Natalie

Natalie

“Moorelands changed Natalie. Be Natalie’s hero. Make a donation on #GivingTuesday (November 28th) to help Natalie spread some Moorelands “campfire confidence” to other Toronto kids.”

Natalie's Story

I’d like you to meet Natalie. She’s just one of the 133,000 children who are living in poverty in our city, right now.

Natalie was going through a tough time when I first met her.

Our BLAST leaders told me that she had been a victim of bullying at school and her self-esteem was at rock bottom. I watched her interacting with the other children at BLAST and I could see that, although she was struggling, the positive environment based on respect and caring was helping her, slowly but surely, come out of her shell.  It became clear to me that this was a child in need of the year-round support that Moorelands can offer. I determined, right then and there, to get Natalie to camp.

Fast-forward to this summer at Moorelands Camp where I had the pleasure of meeting Natalie again. This time around, it was like meeting a different person.  I saw her beaming with confidence as she sang camp songs with a group of friends around the campfire. As the campfire came to a close, her cabin group passed by. There she was, right in the middle, laughing and filled with joy as she recounted her time at camp and all she’d achieved. When I asked her what she had learned over her time at Moorelands she said;

 

“Moorelands has taught me how to be strong and think positively. From what I’ve learned here, I can teach others to be more confident like me.”  – Natalie, Age 10.

At Moorelands Camp, kids like Natalie get the opportunity to develop self-esteem and resiliency and to form positive, enduring friendships – the tools they need to overcome bullying and many other life challenges.

Moorelands changed Natalie. Be Natalie’s hero. Make a donation on #GivingTuesday (November 28th) to help Natalie spread some Moorelands “campfire confidence” to other Toronto kids.

Thank you!

Lynda

#GivingTuesday is November 28th!

This #GivingTuesday your support can give even more kids the opportunity to build some “campfire confidence” at Moorelands.

Giving Tuesday 2017

One of our amazing donors has offered a MATCHING GIFT! If we raise $3,600 on November 28th, this generous anonymous donor will match your gifts and double your impact!

Visit: http://givingtuesday.ca/partners/moorelands-community-services to learn more about how you can give back and spread the word about Moorelands on November 28th!

THANK YOU!

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Mike (right) as a volunteer at camp

Mike Kim Shares His Moorelands Story

“I grew up in a loving family. For many kids it’s not like that. Moorelands taught me to be aware of more than just what’s in front of you.”

Mike's Story

Mike as a staff member at Moorelands Camp
Mike at Moorelands Camp

Mike “Squeak” Kim started working at Moorelands Camp in 2004 and went on to be a Section Head and then the Assistant Manager of our City Programs. Although he officially left in 2009, he continues to volunteer regularly.

For Mike, one thing that stands out about Moorelands’ approach is the focus on creating “the best environment possible” for the kids we serve.

Leadership for Staff and Kids

“Staff here are pushed to do more.” He explains, “It’s more than just playing or babysitting –there’s a strong focus on developing leadership skills in both the kids and the staff.”

Working at Moorelands made a huge impact on Mike’s life.  He credits Nemo and Lost with helping him overcome his fear of public speaking, but he also learned so much from them about how to lead, develop staff and empower kids: Everything I learned at Moorelands I now model in the way I conduct myself as a social worker.”

Mike at work in the Moorelands office
Mike at work in the Moorelands office
Mike with fellow Moorelands staff member Katie
Mike with fellow Moorelands office staff member Katie overlooking Kawagama Lake

A Sense of Community and Citizenship

Today, Mike works at a homeless shelter for youth and helps youth find and keep employment. When working with these kids, he uses Moorelands strategies – such as fostering a sense of community and citizenship – and makes sure never to label anyone as a “bad kid.”

“Moorelands taught me that I can be the person who reinforces the negative stereotype a kid holds of themselves, or I can show them that they are a person of value who can do great things. That’s a game changer.”

An Experience like Moorelands Can Make All the Difference

At work, he’s always struck by just how different things might have been for his clients if they’d had an experience like Moorelands.

Now, I see youth at the worst time in their life. They have been neglected; they’ve run away from home. They often ask me, ‘Where was someone like you when I was younger?’ I really believe when you invest in kids at a younger age – like Moorelands does – it negates the bad influences.”

