Dear editor,

On Saturday, March 31, there was a special community celebration in northeast London. It was North East London Community Engagement’s [NELCE] fifth birthday.

More than 75 people attended the party, including city councillors Joe Swan and Stephen Orser. Even the London Fire Department’s Station 7 had its large fire truck on display outside the event held at the London InterCommunity Health Centre in Huron Heights Plaza.

Guests enjoyed face painting, a crocheting and knitting “sit in,” and played Boggle Your Mind, a game intended to highlight NELCE’s literacy efforts. Councillors Swan and Orser each offered congratulatory messages to the volunteers, as did the London InterCommunity Health Centre executive director, Michelle Hurtubise. NELCE’s longest serving members, Gord and Teresa Johnston, were invited to cut the birthday cake, while those in attendance sang Happy Birthday.

NELCE is a proactive, all-inclusive resident group of volunteers who are passionate about community service and share a strong desire and belief in working together to make things happen in northeast London.

Today, NELCE boasts a membership of more than 40 residents who represent the diverse ethnic and cultural demographics. Many of its members are actively engaged in neighbourhood initiatives, community outreach and organizing free community events and activities like Clean & Green Day in Huron Heights on April 21, a weekly walking group at Beacock Library, a new Community Kitchen program with the health centre, and a senior’s afternoon tea during senior’s week.

For more information on NELCE, please visit or call 519-659-1271, ext. 500 or email

Jacqueline Fraser, co-ordinator-communications,
organization and promotions
North East London Community Engagement [NELCE]


via London Community News