On March 4, 2015 a public celebration took place at Ray-Cam Community Centre, marking the formal kick-off of the Graduation Strategy. The event enabled key partners to meet the community and the general public, answer questions, and build overall community momentum to create a neighbourhood where children can thrive. Following the Public Forum, the Community was invited to attend a special performance of “Mistatim”, a Red Sky Production, at the Russian Hall.
Our Place is a collaboration of community organizations, residents, First Nations, and local businesses, including ALIVE. Based at Ray-Cam Community Centre, our comprehensive approach starts with pre-natal care and healthy babies, through to early learning opportunities at local child care centres, and on to youth and family supports through the middle years to secondary school graduation. The Graduation Strategy establishes a holistic approach, working with parents to establish a culture of success in the inner-city. “Peer support for families is an important element of our comprehensive approach” says Marilyn McKee, president of the Ray-Cam Community Cooperative Association.
**Thank you to Dima Alansari for the Photos
Afterwards community members headed to the Russian Hall for dinner and a performance of, Mistatim, a production of Red Sky indigenous theatre, music and dance Company from Toronto
Check out CBC’s Coverage of the Graduation Strategy Launch:
CBC’s March 4th Edition of On the Coast featuring an Interview with Scott Clark on the Graduation Strategy
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