Our mission is to improve equity, social justice, and quality of life through community engagement and family support services.
Greater Toronto Community Engagement and Family Support Centre is a volunteer-based non-profit organization. It was founded by four dedicated and passionate volunteers including two social workers in2018. Over the past years, CEFS Centre has focused on community engagement efforts including Community events, Senior program activities, parent-child activities, after-school programs, workshops, settlement, and family support services.
CEFS Centre is managed by a community board comprising of professionals of social work and other disciplines. The first Board of Directors was elected in 2018 by votes of good standing members of the Centre. Their four-year tenure will be ended at the 2022 AGM. The current Board of Directors are:
Susan has been working in the community since 2013, mainly helping new immigrants to fill out various application forms and organizing activities for seniors, women and children in need. She is also an enthusiastic volunteer and spends her spare time helping seniors in Markham and Scarborough by filling out application forms and organizing various seminars.
Sarah Liu is a registered social worker and has been engaged in new immigrant settlement counseling, new immigrant women training, new immigrant elderly service since 2014.
Cheri is an Early Childhood Education major, who has been working at daycares since 2013. She is familiar with children's education work and has a wealth of experience working with children. She is an enthusiastic volunteer and spends her free time helping to organize preschool activities, summer camps for children and activities for seniors in the CEFS community.
Lily is an enthusiastic volunteer who has been helping to organize online events and various seminars for the community. Currently volunteering to help with the bookkeeping and financial matters of CEFS.
The demographic data of the City of Markham denotes that the population growth rate is anticipated to keep on consistently rise in the coming years. We believe that a professional, well-managed and structured social service provider is urgently needed to fill the need for social services of the residents; and help them to develop the sense of belonging to the City and Canada.
Statistics in our record reveal that about 20% of our service recipients are residing in other communities like Richmond Hill, Scarborough, and Vaughan, but most of the participants are coming from the six neighborhoods in the City of Markham that are in our catchment area. These six neighborhoods are Cachet, Berczy Village, Wismer Commons, Greensborough, Unionville, and Raymerville Markville East. They are in the geographical box between 7thAve North up to Major Mackenzie Road, and East of 404 until the 9thLine.
These six neighbourhoods are Cachet, Devil’s Elbow, Angus Glen, Berczy, Wismer, and Greenborough. They are in the geographical box between 16th Ave North up to Major Mackenzie Road; and East of 404 until 9th Line.