October 15th, 2009
Tawayihk Cultural and Family Centre is an independent, not for profit organization that is partnered with City Park Collegiate and as we are a partner of City Park we have been invited to become involved this year with Tawayihk.
“Tawayihk” is a Cree word that means “a place to gather”. The Centre is an idea that was conceived and created by the young people, families, and community of City Park Collegiate. It is governed by a board of directors that is reflective of the cultural diversity and cultural heritage of the community. Cultural processes and cultural protocols are followed in all aspects of the centre. What began as a dream over a cup of coffee became a ” gathering place”in just three short years. The Centre has just acquired a full time staff person – ElaineWeisgerber - who acts as facilitator, coordinator, and leader within. Elaine is currently working very hard at building relationships with the young people, the families and the wider community. Here at Las Palapas we hope to help the centre with sustainability and we will provide more information about the program as we go. We will soon be working on another project with our other Shelter Fund partner San Francisco Saludable and will provide updates as that progresses. Thanks to all our guests as you are the ones who provide us with a means of helping out.