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Fergy Brown, The Learning Enrichment Foundation past president and member of the board dies at the age of 89

Fergy Brown LEF Past President
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The Learning Enrichment Foundation honours Fergy Brown

Humble, dedicated and sincere are just a few of the words friends, colleagues and family used to describe The Learning Enrichment Foundation’s (LEF) retiring board member James Fergus Brown.
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In a corner of Etobicoke, bike repair is leading to work experience for local teens

Cameron Richards is being modest. When, towards the end of summer, his fellow volunteers at Weston Wheels — a new youth-operated bike shop in the priority Mt. Dennis neighbourhood — absconded to get summer jobs (ones that paid), the Grade 12 student at York Memorial Collegiate Institute worked solo, dutifully coming in four or five days a week to help the modest flow of customers with warped wheels or busted gears.
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Art of bicycle maintenance puts young workers on a new path

Damien Boltauzer has been a dishwasher, picked fruit in British Columbia and tried his hand at carpentry. But for the 27-year-old cycling enthusiast, working as a bicycle repair and maintenance technician for Toronto’s Bixi bike fleet is different. Boltauzer is one of several dozen unemployed youth, newcomers and others who have found hope and new careers through the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s acclaimed bicycle assembly and maintenance program.
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LEF in the News

Toronto Star article "Fiorito: Protest movement needs to broaden" speaks about the organized protest movement and mentions community service is not done as well as it should. This of course is with the exception of LEFCA, who he points out with a focus on the members, makes it one of the best.
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LEF in partnership with CURA: Business Done Differently

The portion of LEF that is involved with CURA is our childcare centres, with a focus on the quality of life of our childcare staff.
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Weston Wheels featured in the York Guardian

Weston Wheels is now open for business, and local youth are running the shop. Supported by the LEF and 12 Division Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), the youth-led initiative held its grand opening March 17 at 1267 Weston Rd.
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Toronto Business times in Conversation with LEF's Executive Director, Peter Frampton: Linking Workers with Work

Through a variety of job training programs, childcare solutions as well as settlement and immigration assistance, the LEF works hand in hand with industry to create the link between qualified workers and employers.
Read more at Toronto Business Times

University of Toronto Students Reach out to the Community at LEF

Alternative Reading Week offers service-learning opportunities - This year, more than 200 University of Toronto students participated in what is quickly becoming a Reading Week tradition.
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LEF Toastmasters Re-Launch

We have recently changed the day and time of our weekly meetings. Starting Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 3 p.m. to 4:30 we will be relaunching LEF Toastmasters Club in Room 110.

Going forward, we will be holding our club meetings every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 in Room 110, at 116 Industry Street, Toronto, Ontario M6M 4L8. For further information members and guests can contact pmarinelli@lefca.org or http://lef.toastmastersclubs.org/.
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Sweet spot for low-wage earners: after-tax salaries of $30,000 or more a year

February 10, 2012 - Neserita Gascon sacrificed a teaching career and the joy of raising her two school-age children when she left the Philippines for Canada in 1985 to build a better future for her family. But after working for nine years as a live-in nanny for a Willowdale family, Gascon developed a severe skin allergy to harsh cleaning chemicals and rubber gloves and had to quit.
Read more at thestar.com.

See Inside the BIXI Bike Warehouse at LEF

August 26, 2011 - There's BIXI Toronto on the front end — the bikes themselves, their stations, and everything visible by users on the street or visitors to BIXI's website. But the repairs warehouse that actually services the bikes is tucked away in a building north of Eglinton called The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) training centre...
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The Grid TO | Bixi bike doctors

May 26, 2011 - [Darren] Duke... runs The Learning Enrichment Foundation’s bicycle maintenance training program. He took the position in September, just before the LEF landed the Bixi Toronto maintenance contract. “This is probably the best job I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. Duke comes from a family of bike fix-it experts—his brother owns Duke’s Cycle, the west-end Toronto institution.
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