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Jennifer Kirner, Community Development Manager (left) presenting a cheque to Lynda Kosowan.

For Scarborough Women's Centre, partnership is often composed of two or more organizations with like minded goals or interests, working together to achieve change, collaborating to bridge gaps in services and provide programming for our community.
Our involvement in partnership with corporations, foundations, community agencies and residents encompasses all of the above with a focus on increasing our capacity to serve our community effectively and efficiently.

The Centre has recently been engaged in a variety of new partnerships to increase our capacity to serve women and families in Scarborough. The Centre established a strong partnership with Birchmount Community Neighbourhood Services, East Scarborough Storefront and Springtide Resources to provide a series of workshops and leadership training to women with disabilities in Scarborough. This partnership shares resources such as space, staff and support as well as expertise on topics and issues that affect women with disabilities. The combined knowledge of these organizations ensures a holistic approach to service provision that is based on inclusion and accommodation.

The Scarborough Access Centre (co-location) is a partnership among many agencies and services including Family Service Toronto, Tropicana, Toronto Employment and Social Services, Legal Aid Ontario, Toronto Police Services, Victim Witness, and the Centre that is establishing a shared co-location space in Scarborough, where all the partners house services in a one stop shop for women at risk of or experiencing violence. This partnership allows for a woman to receive counselling, legal advice, support from victim witness all in one location, so she is not travelling around the city to access services. The Centre has been a vital partner from the inception of this project, including being a trustee for the project for two years.
We lent our expertise in developing workshops on the topic of woman abuse during pregnancy to the Growing Healthy Together (Canadian Prenatal Nutritional Program) programs in the six high priority neighbourhoods of Scarborough. The Centre established a partnership with Multi-Lingual Community Services in which we trained their interpreters in the areas of violence against women and secondary traumatization.

We have been actively engaged in the development of the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) council, a collaboration of various organizations providing services to newcomers and immigrants with a goal of addressing gaps in service, developing seamless referral processes among organizations and cooperating on developing programming to meet the needs of newcomers and immigrants.

We are working collaboratively in partnership with the YWCA's MOTS program to provide one on one counselling to participants in their programs and are working towards establishing an expansion of our counselling services in two high priority neighbourhoods. This is to better serve and access women who keep identifying the need for free one on one counselling and support services such as mentoring to heal and cope with issues such as violence, depression, life transitions, loss, parenting and settlement.

Establishing appropriate partnerships with funders, community agencies, business and residents is a corner stone for the Centre. These mutually beneficial relationships create resources, skills and capacity to identify and establish high quality programming and services. Partnership building is a part of our foundation that assists us in helping women achieve emotional and economic independence which in turn provides women with the tools and skills to realize brighter futures for themselves and their families.

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2100 Ellesmere Road., Suite 245
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M1H 3B7
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