One of the pictures taken by Mike as a volunteer at camp.
One of the pictures taken by Mike as a volunteer at camp.
Mike at Camp
Mike at Camp

Mike is so proud to continue to be a part of Moorelands: “It takes a community to help these kids. Things don’t change over-night; it’s a long-term investment.

 The work you make possible is so influential. The friendships and connections kids make at Moorelands – they continue to support us long after camp.”

Thanks, Mike, for being a part of the Moorelands’ community! We’re so glad to have you as part of our world!

#GivingTuesday is November 28th!

This #GivingTuesday your support can give even more kids the opportunity to build some “campfire confidence” at Moorelands.

Giving Tuesday 2017

One of our amazing donors has offered a MATCHING GIFT! If we raise $3,600 on November 28th, this generous anonymous donor will match your gifts and double your impact!

Visit: http://givingtuesday.ca/partners/moorelands-community-services to learn more about how you can give back and spread the word about Moorelands on November 28th!

THANK YOU!

Countdown to #GivingTuesday…

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After-school program back in "fall" swing

After-School Programs in “Fall” Swing!

Teamwork, Trustworthiness and Problem-solving

Over the past few weeks, our Youth LED kids have been learning about important leadership habits and qualities that they can use to achieve success. The nine-week program covers many important aspects through a fun variety of activities. This past week the students at Valley Park Middle School were developing teamwork and problem-solving skills and learning about the importance of trustworthiness. Check out the pics!

Getting Active After-School

Recent studies highlight the importance of getting kids active and into the outdoors to reap many physical and mental health benefits and improve attainment at school.  BLAST Gateway has been making the most of the beautiful fall weather by playing soccer and developing their physical literacy skills outdoors. Check out the pics of the fun!

 

Cooking Activities help kids develop important life-skills

All those active games help our kids work up quite the appetite! Last week, kids at BLAST had quite the treat when they learned how to bake delicious cupcakes! Take a look at the pics of kids practising teamwork and sharing as they worked together to bake a delicious batch of tasty goodness!

Celebrating Canada150 with some Bannock

Over at BLAST Gateway, kids also took part in a cooking activity but this time they were learning about the traditional Canadian bread – Bannock! At Moorelands Camp, kids learn to make bannock on cookouts and campouts so we brought a little camp to Moorelands BLAST and the kids got to recreate a Canadian campout after-school!
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Advice I Wish I’d Had: High School Grads Give Advice on Making Career Moves

Life is a puzzle, you put it together as you go. Some things fit perfectly, while others don’t, but you always wish you had some advice to guide you along your way.

Moorelands VITAL (Volunteers In Training As Leaders) program helps youth develop leadership skills and positive character qualities that will prepare them to succeed in school and the workplace. To help our participants, before they transition from High School to post-secondary education or the world of work, we’ve created a short series of advice articles: Advice I Wish I’d Had.

In this series, University and College students share what they have learned since graduating High School, from transitioning into University or College to finding a summer job. This week find out what advice they give on making career moves.

Anonymous | Business Technology Management | Ryerson University

Think long and hard over the decision. Follow the decision making process that best fits you but also keep in mind practicality. It would be a good idea to have a plan to fall back on if things don’t work out.

 

Mustafa | Neuroscience | University of Toronto

Think about whether you’ll regret the choice next week. The Next year. Then next decade. And then decide on it. Kind of like a tattoo.

 

Anonymous | Double Major in English and Sociology with an emphasis in Education |  Trent University

If it motivates you to jump out of bed every morning than you know you’re on the right track. Change is okay as long as you don’t lose sight of you.

Anonymous | Life Sciences | UOIT

Ask questions to yourself if the choice is right for you and your personal life.

 

Nick | Nuclear Engineering | UOIT

When trying to find the career for you make sure your interests are a priority.
While high pay is definitely enticing, you should try to find a career that you can see yourself doing for a reasonably long time while still maintaining your interest in said field.

 

Giulia | Professional Communications | Ryerson  University

Research opportunities to see what the requirements are and how you can tailor your resume to each position.

Anonymous | Practical Nursing | Centennial College

Some people may want to do something then you suddenly lose interest so it’s best to really think about what you want to do since tuition is expensive

 

Anonymous | Graphic Design | OCAD

Plan ahead.

 

 

By Vimbai Chikoore

BLAST is back!

Moorelands BLAST is Back!

At Moorelands, we believe that ‘Together is Better’!

