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Association de la Communauté Ivoirienne de la Région de Toronto (ACIRT)

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Association de la Communauté Ivoirienne de la Région de Toronto (ACIRT)
By: Jonathan Annobil, Toronto ON
Carole Gballou, President of ACIRT
CAROLE GBALLOU
President of ACIRT

OUR VISION

The vision of ACIRT is to bring together all Ivorians around the construction of a strong, prosperous, and integrated community in the Greater Toronto Area.


OUR VALUES

The values of the ACIRT were set out during the first meeting of the Executive Committee in July 2018, under the inspiration of the first elected President Justin Diédé. These major values, five in number, increased to 6 in 2020 taking work into account and which should guide collaboration within the Executive Committee and in the context of relations between members, are as follows: .


WORK:

To meet today's challenges, we must position ourselves through our rigor in work as a strong, edified, and dynamic community.

RESPECT:

All members must maintain respect and consideration for each other in the context of interactions within the association.

TRUST:

All members must cultivate relationships based on establishing and strengthening trust, a guarantee of solidarity and cohesion.

TRANSPARENCY:

The association considers transparency and account-ability as key principles that guide its actions. This transparency is essential to maintain the trust of members and partners.

EFFICIENCY (IN ACTION):

The focus on the results of the activities is crucial for the association. It is through concrete results that the association plans to strengthen public confidence in its actions.

HOW LARGE IS YOUR ORGANIZATION?

Our organization covers about 17 cities including GTA with about 1800 members.

ACHIEVEMENT:

• School grant for grade 12 student
• Food bank
• COVID clinic vaccination
• Tutoring program
• Entrepreneurs' day etc.

CHALLENGES:

• Reaching all families
• Supporting newcomers
• Financial resources
• Place to gather and meet

GOALS FOR THE ORGANIZATION:

• Put in place a community office place
• Reach all families
•Offer assistance to newcomers (job, housing, health)
ACIRT

From left – (Ambassador of Ivory Coast in Canada, Bafetiqué Ouatara, ACIRT Vice President-Didier Koffi, ACIRT Tressuer Kouame Laurent, Carole Gballou, Ambassador Council Adou Julien, Secretary General Assistant Olivier Togba, and Jonas Bollou-ACIRT IT Manager.

SPECIAL EVENTS COMING:

We have our traditional BBQ during the summer and a Gala to close the year in December.

We do also have activities such as food bank twice a week, give away free furniture within the community, youth camp and many more activities.

- Our last and big project is the creation and acquisition of a domain, a place to offer a local service made BY US FOR US. AUBERGE TERRE D'HOSPITALITE is a community center or home project in the greater GT A region located in the city of Etobicoke where there is a large concentration of our families with the aim of ensuring and allowing better integration and a good life to all.

- We are planning a fund-raising Gala for our project end of August, 2022.

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By: Jonathan Annobil, Toronto ON
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