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The Four Villages Community Health Centre – Polish Diabetes Education Support

Group Name: The Four Villages Community Health Centre – Polish Diabetes Education Support

Description: The Four Villages Community Health Centre is a non-profit, primary health care facility. Since 1991, we have been providing many needed services to the individuals and families living in our service area. We provide primary health care services and programs that include treatment, prevention of illness, health promotion, and capacity building. Our interdisciplinary team works to provide coordinated services and programs for all ages, with a focus on seniors, families with young children (in particular newcomers) and youth. The services and programs are delivered at the individual, group and community levels.

Polish Chapter Of The Canadian Diabetes Association: Diabetes education in a supportive environment for
people who live with diabetes. This is a drop-in program and no registration is required. Cost: free and it is offered in Polish language.

Where: 1700 Bloor Street West | Toronto, ON M6P 4C3

When: Third Thursday of the month from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Krystyna 416-604-0640 Ext. 1058 |

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

Group Name: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – West Toronto Diabetes Education Program

Description: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services improves health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic inequities. Our vision is to see Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.

The West Toronto Diabetes Education Program (WTDEP), funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, has been a partner with Access Alliance since the start of this program in 2002. The main goal of WTDEP is to help improve the quality of life of adults living with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes or those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Registered nurses and dietitians facilitate individual and group counseling that provide information, resources and tools to help individuals self-manage their diabetes. Topics covered include: understanding diabetes, medications, self monitoring blood sugars, healthy eating, reading labels, physical activity, stress management, sick day management and emotional eating. **** Interpreters and tokens are available free of charge for individual and group counseling.

Where: 340 College Street, Suite 500 | Toronto, ON M5T 3A9

When: Physician and self-referrals accepted. Please call for more information on times and location.

Contact: 416-252-1928 | 416-324-8677 | | |

Anishnawbe Health Toronto – Diabetes Education & Management

Group Name: Anishnawbe Health Toronto – Diabetes Education & Management

Description: Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) is a vision of the late Elder, Joe Sylvester. Initial efforts began with a diabetes research project, which realized that a more comprehensive approach to health care was needed by the Aboriginal community. As a fully accredited community health centre, AHT offers access to health care practitioners from many disciplines including Traditional Healers, Elders and Medicine People. Ancient ceremonies and traditions, intrinsic to our health care model are available.

Our multi-disciplinary team of Dieticians, Diabetic Nurse Educators, Social Workers and a Chiropodist provides individual, family, and caregiver support for diabetes. Our culturally-based program integrates Traditional and Western approaches to provide health education and help prevent complications of diabetes. In addition to providing education and support, our services include: oral medication, disease management, insulin monitoring and management, nutritional counselling, foot care, and lifestyle management.

Where: 225 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 1S4

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-360-0486 | 416-891-8606 (24/7 Crisis) |

JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Group Name: JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Description: For over 40 years, JDRF has been searching for an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D), through both research funding and advocacy. During that time, we have always talked about a cure as a singular destination: a return to normal physiology. But today, we realize that we are engaged in a process of curing T1D – that a cure is not just a destination but also a journey along a path. And we recognize that a part of our mission must be to help those living with T1D today to live healthier, easier, and safer lives until we arrive at the end of that path.

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) as an adult can be difficult. People often don’t know much about T1D, and don’t expect an adult to be diagnosed with the disease. As an adult, you already have responsibilities and tasks that you need to perform each day, and you may be feeling that diabetes will get in the way of what you want to do.
Would meeting other type 1 adults and sharing common experiences be of interest to you?

Where: 2550 Victoria Park Avenue, Suite 800 | Toronto, ON M2J 5A9

When: January 22, February 19, March 26, April 30, May 21 and June 18 (2015) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Loblaws, Maple Leaf Gardens (upper level next to the LCBO). Underground parking is validated at Customer Service. Please contact for future dates.

Contact: Sherry 647-789-2038 | | 647-789-2000 | 1-877-CURE-533 |

Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association – Diabetes Education

Group Name: Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association – Diabetes Education Program

Description: Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association is a non-profit charitable community services agency established since 1976. Our spectrum of services has grown from the delivery of Chinese meals-on-wheels service to a full range of community support services, covering the whole Greater Toronto Area, and the York Region.

Carefirst Diabetes Education Program is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to provide focused services on diabetes education, early intervention and prevention of diabetes-related complications and self management. Our program provides current, practical, culturally-relevant and customized diabetes education to help patients make decisions which will improve their blood glucose control. The program has multidisciplinary professionals as back up to answer the concerns of patients.
Program is suitable for individuals with Type 2 diabetes, poor control of diabetes or those at risk for developing diabetes (prediabetes).

  • Focus on patient’s self-management and skills enhancement
  • Customized to individual needs. Individual counseling sessions with nurse, dietitian and social worker
  • Group sessions with peer support
  • Feedback to patient’s own physician
  • Follow up monitoring
  • Health Care Team support and referral to specialists

***Chinese and South Asian Diabetes Education materials are available.

Where: 3601 Victoria Park Avenue, Suite 501 | Toronto, ON M1W 3Y3

When: Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-502-2323 | |

South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Diabetes Education Network

Group Name: South Riverdale Community Health Centre – Diabetes Education Network

Description: The South Riverdale Community Health Centre (SRCHC) is a community-based organization that offers primary health care services and health promotion programs to a diverse community. We strive to respond to local issues and provide services in active partnership with our clients, patients, neighbours, community groups and professional organizations. SRCHC is funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.

