Lakeshore Blvd. & Princes' Gates, at 9k & 17k
Brazilian Samba dancers and drummers keep walkers and runners energized!
For the past 7 years Natalie has worked at West Neighbourhood House in various roles in children and youth programming. She is currently working in the Toronto Youth Job Corps program as the Vocational Coach/Life Skills Facilitator, working with at risk youth having a hard time getting a job or staying employed.
Natalie began running just over a year ago as a way to start taking care of herself. She was not interested in competing and only decided to train for a "fun run" to achieve her own personal goals. However, after her first run she was hooked and wanted to keep pushing herself further! After racing in the Scotiabank 5 km run in 2014 in support of West Neighbourhood House, she decided she wanted to go on to achieve even more. While training for the Yonge St. 10 km run she decided to build towards a half marathon and recently ran her first 15 km race. She is focused and excited but very nervous about training and running for a half marathon—and even more excited to raise money for an organization she believes so much in!
Your donations will help sustain vital programs at West Neighbourhood House!
You can follow Natalie's half marathon training journey at: natmaxrunstheworld.blogspot.com.
Over the past year West Neighbourhood House has progressively become very meaningful to Alissa. Alissa began volunteering the summer of 2014 at The Meeting Place, West Neighbourhood House's drop-in for homeless and street involved adults, to gain experience in the addictions and mental health sector, as well as contribute to the members' annual autumn Health and Wellness Retreat. The retreat was a powerful experience and amazing learning opportunity for Alissa. Shortly thereafter, Alissa was hired at The Meeting Place as a Winter Drop-In Worker where she worked closely with the staff team to provide supports for people living in poverty, during the coldest months of the year.
When Alissa heard about West Neighbourhood House's involvement in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon she was immediately motivated by the prospect of running and raising money for such a remarkable community agency. Alissa has run recreationally in order to reap the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of running. Alissa appreciates running the half marathon is going to be a real challenge, given it will be her first 21.1 km race however, she is extremely excited to meet her training goals and raise money for such a vital community organization.
Alissa thanks you for your support and donations that will help sustain essential programs at West Neighbourhood House!
Dave Sohi sits on the Board of Directors for West Neighbourhood House and is excited to be involved in the STWM this year! He has been running casually for 5 years and this is his first time running in the STWM.
At West Neighbourhood House, we are committed to helping less advantaged individuals, families and groups in the community to gain greater control over their lives and within their community.
From settlement services for newcomers to day programs for seniors, from adult learning programs to after-school activities for kids, at West Neighbourhood House we provide services to strengthen and better our community.
Join the West Neighbourhood House Neighbourhood Challenge cheering stage team on Sunday, October 18th in celebration of our diverse west neighbourhoods! We live in a unique part of the city—our catchment area (about 15 square kms) has more people than most towns in Canada (about 110,000), which means a lot of diverse people working together to face challenges and build strong communities.
Our strength lies in our diversity and we are proud to be a part of so many incredible west neighbourhoods!
We rely on generous donations to keep the House going strong and ask for your support. Support one of our Neighbourhood Challenge Champions that are going the distance for our communities!
If you have any questions about sponsoring a Neighbourhood Challenge Champion or want to join our stage as a cheerer, contact Kaleigh at Kaleighwi@westnh.org or 416-532-7586 Ext. 215.
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 (www.afrolatinodc.com) for class information and our show's website (www.afrolatinodance.com) for dance shows related information.
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. Facebook page
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)