Mississauga Youth Participate in Rebel16

From May 1 to 7 the City of Mississauga is hosting its annual Rebel campaign. The campaign empowers youth ages 13 to 30 to get involved and make a difference within their community through music, film, the arts, culture and sport. Rebel16 features free drop-ins, workshops, events and activities all created by youth for youth.

Rebel16 Event Highlights

  • Saturday, April 30 from 4 to 7 p.m.: Pre-conference workshop with Ink Movement at Benares Historic House.
  • Sunday, May 1 at noon: Rebel16 free kickoff event at Clarkson Community Centre and Library – enjoy live performances, foodand activities.
  • Monday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m.: More than 1,700 students from across Peel will participate in Ontario Summer Games (OSG) 101 at Mississauga Celebration Square – a countdown to the Games. The event also marks Music Monday, an annual celebration that connects youth across the country to celebrate the gift of music. Students will get the chance to sing along to We are One, the Music Monday anthem which will be sung across the country.
  • Monday, May 2 to Thursday, May 5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.: Youth artists will perform at 10 City community centres in the Rebel Lounge.
  • Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m.: Film presentation and online expressive activity (open to all) targeted to Aboriginal Youth at Benares Visitor Centre.
  • Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m.: Meadowvale Theatre is hosting a technical workshop for youth who want to learn how to set up a band on stage with lighting and sound.
  • Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7: Mississauga libraries are offering a variety of Rebel16 programs for youth throughout the week.

For a full list of all Rebel16 events and activities, please visit: mississauga.ca/rebel. To get involved in Rebel16 week, email rebel.youth@mississauga.ca. Also follow @SaugaYouth on Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #Rebel16.

Poetry Challenge Accepted and City’s First Youth Poet Laureate Announced

The City’s first Youth Poet Laureate was announced during General Committee this morning marking the beginning of National Poetry Month.

Rebecca Zseder, 17, will represent the City as Mississauga’s literary ambassador for youth. The objective of the Youth Poet Laureate is to elevate the status of poetry, literary arts and young writers through the development of a community youth poetry event or project.

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we would like to congratulate Rebecca Zseder on becoming our community’s inaugural Youth Poet Laureate,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “To help mark this celebrated occasion, Mississauga is participating in Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge, a national initiative to promote the art of poetry.”

Zseder, a grade 12 student at St. Marcellinus Secondary School, was chosen for the honorary position because of her talent in spoken word. Her poetry includes topics that are important to the residents of Mississauga.

“Rebecca’s role with engaging and empowering youth through poetry and the literary arts reflects the important leadership role that youth will play in shaping Mississauga’s cultural future,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division, City of Mississauga.

Anna Yin was announced as the City’s first Poet Laureate in June 2015. Since her introduction, she has participated in city-wide events including Canada Day, Remembrance Day and the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee.

Zseder read a poem entitled Sincerely, Poet during today’s General Committee meeting. Her next appearance will be for Music Monday at Celebration Square on May 2 during the countdown event for the Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games.

Zseder will receive a $1,500 honorarium for serving a one year term as the Youth Poet Laureate beginning in April.

Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge

Both Zseder and Yin read poems at General Committee today in response to a poetry challenge issued to Mayor Bonnie Crombie by Mayor Naheed Nenshi from the City of Calgary.

Nenshi challenged mayors across Canada to have local poets read poems during a Council meeting this month as April marks National Poetry Month.

The purpose of the challenge is to recognize poetry, writing, small presses and the contribution of poets and all writers to the quality of life in our communities.

“Mississauga is doing its part to raise awareness about the importance of poetry and by recognizing how important local talented artists, a thriving arts scene and creative industries are to city-building,” added Mayor Crombie.

Rebecca Zseder Biography

Rebecca Zseder is a Grade 12 student currently enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major Arts and Culture program at St. Marcellinus Secondary School. In 2012 she was the Canadian Women’s League Regional Public Speaking Champion for Peel Region and the Provincial Public Speaking Runner-Up for Ontario. In that same year she was also both the Regional and National Champion at the Canadian Improv Games. Most recently, Rebecca was the recipient of a Sears Ontario Drama Festival Award of Outstanding Merit for writing.

