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CivicAction Serves Up Food for Thought with CivicDish

TORONTO (February 28, 2019)CivicAction is calling on all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) residents to serve up their ideas for action on big urban challenges as part of its CivicDish campaign this March. Over the next 31 days, the campaign is aiming to have hundreds of residents host or participate in CivicDish events of all shapes, sizes and tastes.

CivicDish will see people come together across the GTHA for meaningful mealtime, snack time or coffee time discussions on three issues affecting our communities and our quality of life: the rising cost of housing, the changing nature of work, and ensuring our leadership reflects the diversity of residents. Whether getting together over tapas or tea, biryani or breakfast, leftovers or lobster, CivicDish is a chance for residents to dish out insights and have their say in shaping the region.

“No one knows what a community needs better than the people who live there,” said Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction. “CivicDish will bring residents together over the universal connector—food—and help create positive change in the GTHA.”

To participate, residents simply sign up to host a CivicDish event at and download an easy-to-follow toolkit containing key facts, discussion questions and instructions on how to report back ideas.

CivicDish comes in the lead up to Canvas, CivicAction’s 2019 Summit in April, a once-every-four-years event that brings together hundreds of leaders from across sectors, communities and backgrounds to crowdsource a new regional city-building agenda and action plan. CivicDish is an opportunity for GTHA residents to drive an early regional conversation and to help CivicAction develop and implement collaborative solutions.

“We live in a great city, one that repeatedly makes Top 10 lists—be it most liveable, most highly educated, or most diverse,” said Zabeen Hirji, Chair of CivicAction. “We want residents from all walks of life to join us to share their ideas for building inclusive prosperity so all our residents can thrive.“

CivicDish community activations will also take place in Whitby in partnership with Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby, and in Hamilton with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Hamilton Community Foundation.

“As the Member of Parliament for Whitby, it is important to hear from my constituents about the issues they experience on a daily basis. It is my responsibility to not only share their ideas with government, but also with community leaders, “ said Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby. “CivicAction’s CivicDish campaign is a fantastic opportunity to bring people together and generate ideas on how we can collectively build a better Greater Toronto Area and Durham Region.”

To register and start organizing your CivicDish gathering, visit and follow the hashtag #CivicDish on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.




Special thanks CivicDish media partners: CBC Toronto and The Toronto Star and to Canvas Media Partner Toronto Life.

Special thanks to CivicDish activation partners: Uber Eats, Brainrider and City of Toronto.

Our thanks to Cision for sponsoring this announcement.

For more information, please contact:
Jeff Junke
Communications Manager
Office: 416-309-4480 ext. 533
Cell: 647-471-9957

About CivicAction: Complex challenges need an all hands on deck approach, and collective impact is what CivicAction does best. As a premier civic engagement organization in Canada we have nearly two decades of experience creating and implementing effective solutions to the most pressing challenges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and beyond. To find out more visit or follow @CivicActionGTHA.



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