About SCAN: The Sustainable Community Aid Network (SCAN) is a Canadian non-profit assisting in the sustainable development of communities, using an intersectional framework that integrates the environmental, social-cultural, and economic issues affecting underserved demographics, with a focus on visible minority groups.
The Sustainable Community Aid Network will host 8 workshops between November 2022 to June 2023 that will teach 160 residents in the low-income neighborhood of Malton, Mississauga about eco-friendly lifestyle strategies that households can practice on their own for very little cost. The programming will be free of charge and accessible to the general public, however outreach campaigns will be targeted at Malton residents specifically. At the workshops, residents will learn different strategies for essential household practices such as indoor gardening, food preservation, and DIY projects that can save them from buying new and expensive items. Residents will gain a sense of self-determination with the ability to provide their own goods that are safe, healthy, and earth-friendly. The workshops will give residents the opportunity to develop a stronger sense of environmental awareness and sense of stewardship for their own community. They can also be a point of cultural exchange that can help to nurture stronger relationships between residents of the neighborhood.
Sustainability On My Mind Workshop Series in Malton
Malton is a neighborhood located in the northeast of Mississauga and is home to a large population of immigrants and visible minorities. It has the highest prevalence of low-income households and the highest prevalence of low-income households and the highest unemployment rate within all the high priority communities in that group. Given the need for immediate strategies to overcome current financial burdens the idea of the program was born to give Malton residents the chance to learn new skills and practical methods of self sufficiency at little to no cost. Each workshop will host 20 residents of Malton to participate. At the workshops, residents will learn different strategies for essential household practices such as indoor gardening, food preservation, and DIY projects that will save them from buying new and expensive items.
The Workshops will include;
- Homemade laundry detergent
- Mason jar herb garden
- Candle making
- Tin can luminaries
- Homemade cleaning green recipes
- Food preservation
- Homemade moisturizing foaming hand soap
With this project, we wish to bring a fun but safe way to connect people in the community and share our passion for environmental sustainability. SCAN will be collaborating with community groups in Malton to ensure the successful delivery and implementation of this project.
You can learn more about the Sustainability on My Mind project here: https://bit.ly/3EZBRV3
We invite Malton residents interested in participating in this project to sign up at http://bit.ly/3XI33iD
The Sustainability on My Mind project is supported by the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative.