Adam Giambrone, Councillor for Ward 18, Davenport "DIG-IN continues to be a source of wonderful and creative ideas for enlivening our neighbourhood and for making it a better place to live and work. I am pleased to support their ongoing efforts."
Perth Dupont Library,
1 Tony Ruprecht, M.P.P., Davenport
2 Mario Silva, City of Toronto Councillor, Davenport
Your E-mail just came to my attention and I wanted to respond to it
The Lansdowne-Dupont neighbouhood is in process of change. Your ideas of how to improve our quality of life, from a 'Green Walking System' to a 'Cultural Intensification of the T.T.C Barns', should be applauded.
Please extend my best wishes to all your volunteers as they put their
shoulder to the wheel in order to create those positive changes we all seek
for our neighborhood.
My assistant Carol Golench will participate in your meetings and try to help
Tony Ruprecht, M.P.P.
February 21, 2003
I am City of Toronto Councilor for Ward 18. Dyan Marie lives and has had her studio in this ward for the past 14 years.
Three years ago Dyan Marie called my office for information for a project she had undertaken in this neighbourhood. A developer had bought a site next to a railway line with intentions to build a series of automotive mechanical shops. Dyan persuaded him to let her help redesign the site for use that would be better-suited for the neighbourhood and for the needs of artists. The site was built with her recommendations and is now fully occupied with a community of 47 small businesses and artists studios.
Dyan has a strong commitment to this community and has effectively organized a number of advocacy and action efforts in the area, many of which my office and I have supported and participated in. Dyan has founded a community citizens improvement group DIG IN, published a community newsletter, organized a community-wide meeting to focus on ways to reduce crime, improved community police relations, organized a community safety audit, set-up a neighbourhood email group and website.
I applaud her innovative approach to provide an ideas masterplan with community and cultural participation and that will function as a comprehensive community improvement guide. She has the practical skill, creative talents, ideas, energy and commitment to be a major force of social change.