Diabetes Education Community Network of East Toronto (DECNET)
Working within the context of community health principles and practices, DECNET provides diabetes education support and services to adults with Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in East Toronto. For this Diabetes Education Program (DEP), special focus is placed on increasing access for people with mental health challenges as well as community members who might otherwise experience barriers to health and health care. All DECNET programs and services are free. Some diabetes services and programs are offered in Chinese and Urdu/Hindi. Interpretation is also available in most languages with advanced request. TTC and childcare is available upon advanced request. Caregivers and family are welcome.
A doctor’s referral is not needed to access our services. We do however very much appreciate getting referrals from, and working collaboratively with, a range of health care professionals and service providers. For further information or to register for programs, please call us.

Where: Various health and community centres including South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

Contact: 416-461-9043 Ext. 340 | 416-461-9042. |

Peer Support: All You Could Want (And More)

If you asked me about Peer Support Groups a few years ago, I would have scoffed at the question and illustrated a scene for you with a bombastic rant: “Peer support is about people sitting on folding chairs in a dimly-lit, cigarette-smoke-filled, wood-paneled, church basement, complaining about their problems.” I would have known that this was a completely unfair caricature of what it was all about, but had anyone suggested I go to a meeting, I still would have been against the idea. Now? I would be the very first person to suggest you go… So what changed? You might have guessed: I actually went to a meeting. And a second. And a third. And continued to do so…

Meetings helped me deal with many fundamental personal problems I had, and still deal with. They gave me a new perspective on the world, and helped me fully appreciate that no matter what I was dealing with, there was someone else out there who understood completely. Basically they did what everyone told me that they would do for me: in a word, they worked.

Two weeks ago, I started volunteering with the Self Help Resource Center. One of the first tasks assigned to me was finding and reading the ever-growing body of research on the subject of Peer-Support. Even though I had already had a positive experience with groups, the research changed my perspective even more.

The first, and arguably most important item that I learned in the past two weeks was the fact that Peer Support groups aren’t just for people with substance abuse, or mental health related issues. Groups exist for anyone from cardiovascular post-op patients, to breast cancer survivors, to people living with diabetes.  In fact, in Toronto, according to Mark Freeman, Executive Director of the SHRC, Diabetes-related groups are by far the most attended.

Another interesting fact I came across in my research was that Peer Support groups can be used to significantly lessen the financial burden on the healthcare system. According the research by The University of Calgary, through ‘the promotion and maintenance of healthy behaviors’ as facilitated by the educational aspects of a support group, costs associated with hospital  re-admissions and ‘unnecessary emergency room visits’ can be lessened.

Finally, a piece of research that can apply to pretty much anyone, is the lessened number of instances of stress and ‘burnout’ experienced by members of the workforce.  According to research conducted by Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, “often the individuals who are at risk for burnout are also likely to underestimate their vulnerability”. Through randomized trial of 151 healthcare professionals who agreed to participate in the experiment, an overall decrease in “exhaustion, disengagement, depression, anxiety and quantitative demands, as well as an increase in vitality” were experienced amongst participants when compared to the control group. After only seven months following the introduction of peer support to the selected participants, a higher proportion of the intervention group (31Æ3%) experienced increased development opportunities at work, compared to the control group (11Æ3%).

Peer Support has much more to offer than you may think: it has invaluable benefits for the individual physically, mentally, financially and professionally; it also has the potential to save the healthcare system loads of money, and prevent unnecessary waste. Ultimately, what I’m trying to get at is this: Peer Support is for anybody, it’s for everybody, and there is a group out there for you. So if you have never attended a group, go out and try it. What do you have to lose?

Canadian Diabetes Association

Group Name: Canadian Diabetes Association

Description: The Canadian Diabetes Association is focused on its mission – to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure. The association provides continuing education to health care professionals, supports research into the causes and treatment of diabetes, community education and advocacy as well as information and outreach.

Peer-to-Peer Support groups are delivered by trained volunteers in community settings. Each support group has one or more facilitator and may include guest speakers. In general, peer-to-peer support groups may address topics including:

  • Self-management and sharing experiences
  • Managing stress and diabetes burnout
  • Making lifestyle changes to diet and physical activity
  • Preventing and managing complications
  • To find out when Peer-to-Peer Support groups are being held in your city or town, please contact 1-800 BANTING (226-8464) for more information.

    Where: 1400-522 University Ave. |Toronto, ON M5G 2R5

    Contact: 416-363-3373 | 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) |

Toronto Diabetes Group

Group Name: Toronto Diabetes Group

Area(s) of Focus: Self-help for people with diabetes, their family and friends

Description: This is a small,  peer-support group of people with a common interest: diabetes.  Meetings provide members with the opportunity to share their experiences living with diabetes and to learn from each other.  Meetings are conducted in an informal and non-threatening environment to promote open communication.  Guest experts are sometimes invited to share their expertise and answer questions. There is no fee to attend of the meetings.

Where: Call for locations in Ontario. Select Option 1 at the toll-free number.

Contact: GTA Regional Leadership Centre (Toronto) | 1-800-BANTING (226-8464) |

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