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Scarborough Fibromyalgia Support Group

Group Name: Scarborough Fibromyalgia Support Group

Description: To provide meeting for members for information and emotional support. To offer coping strategies with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and other related health problems. They contact their members by phone and email concerning meetings and topics. Messages left at the voice mail line will be answered by group members.

Focus:ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) members are included.

Where: McGregor Park Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence East | Toronto, ON, M1P 2P5

When: Second Thursday of each month (excluding May, Aug, Sept). From 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. All are welcome.

Contact: me-fm-mcs.emails@bell.net | www.meao.ca

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Group Name: TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Description: Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, they’ve helped many of people live healthier lives. The helping process takes place through support and encouragement. Members are provided with information about eating sensibly, portion control and cooking methods. There are weekly weigh-ins, meetings, recognition days and a telephone support network.

Where: 35 Deer Ave. RR#1 | Fraserville, ON K0L 1V0

When: Membership is open to anyone who wishes to maintain or lose weight for $30.00 a year. Spouse $15.00-(no newsletter), Children $15.00-(no newsletter). Individual weight goal is set by family physician. Children are accepted from the age of 7 and up, upon the advice of the family physician. Call for the location of a group near you.

Contact: 705-944-5422 | 1-800-932-8677 | wondering@tops.org | www.tops.org

Tinnitus Association of Ontario

Group Name: Tinnitus Association of Ontario

Description: Tinnitus Association of Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding the awareness and generating funding for research to find the cure for Tinnitus. The truth about Tinnitus is that it is a condition that goes largely undiagnosed and there is a sever lack of awareness in Canada. Their foundation’s mission is to provide a loud voice to those who suffer silently at the hands of this debilitating condition.

Where: 23 Ellis Park Road | Toronto, ON M6S 2V4

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-762-1490 | elizabetheayrs@sympatico.ca

The Thyroid Foundation of Canada

Group Name: The Thyroid Foundation of Canada

Description: The Thyroid Foundation of Canada/La Fondation canadienne de la Thyroïde was founded in 1980 by Diana Meltzer Abramsky CM, BA in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Diana wanted to help the many patients suffering from thyroid disease as she had done. With the assistance of Dr. Jack Wall she began a thyroid foundation in Canada. A research fund was set up and educational material developed for patients on a wide range of thyroid topics.

Where: P.O. Box 298 | Bath, ON K0H 1G0

When: Four free public meetings with speaker are held each year (on Saturdays around 2:00 p.m.). Call for dates and locations. Contributions go directly to stated goals. Membership $25 single, $30 family and $20 seniors and students.

Contact: 1-800-267-8822 | 416-398-6184 Helpline | www.thyroid.ca

Sickle Cell Association of Ontario

Group Name: Sickle Cell Association of Ontario

Description: They are a volunteer based non-profit charitable organization run by volunteers since 1981. They provide support, counseling and education workshops, seminars and annual conferences to increase public awareness. Their main goal is to help and work with individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease, to enhance the quality of life of patients. We are fully funded by the generosity of donors, and always welcome volunteers who want to help us further our mission.

Whilst they do not have formal support group meetings, they are able to put families in touch with each other for mutual support.

Where: 3199 Bathurst Street, Suite 214 | Toronto, ON M6A 2B2

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-789-2855 | sicklecell@look.ca | www.sicklecellontario.ca

Schizophrenia Relatives and Friends

Group Name: Schizophrenia Relatives and Friends

Description: A support group to educate and support families and friends of mentally ill patients. To help them make sense of this complex illness and cope with it effectively. To facilitate links among members and other resources in the community.

Where: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Clarke Site | 250 College Street Rm. 845 | Toronto, ON M5T 1R8

When: Meetings are held every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. in Room 845, CAMH at the above address. There is no membership fee and groups are for friends and relatives of mentally ill patients.

