$150,000 OTF Grant Supporting Crime Prevention in Mississauga

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Mississauga, ON – On Friday, Natalia Kusendova-Bashta met with the team at Safe City Mississauga to hear more about the $150,000 Resilient Communities Fund they received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The funds will improve Safe City Mississauga’s ability to reach the community through social media, educate more residents in crime prevention and improve accessibility to Safe City Mississauga’s programs and services.

“I am proud to support Safe City Mississauga in their tireless efforts to create a safer community for all. The Resilient Communities grant, awarded in March 2022, has enabled Safe City Mississauga to build a robust social media strategy, create new crime prevention content, and improve user accessibility and experience in their Crime Prevention Management System. These achievements are a testament to Safe City Mississauga’s dedication to promoting a safer community and their innovative approach to crime prevention. Their programs and services are invaluable resources that empower individuals to prevent crime and increase awareness. As a proud representative of Mississauga Centre, I am honored to support Safe City Mississauga’s mission to create a crime-free city for all. Their commitment to building a safer and more resilient community is truly inspiring and sets an example for all of us to follow,” said Natalia Kusendova-Bashta, MPP for Mississauga Centre.

The Resilient Communities funding, first awarded in March 2022, was used to fulfill three main goals: build a social media strategy to improve outreach capacities for Safe City Mississauga; create a new crime prevention content to keep clients engaged and educated in crime prevention; and improve user accessibility and experience for clients on the Safe City Mississauga Crime Prevention Management System

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund has been invaluable to Safe City Mississauga during a historical pandemic,” said Teresa Burgess-Ogilvie, Executive Director of Safe City Mississauga. “Covid-19 had a significant impact on the ability to stay connected with our clients after in-person gathering were called off, including our community engagement events.  The pandemic and the shift to virtual delivery impacted our ability to keep up with the demand for services for existing clients, incorporate the technical improvements identified by the users, and unexpectedly challenged us with how to maintain and raise awareness of our services and programs to the general population, diverse communities, and underrepresented populations, virtually. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund, we are tackling all three impacts.”

Safe City Mississauga is committed to leading crime prevention in Mississauga to keep Mississauga a safe city for all. If you wish to learn more about Safe City Mississauga’s programs, please visit their website at www.safecitymississauga.on.ca. Those interested in further supporting Safe City Mississauga and crime prevention can also attend the 12th Annual Justice Luncheon on June 6th, 2023 at 12pm at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Event details can be found at https://justiceluncheon.eventbrite.ca/

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The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:

Teresa Burgess-Ogilvie, Executive Director

Safe City Mississauga

905-615-4155 – executivedirector@safecitymississauga.on.ca