NEIGHBOURHOOD CHALLENGE — Sunday October 20

NCE 12

NCE12: St. Lawrence Market [2011, 2009 Champions]

NCE12 location

Location

Front St. & Church St. (in front of Berczy Park), before 41k

Features

This historic neighbourhood's site is always a blast!

Cheer runners from:

10:45am to 3:15pm

On this page:

Toronto Foundation for Student Success

 

Neighbourhood Champion: Monique Guffens

Monique Guffens

Originally from Holland, Monique, 29, has worked in the Canary Islands, New Zealand, Australia and for the past 3 years in St. Lawrence as the General manager of the GreatBurger Kitchen, Hank's and the Wine Bar on Church Street. During Marathon Week, Hank's becomes a community hub with the fundraiser/auction and the annual "MarathonBurger" at the Great Burger Kitchen. Every year $1 is donated for each "Marathon Burger" sold.

This is Monique's third year running as a St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Champion. She's training hard and expects to improve on last year's time.

"I'm so excited about running the marathon this year. Hopefully my family and or friends can be here (from Holland) to cheer me on at the St. Lawrence Cheering Section. It's a great honour to give back to a community that has given so much to me. We're running for some terrificcharities and, with the help my friends, family and neighbours as I approach theCheering Section at the final kilometre I'll finish with my best time ever."

Please put a pledge on Monique, TODAY, for St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association raising funds for Market Lane Public School Breakfast Program and Downtown Alternative School in conjunction with The Toronto Foundation for Student Success!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Joe Pare

Joe Pare

Joe is 68 years of age and recently retired from BFL CANADA, a firm he helped co-found over 25 years ago in Montreal.

His first retirement project was to walk the "Camino Santiago de Compostele", a pilgrimage route of some 850 kilometres, in March of this year.

His passions include "staying fit & healthy" by way of running (has completed 22 marathons in his lifetime), biking, hiking, gym work and golf. For the quiet times he loves music of all kinds and crosswords.

Recently moved to Toronto from Montreal to be with his partner, Barbara, after a 9 year long distance relationship.

"I just love living in and, being a part of, this wonderful, vibrant community. Have made a number of great friendships and am looking forward to be more involved in local activities and community events!"

Please put a pledge on Joe, TODAY, for St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association raising funds for Market Lane Public School Breakfast Program and Downtown Alternative School in conjunction with The Toronto Foundation for Student Success!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Harold Murphy

Harold Murphy

Mr. Murphy was called to the Ontario Bar in 1987, the New York Bar in 1990 and has over 20 years of corporate, commercial, construction law and dispute resolution experience in North America and Europe. He is presently an associate with Boyle & Co LLP, a law firm specializing in securities and commercial law. He was General Counsel and Risk Management Chair of Trow, a leading engineering consulting firm from many years. Prior to this, he was in private practice with Garvey Ferriss (now McMillan), the Law Offices of S.G. Archibald in Paris, France and later as a sole practitioner.

He has extensive real estate development, engineering and construction law experience, both as in-house counsel and as a private practitioner. He is adept at resolving highly sensitive environmental, infrastructure and engineering law issues in a timely and cost effective manner. He also possesses considerable financing, private equity, transactional and litigation experience. As a senior business lawyer, he offers commercial acumen with knowledge of the legal, social and political issues facing corporations and management. He has practiced extensively in the construction and infrastructure sectors in Canada and internationally.

Please put a pledge on Harold, TODAY, for St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association raising funds for Market Lane Public School Breakfast Program and Downtown Alternative School in conjunction with The Toronto Foundation for Student Success!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Philippe Dabo

Philippe Dabo

Philippe was a competitive soccer player from a very early age and decided to take up running to achieve fitness goals and maintain an active lifestyle. He has been training for marathons for the past 4 years and has completed 3 marathons to date. As a recent graduate from the Business Management program at Ryerson University he has learned that hard work is also an important part of achieving his goals. Along the way he has also learned that taking care of his body isn't always easy.

"I am honoured to be part of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success to help children overcome barriers to success in school. I strongly believe that fueling your body with the proper nutrients is essential to achieving your everyday goals. Eating healthy isn't easy but it's important."

Please put a pledge on Philippe, TODAY, for St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association raising funds for Market Lane Public School Breakfast Program and Downtown Alternative School in conjunction with The Toronto Foundation for Student Success!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Chris is a first-time Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-marathon participant. After completing many 5km, 10km and 12km races over the past 10 years, Chris made the jump to longer distances in 2012 completing his first Around The Bay 30km in Hamilton. In addition to running, Chris plays several sports throughout the year and recently took part in Tough Mudder Toronto at Mount St. Louis Moonstone ski resort.

As a local Chiropractor at Wellington Chiropractic, Chris is a great advocate of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle. He is excited to be supporting such a fantastic and deserving charity with other great representatives from the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.

Please put a pledge on Chris, TODAY, for St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association raising funds for Market Lane Public School Breakfast Program and Downtown Alternative School in conjunction with The Toronto Foundation for Student Success!

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Neighbourhood Champion: Hagheray Afeworki

Hagheray Afeworki

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Neighbourhood Champion: Jon Hazell

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Neighbourhood Charity & Sponsoring Group:
St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association fundraising for the D.A.S. Nutrition Program at the Market Lane School, provided by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success

St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association

St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association

The SLNA has served Toronto's St. Lawrence neighbourhood and its 25,000 residents since 1982. The SLNA is an advocate for responsible development and promotes public and pedestrian safety, organises events and celebrations, and champions our neighbourhood's interests with all levels of government. The St. Lawrence neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada although still part of downtown Toronto, was the actual downtown centre and city hall location during the late 18th and entire 19th century. The ten blocks at the heart of this neighbourhood were the original Town of York laid out in 1793 by Governor Simcoe. With the extension of the town to the west, this area became known as the Old Town.

The area is bounded by Yonge, Front, and Parliament Streets, and the Canadian National railway embankment. The Esplanade off Yonge St., lined with restaurants, cafés and hotels runs through the middle of the area. In previous times, the area was sometimes referred to as 'St. Lawrence Ward' or more often today as 'St. Lawrence Market', synonymous with the large retail vendor market which is the neighbourhood's focal point. Saint Lawrence (shortened to St. Lawrence) was so named after the patron saint of Canada.

The area was the site of Toronto's earliest non-military European settlements. The first parliament buildings in Upper Canada in 1793 were constructed on the southwest corner of Parliament and Front Street. The buildings have long since gone from the site, but a discovery in 2000 when a quick dig of the property revealed the old parliament building footings, in addition to some pottery from that time. The city and the province now own most of the property, although there is no current preservation or memorial located there.

A Saturday farmers' market began operation in St. Lawrence in 1803.

The Toronto Foundation for Student Success

Toronto Foundation for Student Success

The nutrition program at the Market Lane Public School currently operates every weekday and feeds over 500 students at Market Lane and Downtown Alternative School for breakfast, snack and lunch to ensure that children are well nourished before taking on their school day.

The menus are supported by Toronto Public Health to ensure the meals prepared meet the Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. The program is administered through Toronto Foundation for Student Success, the arms length charitable foundation of the Toronto District School Board with financial support from both provincial and municipal government.

However, grants only cover a small portion of the much needed financial dollars to buy fresh and healthy food. Parental support along with of our corporate partners helps us to meet the needs of our nutriton needs of our children so they are ready to learn.

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2013 Entertainment features:

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NCE12 is supported by Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28)

Ward 28 profile (City of Toronto)

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