The words “collaboration” and “resilience” emerge frequently when learning about Anne Gloger and her work at the East Scarborough Storefront. As its Founding Director, Anne is quick to emphasize it was local youth who led the re-design of a vacated, former police detention centre in the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park neighbourhood – transforming it into a not-for-profit social service hub that now welcomes 50,000 area residents every year.
“The residents are amazing. What we lack in money, we make up for in people power…The stigma that young people in underserviced neighbourhoods don’t contribute to their communities is FALSE. 85% of our volunteers are youth.”
Recognized for her ability to bring people together, Anne was recently tasked with heading the Centre for Connected Communities – linking a web of diverse community builders and sectors across Toronto, and ultimately empowering residents to improve the prosperity and well-being of their own neighbourhoods.