Community Leaders and Service Providers meet with MRCSSI for York Shared Journeys Press Conference

On November 5, 2013, Community leaders and main stream service providers met with the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration at the York Region Children’s Aid Society Building to announce the extension of the Shared Journey’s Project to benefit the York and GTA communities.  Established and implemented in London, Ontario along with the Ontario Trilium Foundation, the Project aims to transfer the collaborative experience and success in engaging the Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities with mainstream child protection service providers that was achieved in London to other regions like Kingston and Ottawa and now York.

As the London community continues to be successful in developing the capacity of service providers and local cultural organizations to improve the support of at risk families, the participants meeting at York Region Children’s Aid Society hope to attain the same success in ensuring a positive engagement with their community. Some of the expected outcomes of this partnership include:

  • Stronger collaborative relationships with Muslim and the broader South Asian communities
  • Improved child protection services and responses with these respective communities
  • Increased capacities for early intervention and violence prevention
  • Laying the foundation for building better relationships with other cultural communities

MRCSSI has been working hard to establish these needed relationships and has so far partnered with numerous organizations who helped make the project possible.  They include:

  • The London/Middlesex, Ottawa, and York Region CAS;
  • Social Services Network of Markham;
  • Muslim Family Services of Ottawa
  • Islamic Society of Kingston
  • CAS Friends
  • Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington