West Scarborough Neighborhood Community Centre, Ontario- Scarborough
The Teesdale-Oakridge community has been identified by the City of Toronto and United Way Poverty by Postal Code Report as being the poorest area in Toronto. Based on Statistics Canada, 58% of the neighborhood population is immigrants, and 68% are of visible minority.
GoodLife Kids Foundation viewed West Scarborough Neighborhood Community Centre as an opportunity to reinforce the importance of physical activity for all kids, regardless of socioeconomic status. With a grant from GoodLife Kids Foundation, West Scarborough Aquatics will be partnered up with three local elementary schools to provide children from low-income families the opportunity to participate and benefit from swimming and water safety programs during school hours.
The Swim @ School- Swim to Win project will provide 600 pool hours to 480 children in Glamorgan and Divine Infant Public School.
The lessons will be free of charge and will comprise of water safety, swimming technique and fitness drills. Among completion of the program, kids will participate in an awards challenge assessment of their choice to be awarded certification.
View photos from West Scarborough Neighborhood Community Centre below.