neighbouring community by developing young riders’ essential skills in a safe, fun, and playful environment and leading them up to a non-competitive bike race.

The City of Toronto Transportation and Traffic Management departments and Toronto Police are already on board and who will be providing necessary support in making this event successful.

When: Saturday, October 05, 2019, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Canarctic Drive, North York

  • The day will start at 10:00 am with a Cycling Education and Safety training session by CultureLink Bike Hub and Hugh Smith, a retired officer and one of the city’s first Bike Patrol Unit officers. This session aims at guiding the young riders on essential skills and awareness of road safety.
  • A non-competitive bike race will follow at 1:00 pm on a 1.8 km loop from Keele Street back onto Canarctic Drive via Wildcat Road.

To learn more and participate, email us at bikerace@dukeheights.ca.

Road Closure:

The event will take place on 1.8 km loop from Keele Street back onto Canarctic Drive via Wildcat Road. It will require that the following roads remain closed on Saturday, October 05, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Canarctic Drive from and to Keele St.;
  • Wildcat Road from Keele St. via Canarctic Drive; and
  • Petrolia Road from Limestone Crescent and from The Pond Road

We regret any inconvenience caused by the road closure on the event day and request cooperation from the business owners and their employees. However, should there be an emergency and/or you require access or exit for a vehicle on Saturday, October 05, 2019 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., we request the concerned owner or tenant to call us. The event team will make necessary arrangements for your access or exit.

MNLCT brings back Opening Doors Job Fair to DUKE Heights

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One of the most urgent needs of every newcomer is to find a job as soon as they can so they are able to sustain themselves and their families.

The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT) – a settlement agency located in the DUKE Heights BIA that offers a range of services to newcomers – is hosting the Opening Doors Job Fair, an event aimed at helping newcomers integrate into the Canadian labour market. The event is supported by DUKE Heights BIA, through a sponsorship as well as connections to local employers, as part of their mandate to aid area businesses and tap into the growth potential of the community.

This year’s event is scheduled for August 29, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at the National Event Venue at 1000 Finch Avenue West, North York. It will be the 3rd of its kind and will feature up to 20 employers, with an opportunity for newcomer jobseekers to meet and interact with prospective employers and to showcase their skills and talents.

Registration is FREE through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mnlct-opening-doors-job-fair-tickets-65051248034.

Shelly D’Mello, the Executive Director of MNLCT says, “the Centre created this Job Fair to help newcomers find meaningful work in Canada”.

“We know that immigrants face many barriers to finding meaningful work here in Canada – they need to get credentials recognized, to learn a new language and culture, to identify employers who are hiring, and they need to do all of this with social and professional networks that aren’t yet as fully developed as they were in their home countries. We created this event to give newcomers a chance to tackle some of these barriers in a supportive environment, to grow their networks and their confidence – and to know that there is a good job out there for them, that they can achieve their career goals.” Says D’Mello.

For more information, visit the event page on the MNLCT website: http://mnlct.org/openingdoors.

Join us for Tour de DUKE Heights on October 05, 2019!

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Tour de DUKE Heights is a community bike race event aimed at providing bikes to kids who are in need. There will be a strong focus on developing young riders’ essential skills through training and coaching in a non-competitive, fun and playful environment leading them to the bike race event which would bring the community together. Subject to contribution from our members and associates, our goal is to coordinate donations of bikes for up to 200 kids in need and leading them up to the race. We are partnering with City Councillor Anthony Perruzza and have all the relevant departments at the City of Toronto on board with us for this event.

For sponsors, this is an opportunity to contribute to an initiative driven by local needs and to give back to the community. This is also a wonderful opportunity to network with some of the local businesses and community members.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
We are looking for sponsors to provide donations for bikes and helmets to kids in need. Check out the link below for more details.

Sponsorship Form - Tour de DUKE Heights 2019

BE A VOLUNTEER:
This would be a great opportunity to take part in this community event and to make a difference to the people around you.

To learn more and participate, e-mail us at bikerace@dukeheights.ca or call (416) 739-1621.

DUKE eats festival 2019 : A Fusion of Fun and Flavours Loved by Foodies and Families

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July 01, 2019

The kickoff for the Canada Day long weekend could not be any better for the DUKE Heights community. With more than two thousand community members, families, students, and people from the surrounding areas, we celebrated our very own DUKE Eats festival on June 29, 2019 at the corner of Keele St and Finch Avenue W. The festival was a smashing success; it brought in over a dozen local BIA food vendors, craft vendors, local organizations and businesses, and some of Toronto’s best food trucks to the DUKE Heights community.

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The festival featured Toronto’s DJ Budz, free family circus performances by Illuminair Entertainment, a kids’ entertainment zone completed with bouncy castles and countless free activities and treats, such as face painting, caricature sketches, Lego blocks, and cotton candy, all thanks to our sponsors for the festival.