BLAST is Back!

BLAST IS BACK! Moorelands BLAST after-school programs returned last week and it was so great to meet old and new faces alike! Our programs at Thorncliffe Park PS, Gateway PS and Grenoble PS all kicked off with getting-to-know-you activities and an introduction to the Moorelands Community Code. At BLAST Thorncliffe, participants got stuck into some fun gym games and got some much-need physical activity. Did you know that being active after school has a greater impact on a child’s academic success than homework??

Together is Better

One of our Moorelands Leadership Habits is that “Together is Better.” As we welcomed back our participants, we’re so thankful to everyone in our community who makes our programs possible… a special shout out here to our awesome program staff team! These guys work so hard to put on a wide variety of activities each week – all of them including a second level of “intentional” learning. At BLAST Grenoble, program leaders organized a fantastic healthy eating game. Participants got to construct their own yummy fruit kebobs… and then took it in turns to reveal something about themselves to their new program friends with each yummy fruit chunk. So our kids got to learn about healthy eating AND each other!

Learning Life Skills

Meanwhile, kids at BLAST Gateway were developing important life-skills as the learned to make Pita Pizzas…and then sampling their delicious handy work! At BLAST, participants take part in cooking workshops weekly. Twice a month they focus on creating a specifically healthy meal, but there is always a focus on the elements of basic nutrition, what making healthy choices looks like and why balance is important.

There are still spots left at all three locations and all spaces are subsidized; the highest amount parents pay is $125 for 5 days a week for the whole school year! Register your child for BLAST here.

We’re excited to welcome back our Youth LED and VITAL programs, this week. If you would like to register your child for any of these programs, visit here: www.moorelands.ca/register.

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St. Timothy's Work Weekend

St. Timothy’s Work Weekend 2017

“When I see pictures of kids at camp – on benches we have made, enjoying the archery area, the PFD’s hanging to dry, the faces of the campers, and the stories of a campers growth… I’m proud to know we have had a small role to play in this place.”

St. Timothy’s Anglican Church Volunteers

THANK YOU!

At Moorelands, we teach our kids about the importance of service leadership – the idea that a leader exists to serve and help others be the best they can be.  One great example of this is the St. Timothy’s work weekend.

Members of St. Timothy’s congregation have been coming up to Moorelands Camp to volunteer for over 20 years.  Over this year’s weekend, these fantastic volunteers donated more than 200 hours of labour. Not only did they build, repair, paint and clean up but they got to spend some good church-family bonding time.

We’re so in awe of the age range of volunteers – from toddlers to seniors – everyone pitched in to help!

Jane Hutchinson, who organizes the weekend along with Christie Stevenson, has been coming up to help since 1997. She explains that the idea to volunteer at Moorelands first came about as part of the church’s outreach and fellowship and it continues to be a multi-generational project with around 40 volunteers each summer.

She fondly remembers coming up to camp with her daughter, Rachel, 20 years ago and sleeping in a wilderness cabin with no electricity… a cabin which they ended up sharing with a family of chipmunks!

Jane and Rachel have witnessed many changes at camp over the years but also appreciate how the camp changed them too:

 

“Our first project was to build a cabin with wood siding – we had no idea that we could do it! But we all encouraged each other and learned. It was amazing. Skilled volunteers showed us how to use the tools and we developed confidence in ourselves. It’s one of the things that’s brought us back to volunteer year after year.”
Today, she and Rachel continue their support and are now joined by Rachel’s nieces and son!

Jane is grateful for the opportunity to “help a worthy cause and spend time enjoying the scenic setting and fresh air. I appreciate the community spirit and the knowledge that we are doing something that is of benefit to Moorelands…

“I know that everyone is so thankful that we can help provide a camp experience to children who can’t afford it. I personally feel blessed that my own children didn’t have to strive for that. I’m happy that I can help other children have opportunities that my children were able to have.”

Christie adds, The goals and values of Moorelands just seem to make such good sense: Providing opportunities for kids to grow and develop as responsible citizens. Through volunteer opportunites, I’ve met kids who were campers/leaders, and are now educated and working and giving back. Proof that Moorelands works! I feel this is an organization I want to support – and it is brilliant to be able to contribute in tangible ways.”

