OCIC Holiday Marketplace and Celebration

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The holiday season is fast approaching, bringing many opportunities for good cheer, meaningful conversation, and time to connect with friends and family. Kick-start the action at OCIC’s Holiday Pop-up Marketplace — home to ethically produced and fair-trade gifts, free activities for children and youth to learn about social issues, and time for you to connect with prominent social activists, gender equality warriors, and feminist movement makers…


Participating vendors:

African Bronze Honey Company  •  A Million Elephants  •  Ark Imports  •  Big Village  •  Chic Made Consciously  •  CMETrust  •  Dandarah  •  Just One  •  La Villa Goods  •  Mamaa Trade  •  MYTORONTO  •  NeedsList  •  Progoti  •  ROOTA  •  Southbrook Vineyards  •  SpringBay  •  Tibetan Paper & Handicraft  •  UnWrapIt  •  Village of Love Canada  •  Vironika Tugaleva

The Marketplace is FREE and open to everyone. Bring your friends and family for an afternoon visit to the beautiful and accessible Centre for Social Innovation event space, in the heart of the city


Bring your children, friends and neighbours for our free Children’s Holiday Craft Activities:

1:00 – 3:00PM

Holiday Card Making + Crafting Table

Make your one of a kind holiday card at the crafting table and show us your creativity! Materials, tools, and templates will be provided.

2:00 – 4:00PM

Face Painting

Put on some holiday colours! Choose your own design or pick from one of the many incredible options our professional face painter offers.

3:00 – 5:00PM

Decorate a Planting Pot

What makes a better gift than a lovely pot plant? Decorate your own planting pot and plant a seed for change this holiday!


Be a part of our free Capacity Building Workshops:

1:00 – 2:30PM

A Holistic Framework for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights 

What will it take for us to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls? In this youth-focused workshop, Gender Equality Expert Karen Craggs-Milne will share pratical insights from decades of working across the globe, and offer a holistic framework for accelerating progress of gender equality and women’s rights in Canada and globally.


Originally from Kenya, Karen Craggs-Milne is a White House recognized Gender Equality Changemaker (2016) and brings over 18 years of experience promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. She is a leading go-to expert for organizations seeking to deliver meaningfully on gender equality, diversity and inclusion using an intersectional approach. You can find out more about Karen’s work here: www.karencraggs.com

3:00 – 4:00PM

Food Security in Toronto

Learn about barriers to accessing healthy food in Toronto, why youth engagement in food security issues are important, and the role of social enterprise in accessing fresh, healthy food. Find out about Food Share’s programming, Good Food Markets, School Grown program, and the Good Food Box!


Laëtitia Eyssartel has a background in science, engineering and sustainability management. She joined FoodShare in September 2017 as the Director of Operations and works behind the scene at ensuring that FoodShare’s Good Food Program, kitchen operations, facility, volunteers and IT run smoothly.

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4:00 – 5:00PM

How to Be a Better Ally to Refugees and Newcomers in Canada

Skills for Change is known for pioneering programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends, leading to employment. Their objective is to make a positive contribution to the Canadian economy by creating a country where every immigrant has the tools to succeed. This session will be an opportunity to discuss how Canadians can become better allies to newcomer communities in Toronto, and will provide information on Skills for Change community-based programs and services.


Sherene S. Nichol is a Program Worker for the Newcomer Settlement Program at Skills for Change. She has been working in this sector for 2 years and Graduated from Social Services Immigrants and Refugee program from Seneca College. Sherene’s passion as a Social Service Professional is to provide a voice for all immigrants while assisting with their needs by providing exceptional service that will be remembered.

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Join us from 7:00-9:00 PM in your holiday best for a free evening celebration with light refreshments, live entertainment by Renee the Voice, and your chance to win a door prize.

Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Tea, Beer & Wine will be available for purchase throughout the day and evening.


  • When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 • Marketplace: 1-6 PM | Evening Celebration: 7-9 PM
  • Where: The wonderful Centre for Social Innovation (192 Spadina Ave., Ground Floor Event Space)
  • Cost: FREE! (Limited Time Offer)

The OCIC Holiday Pop-Up Marketplace is FREE!! In the spirit of holiday giving, any donations are greatly appreciated online, or at the door. Your donation will help to support OCIC’s ongoing efforts to bring diverse youth from across Ontario into the heart of our collective work for universal sustainable development.


Sponsors: oiko credit logo