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Highlights 2021 - 2022

2022 has brought a renewed optimism to the idea that we will be able to increase our in-person activities this year.  As we all begin to emerge from the pandemic, the Community Relations team will be looking for opportunities to re-connect and reimagine the many ways in which York University and the Communities we serve can come together to achieve mutual benefit.

Here are some highlights of our activities this year:

2nd Community Skate Day in Markham

For a second year in a row, York University joined residents of Markham on the Family Day holiday weekend, to enjoy a fun day of skating at the Markham Civic Centre.  The weather made for a blustery day, but it didn’t spoil the fun.  There was lots of free hot chocolate, giveaways, a photo booth, and games.  We were also joined by our special guest, Yeo the lion.

The event attracted about 150 skaters as well as Markham City Councillor Amanda Collucci, Member of Provincial Parliament Billy Pang and Member of Parliament Paul Chiang.

Vax the Northwest Clinic

In January, Tennis Canada’s Aviva Centre at York University saw nearly 1,700 northwest Toronto residents roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated.  The City of Toronto’s “Vax The Northwest” clinic, part of the Team Toronto initiative, focused on vaccinating people of all eligible ages from northwest Toronto neighbourhoods, with a focus on neighbourhoods with lower vaccination rates. Eligible citizens were able to receive their first, second, third and children’s doses.

Mayor John Tory officially opened the clinic with Toronto officials Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York Councillor and Toronto Board of Health Chair Joe Cressy and Ward 7 Humber River–Black Creek Councillor Anthony Perruzza. Ontario's Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, MP Judy Sgro and Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop attended and joined more than 270 staff and volunteers to support the initiative. 

Doors Open TO

York University participated in Doors Open Toronto in May. This was the first time York University Libraries (YUL) is participated in the annual tour, which features more than 100 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance to the city of Toronto that open their doors to the public for this free city-wide event. 

Open exhibits and activities showcased the the historic construction of Scott Library, future renovation projects, artworks at the library and student films. Scott Library was listed as one of the top 15 buildings to see at Doors Open Toronto 2022 by blogTO.