The Metcalf Foundation’s Inclusive Local Economies Program invites you to an event in celebration of the release of a new publication: The Power of Civic Action: How the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee revitalized their park and created an engine of grassroots economic activity.
The Power of Civic Action tells the story of how — over the past eight years — the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee overcame barriers to create an inclusive, local bazaar and food market in their park. As a result, not only have they been successful in supporting micro-entrepreneurship but they have also created an engine of economic, environmental, and social change for their community.
In addition to the release of The Power of Civic Action, the event will include a lively panel discussion featuring four leaders on issues of neighbourhood economic resiliency and micro-entrepreneurship.
Sabina Ali, Chair of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, will speak about how the Women’s Committee nurtures micro-entrepreneurship through their bazaar.
Robyn Hoogendam, Coordinator of Research and Community Development at The Learning Enrichment Foundation, will share challenges low-income entrepreneurs face and strategies to reduce barriers.
Howard Tam, Principal and Founder of ThinkFresh, will speak about the challenges facing micro-vendors and ways to create enabling conditions.
Karen Keskull, Small Business Consultant with the City of Toronto, will talk about the city’s policies and initiatives to support micro-entrepreneurs.
The discussion will address challenges and opportunities for supporting low-income entrepreneurs and micro-entrepreneurship in our city. Following the panel discussion there will be time for questions and answers.
This is a free event but, as space is limited, we ask you to please RSVP. Please click the register button above and complete the required information.
If you have questions, please contact Metcalf Foundation's Inclusive Local Economies Program Director, Adriana Beemans, email@example.com.
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