NCE2: Liberty Village / King West

NCE2 location


Lakeshore Blvd. & Princes' Gates, at 9k & 17k


Last year's pretty Samba girls and drummers wowed the crowd! Be sure this lively neighbourhood will be as spectacular this year!

Cheer runners from:

9:10am to 10:30am

Additional highly-recommended viewing areas:

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Neighbourhood Champion: Hector Clouthier

Hector Clouthier

Hec is a former Federal Member of Parliament for the riding of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke in Ontario and is known for his trademark flamboyant fedora. He was named by Prime Minister Jean Chretien as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defense and later served as Special Advisor in the Prime Minister's Office.

As a community activist he has volunteered as President Pembroke and Area Chamber of Commerce, as Chair Quality Assurance and Risk Management Pembroke Regional Hospital and as Campaign Chair United Way Upper Ottawa Valley.

Hec is President and CEO of Hec Clouthier Consulting Ltd.

He is an avid marathon runner and has run in 27 marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2005, 2009, 2010 and the New York Marathon in 2007, 2011.

Hec is pleased to represent Central Neighbourhood House to highlight the work of this 102 year-old agency. The programs they provide for seniors, children and youth, women and newcomers continue to build stronger, more vibrant communities.

Please put a pledge on Hector TODAY for Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC) in collaboration with St. Chris!


Neighbourhood Champion: Steven Johnston

Steven Johnston

Steve is very excited to be running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. It will be his fourth half marathon. An accomplished runner and cyclist, Steve has competed in many races, including 3 half marathons, 1 full marathon as well as numerous 5 and 10k races. In 2010, Steve competed in the duathlon World Championships held in Edinburgh.

Steve is excited to be running on behalf of Dixon Hall, a TNC member agency.

Please put a pledge on Steven TODAY for Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC) in collaboration with St. Chris!


Neighbourhood Champion: Zuzuky Diaz Silva

Zuzuky Diaz Silva

Being an immigrant woman from Mexico, I started running in 2010 as a result of a program to empower women through sports conducted by Scadding Court Community Centre. We learned how to properly run, bike safety and tae kwon do. With the program participants we did our first 5k and 10k runs. It was an accomplishment that we all trained for the same goal and it was incredible to do it in a group. The group dismissed but I wanted to keep on running so I trained for longer races. Having completed 2 half marathons, 2 marathons and 2 Spartan Races, it is time to run for a different purpose rather than a PB.

Please put a pledge on Zuzuky TODAY for Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC) in collaboration with St. Chris!


Neighbourhood Champion: John Campey

John Campey

John is Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto, a non-profit organization that links research with community action to challenge poverty and inequality in Toronto, and which works closely with Toronto Neighbourhood Centres on a variety of projects.

John has run 16 marathons. This will be his fourth time running the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, where he finished in the top 100 runners in 2002, and qualified for Boston, which he ran in 2003. While an extra ten years and a few extra pounds make that kind of finish unlikely in 2013, John is excited about running to support amazing organizations bringing about positive changes for people and communities across the city.

Please put a pledge on John TODAY for Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC) in collaboration with St. Chris!


Neighbourhood Charity & Sponsoring Group:
Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC)


TNC is an association of non-profit multi-service organizations dedicated to strengthening local neighbourhoods and enabling diverse communities to work together to promote justice and a healthy life for all.

We share a vision of a Toronto that:

TNC is a registered charitable organization and a member of the Canadian Association of Neighbourhood Services (CANS) and the International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres (IFS).

TNC Values and the Neighbourhood Centre Model

TNC members believe that well-being is a social achievement and not exclusively an individual one, and that every community needs a range of supports to flourish, including:

As one part of this fabric, TNC promotes the model of universal access multi-service Neighbourhood Centres, complementing strong public services and organizations supporting specific communities and sectors.

Neighbourhood Centres are dedicated to empowering neighbours to work together to meet local challenges and create shared approaches to building community. They provide a crucial focus and support for community development, and address the needs of their area by integrating services, capacity building and social reform.

Inspired by the tradition of innovation within the Settlement House movement, today's neighbourhood centres take many forms as they generate local solutions to global challenges. Together and separately TNC members seek to catalyze change by:

TNC members contribute to a world in which the "international community" is shaped by people working together from their local communities, a power and legitimacy from the base of society.

For a description of Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, list of member agencies and what we do please visit our website at:

For more information on becoming a TNC member please e-mail TNC's Executive Director Rob Howarth at:


Team TNC's Cheering Theme — Agencies Empowering Local Communities!

Join Toronto Neighbourhood Centres Neighbourhood Challenge cheering stage team on Sunday, October 20th in celebration of empowering neighbours to work together to meet local challenges and create shared approaches to building community, and help cheer on the thousands of walkers and runners taking on the challenge.

Anyone interested in supporting TNC's fundraising efforts and supporting our Neighbourhood Challenge Champions please contact Maria Costa at for a TNC Neighborhood Challenge pledge sheet.


NCE2 Sponsors:

Starbucks Coffee


Entertainment features 2013:

AfroLatino Dance Company

AfroLatino Dance Company

AfroLatino Dance Company brings you a colourful and dazzling Brazilian Samba show, and many years of experience in both performing as well as teaching to your event. We offer top quality classes in salsa, reggaeton, kizomba and more in downtown. Please see our school's website ( for class information and our show's website ( for dance shows related information.

Batucada Carioca Samba Group

Batucada Carioca Samba Group

Maninho Costa's Batucada Carioca samba drummers and dancers play and move to the most traditional and original samba rhythms of Rio de Janeiro and Brazilian music. Brazilian culture and Samba movement at its finest!!! The group is made up of 20-25 performers who play various percussion instruments in festivals, workshops, and classes in Toronto.



South from King Street on Strachan Ave to the Lakeshore, turn right through Princes' Gates into parking [paid] at CNE grounds.

OR from Start/Finish, take King St. Westbound to Strachan, then south on Strachan, as above; OR West on Front St., south on Bathurst, East on Fort York Boulevard, right onto Fleet St., and straight ahead through Princes' Gates to CNE [paid] parking.

NCE2 is supported by Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19)

Ward 19 profile (City of Toronto)


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