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Success Beyond Limits – Support for Youth in West Toronto

Group Name: Success Beyond Limits – Support for Youth in West Toronto

Description: Success Beyond Limits is a collaborative, youth-led, community based movement that provides youth with holistic supports to complete their education and experience success in their lives. Our mission is to improve educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and support youth in Jane and Finch along their individual paths to success.

Our focus is to reduce the impact of external factors that negatively affect the educational success of youth in Jane-Finch. We operate a 6-week summer program that offers credits, mentorship, youth employment, enrichment, nutrition, engagement, graduation, and relationship building.
We continue our support through our presence within Westview Centennial Secondary School, where we operate a youth space. Through this space, our staff support youth during the school day, run an after-school program, and connect youth to an array of diverse opportunities.

Where: Room 217, Westview Centennial Secondary School | 755 Oakdale Road | Toronto, ON M3N 1W7

When: Please call for more information on programs and times.

Contact: 416-395-3320 Ext. 20215 |

The Four Villages Community Health Centre – Seniors Program

Group Name: The Four Villages Community Health Centre – Seniors Program

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.

For Seniors
4CATS (Four Villages & Committed Action Team for Seniors): 4CATS meets monthly to help identify the needs of seniors and advocate for the improvement of services in the community.

Wellness Group: Older adults participate in gentle exercises to stay fit. Information on health related issues and social time are part of each group session. ***Please note that there is a catchment area for service.

Where: 3446 Dundas Street West | Toronto, ON M6S 2S1

When: Please call for more program details.

Contact: 416-604-0640 |

Northwood Neighbourhood Services – Women’s Program

Group Name: Northwood Neighbourhood Services – Women’s Program

Description: Northwood Neighbourhood Services is a versatile organization that has been serving multicultural communities in North Toronto since 1982. We provide programs and services within the community that will empower individuals, families and groups to achieve, maintain and enhance a state of physical, mental and social well-being.

Women’s Program
The Women’s Program provides a safe space for women to gather together and partake in a variety of activities aimed at fostering socialization and empowerment. They receive information on how to access information and services and learn about new ways of increasing self-confidence, building physical and mental strength, and reducing social isolation. The program revolves around the “Cook & Talk” model, which allows women to share cultural recipes and life experiences while socializing and forming friendships and supports.

Where: 1860 Wilson Avenue, Suite 400 | Toronto, ON M9M 3A7

When: Wednesdays 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Contact: 416-748-0788 | |

Food Choices for This Season and Life

Don’t wait until the holiday feast has passed to start eating healthy and exercising regularly. Whether it’s hard to come by healthy food on a low income, or you have a cozy relationship with food, or you’re in the dark about the alternative to healthy eating, or worse, all of the above— you are the perfect candidate to make this change! The purpose of a holiday gathering, let’s be honest, is to reconnect with family and catch up. What it’s not, is an opportunity to gorge on food in attempt to cope with those pesky relatives or friends you can’t wait to see leave. Before reading a book on eating well on a budget or attending a support group about your emotional connection to food, it’s advisable that you educate yourself on the benefits of your impending transition. Be informed and be empowered. Your discipline from routinely planning healthy meals transfers to other areas of your life and you will see the difference. Maybe you will even then tackle those awkward relationships you might have with some relatives. Or maybe you will just inspire others around you to make the change to eating healthy. No matter how much genes contribute to the diseases or disorders related to food and lifestyle, we always have the power to help minimize that risk. That being said, you are encouraged to visit any one of the following:

The Toronto Public Library for free resources and materials on eating well on budget;
Walking for Health and Wellbeing group and meet others who enjoy the benefits of regular exercise;
Sheena’s Place for tackling that an unhealthy relationship with food;
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre if you suspect you may have an eating disorder;
FoodShare Toronto for cooking tips specific to people with breast cancer; and
Speak to a registered dietitian for free through EatRight Ontario and have your nutrition and healthy eating questions answered.

And contact us for organizations or community centres that offer exercise classes for all ages and fitness levels. Don’t wait for a chronic illness to develop, or an eating disorder, or continue wasting your money on empty calories. Educate yourself and be empowered because you are capable of change.

I leave you with this “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”

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Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Support for Women

Group Name: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Elan (empowerment, love and networking)

Description: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) serves South Asian populations in the Greater Toronto Area, including its surrounding suburbs and regions. We offer health promotion and support for South Asians living with and affected by HIV and work with diverse communities on prevention education.

ELAN is a program fostering health and wellness among South Asian Women and Trans Women Living with HIV/AIDS. This along with the Connecting to Care group offer:

  • Annual Health and Wellness Retreat
  • Health Promotion Workshops and Resources
  • Referrals/Assistance with Health Care and Social Services
  • Language Interpretation
  • Modest Financial Assistance

Where: 120 Carlton Street, Suite 315 | Toronto, ON M5A 4K3

When: Please contact for more information.

Contact: Chhiring 416-599-2727 Ext. 232 | | |

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands – Girls Group

Group Name: Women’s Health in Women’s Hands – Love Me, Love Me MORE

Description: Women’s Health In Women’s Hands is a Community Health Centre for racialized women living in Toronto and surrounding municipalities. Our primary health care team of highly skilled health care professionals specialize in the health and wellness needs of racialized women and prioritizes those from African, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian communities. Our services are fully accessible and designed to address the barriers that prevent women from being in excellent health.

Love Me, Love Me MORE: Are you a woman of colour aged 16-24? Come out and feel empowered, gain skills, meet new people and have fun! Food and TTC tokens are provided. **** Languages: English and Spanish and registration is required.

Where: 2 Carlton Street, Suite 500 | Toronto, ON M5B 1J3

When: January 21st 2015 through June 17, 2015. Every third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Contact: Simone 416-593-7655 Ext. 4867 | |

North York Women’s Centre – Women’s Empowerment

Group Name: North York Women’s Centre – Women’s Empowerment Series

Description: The North York Women’s Centre addresses the well-being of women in the former City of North York. We are a central source of information serving as a link between available resources and the women who need them. Ongoing programs include information and referral services, free legal clinics and a variety of support groups. Seasonal program brochures detail special events and educational workshops. The Centre is a non-threatening, informal and supportive place, accessible to women of all socio-economic and ethno-racial backgrounds. There are no program fees. A commitment to attend and participate is expected. NYWC strives to ensure women have access to our programs. Talk to us about any child-minding, accessibility or other needs you have during registration. Register as early as possible to secure your spot – and please cancel if you can’t attend. TTC tokens are provided when requested at registration.

Part 1: Discovering Our Power (Winter 2016)

Participants will gain an understanding of difficult emotions and the effects they have on mental and physical well-being. They will identify personal strengths and coping strategies to draw upon during stressful situations and learn how to build self esteem and confidence. Using group discussions and interactive activities, group members will gain strength and knowledge to move forward while making connections with other women in a supportive environment.

Where: 116 Industry Street (Weston Road and Eglinton area) | Toronto, ON M6M 4L8

When: Every Tuesday for 9 weeks, choose the morning. afternoon or evening group, starts March 1, 2016

Contact: 416-781-0479 | |

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