The Sustainable Community Aid Network (SCAN) in collaboration with Malton Black Development Association (MBDA) hosted its first workshop as part of the Sustainability on My Mind project in Malton on November 29th 2022. The workshop is the first out of eight workshops that will teach the residents in the low-income neighborhood of Malton, Mississauga about eco-friendly lifestyle strategies that households can practice on their own for very little cost. SCAN has partnered with local non- profits across Malton to ensure the successful delivery and implementation of this project, one of which is the Malton Black Development Association.
Malton Black Development Association is a Black-owned Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to fostering good inter-community relationships through educational, cultural, and social activities. Their mandate is to promote the well-being of the Black Community through cultural, recreational, social, and educational activities. MBDA leveraged this project to meet their mandate and had full autonomy over the selection of participants from within their community. Participants were Malton residents across different demographics, namely of Black (50%), West Indian (20%), South East Asian (20%) and North African/ Middle Eastern (10%) descent and were women (99%) and men (1%). The workshops were a point of cultural exchange as well as fostering a sense of community amongst residents of the Malton neighborhood. Participants left with awareness on how to make their own personal care products with easily accessible, eco-friendly ingredients. Participants also took home tool kits and ingredients used in the workshop to enable them to make hand/body butter at home.
The moisturizing hand/butter workshop was facilitated by Jasmine Swimmer. Jasmine is the founder of Soft & Butter, an organic and vegan skincare company that offers body butters, oil, moisturizers and cleansers. In Addition to the Sustainability on My Mind program, Jasmine is also partaking in SCANs Youth Entrepreneurship and Job Creation Pathway program as well as the Virtual Career Fair program.
You can learn more about the Sustainability on My Mind project here: https://bit.ly/3EZBRV3
The Sustainability on My Mind project is supported by the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative.