Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (BBNC) is a charitable, multi-service neighbourhood centre that offers a broad range of recreational, social and capacity-building programs to the southwest Scarborough community.
We believe that the full inclusion of persons of different abilities and backgrounds enhances the quality of life for all, and invite our community to partner with us in building a more equitable, caring neighbourhood.
For over 25 years, BBNC has played a vital role in the lives of our community's members. From our earliest days running programs out of a storefront location on Kingston Road, to our current location in the Birchmount Community Complex, BBNC has successfully engaged neighbourhood stakeholders to partner with us as we addressed the changing needs of our community and provided effective programs and services to meet those needs.
Our catchment area is bounded by Victoria Park to the west, McCowan Road to the east, and from Lake Ontario north to Eglington Avenue.
BBNC's programs seek to foster personal growth and self-confidence, and create a sense of community.
Our main site at 93 Birchmount Road houses a broad range of programs and services responsive to community needs. These include:
- Infant and Preschool Programs including a part-time nursery school, a Family Resource Centre and Ontario Early Years programs
- Kids Programs such as Karate and a Boys and Girls Club
- Youth Employment Project (YEP), a four-week program for youth facing barriers to employment
- Older Adult Programs which offer wellness and social support programs for our community's seniors
- Active and Able Programs which offer wellness and social programs and community development activities for people with disabilities
- Adult fitness and Wellness Programs such as various aqua fitness, yoga, aerobics and dance classes
- SHARE365 Program BBNC's SHARE365 program has been developed to address poverty reduction with a targeted, direct approach. Under the SHARE365 Program, BBNC collects necessities (personal hygiene items, household cleaning products, and a toy for each child under 12 years old) among other needed items, throughout the year. But beyond even this, the SHARE365 program directs all sponsor financial contributions to support such initiatives as:
- Participant families receiving a Good Food Box every other week for an entire year;
- Program subsidies (such as fitness, health, nutrition, nursery school, family planning, seniors programming); and
- Skills development workshops (such as food handling certifications, CPR/First Aid Certifications, computer learning series, resume building and job search strategies).
- Volunteer Program that offers a wide array of valuable opportunities for individuals to both expand and contribute their skills to our community
Our other location at 2849 Kingston Road houses our Youth Drop in Centre, an integrated satellite centre that offers programs for marginalized youth of different abilities and backgrounds facing barriers to positive life pathways.
BBNC is committed to reflecting the changing face of our neighbourhoods which have experienced major growth in diversity in recent years. An increasingly rich, diverse range of our neighbourhood members are newcomers, members of ethno-specific groups and persons for whom English is a second language. Committed as we are to social inclusion, we have multiplied our efforts to reduce access barriers at our centre, increasing our engagement with underserved groups, and developing key partnerships with neighbourhood resources and settlement services.
As our community has seen a rise in unemployment related to the recession, we have also mobilized our volunteer program resources to provide more opportunities for community members disadvantaged by underemployment, settlement issues and poverty. As engaged volunteers people enhance work-based skills while they contribute their assets.
In conclusion, BBNC and our many supporters continue to foster the development of a healthy caring community in all of its diversity. Everyone has strengths to offer, so we welcome residents of all backgrounds and abilities to join hands with us in this vital community building work.
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre is governed by a volunteer board of directors, a diverse group of community leaders and key decision makers who provide vision, strategic leadership, advocacy, accountability and stewardship. The board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting.
These senior volunteers are passionate about BBNC and dedicated to its mission to provide programs and supports and foster social inclusion within the community, with a focus on individuals that face a barrier to service.
Our 2016-2017 Board of Directors
- Samamtha Ambrozy
- Sandra Daga
- Mamta Deshwar
- Wendy Fulton, Treasurer
- Angie Joyce
- Kathryn Mannion, Chairperson
- Jennifer Marinos, Vice-Chair
- Tim Reilly
- Alice Schuda, Corporate Secretary
If you wish to communicate with the Board of Directors you can send them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or write them a letter at:Board of Directors
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre
93 Birchmount Road
Executive DirectorEnrique Robert
Below are links to our annual reports and audited financial statements from the past 3 years:
Click here to see our 2015-2016 Annual Report.
Click here to see our 2015-2016 Audited Financial Statements.
Click here to see our 2014-2015 Annual Report.
Click here to see our 2014-2015 Audited Financial Statements.
Click here to see our 2013-2014 Annual Report.
Click here to see our 2013-2014 Audited Financial Statements.