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August 16, 2017 – Councillor Jim Karygiannis and the Agincourt Community Services Association share an update on the Chester Le Community Mural

Toronto, ON – Jim Karygiannis, City Councillor for Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, is joined by Lee Soda, Executive Director of the Agincourt Community Services Association, to provide an update on the Chester Le Community Mural to be displayed at the Chester Le Community Corner in north Scarborough.

The Chester Le Community Mural will be an artistic collaboration by the community of Chester Le to showcase the beauty and resilience of the residents after a year of tragic incidents including fatalities. The process of creating the mural will provide the community an opportunity to positively respond to concerns of violence in the neighbourhood. This community project will bring local youth, residents and volunteers together to undertake an arts initiative and celebrate their neighbourhood.

“The youth in our community have embraced this initiative with enthusiasm and passion. Along with feedback they received from residents in Chester Le they have created a vision for what community means to people. The youth have been working tirelessly translating the vision into a beautiful piece of art and everyone wants the art work to be a lasting reminder that the community is filled with people who care about where they live, work and play” said Lee Soda.

The Chester Le Community Mural has been provided funding through the StreetARToronto (StART) partnership program which is initiated through the City of Toronto Community Partnership Investment Program. The Chester Le Community Mural is one of many projects that respond to the needs and local conditions of diverse communities in the City.

“In the past year, the Chester Le community experienced very unfortunate incidents of violence that could have brought the spirit of the community down. It is inspiring to see the community, especially the outreach led by our youth, respond positively and share an uplifting message through art,” said Councillor Karygiannis.

“The mural, once finished, will be a project of pride for the Chester Le community. It is most deserving of the funds provided through the City program to support communities in time of need and I look forward to sharing in celebration of the mural later this fall,” concludes Councillor Karygiannis.

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