Rotary Clubs in Scarborough Launch 2014 Community Renewal Campaign

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SCARBOROUGH, ON, March 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Rotary Clubs in Scarborough are excited to launch the 2014 Scarborough Community Renewal Campaign, seeking to build a better community locally and globally.

Scarborough is a unique, vibrant, well-educated multi-cultural community. Scarborough's Rotary Clubs are working together to support Scarborough's youth, lift people out of poverty, and achieve safety and a high quality of life for all residents. Many of the top 13 areas designated as priority neighbourhoods almost 10 years ago by the City of Toronto have seen a decrease in community well-being. Employment areas have declined or are threatened and the Official Plan is not working to support Toronto's working poor suburban residents.

Rotary Clubs in Scarborough recognize the immediate need to reverse these trends, and want to engage the business and education communities and government representatives to work with them in renewal.

North Scarborough Rotary Club Past President David Seemungal said, "I'm excited by the potential for the 2014 Community Renewal Campaign to identify action strategies that will help to reverse the decline, create jobs, improve transit and property values and enrich our arts and culture."

Through this campaign, the Rotary Clubs are seeking to identify specific actions to implement renewal, including building new infrastructure for arts and culture, implementing improved public transit, enhancing spaces for recreation, leisure and entertainment and creating public commercial avenues, promenades and waterfront areas for social interaction. The Rotary Clubs in Scarborough are optimistic that this campaign will create space for open dialogue among community members, business professionals and political leaders.

"The 2014 Community Renewal Campaign is an excellent project for Rotary," said North Scarborough Rotary Club Past President Carolyn Nicholson, "Our members are dedicated to helping the communities in which they serve." 

Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited, a multi-disciplinary socio-economic and land-use planning consultancy firm, has been retained by the North Scarborough Rotary Club to lead the public consultation process and to begin engaging community members in their vision for renewal.

The Rotary Clubs in Scarborough are comprised of 200 business owners and professionals who either live in or are affiliated with the former City of Scarborough in the City of Toronto. Rotary Clubs in Scarborough are part of Rotary International, an organization of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities. There are 54 Rotary Clubs in the Greater Toronto Area.

The "2014 Scarborough Community Renewal Campaign" can be found here.

SOURCE The Rotary Clubs in Scarborough

For further information: Media Contact: Julia Bubrin, Public Consultation Coordinator, Hardy Stevenson and Associates Limited, 416-944-8444 ext. 224, juliabubrin@hardystevenson.com