Kristen Schwartz

Kristen Schwartz

2013 Partnership Award - Toronto

CultureLink Settlement Services

Nominator Comments:

Kristin is recognized for developing partnerships that meet community needs and make a difference by promoting cycling as an affordable and healthy option to newcomer youth. In 2012-2013, Kristin introduced a new initiative to promote cycling to diverse high school students and was later expanded to be delivered in 16 Toronto high schools. Through this project she has established partnerships with organizations such as a youth-driven bike shop, Toronto Community Foundation, Evergreen, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank, and schools. Funded for the next three years, the “Bike to School Project” will enable students, teachers, and parents to discover the personal, social and ecological benefits of cycling for transportation.

She also developed the “Communties on the Move” project with funding from Metrolinx. With this project, Kristin hosted a series of roundtable discussions for settlement sector organizations to discuss the future of transportation in the GTHA.

To quote her nominators: “Kristin’s ability to develop partnerships that are innovative, beneficial and sustainable is repeatedly demonstrated. She maintains a commitment to creating healthy and vibrant communities through the cycling program that promotes healthy lifestyle choices to CultureLink’s newcomer clients.”

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