Residents and organizations in the city’s east end are being invited to attend a free community summit on Thursday that will look at identifying and brainstorming ways to tackle problems facing East London.
The summit, organized by The East End Summit Steering Committee, which consists of east end residents, community associations, businesses, and non-profits, is slated to run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at BMO Centre.
Five keynote speakers will address the summit to speak about several issues that affect East London, including food security, housing, education, and adaptive reuse.
Information gathered during the session will then be compiled by the London Institute, a “non-profit think-and-do tank,” according to its website, into an official report.
“The purpose behind (the summit) is to really unite the community and provide them with a platform to address specific challenges,” said the London Institute’s Amir Farahi in an interview with AM980’s Craig Needles on Monday.
A second follow-up summit, aimed at laying out a roadmap to start tackling challenges identified during Thursday’s summit, will likely be held sometime next month, Farahi said.
“The second summit will really be about delegating the projects towards these participants who will then take on these in a more solutions-oriented manner,” Farahi said. “In the second part of the summit we’ll make sure that we’re actually able to have these organizations and associations and partners deliver and hold them accountable and deliver on the ideas that they came up with at the first summit.”
More information about Thurday’s summit can be found here.