Ward 11 E-Newsletter - December 2014
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Preschool Focus Groups


With the recent implementation of full-day kindergarten in Ontario, the City's Recreation Division would like to connect with parents of preschool age children regarding City recreation programming for preschool children and program scheduling that will best meet their family's needs.  

As such, the Recreation Division will be organizing focus groups to connect with parents and receive their comments, feedback, and ideas concerning recreation programs for preschool age children.  The details of the Ward 11 Preschool Focus Group are as follows:


Ward 11 Preschool Focus Group

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

7pm - 8pm

Meeting Room, Courtneypark Library 

730 Courtneypark Drive West, Mississauga


If you are parents of preschool age children, I encourage you to attend the focus group session and provide your ideas, comments, and feedback for preschool programming that meets your family's needs.  Top 
2015 New Year's Day Skate Party

If you and your family are looking to ring in the New Year with some great family fun, bring everyone down to my annual New Year's Day Open House & Skate Party, hosted with MP Brad Butt and MPP Bob Delaney, at the Vic Johnston Community Centre (lobby & arena), 335 Church Street, on Thursday, January 1, 2015, from 12noon-2pm.  


Bring your skates and enjoy free ice skating at the Vic Johnston CC with your friends and family.  Don't miss the free giveaways, great raffle prizes, free ice skating, and fun for everyone!  To support our local food banks, please bring a small donation and/or non-perishable food items.  I hope to see you there and look forward to celebrating with you and your family on January 1st!  For more information about this special community event, please call my office at 905-896-5011.   Top  


Support Our Local Foodbanks 


As you can imagine, during the holiday season, the need for assistance is great, and I know that our local food banks can certainly use our help this year.  The Mississauga Food Bank (MFB) is the central food bank in Mississauga, serving over 2.5 million meals each year through its network of member agencies.  The MFB serves the community by sourcing and distributing food to its network of member agencies, which includes neighbourhood food banks, before-school breakfast clubs, shelters, and hot meal programs.  There are many ways that you can help the MFB:

  • Organize a food drive at your workplace or school! Visit the MFB's website at www.themississaugafoodbank.org to download promotional materials for your food drive and register your food drive to receive collection barrels or schedule a pick-up.
  • Pick up a few extra items next time you're at the grocery store and drop them off at the MFB's warehouse at 3121 Universal Drive; at select grocery stores with collection bins; or at any Mississauga fire hall.  The closest drop-off locations in Streetsville are the Hindu Heritage Centre Food Pantry at 6300 Mississauga Road; Fire Station 108 at 2267 Britannia Road West; and No Frills #1395 at 6085 Creditview Road.
  • Host a Canstruction Competition!  Construct giant structures from canned food, and then donate the food to the MFB.  You can hold a Canstruction competition at your workplace or your school as a fun way to give back to the community!

If you would like to plan a food drive, organize a Canstruction competition, or pick up some extra items at the grocery store, the MFB's most needed items for 2014 are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned fish and meat
  • Rice, small bags
  • Canned vegetables
  • Cereal

If you would like to drop off your food donation at the MFB's warehouse, they are located at 3121 Universal Drive and open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday, 9am to 12pm.  If you would like to make a monetary donation to the MFB, please visit www.themississaugafoodbank.org/donate-funds.  You can also donate by phone by calling 905-270-5589 or send a cheque to The Mississauga Food Bank, 3121 Universal Drive Mississauga, ON L4X 2E2. 


Another local food bank that serves our community is the Eden Community Food Bank (ECFB).  The ECFB is a non-denominational food bank that was established in 1989.  The ECFB assists individuals and families living in Mississauga in the L5M and L5N postal code areas.  The ECFB provides healthy, balanced food choices that meet cultural and dietary requirements, as well as basic need items, like personal care and hygiene products.  The ECFB also has a Community Learning Kitchen that provides cooking classes for food bank recipients, with volunteers who prepare nutritious food that is portioned and packaged for distribution through the food bank.  If you are a gardener, you can also grow a row for the ECFB and donate your produce.  The food and item donations may be dropped off at the ECFB's Battleford center (Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm), which is located at 3051 Battleford Road.  When you are grocery shopping for your family, consider purchasing an extra bag of items to help someone in need.  Current items needed include:

  • Stuffing mixes
  • Mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce
  • Juice cans
  • Chunky Soups and Stews
  • Fruit cups
  • Canned Fruit