Contact: Drop in only.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Kidney Connect Peer Support Group

Group Name: The Kidney Foundation of Canada – Kidney Connect Peer Support Group

Description: The program is here to help anyone touched by kidney disease. For example, people who have been diagnosed with kidney disease or those whose kidneys have failed, as well as their friends, families and loved ones can all use the service. It’s also there for those who are considering donating one of their kidneys to someone in need.

The Peer Support program lets you speak with someone who truly understands what it’s like to live with kidney disease, and is willing to share their own experiences with you. Peer Support volunteers do not offer medical advice but they can tell you about their kidney disease and how they balance their treatment with family life, work and social activities. They’ll be able to answer many of your questions, because they’ve been there, too.

Where: 1599 Hurontario Street, Suite 201 | Mississauga, ON L5G 4S1

When: Most groups meet 2-3 times per year. The groups provide education, information and support. Call for more information.

Contact: 1 866 390-PEER (7337) | kidney@kidney.on.ca | www.kidney.ca

Ontario Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

Group Name: Ontario Prader-Willi Syndrome Association

Description: The Ontario Prader-Willi Syndrome Association is a non-profit charity founded by parents who wanted to support other families dealing with PWS. Since its founding, OPWSA has been a pioneer in supporting the PWS community in Ontario and beyond.

OPWSA provides a variety of essential programs to members across Ontario. Through our Family Support Coordinator, family-to-family communication, and collaborations with the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, we offer:

  • Counselling
  • Referral & Support
  • Medical information and resource linkage
  • Province-wide parent groups
  • Annual Conferences
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Teaching Seminars
  • On-site case consultation
  • Client advocacy

Where: POB 73514 | Toronto, ON M6C 4A7

When: Meetings are held in the evening and are open to friends, family, specialists, anyone interested in P.W.S. There is an annual membership fee of $20.00. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-997-5835 | opwsa@rogers.com | www.opwsa.com

Post-Polio Canada – March of Dimes Canada

Group Name: Post-Polio Canada – March of Dimes Canada

Description: Post-Polio Canada is a program of March of Dimes. Since 1951, March of Dimes has worked to eradicate the threat of polio in Canada and provide support services to polio survivors. Post-Polio Canada works with peer support groups nationwide to connect polio survivors. The program also provides education for those unfamiliar with polio and resources to caregivers helping those with post-polio syndrome.

If you have been impacted by polio as a survivor, relative, caregiver, health care provider, volunteer or friend, a Polio Canada support group can help you connect with peers, exchange information and resources, learn new skills and build a social network for support.

Where: 10 Overlea Blvd. | Toronto, ON M4H 1A4

When: Membership is free and open to all persons who have had polio and others interested. Post-Polio Chapters are located throughout Ontario and across Canada. Call for further information.

Contact: Erica Mugan 1 800 263 3463 Ext. 7758 | 1-800-480-5903 – Warmline | polio@marchofdimes.ca | emugan@marchofdimes.ca | www.marchofdimes.ca

Dixon Hall – Mandarin Outreach

Group Name: Dixon Hall – Mandarin Outreach

Description: Dixon Hall creates opportunities for people of all ages to dream, to achieve and to live full and rewarding lives. The Health and Wellness Program provides opportunities for social interaction and support, promotes wellness among seniors, encourages members to develop leadership and creative skills, offers opportunities for continuing learning, provides activities for general enjoyment and facilitates cultural integration.

Mandarin Outreach
Many newcomers to the Dixon Hall community are Mandarin speaking. Dixon Hall, noticing an unaddressed need among this group, has developed ways to welcome and support these newcomers and help them to integrate into the community. Examples of some these programs are listed as follow:

Settlement Services are offered to landed immigrants and newcomers, such as information and referral, information/ workshop sessions.

Recreation and wellness Programs: Promoting health and wellness is one of the main goals for our program. Activities include fitness, dancing and music program for women and seniors, art and craft for children, workshops on parenting, nutrition and health. Family activities, outings and cultural events are also organized.

Where: 58 Sumach St. | Toronto, ON M5A 3J7

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-863-0499 | info@dixonhall.org | www.dixonhall.org

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