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Lily's Contributions to Willowdale

NeighbourLink North York, Executive Director

Providing community support & resources to under-resourced areas of Willowdale while fostering connectivity and volunteerism across the community.

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Lily joined as a volunteer Executive Director and was able to turn the budget around from 38K to almost 400K in 1.5 years expanding the scope to include initiatives such as:

  • Youth Arts & Basketball programs for under-resourced kids & youth

  • Christmas Hampers and Single Moms Mother’s Day Baskets for 150+ recipients

  • Community building initiatives like the Willowdale Christmas Market, Willowdale Kindness Movement, Willowdale Winterfest, Willowdale Yard Sale Day and Let’s Move Willowdale (Move-a-thon)

We Love Willowdale, Co-Founder

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​A movement to care for our community in response to the Yonge Street Tragedy. In partnership with a group of community leaders Lily helped to organize:

  • Reclaim Yonge walk that shut down our main street to take back our community.

  • Co-organized community dinners for one year commemoration for 1000 people.

  • Memorial site decommissioning

415 Food Hub, Co-Founder

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Willowdale's newest food bank serving 120+ households each month with the following innovative core values:

  • Building community while serving food. Partner agencies are invited to share resources and clients have worked with staff to organize community building events.

  • Fresh and healthy food. 80% of the food distributed is fresh food including dairy, protein, vegetables and fruit.

  • Dignity of choice to clients who are invited to shop the pantry room.

  • Relational support. All clients receive phone calls and visits to receive feedback and connect to other resources.

North York Moms, Founder

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Community of almost 11K Moms sharing resources, advice and encouragement. Lily has

  • supported moms leaving abusive relationships,

  • connect women to shelter space in the middle of the night,

  • organized multilingual circle times

  • provided a platform for moms starting new businesses and

  • spearheaded the sponsorship of a refugee family.

Other Contributions

Willowdale Covid Response Network, Founder

Served seniors and the vulnerable during the pandemic

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  • Willowdale Neighbours Connect, Founder, Community FB group of over 3K

  • Advocated for newly opened Yonge-Sheppard EarlyON Child & Family Centre

  • Willowdale Church Coalition, Co-Founder, fostering connectivity across churches in Willowdale

  • Spring Garden Baptist Church, Former Interim Pastor

  • The Peoples Church, Former Director of Community Engagement