  • Mr. Noodles
  • Lipton Dry soup packages
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Salmon, canned meats- turkey, chicken and ham
  • Nut Free School Snacks
  • Condiments - mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise
  • Jello, cake mixes, cookie mixes
  • Artificial Sweetener
  • Glucerna and other sugar free products
  • Ensure or Boost - Strawberry, Vanilla
  • Laundry Soap

You can also make a financial donation to the ECFB at www.edenfoodbank.org/help or mail a cheque to The Eden Community Food Bank, 2-3185 Unity Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L 4L5.  Top 

A Clean & Green Way of Helping Others


In addition to helping our local food banks, another great way to help those in need this holiday season is to support local organizations that collect gently used clothing and household items for those who are less fortunate.  


The Salvation Army and Goodwill are two great organizations in our community who collect gently used clothing and household items for those who are less fortunate.  If you have any gently used items that you and your family no longer require, consider donating them this holiday season.  If you're unsure of what items to donate, have a look at the most needed items lists below.


The Salvation Army is the largest non-governmental provider of social services in our country, serving over 1.8 million people each year, in 400 communities across Canada. The Salvation Army provides assistance to children and families, tending to their basic necessities of life; provides shelter for homeless people; and provides rehabilitation for people who suffer from addiction.  This holiday season, you can help the Salvation Army by looking in your closets and homes for gently used items that you no longer require and donating them.  You can also help by organizing a clothing drive at your school or workplace.  Here is a list of current items needed by the Salvation Army:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Antiques
  • Area Rugs (clean, good condition)
  • Baby Furniture (not older than 5 years)
  • Books (hardcover, paperback, mags)
  • Canned Food
  • Clothing
  • Collectibles
  • Computers
  • Cots
  • TV Electronics
  • Exercise Equipment (good condition)
  • Fabric
  • Furniture (clean, undamaged)
  • Headboards/Footboards (Bed frame)
  • Jewellery
  • Lamps & Light Fixtures
  • Lawn Furniture
  • Linens
  • Metal Vertical or Horizontal Blinds
  • Misc. Household Items
  • Parts & Tools
  • Purses & Belts
  • Shoes & Boots
  • Small Appliances (working condition)
  • Small Home Office File Cabinets
  • Sporting Equipment (good condition)
  • Toys & Games
  • Wooden Desks/ Computer Desk

The Salvation Army Thrift Store in our community is located at 261 Queen Street South, in Streetsville.  For Thrift Store hours and more information about the work that the Salvation Army does in the community, please call 905-821-2598 or visit www.salvationarmy.ca.  


For over 75 years, Goodwill has been providing work opportunities and skills development for people facing barriers to employment, including people with disabilities, youth, the unemployed, and newcomers to Canada through its network of over 165 community-based organizations in Canada and the United States.  Goodwill accepts new and gently used items that are in good condition.  Here is a current list of items needed by Goodwill:

  • Antiques and Collectables
  • Artwork and Frames
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Books Cameras CD's, DVD's, Records and Videos
  • Clothing, Shoes, Accessories Belts, Purses, Hats, Gloves, Scarves
  • Computers (Pentium 4 & above)
  • Cookware
  • Dishware and Utensils
  • Electronics (TV's, Radios, Stereos, DVD Players, VCR's, Small Appliances (in working order and not older than 10-15 years)
  • Fabrics and Textiles (Linens, Towels, Curtains, Blankets and Rugs)
  • Furniture* (Dressers, Tables, Chairs, Sofas, Desks, Bookshelves)
  • Games and Toys
  • Giftware and Knick Knacks
  • Glassware
  • Hand tools and small power tools
  • Holiday decorations
  • Jewellery
  • Lamps
  • Musical Instruments
  • Sports Equipment
  • Vacuum Cleaners 

The Goodwill Thrift Store in our community is located at 720 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, and is open 7 days a week, 8:00am to 4:30pm.  For more information about the work that Goodwill does in the community, call 905-819-9454 or visit www.goodwill.on.ca.  Top 

City Christmas and Holiday Hours of Operation


City of Mississauga administrative offices will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. They will reopen on Friday, January 2, 2015. A number of public and recreation services will operate on a Christmas and holiday schedule during the closure period.  For a full listing of the City's services and hours of operation during the holiday closure period, please visit www.mississauga.ca.  For MiWay holiday service, please visit www.miway.ca/holidayservice.   Top 

Councillor George Carlson| | george.carlson@mississauga.ca | 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON   L5B 3C1
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