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In addition to delicious food options, we promoted DUKE eats as a green festival with Metrolinx, Live Green, Regenesis and Cultural Link bike clinics promoting sustainable living and transportation methods. Thanks to the help of these organizations, we were able to provide the public with access to information on sustainable methods of waste disposal, a free bike clinic for minor repairs and tune-ups and information on the construction of the future Finch West LRT.

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Last year DUKE Heights BIA organized its first outdoor food festival to provide a platform for our growing and successful food manufacturer and vendors. This year we brought back DUKE eats festival with a promise to provide a wider platform for the food manufacturers and retailers to showcase our rich and thriving food sector and to promote diversity and cultural inclusion in our BIA.

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DUKE eats festival is sure to return next year bigger and better, with more food, fun and excitement for all your friends and family to enjoy in the DUKE Heights BIA!

DUKE eats festival Returns!

June 01, 2019

DUKE eats festival is coming back to Toronto this summer, the tastiest time of the year! Get ready to eat, shop and have some fun on June 29, 2019!
Last year the BIA organized its first outdoor food festival to provide a platform for our growing and successful food manufacturer and vendors. This year we are bringing back DUKE eats festival with a promise to provide a wider platform for the food manufacturers and retailers to showcase our rich and thriving food sector and to promote diversity and cultural inclusion in our BIA.
The event will be held at 1300 Finch Avenue West on the North-East corner of Keele and Finch, right across from Finch West Subway Station providing easy access for food lovers in the city. The festival highlights the most sought-after Toronto food trucks, neighborhood eateries, a craft market, live music and entertainment for kids, raffle prizes, giveaways & more! The festival is sponsored by Upper Crust.
In line with our mandates for social consciousness and environmentally sound practices, the event will also feature Finch West LRT car mock-up, free bike clinics for minor repairs and tune ups, and more.
When: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 5 PM to 9 PM
Where: Keele & Finch Commercial Centre parking lot (1300 Finch Avenue West)
We are currently recruiting volunteers for DUKE eats festival. Contact us at events@dukeheights.ca for more information.

DUKE Eats Festival & Free Outdoor Movie – June 29, 2019

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DUKE EATS food festival is back to Toronto this summer, the tastiest time of the year! Get ready to eat, shop and have some fun on Saturday June 29th, 2019 from 5 PM to 9 PM!
No admission fees, it’s FREE!

Come with your family and friends for an afternoon full of treats, music, giveaways and fun!
Follow us for live updates & announcements from the most delicious events across the city. If you are interested in getting involved, let us know on the event Facebook page-

https://www.facebook.com/events/412362602895167/

Don’t miss out #DUKEEatsFestival!

The festival will be complemented by a FREE movie screening at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School from 8 PM courtesy by Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7. Bring your family and enjoy an outdoor movie and refreshments on an exciting evening during the Canada Day weekend! Don’t forget your lawn chair and blankets!

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DUKE Careers- Manufacturing Connections

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May 01, 2019

On 11th April 2019, DUKE Heights BIA successfully hosted a first-of-its-kind career exploration event, ‘DUKE Careers- Manufacturing Connections, bringing together local BIA businesses, industry professionals, employment service providers and job seekers under the same platform to discuss career opportunities in the manufacturing industry, especially in the food and furniture sectors.
With high concentration of manufacturing businesses in the DUKE Heights BIA, a major challenge highlighted by our membership lies in hiring and retaining employees in their workforce. The role of the BIA is to act as an intermediary to connect them to the right talent pool by working with local employment service providers. With the intent to manufacture these connections, the first DUKE Careers event was launched.

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The event was inaugurated by Anthony Perruzza, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 7 and James Pasternak, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 6. The focus for the first half of the day was on dispelling stigmas associated with careers in manufacturing and learning about the emerging workforce needs based on the evolving industry. This included presentations and panel discussions by various industry professionals from the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, University of Toronto, ThinkTank Toronto, Trillium Advanced Manufacturing and Ontario Manufacturing and Learning Consortiums (OMLC). The participants seemed to engage well in these sessions and had their queries addressed by the panelists.

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The second half involved networking with food and furniture manufacturing businesses from the BIA and employment service providers through exhibitor desks. During this time, we witnessed a lot of buzz in the room where job seekers actively reached out to the exhibitors to learn more about the current job opportunities and employment support available to start a career in the manufacturing sector. The event closed with a participant feedback survey to capture the learnings and outcomes of the event.

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DUKE heights would like to thank our project sponsors Metcalf Foundation and York Entrepreneurship Development Institute and all our community partners for their support and participation. We look forward to creating more employment opportunities in our BIA by building stronger connections with the local communities!