In November 2012 Dixon Hall Youth Worker Kenneth Slater accepted The Mayor’s Community Safety Award on behalf of everyone who was involved in the Show Love Regent Park Initiative.
Show Love is a community safety project based in Regent Park. It was created to help the community heal after the Eaton Centre shooting in June 2012. Both victims and the assailant were from Regent Park. Every Friday night during the summer, residents were invited to “Show Love” for their community by spending two hours weeding gardens and cleaning up the neighbourhood and playgrounds. The love didn’t end when the brooms were put away. After the clean-up, residents continued to reclaim their space by getting to know one another better over barbecues, domino tournaments, free Zumba classes and community dialogues.
Thank you to Daniels Corporation, Artscape, and the City of Toronto for making this important initiative a possibility. Together we can work towards a safer community