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Forced Marriage Project

Group Name: Forced Marriage Project

Description: The FMP (Forced Marriage Project) is an awareness and education initiative, started through Agincourt Community Services Association and funded by Status of Women Canada. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of women, girls, men and boys in Canada are affected by forced marriage; however it is an issue that has not as yet been adequately addressed in Canada. As such, we approach the issue of forced marriage from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist position, viewing it primarily as a form of violence against women, which is sometimes used to control men and boys as well, and we seek to address it along with other forms of violence and domestic abuse.

Profiles in Courage: true stories of survivors who have been faced with a forced marriage and have gone on to have wonderful lives. Share your thoughts, ideas, experiences and art with us by giving us your thoughts and ideas about making the website a more helpful place for everyone.
How to Start a Conversation with Your Parents: lets you share anonymously what has worked and what hasn’t worked for you in your situation.
Share Your Art: is a place for you to share anonymously – or otherwise – the paintings, writing, music or short videos that you have created about forced marriage. Take a look at the Resources section at our website for books, plays, music, film, and even academic articles that you can explore to learn more about forced marriage and the experiences of others who have been forced into marriage. Create a Circle of Support with your friends and learn how you can Become Part of the Movement to End Forced Marriage in Canada, and around the world.

Where: 4155 Sheppard Avenue East Suite 100 | Toronto, ON M1S 1T4

When: Please call for more information

Contact: 416-321-6912 |

Emotions Anonymous

Group Name: Emotions Anonymous

Description: Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Our fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Our program has been known to work miracles in the lives of many who suffer from problems as diverse as depression, anger, broken or strained relationships, grief, anxiety, low self-esteem, panic, abnormal fears, resentment, jealousy, guilt, despair, fatigue, tension, boredom, loneliness, withdrawal, obsessive and negative thinking, worry, compulsive behavior and a variety of other emotional issues.

EA is not a medical or psychiatric service, nor does it provide personal or family counseling. Leadership of group meetings rotates and is non-professional. The leader’s function is simply to conduct the meeting, not to serve as an authority. Our meetings are structured to assist individuals who want to achieve and maintain emotional health by understanding and utilizing the Twelve Steps of Emotions Anonymous in their daily lives. After the meeting anyone can ask questions and talk to anyone. It is important to know that it isn’t a discussion group but more of a sharing one.

Where: PO Box 4245, St. Paul | Minnesota, U.S.A 55104-0245

When: Mondays at 7:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 3rd floor in the St. Enoch room/Elevator up. 117 Bloor Street East.

519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto, Room 204 at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Starting January 16th, 2015 (this is the first meeting at this location).

Contact: Betty 647-283-0258 (messages returned after 6 p.m.) | | |

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Family Support Program

Group Name: Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Family Support Program

Description: Much like the rich fabric that is Canadian culture, our Polycultural family reflects the cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to maintaining an open, inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Currently, we serve clients in over 40 different languages in our six locations across the GTA. Polycultural supports a holistic approach to serving the needs of our community by providing a range of programs including newcomer orientation, education, language, employment and family support services.

Polycultural understands the many challenges associated with being new to Canada, and we aim to support families through their transition while helping you balance the cultural values, traditions and beliefs that are important to your family.

Counsellors provide assistance to immigrant communities in the GTA through one-to-one and family counselling.

  • Culturally competent guidance and education.
  • Private and confidential counselling is available for each family member who would like to participate.
  • Assistance accessing community legal clinics, social assistance, income supports, Community Care Access Centres, disability benefits, pensions, shelters, housing programs and more.
  • Help accessing health services for people dealing with mental health, addictions or physical illness.
  • Help to identify and resolve personal and/or family problems such as family communication breakdown, violence, parenting, addictions, separation, disabilities, financial difficulties, or homelessness.
  • Referrals to community supports and services.

Where: 17 Four Seasons Place, Suite 102 | Toronto, ON M9B 6E6

When: There are currently three locations across Toronto offering this service. Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-533-9471 | 416-233-0055 | 416-261-4901 | |

Malvern Family Resource Centre – Women’s Wellness Group (Patois)

Group Name: Malvern Family Resource Centre – Women’s Wellness Group (Patois)

Description: Malvern Family Resource Centre as a social service agency strives to be sensitive to the different and changing needs of the diverse communities we serve including people with disabilities. Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to strengthening families and individuals through inclusive and effective programs and services for children, youth, women, seniors and families in the Rouge River riding. Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to developing policies, practices and procedures that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities, as well as integration and equality of opportunity.

Women’s Place provides women with information on issues that affect them, and offer programs, resources and services that will assist them to realize their full potential. It is a place for marginalized and vulnerable women who are isolated and face barriers. The programs focus on ending isolation while strengthening women to build skills and help them become more independent. Women also learn about resources available and how to navigate the system.

Make connections with other women in the community. Make new friends while discussing a variety of wellness issues that affect us all. Presentations and activities will focus on emotional, physical and mental health. ***This program is offered in Patois.

Where: 90 Littles Road | Scarborough, ON M1B 5E2

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-284-4184 |

Tangerine Walk-in Counselling

Group Name: Tangerine Walk-in Counselling

Description: Tangerine Walk-In Counselling is a free service for children, youth and families who live in the Peel Region. Tangerine offers a unique single-session approach to counselling. As a walk-in service, we are able to support children, youth and families when they need it most. We help our clients develop a clear plan of action that recognizes and builds on their own strengths and abilities. Sometimes we refer our clients to other services but, in many cases, a single visit to Tangerine is all our clients need in order to feel better about their situation and take the necessary steps toward positive change.

