Assets in the Community

Beasley’s Welcome Table

Join us on Wednesday November 23, 5 – 7pm at the Beasley Community Center to share your story and experiences with race relations in your community. The event is open to all who live, work, or play in and around the Beasley neighbourhood. We hope to see you there!

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McLaren Park Party!

Members of the Downtown Youth Action Committee who are associated with the Beasley Youth Asset Development Initiative along with the Beasley Inclusion Group (a subcommittee of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association) are hosting a party at McLaren Park (John & Cannon) on Saturday September 24, 3 – 6pm. The event is meant to celebrate inclusion and provide an opportunity for Beasley residents to discuss their experiences with racism/discrimination and as a community, determine how best to combat the negativity with positivity.  There will be food (halal) provided by Karam Kitchen, games, music and discussion tables. We hope to see you there!

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Spring Fête

Former resident and Beasley community supporter, Eileen White wanted the opportunity to host an event in Beasley to welcome spring and provide an opportunity for community members to discuss food security. Eileen along with a team of community volunteers dished out homemade sandwiches, potato, and tabouli salad to over 50 individuals that attended the event. There was great discussion about budgeting for large families, how to grow herbs in apartments, and services available for emergency food hampers. With Beasley being a hub for newcomers, Eileen was passionate about hosting this event to provide individuals with tools and knowledge when it comes to food. To see pictures from the event, click here.

Beasley Community Dinner to Welcome Syrian Families

Members of the Beasley neighbourhood came out to welcome and celebrate the newest members of the community through games and a delicious dinner. The event was hosted by the Beasley Initiative in partnership with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club, Wesley Urban Ministries, and the Beasley Neighbourhood Association. We were fortunate to have special guests at the event including Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area, David Lane, MPP Hamilton Central Andrea Horwath, and Executive Director of Wesley Urban Ministries, Daljit Garry. The dinner was an incredible opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate, and appreciate its diverse residents. For pictures from the event, click here.

Career Fair at Sir John A. MacDonald

The Youth Advisory Committee is planning a career fair at Sir John A. MacDonald on February 25th! For more information click here.

Beasley’s Multicultural Celebration

On September 19, Beasley held a multicultural celebration event organized and hosted by a group of young people from Next Step for Youth. The event provided a showcase the vibrant culture that Beasley is known for. Residents are very proud of the many cultures that make up their community.  To see pictures from the event, click here.

Eid al-Fitr Potluck

Following a youth action committee meeting in June, members identified the need for cross cultural understanding and appreciation around food. Sharing a meal together is the universal way for neighbours and communities to get together. The youth wanted to host a potluck and since there was already a group in Beasley (Beasley Inclusion Group) that hosted monthly potlucks, it provided an opportunity to work with them and host a potluck for Eid al-Fitr (the celebration thatmarks the end of Ramadan). Many of the Muslim youth were eager to share their religion and culture with the greater community and foster deeper understanding between neighbours.

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The Eid potluck was held at the Old Beasley Community Center on July 18, 2015. The event was a success and brought out cross sections of the Beasley community to get together and share food from around the world. During the event, one of the youth volunteers gave a speech that explained Ramadan and Eid to the guests that attended and there was an opportunity for residents to ask additional questions and learn from one another. Youth committee members who attended expressed how wonderful it was to meet some of their neighbours for the first time and be able to share their heritage with them.