Over the years, the congregation of St. Timothy’s have supported Moorelands’ children in many other ways – from financial donations to participating in Christmas Sharing. We’re so thankful to our friends at St. Timothy’s for all that they do. And a big special thank you to Christie and Jane for providing leadership and planning a great event for all.

Moorelands Logo - help us help kids

#GivingTuesday is November 28th!

This #GivingTuesday, your support can give even more kids the opportunity to build some “campfire confidence” at Moorelands.

Giving Tuesday 2017

One of our amazing donors has offered a MATCHING GIFT! If we raise $3,600 on November 28th, this generous anonymous donor will match your gifts and double your impact!

Visit: http://givingtuesday.ca/partners/moorelands-community-services to learn more about how you can give back and spread the word about Moorelands on November 28th!

THANK YOU!

Countdown to #GivingTuesday…

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Advice I Wish I’d Had: High School Grads Give Advice on Starting a New Job

Life is a puzzle, you put it together as you go. Some things fit perfectly, while others don’t, but you always wish you had some advice to guide you along your way.

Moorelands VITAL (Volunteers In Training As Leaders) program helps youth develop leadership skills and positive character qualities that will prepare them to succeed in school and the workplace. To help our participants, before they transition from High School to post-secondary education or the world of work, we’ve created a short series of advice articles: Advice I Wish I’d Had.

In this series, University and College students share what they have learned since graduating High School, from transitioning into University or College to finding a summer job. This week find out what advice they give on starting a new job.

Rabia | Communications and Marketing | Ryerson University

Be open to everything. There will always be a few things about a new job that are not stated in the job description. Always be prepared to take on whatever is thrown your way but also know where to draw a line. Your mental health is always more important and make sure to let your coworkers and supervisor(s) know when you need a break.

 

Arianna | Animation | Durham College

Make sure you ask your manager/supervisor all the questions you may have. It’s your first day they know some things may confuse you.

Savannah | Professional Communications | Ryerson University

Be kind to coworkers and build relationships with them. The people you work with can expose you to new opportunities, and you never know when you’ll need a recommendation.

 

Anonymous | Life Sciences | UOIT

Always ask questions if you are not sure if what you are doing is correct or how to deal with a problem.

Anonymous | Practical Nursing | Centennial College

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it ensures the employee that you take your job seriously

 

Anonymous | Graphic Design | OCAD

You might be flustered trying to learn everything at once. Remember you’re there to learn and your co-workers will understand.

 

Anonymous | Business Technology Management | Ryerson University

It is okay to make mistakes, that’s why it’s called learning. So long as you understand what led you to making that mistake and the approach you should have taken instead, it will be less likely for you to make that mistake going forward.

Mustafa | Neuroscience | University of Toronto

Don’t get anxious. Everyone knows you’re still learning. Give yourself time.

 

Anonymous | Double Major in English and Sociology with an emphasis in Education |  Trent University

Be ready to learn. Things may be tough for the first few days, but you’ll eventually get the hang of it.

Giulia | Professional Communications | Ryerson  University

Go in with an open mind and be ready to learn.

 

Nick | Nuclear Engineering | UOIT

Try to build as many relationships as you can. Having connections is good for networking. This can potentially help you land other jobs further down your career.

 

To learn more about the benefits of building your network read our article Networking Tips for Teens

 

By Vimbai Chikoore

Kayak the Humber

Kayak the Humber

We had such an amazing time at our Kayak the Humber event last week! Thank you so much to everyone who came out. It was so great to catch up with some Moorelands peeps right here in Toronto…and what a beautiful evening it was for a paddle! Check out the pics.

Advice I’d wish I’d Had: High School Grads Give Advice on How to Ace a Job Interview

Life is a puzzle, you put it together as you go. Some things fit perfectly, while others don’t, but you always wish you had some advice to guide you along your way.

Moorelands VITAL (Volunteers In Training As Leaders) program helps youth develop leadership skills and positive character qualities that will prepare them to succeed in the workplace. To help our participants as they transition from High School to post-secondary education or the world of work, we’ve created a short series of advice articles: Advice I Wish I’d Had.

In this series, University and College students share what they have learned since graduating High School, from transitioning into University or College to finding a summer job. This week find out what advice they give on acing job interviews.

Rabia | Communications and Marketing | Ryerson University

It sounds cliche, but preparation is key. Having done research on the company beforehand, knowing the duties of the job, and practicing basic interview questions (e.g. “what are your strengths”, “why do you want to work here”) will take a load off of your mind. Knowing you are prepared will allow you to relax and be more comfortable during the interview which will then allow you to be perceived as confident and ready for the job.

