Welcome to the
Bathurst-Finch Network (BFN)!

We are a group of community residents and workers from community agencies and the City of Toronto in the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood.
We work together to plan community-based programs and make positive change in our neighbourhood and our city.
If you have questions, or would like to be added to the BFN email list, where you will receive information about BFN events and programs and updates from Bathurst-Finch and city-wide, please email: bathurstfinchnetworkbfn@gmail.com

BFN Steering Committee Members

Bathurst Finch Network Steering Committee Members:

Diane Broad, Griffin Centre

Elizabeth Malak, Toronto Public Library

Jeanny Gonzalez, FoodShare Toronto

Jeff Gruchy, Downsview Services for Seniors

Irene Valksman, JVS Toronto

Lisa Schiller, Community Resident

Maureen Simpson, Community Resident

Petra Kukacka, Local Immigration Partnership

Sarah Crossley, Toronto Employment and Social Services

Shannon Thompson, Community Resident

Scott Mc Kean, City of Toronto

Zestaline Kim, North York Community House



Introducing: The BFN report

The Bathurst-Finch Network is a group of community workers and residents in the Bathurst-Finch area. Since 2009, we have been working to respond to the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood. Our approach is organic. We stay flexible, curious and inspired. Our strength is our people. We are surrounded by brilliant, committed, festive, courageous and incredibly creative community members and workers who are determined to do what it takes to make a better world, starting in Bathurst-Finch.

In 2013, the Bathurst-Finch Network will celebrate our fourth anniversary. We decided this would be the perfect time to map out the work we've done to date, and start to plan for the future. In these pages, you'll find snapshots of what we've accomplished with your input, skills and imagination. Please read, enjoy, and share far and wide!

You can also download it on pdf from here.

BFN Awards Night

On December 10th, more than 120 people came out to honour more than 40 incredible community activists and volunteers at the first ever BFN Awards. It was a beautiful, festive night. It was an emotional night. People shared powerful stories from the past three years, and brought so much of themselves to the event. There were a lot of tears. One award winner said that the evening illustrated an element of community work often not recognized or rewarded, '...look at these relationships.'

We were also moved by what community residents and workers had to say about the BFN. For some examples, please click here.