Community Programs

Offering a safe place to access community support and ongoing services.

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Green Team

A group that keeps an eye out for graffiti in the community that needs to be cleaned or removed. The team also plants and maintains the raised vegetable gardens on the Levis and Johnson community garden site.

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Essential Food Community Garden and BAG (Better Access to Groceries) Program

The Elmwood community garden has 40 planter boxes available for community use. In partnership with other local agencies we provide support in maintaining the garden boxes and have access to essential items to grow your garden. The Better Access to Grocery (BAG) program is hosted by Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation in partnership with ECRC, WRHA and other local partners.

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“Thank you and the whole team of ECRC for the unique opportunity to participate in Family Wellness Retreat Event. BIG thank you for all entertainment organized by your team. They prepared lots of interesting games, and competitions and we had a lot of fun together.”

Olena M.
Community Programs

“Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this event. My daughter and I had an amazing time. It was nice to meet people from other cultures, we really enjoyed all the activities and it has been a beautiful experience for my family. You have been so kind, helpful, welcoming and warm with everyone. You always had a smile and had the best attitude developing the activities.”

Angela V.
Community Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of programs do you offer?
The community engagement program seeks to address community trends and challenges as they occur. As a result, programs and workshops can change on a monthly basis. Our annual large scale community events (Celebrate Elmwood (June) and Breakfast with Santa (December)) feature entertainment and free food. Programs and events we’ve offered in the past include community beautification efforts, family baking day and community wellness retreats.
Do you offer volunteer opportunities?
Thanks for thinking of us. Volunteer opportunities are available at the center. Please contact our volunteer engagement team via Our team will discuss your interest with you and work with you to connect you to the right placement.
How do I find out what programs you have?
Our programs seeks to engage community members of all ages in a variety of ways. From cooking classes and employment workshops to group “field trips” to the Zoo we aim to build opportunities to connect you with your neighbors. All upcoming events are posted within the center and other local organizations as well as on social media. We utilize Facebook and Instagram to share all the events and information about the center.
Do you take clothing or housewares donations?
Thank you for thinking of us for your gift. Unfortunately, we do not accept individual community donations on a regular basis as our space is limited. Occasionally we will host community free store days and will put a call out for donations specifically for that event. Please email us at to connect with our community engagement team and find out when our next donation drive is coming up.
Do you have elders or knowledge keepers on site?
All of our indigenous cultural programming is developed in consultation with knowledge keepers and/or elders and are facilitated by indigenous identifying facilitators.
If you have any other questions, Get in touch with our team.

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