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African Canadian Christian Network Crime Prevention Grant
Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario (center) addressing members of the Press. With him are ministers Monte Kwinter (left) and Mary Anne Chambers (right)
Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario (center) addressing members of the Press. With him are ministers Monte Kwinter (left) and Mary Anne Chambers (right)
Broad African Resource Centre (BARC) in partnership with the World Centre for Mission Mobilization and the Voice of the Last Ministry have been awarded a $50,000 grant by the African Canadian Christian Network (ACCN) for crime prevention to help youth at risk.

The grants award event took place on Monday, 11 December, 2006, at the First Baptist Church downtown, a primary gathering place for Toronto's black community. The grant by ACCN represent the launch of a church-and-state partnership aimed at stemming gun violence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) especially amongst the black community, by involving the various faith groups and community organisations.
Premier Dalton McGuinty and cabinet ministers Mary Anne Chambers and Monte Kwinter, including city councillors Michael Thompson and Raymond Cho were in attendance at the event.

Earlier in 2006, Premier McGuinty attended a funeral at the Toronto West Seventh-day Adventist Church where a youth had been shot. At that event, the Premier announced $3 million in a "Down with Guns" initiative that was to be led by the African Canadian Christian Network (ACCN). It was that initiative that was being marked by this first set of grant awards in which a total of 10 recipients comprising faith and community agencies across the GTA.
(L-R), Pastor Francis Ubah,  World Centre for Mission Mobilization; Pastor Tim E. Ohanekwu, Voice of the Last Ministry; Pastor Morris,  co-chair of the ACCN; Esther Simon, BARC Executive Director
(L-R) Esther Simon, BARC Executive Director and Minister Mary Anne Chambers
Premier McGuinty said to the youths present, "we believe in you, and we need you, and we are here for you. Your true friends (as opposed to those who would lead them into a life of crime) will be at your side. Hope can be had." Then, turning to the pastors and their parishioners, McGuinty said: "I'm here on behalf of 12 1/2 million Ontarians to tell you we believe in you. And, like you, we are filled with hope."
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First Baptist's Pastor Morris, one of the co-chairs of the ACCN, thanked McGuinty and the province for the grant and for working together with faith based groups to address problem of crime and violence in the black community.

African Canadian Christian Network (ACCN); Pastor Morris, Meredith, Nelson
African Canadian Christian Network (ACCN) officials and Masters of Ceremony

BARC and the two other faith partners, World Centre for Mission Mobilization and Voice of the Last Ministry, officially kicked off this program in January 2007 to deliver services in accordance with the grant. The focus of the program is Justice, crime prevention and rehabilitation.

For more details contact the Program Coordinator.
 
 
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