A welcoming community of families supporting each other through diverse programs & resources to build friendships, strengthen our children & create healthy neighbourhoods. To relieve poverty, provide education, support, recreational & social opportunities for people of all abilities.
20% are new immigrants to Canada compared 4% in Oakville.
61% were not born in Canada compared with 32% in Oakville.
39% live below the poverty line compared with 8.6% in Oakville
38% do not speak either official language most often in their homes compared with 12% in Oakville.
23% do not have a post-secondary education
(Oakville statistics are from the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada.)
About OAK PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE
We are a community based agency that began in 1999 with 6 women meeting together and last year served 772 individual households and 758 individual children in our programs. Our centre has been set up to be a non-institutional, barrier free space, so that it is welcoming to everyone. It is a reflection of the needs, talents and gifts of our neighbours and friends so that it is relevant to the whole community. We believe in supporting the whole community together, regardless of income level, age or background.
Our centre has various programs including, multicultural programs (Spanish, Russian, Arabic, German, Japanese, Mandarin); newcomers support group, food bank, community garden, utility bill payments, financial literacy, and poverty support group. We run infant, toddler, preschool, school-age, parent and seniors programs. We also provide free or affordable space to a number of local agencies and programs.
What People Are Saying
""It has given us a stimulating, uplifting playtime where my children have learned to build relationships with trusting adults and I have been supported by example in how to handle child behaviours in a positive and empowering way. " "
— A Member
"“This program has helped my child learn to socialize and detach from me, helping to prepare for school. He was scared of circletime when he started but now it is his favorite part. He loves to participate and now is friendly to other kids” "
— A Member
" “Helps my grandchild participate more and has helped me feel more comfortable around other people.” "
— A Member