Mississauga Offers Property to Habitat for Humanity

The City of Mississauga is moving forward on affordable housing in partnership with Habitat for Humanity to build two semi-detached homes with legal basement apartments on a vacant property to accommodate eight households in total.

The property is a former fire station located at 3136 Victory Crescent in Malton.

“Mississauga’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity demonstrates the City’s commitment to finding ways to increase the supply of affordable ownership and rental housing in the city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Affordable housing is a priority identified in the City’s Strategic Plan, and we will continue to work toward meeting the demands of our growing population.”

Habitat for Humanity will be responsible for demolishing the fire station, debris removal, decommissioning the oil tank onsite and for all building permits and development charges. It will receive the property for $2.

“Bold, creative actions are needed to help address the critical shortage of affordable housing in Mississauga, including the Malton community,” said Councillor Carolyn Parrish, Ward 5. “The City’s efforts with Habitat for Humanity will result in an affordable place to live for up to eight families, generate revenue through property taxes and add families to a very welcoming neighbourhood.”

The City of Mississauga is developing an affordable housing program in collaboration with the Region of Peel, the provincial and federal governments and other private and public sector organizations. The program is expected to be established by the end of 2016.

Tickets to the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s 13th Annual Fine Art Auction are selling fast!

Thursday, April 28th, 6 p.m. | $75

Join us for the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s 13th Annual Fine Art Auction, taking place Thursday, April 28th, 6 pm at Mississauga Civic Centre. This year, with the generous support of SQUARE ONE Shopping Centre, the AGM is thrilled to host a fundraising event that is bigger and more exciting than ever before!

The live auction will feature works by local luminaries like Leszek Wyczolkowski and Lila Lewis Irving, buzz-worthy emerging talents such as Gavin Lynch and Jennifer Carvalho. Works by some of Canada’s most celebrated artists, including Ed Pien and April Hickox, will also join the mix.

This year’s event will be held at the elegant C Banquets on the 12th floor of Mississauga Civic Centre. The panoramic view of the city’s skyline is a perfect backdrop for indulging in an evening of fine art, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and dancing. Join us after the event for an after-party with a live DJ. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased inside the gallery or through the AGM website.

All auction proceeds support the AGM’s innovative public programming, artist projects, and exhibitions.

Visit the auction preview reception on Thursday, April 21st from 6 pm to 9 pm to connect with the artists and experience the artworks up close.

Be an Ontario Summer Games Volunteer

Mississauga is the official host city for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, taking place August 11 to 14. Athletes, ages 13 to 17, from all regions of Ontario will compete against fellow provincial athletes. With less than six months to go, the City is assembling its volunteer team and is taking applications.

Games volunteers will be part of the largest event in Ontario Games history as they welcome 3,500 athletes, 500 officials, 700 coaches and managers and many visitors, spectators from around the province to Mississauga. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to earn high school volunteer hours, build lasting relationships and engage and inspire the community.

More than 1,000 volunteers will be required for roles like welcoming athletes, their families and coaches, working at Games venues, providing information for spectators and helping members of the media and dignitaries.

All Ontario Summer Games volunteers must:

– be 16 years of age or older;
– pass a Police Vulnerable Records Check;
– be available during August 11 to 14 inclusive; and
– available to attend an orientation session on one of the following evenings: July 25, 26, or 27.

Interested in this Unique Opportunity?
Volunteer applications can be completed online at games.sportforge.com/games/summer2016/views/modules/volunteer/registration. The online volunteer application captures information about skills and experience, preferences and availability. July 13 is the deadline to submit all volunteer applications.

Questions about volunteering can be directed to osgvolunteer@mississauga.ca.

The 2016 Ontario Summer Games will combine both winter and summer sporting events together. These Games will showcase 34 sporting events staged at 20 locations throughout Mississauga and a few other neighbouring municipalities.

For more information about the Ontario Summer Games, visit: osgmississauga.ca or follow @OSGMississauga on Twitter.