March 2017
Despite the many differences across Dixon Hall's programming, food is a common element that links so much of the work we do. Our March Break campers often made a lunchtime meal together, cooperating and collaborating in the kitchen while discussing topics like healthy relationships; delicious meals kept the young ladies of Girls Rock Camp Toronto nourished enough to keep on rocking during long days; and our Alzheimer's Day program clients and staff enjoyed another meatless Monday, where the focus is on enjoying plant-based meals together. Our Community Meals continued on Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings, with volunteers preparing healthy meals for our diners to combat food insecurity.

Many of us take food for granted. At Dixon Hall, we recognize the importance and significance of food to someone in need. We know that providing healthy meals is crucial as we work to support individuals and families in our community. Too many Torontonians continue to struggle with food insecurity, especially in the downtown east, and too many residents with limited means are faced with tough choices as they try to take care of their families. Food bank usage continues to increase, up by as much as 10% this year.

Dixon Hall's food programs are vitally important in Regent Park and throughout the downtown east - for homebound seniors, the homeless, newcomers to our community, those living with HIV/AIDs, and people living with a terminal illness or recovering from surgery at home. You can support our food programs by joining us on Wednesday, March 29 at Dixonlicious, a culinary celebration and a taste of community.

Dixonlicious is an opportunity to engage with fellow community members, and witness the power of food to unite and connect us in action. All proceeds will support our vital food programs directly. We're all looking forward to sampling some delicious bites accompanied with a refreshing beverage and excellent company and hope you will join us too.
In Partnership,

Neil Hetherington
CEO, Dixon Hall

If you have any questions or comments about Dixon Hall and how to get involved, please feel free to contact me at I would love to hear from you.
Carribean Cuisine and Fine Dining Connaisseur: Meet Show Love Café's Chef Denzil ♥
Ask Show Love Café customers why they frequent the café and they'll tell you two things: 1. the meals and hot coffee, and 2. resident Chef Denzil's customer service which lights up their day. With his warm smile and welcoming presence, it's no surprise he is a favourite of guests, Incubator students, and youth in the area.

Denzil's career in the hospitality industry spans over 25 years. Though his specialties are vegetarian, soups, and Caribbean cuisine, he's a trained chef who initially started working in French Fine Dining. His work has taken him to many different restaurants and communities -- including a 10 year role with Whole Foods, but as someone who grew up in Regent Park, Denzil describes his job at the Show Love Café "a dream come true."

Denzil's dream of mentoring Regent Park's newest crop of aspiring chef and hospitality workers is realized through his work with Incubator students. His instruction focuses on knife skills and prep work, following recipes correctly, and customer service skills - an area where he excels. He notices in working with the young students that each individual comes in to the program with their own skill set and experiences, and finds that learning to cook, clean, and handle customer interactions helps improve their mental health, motivation levels, and communication skills. As the program continues to grow, Denzil has big plans to expand his teachings and to work with students to develop their own special event menus.
The Show Love Café will return as one of the featured restaurants for Dixonlicious 2017, an event that aligns perfectly with Denzil's mindset. He says that putting happy faces on everyone's faces - from customers to students is what he gets out of his job. It's a joy to give back and take care of the community and why he gets up every morning to come back.

Denzil embodies the concept of showing love and he is a cherished staple in Regent Park. Join us at Dixonlicious on Wednesday March 29th, and you'll have a chance to show  love to the Show Love Café and beyond. Menu items are still top secret -- but last year's mushroom and goat cheese bruschetta were not to be missed!
Purchase your Dixonlicious Tickets Today
ICYMI: Girls Rock Camp Rocked Out on CBC
For the first time ever, Dixon Hall's Music school was a female only space, with the Girls Rock Camp running a March Break camp for girls aged 8-14.

CBC Toronto stopped by to spend some time with the young rockers. Hear what the girls had to say about their rock star week.
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