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2017 Words from the Street Writing Contest Winners

Ve’ahavta’s 2017 Words from the Street Writing Contest Celebrates 10 Winning Writers and Eight Honourable Mentions at this year’s Awards Ceremony on Sunday June 25 Ten writing contest winners and eight people whose writings received honourable mentions for showing great promise will be celebrated this Sunday June 25 from 2 to 4 pm at Ve’ahavta’s 16th […]

Creative Writing Contest 2017 Judges

Toronto, ONTARIO (May 4, 2017) Ve’ahavta, a Jewish charitable social service organization, would like to thank the people who contributed their time to serve as judges for the 16th Annual Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest.  “The 115 submissions we received this year are incredibly powerful, reflecting the richness, heart and complexity of our city. They are […]

Creative Writing Contest 2016 Judges

Toronto, ONTARIO (May 16, 2016) Ve’ahavta, the Jewish humanitarian organization, and the Toronto Writers Collective, would like to thank the following people for contributing their time to serve as judges for the 15th Annual Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest. The contest invites submissions from people whose voices are often unheard in our city, including people […]

GBC student Jobim Novak turns from drugs to music

Tina Todaro, The Dialog, December 7, 2015  Through music and writing, Jobim Novak has overcome many of the challenges that left him choosing between life and death. “The bullying, which made me feel like a nobody, made me want to stray from my previously good morals, and become not only a substance abuser, but a thug,” […]

Celebrating the Unheard Voices in Toronto: Top Canadian Writers Select Winners of 14th Annual Words from the Street Writing Contest

Toronto, ONTARIO (November 19, 2015) — Ve’ahavta, a Jewish humanitarian organization, and the Toronto Writers Collective, which provides free ongoing creative writing workshops to underserved communities throughout the GTA, are pleased to announce the winners of the 14th annual citywide creative writing contest, Words from the Street. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, […]

14th Annual Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest Judges

Ve’ahavta and the Toronto Writers Collective would like to thank the following people for contributing their time to serve as judges for the 14th Annual Words from the Street Creative Writing Contest. David Bezmozgis is an award-writing writer and filmmaker. He is the author of the story collection Natasha and Other Stories (2004) and the […]

How music saved a Toronto man from drugs before he turned 21-years-old

CBC News, Tuesday, November 10, 2015 “I had no friends, I was addicted, music pulled me out.” What is it like to be addicted to painkillers? What is it about those drugs that are they so seductive? How to you break free from them? And how do you replace them in your life? These are […]

Words from the Street lets the downtrodden tell their stories (Toronto Star)

Sex-trade worker’s experiences spur winning entry in Words from the Street, revealed Sunday in Regent Park. By: Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew Business Reporter, Published on Sun Sep 21 2014 Jillann Mignon always knew she had a voice. She just didn’t know if anybody wanted to hear what she had to say. After spending 11 years as […]