Davenport Perth Community Ministry
The Davenport Perth Community Ministry is a ministry of presence, walking in solidarity with the culturally diverse, low income community of Davenport Perth.
The three neighbourhoods covered by the ministry are Weston-Pelham Park, Corso Italia-Davenport, and Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Junction.
The role of the ministry is to provide community development and community organizing support, offer pastoral care, and be engaged in advocacy through coalitions and networks. Reverend Maria Christina Conlon is the current Davenport Perth Community Minister.
a pillar of DPCM
DPCM continues its commitment to community development with its project, Tasting Davenport Routes, now renamed Tracing Gete-Onigaming Routes. DPCM works with the networks and the community of Davenport Perth. In addition DPCM works with a United Church of Canada Foundation: Seeds of Hope grant, and ESDC. DPCM collects, and records stories of how people have made Davenport their place, mapping out their many assets, and resources, bearing witness to this communities strengths and abilities.
DPCM is dedicated at working towards increasing community capacity. During the 2020 pandemic, stories were gathered and contributed to the city's recovery and rebuild.
Find out more about DPCM's Projects here.
emotional, social, and spiritual support
Open to people of all faiths, cultures, and orientation the Davenport Perth Community Minister provides care through personal visits, listening, discussion, and prayers. These connections have led to deeper engagement in small groups, bible study, advocacy, and preaching.
The community minister also serves in the wider ecumenical, and inter-faith activities addressing racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and promoting/mediating peace.
Bread & Bricks Davenport West Social Justice Group is a group of community members who experience poverty in their own lives and/or witness poverty and is committed to taking action to create social change.
The City of Toronto facilitated monthly meetings of Table 91 that last met on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. In July 2020 as Beyond Table 91, community members continued to gather to discover, and create the means to live in a neighbourhood that works for all who live here.
BEYOND TABLE 91
Until the beginning of 2020 the city of Toronto organized regular meetings for each Neighbourhood Planning Tables. Our neighbourhood was called, The Weston-Pelham Park Neighbourhood Action Partnership – Table 91, or just “Table 91”.
Each Neighourhood Planning Table worked on a Neighbourhood Action plan. A Neighbourhood Action Plan reflected priority issues in each of the 33 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA), as identified by residents and other stakeholders. Residents, local agencies, and other stakeholders provided input to ensure actions were prioritized according to the need of the community, and to identify the resources that were needed to complete the actions.
In the pandemic, the city paused their facilitation of these tables.
Table 91 last met on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Community members continued to gather as Beyond Table 91 in July 2020 to continue in the work of discovering and creating the means to live in a neighbourhood that works for all who live here.
As residents we will continue to:
make sure City services and facilities are well integrated and addresses priorities identified by neighbourhood residents
support partnerships with residents and community organizations to deliver services
work with funders and businesses to bring new investments in services and facilities to the neighbourhood
If you are interested in volunteering with DPCM please send us a message. We are always looking for new folks to get involved with our many community programs including:
Bread & Bricks,
Beyond Table 91,
Tracing Gete-Onigaming Routes
Davenport Perth Community Ministry Steering Committee
Reverend Maria Christina Conlon
Reverend Maria Christina Conlon, or Tina Conlon, is the Davenport Perth Community Minister for the Shining Waters Region of the United Church of Canada in Toronto. She came from the Philippines in 1972 and has been actively engaged as a community organizer in the communities where she has lived in Canada. As she serves both locally and internationally in community organizing, development and advocacy, she recognizes the need for discerning the unseen.
With Tina is her colleague Dr. Barry Rieder,
Jane-Finch Community Minister.