An “organizer extraordinaire” in the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) community, Dip Habib has been “…instrumental in making the East Scarborough Storefront the vibrant hub it is today,” says Colette Murphy, anti-poverty and social justice advocate, and Executive Director of the non-profit Atkinson Foundation. “Dip brings people together to ask what matters to them most.”
The dedicated, Bangladesh-born Manager of Volunteers, Events and Facilities at the busy, ground-breaking social service hub, successfully co-ordinated and collaborated on many neighbourhood-enhancing projects over the past 15 years. Among the many ways he has served the KGO community, Dip listened to residents’ concerns that “the lack of access to frequent public transportation was a key factor in both their social isolation and economic marginalization.” Together with the community, Dip fought for and won increased TTC bus service along a critical community route.
“My role in the Kingston-Galloway community has grown by leaps and bounds. I have developed a very comprehensive department of well over 300 volunteers, in addition to our civic engagement projects.”
In 2009, the Storefront veteran received the Atkinson Fellowship Award for Innovative Community Work. In praise of Dip’s commitment, Colette Murphy says, “Dip has enabled residents to take steps to create the future they want together, and has been at the heart of this neighbourhood’s renewal.” Through the Foundation’s Leadership Grant, the community leader says he was “…able to explore effective environmental and social justice organizing to benefit other communities as well.”
In 2012, Dip was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award.