Ideas2Action forum showcases community groups

Ideas2Action forum showcases community groups


(June 7, 2015) – A forum, Ideas2Action that showcases community organizations and individuals who have taken “ideas for good” and have brought them to life, was held on May 28 at Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation.

According to CivicMuslims, host of the forum, “Ideas2Action is one of our key banner events.”

“Speakers share their journey, openly and honestly, from the ups and downs to the lessons learned and reflections made on making change,” added CivicMuslims.

Ahmed Hussein, Executive Director at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO), spoke about the history of the agency and its achievements.

“Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office is a multicultural, multi-service agency providing a wide range of community services since 1985,” said Hussein. “We have more than 120 staff at service locations on Thorncliffe Park Drive and at 3 satellite locations in Toronto.”

Ideas2Action3Zehra Abbas, founder and president at Studio 89, gave a presentation about the youth run social enterprise.

“Studio 89 is a youth empowering social enterprise comprised of a fair trade cafe and an artademic resource centre,” Abbas told the audience. “Studio 89 offers youth leadership, empowerment, and entrepreneurial opportunities while promoting conscious consumerism.”

Ziyaad Mia, founder of the annual Give30 Ramadan campaign, was another speaker at the event.

“Give 30 wants everyone, regardless of faith, donating to the Give 30 Campaign Food Banks during the month of Ramadan so we can fight hunger in our community,” said Mia.

CivicMuslims is diverse group of young Canadian Muslims with a passion for volunteerism and civic engagement.

“Our hope is to promote public participation with community organizations to foster good citizenship and encourage healthy communities,” notes CivicMuslims.