Tangerine Walk-In Counselling is available free of charge to children and youth, up to their 18th birthday, and their parents, caregivers or adult supporters. Adolescents aged 12 to 17 may access this service independently. *** Tangerine Walk-In Counselling is only available to residents of the Region of Peel. We see families and their children for a wide range of reasons including:

  • Parents/caregivers/guardians frustrated with child/youth behaviours
  • Children, youth and families experiencing significant change such as a new school, a new relationship, or a new community
  • Challenges for children and youth that impact how they feel about themselves
    Issues for youth and/or their parents/caregivers relating to LGBT, including gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Relationship issues (friendships, dating, siblings)
  • Children and youth experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns
  • Strong feelings that are impacting behaviour at home, school or in the community
  • Youth experiencing difficulties at school or with parents
  • Youth involved in the justice system
  • Youth in transition
  • Youth who are at risk of homelessness
  • Grief and loss

Where: 160 Traders Blvd. East, Suite 100 | Mississauga, ON L4Z 3K7

When: Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (last walk-in session is at 6:00 p.m.) Wednesdays and Thursdays are the other counselling days at other locations. Please call for more details.

Contact: 905-795-3530 |

JACS Toronto – Men’s Group

Group Name: JACS Toronto – Men’s Group

Description: JACS(Jewish Addiction Community Services) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to encouraging and assisting anyone struggling with their own or someone else’s addiction to explore recovery in a nurturing and supportive environment. JACS exists as an information resource on the effects that addiction has on family life, with a special focus on Jewish families. JACS provides support for any and all diverse populations and denominations affected by addiction.

JACS Men’s Group is a weekly meeting where men of all ages can come to discuss day-to-day challenges, ranging from work to wives and girlfriends to issues with anger. The group is open to all men in the JACS community, including both addicts/alcoholics and family members. The group is a relaxed complement to those seeking recovery in a 12-step fellowship such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, or Gamblers Anonymous. The only requirements for attendance is that you are male and that you don’t take yourself too seriously.

Where: 858 Sheppard Avenue W. | Toronto, ON M3H 2T5

When: Every Sunday from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. Status: Open to all men in the community.

Contact: 416-638-0350 |

Korean Canadian Women’s Association – Support for Young Women

Group Name: Korean Canadian Women’s Association (KCWA) – Young Women Support/”YOUNG EVERGREEN”

Description: KCWA Family and Social Services is a non-profit organization established in 1985 by a group of women who were concerned with women and family issues. KCWA’s mission: “Building the Korean-Canadian community, one person at a time.”

To do this, They aspire to:

— Empower all members of the community to live free from violence, poverty and inequity.
— Provide culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services and programs.
— Enhance the well being of immigrant families and promote their efforts to realize their potential.

Young Women Support/”YOUNG EVERGREEN” Is a supportive group for single women in their 20s and 30s. This group is to disseminate knowledge on Boundaries in Dating through educational materials and discussion. Participants will learn the meaning of ‘Boundaries’ and how to set the boundaries in relationship.

Where: 27 Madison Ave. | Toronto, ON M6R 2S2

Contact: MJ Jung 416-340-1234 | |

Central Toronto Youth Services

Group Name: Central Toronto Youth Services- Connect

Description: Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that serves many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth. We believe in building the strength and resiliency of young people in ways that are engaging, respectful and empowering.

This is an interactive 12-week counselling and peer support group for young women ages 14-17 who need help managing their emotions and want to learn how to build healthy relationships. Food & TTC tokens are provided.

When: Accepting referrals now for the next group: start date TBD.

Where: 65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 300 | Toronto, ON, M4Y 1G7

Contact: Jessica 416-924-2100 Ext. 245 | |

Central Toronto Youth Services

Group Name: Central Toronto Youth Services- PATTS

Description: Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that serves many of Toronto’s most vulnerable youth. We believe in building the strength and resiliency of young people in ways that are engaging, respectful and empowering.

This program was developed to focus on youth learning appropriate expression of their emotions since a growing body of research is indicating that many aggressive youth are actually depressed and have trauma histories. The PATTS program adopts the perspective that many aggressive youth have exceptional leadership qualities that need to be redirected into more socially acceptable behavior. PATTS groups are designed to encourage peer support and reinforcement of positive behaviors. Learning is encouraged through brainstorming sessions, activities and role plays.

PATTS (Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situations) is a 10-week counselling and peer support group for young men ages 14-17 who need help managing their anger and want to learn how to build healthy relationships. Food & TTC tokens are provided.

When: Now accepting referrals. Stay tuned to website for dates once there are enough participants.

Where: 65 Wellesley Street East, Suite 300 | Toronto, ON, M4Y 1G7

Contact: Jessica 416-924-2100 Ext. 245 | |

Strength to Walk in Freedom Together

Group Name: Strength to Walk in Freedom Together (SWIFT)

Description: Self-help support groups for men and women who are working on self esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, abuse, drug or alcohol concerns. They provide supportive feedback and reality based group counselling. To develop and operate self-help support groups to facilitate growth, self-knowledge, and self-confidence, and self-esteem within its membership. S.W.I.F.T. is a non-profit charitable organization which generates funding from recognized sources within the community.

Where: 1101 Steeles Avenue West, Suite 204 | Toronto, ON M2R 3W5

When: Please visit the group locations page to find the details for any GTA meeting.

Contact: 647-343-9395 | 416-827-1347 | |

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