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Stories from Scarborough

The Stories from Scarborough Collection(SFS) and corresponding course management site (formerly known as the Scarborough Oral History Project and Nearby Studies) are part of an interdisciplinary initiative that supports course-based community research and pedagogical innovation.

The course is interdisciplinary in its design and delivery and has been offered since 2013. It has been offered in partnership with courses in History, Womens’ and Gender Studies, Anthropology, City Studies, Sociology and in the winter of 2022, Curatorial Studies. Students conduct their research in interdisciplinary teams and are introduced to qualitative interviewing research methods and the practice of storytelling. Since the first offering of the course, the final assignment has involved some form of rich media assignment – digital storytelling, mini digital documentary, podcast, StoryMapping. Course research themes have included: community leadership, migration/immigration, sense of belonging, gender dynamics, awareness of indigeneity, social justice and activism, textile production and heritage preservation. For more information on the course and its associated archive please contact: Christine Berkowitz or Connie Guberman

Interview with Saarah

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Sarah discuss her personal experiences as a Muslim woman, her activism, her study of Canadian indigenous history, and her practicum experience in Toronto women's and refugee shelters.

Interview with Sharon Laidford

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Sharon Laidford reflects on her time living with her family and the independently in the Malvern community. She specifically discusses her experience with the Women’s Place and the sense of community and empowerment it has given her. She notes the changes she has witnessed in Malvern over the years regarding its transportation and infrastructure while also noting how Malvern could change for the better in the future.

Interview with Yvonne Garson

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Yvonne, a Polish resident of Guildwood Village, speaks about her journey to Canada and her experiences, particularly in Scarbourough. Explaining the reasons behind her parents' decision to come to Canada after World War II, Yvonne mentions how she moved around the GTA and finally settled in Guildwood, and she appreciated the close-knit community that it fostered. She elaborates on the early days of Guildwood Village and how the community members add value and take care of it.