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Industry Professionals Share Ideas on the Future of Mississauga’s Shopping Mall Areas

On March 6, industry professionals shared their ideas on the future of five of the City of Mississauga’s shopping mall areas at the Reimagining the Mall Forum hosted by the City and the Region of Peel.

“Suburban areas supported by shopping malls are changing,” said Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “That’s why we are proactively engaging with industry and residents on how we can guide the future redevelopment of these communities in a way that promotes health and well-being.”

Participants discussed creating healthy, complete communities and addressing issues and opportunities for reimagining malls in Mississauga as well as the Greater Toronto Area.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel spoke about the impact that malls and community planning can have on the health of Peel residents.

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City’s Small Project Matching Grants Program Now Open for Applications

In January, City of Mississauga Council approved funding for the 2018 Small Project Matching Grant Program. The program provides matching funds of up to $2,500 to Affiliated and Recognized Community Groups in good standing with the City’s Community Group Support Program Policy. Applications are now being accepted.

“The program provides support for initiatives which strengthen neighbourhoods, increase resident engagement and enhance opportunities for the community to participate in events and activities,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We introduced this program in 2017 with a strong response, providing matching grants to 21 groups. We look forward to this year’s round of applications.”

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1st Annual Boots & Toques 5KM Walk for Heart Raises $15,000

In support of Cardiac Care at Trillium Health Partners

MISSISSAUGA – (November 10, 2017) – Tomorrow’s Community of Hope (TCOH) Foundation is pleased to announce that the 1st Annual Boots & Toques 5KM Walk for Heart, sponsored by Rabba Fine Foods, raised $15,000 in support of Cardiac Care at Trillium Health Partners (THP) bringing its total to $113,000 in just 5 years. Over 120 participants came out to walk the Queensway Trail at night making it a spectacular sight to see in the community.

“We’re proud to partner with community organizations like Tomorrow’s Community of Hope Foundation in support of advancing our hospital’s cardiac health program,” comments Steve Hoscheit, President & CEO, Trillium Health Partners Foundation. “Each year, Trillium Health Partners cares for 9,000 cardiac patients, performs more than 1,250 surgeries yearly and conducts more coronary artery unblocking procedures than any other hospital in Ontario. And when minutes are all our patient have, our community’s support makes every second count. Thank you to everyone who’s helping to support this Walk.”

Walkers of all ages, and their pets too, walked the 5KM night along the multi-use Queensway Trail from Huron Park Community Centre to the Trillium Health Partners’ Mississauga site (Confederation Parkway stoplight) and back.  Wearing flashing arm bands and LED red toques, the participants were greeted with hellos from patients and medical staff through windows at the hospital at the midway point before returning while passersby’s were honking in support!

“Participating in these types of events is an important part of our DNA and vision for the communities in which we work and live,” says Jack Rabba, CEO, Rabba Fine Foods. “Trillium Health Partners serves millions of people each year and that includes members of our staff, customers and neighbours. We’re committed to doing whatever we can to participate in the cause.”

Event Photos/video’s can be found at

“We are thankful to all that came out to support our first walk.  It was a cool chilly night but the participants were excited and raring to go,” said John Mancini, President, Tomorrow’s Community of Hope Foundation.  “And we would like to thank Rabba Fine Foods and all our sponsors for their support.  We are looking forward to 2018 and already have some additional ideas to add to the event to make it bigger and better,” he added.

TCOH is already planning the 2018 walk with expansion ideas.  If interested in volunteering, sponsoring or being involved in some way, please contact

The Riverwood Conservancy Receives Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

Celebrated at the annual Riverwood Garden Soirée

 The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) was recognized for its Ontario Trillium Foundation grant at the annual Riverwood Garden Soirée on Friday, June 9.

MPP Harinder Takhar and Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer Linden King brought greetings at the event and recognized TRC as the recipient of a three-year, $218,300 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to help expand on its Enabling Garden and its associated nature-based programs for children and youthwith special needs.

“The Riverwood Conservancy is very deserving of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant in the amount of $218,300,” said MPP Harinder Takhar. “The Riverwood Conservancy is a vital part of our community, using environmental education and discovery programming for different groups to bring thousands of people to Riverwood each year. The Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow grant will help expand more therapeutic, nature-based initiatives for over 300 children and youth facing barriers in developing strong emotional and social skills to develop these integral life skills.”

The Riverwood Garden Soirée was a great success with more than 200 guests in attendance, raising funds for TRC. Proceeds from the event support TRC community programs in environmental education, conservation stewardship, gardening, therapeutic horticulture and volunteerism.

“Not only was the Soirée a beautiful evening under the stars, it was incredibly beneficial for our programs,” said Douglas Markoff, Executive Director, TRC. “We take great pride in connecting people to nature and thanks to the generosity of our guests and patrons, we will continue to create memorable experiences at Riverwood.”

Event Highlights

  • The evening’s menu included a local asparagus and strawberry risotto courtesy of Capra’s Kitchen by celebrity Chef Massimo Capra
  • The live auction featured unique items, including a fly fishing adventure and a wheelbarrow full of hand-selected wines
  • Entertainment was provided by the talented local 10 piece band TaterVox

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