Hungry for Change

by Celina Agaton

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Hungry for Change Chefs

I created Hungry for Change, a free community food fair on the way we grow, buy and learn about the food we eat, in partnership with George Brown Chef School and their Community Partnerships Office.

We screened movies on local and international food issues, served free samples of delicious local food and presented Toronto’s community kitchens, neighbourhood gardens, chefs, farmers and teachers. Participants were able to

* Sample delicious food grown right in Ontario and prepared by community
kitchens, chefs and community-friendly businesses, like Vert Catering, George
Brown Chef School, Cowbell and Fiesta Farms.

* Enjoy 10 free food booths from our community partners.

* Learn about food sustainability and community-friendly businesses from
Toronto’s food community leaders.

* Connect with free programs from urban farming and cooking classes, to
children’s activities and farmer’s markets in our street fair.

* Join a local community garden, help pick fruit trees, or share gardening and
cooking skills with your neighbours.

We announced the winner of our $2,500 prize, Young Urban Farmers.

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Films That Move

by Celina Agaton

Films That Move Hungry for Change Collage

In 2009, I founded Films That Move, a global social change film series that brings together people from across the sectors to connect and collaborate in their communities. I screened UK civic engagement documentary, Us Now to demonstrate the transformational impact of the internet across business, government and society.

Over 300 people attended each screening, and included Toronto Mayor David Miller’s announcement of the city’s Open Data initiative.

With international interest in Us Now, I launched a global screening project with other social innovation organizations around the world, taking Us Now to Portland, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Columbia, the Netherlands and Argentina.

I’m currently directing a film series pilot, and cross sector education and fundraising program for Toronto’s food sustainability community. In 2012, I organized the Toronto location for the celebration of United Nations World Food Day in partnership with the Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park, Daniels Spectrum and Food Forward.

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by Celina Agaton


I volunteer as part of the Crisis Mappers Humanitarian Technology Network. Crisis mapping is inherently interdisciplinary, situated at the nexus of many fields, drawing from debates in disciplines as diverse as: geography, epidemiology, sociology, environmental science, political science, forestry, ecology, psychology, linguistics, robotics, communication, cultural studies, statistics, mathematics, conflict studies, art and design, computer science and disaster and emergency management. Sometimes it is difficult to engage a group of people from such tremendously different professional and personal backgrounds, with dramatically different views of the world.

National Volunteer Week ChariTee Design Contest

by Celina Agaton

ChariTee Design Contest

I created the ChariTee T-Shirt Design Contest in partnership with George Brown’s School of Design and social enterprise, Me to We Style to commemorate National Volunteer Week in Toronto in 2009. George Brown’s art foundations class produced t-shirt designs as part of their course curriculum, and we opened up the voting to the public to select the winning design.

Voting closed on Friday, April 10th with over 10,000 votes for the winning ChariTee design by Tlell Davidson. Her winning design was printed by Me to We Style and showcased on their site.

On April 15th, the ChariTee Design Contest exhibit and winner announcement took place at George Brown’s School of Design art gallery. Volunteer Toronto, Me to We Style and the School of Design awarded certificates and prizes for the top 20 designs, finalists and contest winner.

Open Cities

by Celina Agaton

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I consult as Don Tapscott’s community engagement director for his Open Cities initiative where we work with municipalities to transform cities into smart, collaborative cities.

Volunteer Toronto’s Movie Night: Us Now

by Celina Agaton

Us Now was the second film screening for the social change film series I created for Volunteer Toronto.

Volunteer Toronto, through generous partnerships with nGenera Insight and Bloor Cinema hosted a free screening of Us Now, a UK film about how the internet inspires participation and collaboration in communities.

After the screening, Don Tapscott, authour and technology strategist, and Christopher Wulff from Social Planning Toronto hosted a discussion and audience Q&A.

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Volunteer Toronto helps people find great places to volunteer, and provides training and resources to support a community of 400 member non-profit organizations.