Hot dogs, hamburgers and cold drinks were the prescription to cure the summer blahs at an Armour Heights barbecue Aug. 14.
Set up by Eglinton-Lawrence MPP Mike Colle with the help of Toronto Community Housing, it was chance for Armour Heights neighbours to get together and mingle with each other.
For the housing agency’s Michelle Haney-Kileeg it was also a chance for the residents of Marjory Carton Apartments to share life tales about their pocket of the city with neighbours.
“It’s a nice opportunity for the seniors, many of them who have lived in that community for a very long time,” Haney-Kileeg said. “They can share with the elected official the contributions that they’ve made.
“They might have been employed in the area, their children went to school there. They bring that sort of history.”
But Haney-Kileeg said it was Colle’s barbecue, as his office had received requests from Armour Heights residents.
“People sometimes say where are you? What are you doing? What’s happening?” Colle said. “When they can see you face-to-face they feel a lot more relaxed and share their thoughts.
“They really appreciate it.”
Also helping with the gathering was the Armour Heights Community Centre along with local restaurateurs.
Haney-Kileeg said about 50 people came out for the festivities and was a great example of community spirit.
“It was a good turnout,” she said. “We see it as being part of an integrated neighbourhood and a healthy community.”
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