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    Evas Phoenix Has a New Home!

    December 2, 2011 ByEva's Staff

    We are pleased to announce that the often intense

    and complex negotiation process has ended in our

    favor and we have been leased a new space for


    We are thrilled with the outcome, said Executive

    Director Maria Crawford. The property meets all of

    our needs and we are excited about what we will be able to do with it. Its a great location in a welcoming

    neighbourhood, with close proximity to all of the supports and services we need for the youth.

    The heritage building, located at 505 Richmond Street West, will enable us to replicate the residential

    component of Evas Phoenix as it currently is, as well as accommodate the Print Shop, Training Centre

    and our proposed Community Kitchen.

    We will be part of an exciting redevelopment of that site, which will also involve other services, and an

    historical revitalization of the southern face of the building. The planning phase of the work will take up

    much of the next year. We will be able to remain at Evas Phoenix until at least September, 2014, with

    provision for extension if needed. We are confident we will be able to move to the new location by 2014,

    but will keep you posted on our progress.

    This represents a huge Win-Win on many fronts. Taxpayers are benefiting from the substantial revenue

    the City will generate from the sale of the properties involved; the City has been able to use theopportunity to ensure the long-term viable operation of Evas Phoenix

    and to refurbish and transform a wonderful old building into a vibrant new

    home for homeless youth. Evas will be able to continue its long-term

    work on ending youth homelessness, and the ground breaking work

    done at Evas Phoenix will now be able to continue for years to come. I

    am confident our youth will be very pleased, Maria said.

    There have been a huge number of people working endlessly behind the

    scenes to both make the deal, and then to have it approved at Council. It

    has truly been a collaborative effort of residents, ex-residents, staff, theBoard of Directors, community, politicians and supporters in the

    construction and real estate industry.

    We are very grateful for the support and assistance of the Mayor and City Council, Maria said. This

    outcome could not have come about without their support, and the collective effort of a vast network of

    citizens and supporters. I am confident that many of our young people will sleep much more soundly

    knowing that the long-term future and viability of Evas Phoenix has been secured.

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    The unexpected relocation will require revenue that was not budgeted for; however, so we are mounting a

    major fundraising campaign to cover those costs. To donate now, please click through

    toCanadaHelps.organd make a donation to our Evas Phoenix Relocation Fund.

    Taste Matters Raises $120,000 for Evas YouthAResounding Success!

    December 1, 2011 ByKari Klassen Photos by Gary Slye

    This years Taste Matters was a

    resounding success, raising

    $120,000 a seven per cent

    increase from last year. A big thank

    you goes out to TD Securities and

    TD Financial Group for being ourevent sponsor and another special

    thank you goes out to planning

    committee co-chairs Jenn

    OCampo-King and Ettie Dawkins.

    The co-chairs and other committee

    members, Tanya Piazza,

    Francesca Briggs, Barry Stafford,

    Jessica Squibb and Maria

    Campodonico, made the night


    What makes this event different from all other fundraising food and wine events is the participation of

    Evas youth, said Director of Development Marie McCormack. We were proud to have youth hosting

    food stations from all our sites as part of the Virgin Unite funded mentorship program. This year, youth

    were involved from conception of the ideas right

    through to serving the finished product.Evas Place

    youth were mentored by Jessie Kaur for the second

    year in a row. I am so glad and grateful to be a

    part of this project, Kaur said. The youth teach me

    so much and I am happy that I am able to put this

    together with their energy and desire to make it a

    success.Place youth participated in researching,

    testing and sampling and will come out of the

    experience with a Food Handlers Certificate. Their

    veggie sushi masterpieces were such a hit that they

    were gone by 7:30 p.m.

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    The youth from Evas Phoenix were mentored by

    our community partners at West End Food Coop &

    Park. They went out on a field trip to St. Lawrence

    Market to buy local produce to be used in their

    canning recipes. They brainstormed ideas, learned

    about presentation, and the result was a work of art.

    Lisa Carrington, Mentorship Facilitator at Phoenix,

    said the youth were very proud of their

    accomplishments. But I dont think they expected to

    be as proud as they wereonce they realized how

    much people liked what they did.

    Evas Satellite youth were mentored by expert baker

    and Satellite Program Manager, Grace Costa and

    Krystal-Ann Gauthier. They had several weeks of

    tasting, sampling and testing to produce cookies

    and other delectables enjoyed by all. They were

    also all decked out in new black and white clothing

    appropriate for food service.

    The powerful impact for all of us was witnessing how they were transformed [at the event], said mentor

    Krystal-Ann Gauthier. Their sense of accomplishment and pride brought tears to our eyes. Who knew a

    little bit of flour, eggs and a mixer could create such magic for both youth and staff?

    TD Securities representative, Lionel deMercado welcomed 400 people who enjoyed an evening of wine,beer and fabulous food, while vying for some truly outstanding auction items including a week in France

    for six people. He was personally moved to make a donation when he was approached by one of our

    youth who thanked him for what he had contributed and told him he was surprised so many people cared.

    The evening wouldnt have been the achievement it was without our wonderful host, Tony Aspler, and

    Auctioneer Extraordinaire Don Lee. Thanks also go out to Taxi Chain who provided the music for the

    evening. Most of all, we thank the 400 people who came out to support us in this very important cause.

    Because of you, youth have a warm, safe place to stay, and some hope for the future.

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    Evas and Virgin Unite Launch Evas Awards for Ending

    Youth Homelessness

    December 1, 2011 BySiobhan Ernest

    With lessons drawn from six successful years,

    recognizing eighteen organizations from coast to

    coast to coast, and generously sponsored by

    CIBC, Evas Innovation Awards have drawn to a close. On November 24th, Evas launched a new awardsprogram in collaboration with the Sprott Foundation and Virgin Unite (Canada) Inc: Evas Awards for

    Ending Youth Homelessness. The aim of these four $25,000 awards is to put the spotlight on programs

    working towards preventing and ending youth homelessness. This focus challenges us all to think beyond

    the emergency needs of vulnerable youth. The goal of ending homelessness means equipping youth in

    multiple domains of their lives to achieve greater and longer lasting stability. It means progra