Yesterday was the unveiling of our five-year strategic plan Preserve, Share, Explore and the official launch of our fundraising campaign with York University. The event, which integrated the Dundas West Fest program, was held at the IC Savings branch in Little Portugal and hosted by its manager Anabela Taborda.
We are honoured by the presence of academic, cultural, civic, and political leaders from and associated with the Portuguese-Canadian community, and are grateful for the words of praise and encouragement from our friends and community partners Ana Bailão (City Councilor), Andrew Cash (Member of Parliament), Cristina Martins (Member of Provincial Parliament), Prof. Craig Heron (Department of History, York University), and Anna St. Onge (Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries).
We are especially grateful to Anabela Taborda, a good friend and ambassador of the PCHP, for organizing this reception at the IC Savings’ Little Portugal branch. Her leadership, dedication, and solicitude are an inspiration to all community-minded organizers, and a wonderful example of what a credit union can and should be.
The PCHP has put together a strategic plan for the next five years outlining our various objectives and potential partnerships, divided by three large areas: Preserve (archival), Share (public history), Explore (academic). Our five year plan, which was created for fundraising purposes, can be found here.
The Kensington Market Historical Society has made a financial donation to the PCHP following our public lecture at the Lillian H. Smith TPL on October 21st. Here is Snapd’s coverage of the event. We are thankful for the KHMS’ generosity and look forward to collaborating with them again in the future.
The Ink Book Club has generously made a financial donation to the PCHP on behalf of Toronto author Anthony de Sa. In Anthony’s words: “The PCHP has been a tremendous resource while writing Kicking the Sky. Often, it was the images collected in the exhibits that triggered memories allowing me to move back into the world I knew and understood so personally. For me, writing a work of fiction can only resonate with a reader when there is honesty and truth at its core. It is what makes a work of fiction transcendent. Much thanks to the good people at PCHP” (in Anthony de Sa’s blog, September 15, 2013).
We are very proud to hear that our digital exhibits have sparked Anthony’s memories and benefited his creative work. The best praise and encouragement we could ever hope for is the knowledge that others are using and building on our efforts to preserve, disseminate, and discuss our collective memory; not only as Portuguese-Canadians but as Torontonians.
The PCHP is grateful for the Ink Book Club’s kind donation, and thank Anthony de Sa for prompting their contribution.