 

Arianna | Animation | Durham College

Always be friendly, smile a lot and always make eye contact

 

Anonymous | Life Sciences | UOIT

Be enthusiastic, confident and keep a smile on your face.

Anonymous | Graphic Design | OCAD

Positive energy is great.

 

Anonymous | Business Technology Management | Ryerson University

Put aside some time to learn about the employer & position you will be interviewing for. You’d be surprised over the amount of people that go into an interview and know next to nothing about the company or position they applied to.

 

Mustafa | Neuroscience | University of Toronto

Confidence confidence confidence. Fake confidence till it’s genuine. Its actually worked well for me.

Anonymous | Double Major in English and Sociology with an emphasis in Education |  Trent University

Be true and be you. If it’s meant for you, then trust that it will be given to you.

 

Nick | Nuclear Engineering | UOIT

Practice beforehand. Practicing beforehand enables you to go in with confidence.

 

Giulia | Professional Communications | Ryerson  University

Research the company before hand and have default answers to traditional questions i.e. name a time you had to deal with stress etc.

 

By Vimbai Chikoore

Peter and Marg Anne Jones - Century Club Members

Peter and Marg Anne Jones’ Story

“The work that Moorelands does is seminal…you have to support families and you have to start right at the beginning and keep the support going…”

Century Club Members, Peter and Marg Anne Jones, Share their Story

DCA Urban Work - Three Children with Worker, 1970
DCA Urban Work - Three Children with Worker, 1970s

Former Board member, Peter Jones, and his wife, Marg Anne, have been supporting Moorelands since Peter’s time on the board from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.

They were introduced to Moorelands (then the DCA) as part of the congregation of St. James Cathedral. Peter reminisces, “Michael Bedford-Jones was one of the curates at St. James and he was also on the board of the DCA. He was a good friend of ours and he recruited us to generally help out.

40 Years of Support

Peter, who eventually became chairman, fondly remembers the DCA community made up of “talented people who committed a lot of time and raised a lot of money.

When I ask them what has inspired their continued support over 40 years, Marg Anne explains: “Moorelands is so effective because if you lay on the support, when it needs to be laid on at the very beginning, then families have hope and they are able to respond…

Moorelands’ mission, to support families and children in poverty sums it up, doesn’t it? That’s what you do. And you do it very well, I think.

Kawagama Kids on the Trail circa 1975
Kawagama Kids on the Trail circa 1975
DCA Associates Tea, St Pauls, 1970s
DCA Associates Tea, St Pauls, 1970s
Aerial View of Moorelands Camp, 1972
Aerial View of Moorelands Camp, 1972
DCA Urban Daycare, 1977
DCA Urban Daycare, 1977

Benefits of Both Camp and City Programs

Peter and Marg Anne’s own children went to camp. Marg Anne tells us, “They benefited immensely. They always seemed to be more grown up when they got home; they learned cooperation.

Peter adds: “another factor we found out in retrospect was that the kids who went to Moorelands Camp were frequently motivated to do well in school. They now had a vision of their future and what they could achieve.

The couple has always been very interested in Moorelands’ work in the city. Marg Anne explains, “I love the after-school program. So many parents are working parents. Moorelands provides a wonderful opportunity for the children to interact with people who are caring and good role models. They help them with schoolwork and the kind of assistance that maybe they wouldn’t get at home.”

Investing in their Community

Today, Peter and Marg Anne are both retired and continue their work in the community. Along with their support for Moorelands, Marg Anne sits on the Board of Parent Child Mother Goose, an organization that offers free parent support programs focusing on early intervention. Peter told us more about their work as volunteers at Out of the Cold.

Community investment is clearly important to them both as Peter explains, “We’re very fortunate to be where we are. And I believe that should carry with it a sense of compassion towards others who are less fortunate.

Marg Anne adds that she has always been appreciative of the thank you cards they receive from camp: “I think that is such a wonderful thing, that you really directly know that you have reached a child and benefited them.

who we are Jenga at BLAST
Two girls at the lake.

Thank you, Peter and Marg Anne, for your amazing support and for investing so much in your community!

Why not share your own Moorelands story or make a donation to empower Toronto kids in need?

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