Programming Updates for January

Here's what's on in January:

Street Health and Harm Reduction programming:

  • The Kit Group takes place on Tuesdays from 1-3PM in the Board Room. To sign up, please call 416.537.2455, ext 271, or drop by the Harm Reduction Room on the first floor.
  • The next ID Clinic will take place on Wednesday January 21st from 10AM-12PM.
  • KAPOW takes place Fridays from 10-11:30AM in the Board Room. For more information, please call Victoria at 416.537.2455, ext. 361.
  • housing worker from West End Housing Help is available on Monday afternoons from 1-4PM. For more information, or to book an appointment, please call 416.537.2455 or speak to the first floor receptionist.

Women's Connection programming:

  • The Postpartum Mood Disorders Support Group takes place on Tuesdays from 1-3PM. This group is for mothers who are suffering from PPMD who live in the west end of Toronto. Childcare is provided. For self-referral for intake and assessment regarding postpartum mood disorders, clients may call Isabel at 416.537.8222, ext. 305, or Grazyna at ext. 303.
  • The Tamil Women's Group takes place on Thursday January 8th, 15th, and 29th from 10-12PM. For more information, please call Satha at 416.537.2455, ext. 285.

5Ps programming:

  • Baby and Me takes place Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 27 Roncesvalles, Suite 503. This program is for parents and caregivers of babies 6-12 months. Please note that there is a wait list for this program.
  • Mom and Baby Circle takes place Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This program is for parents and caregivers of babies 0-6 months. Please note that there is a wait list for this program.
  • Prenatal Nutrition and Support takes place Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Fatherhood 101: Dads Drop-In is a drop- in for fathers with children 0-3 years of age that takes place on the last Wednesday night of the month from 6-7:30pm at 27 Roncesvalles Ave, Suite 503. Childcare, TTC and a light meal will be provided. The next session will take place on Wednesday January 21st. 
  • Childcare is available for registered participants with children aged 0-12 years.
  • If you would like to register in any 5Ps programs, please call Stacia at 416.537.8222, ext. 505, or Yohama at ext. 502.

Senior's programming:

  • The English Conversation Club takes place on Mondays from 10AM-12PM. This group will resume in March.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM.
  • For more information about seniors programming, please call Sandra: 416.537.2455, ext. 238.

Health and dental programming:

  • The Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic is open from 8AM-4PM Monday through Friday.
  • The West End Oral Health Clinic takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:30PM. The clinic will also be open on Saturday January 24th from 11AM-3PM.
  • The Infant Hearing Program takes place every Friday from 9AM-4:30PM. This program will not take place on Friday January 2nd. For more information, please contact 416.338.8255.
  • The Acupuncture Drop-In takes place on Wednesdays from 10:15-11AM from January 14th to February 18th. For more info call Norma at 416.537.2455, ext. 233.
  • The Naturopath Clinic takes places on Tuesdays from 12:00PM to 6:00PM. To book an appointment, please request the sign-up sheet from the first floor receptionist.  There is currently a waiting list of 4-8 weeks.  You may also visit the clinic Tuesday afternoons and ask if there are any cancellations.
  • Anonymous HIV testing is offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for members of the general public. Please call 416.537.2455 to book an appointment.
  • The Infant Hearing Program takes place on Fridays from 9AM-4:30PM.

Diabetes Programming:

  • The Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday January 12th at 12:30PM.
  • The Gentle Exercise Class takes place on Fridays from 10:45AM-12PM. For more information, call 416.537.2455.
  • Living Life Well with Diabetes is an eight week program led by our Diabetes Nurse Educator and Dietitian that aims to boost knowledge, skills, and confidence relating to diabetes. Topics include blood sugar management, how to understand medications, physical activity, healthy eating on a budget, goal setting and stress management. This program will run on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30PM from January 15th to March 5th.
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext 236.

Closure notice:

  • Parkdale CHC will be closed on Thursday January 2nd for New Year's Day.

For more information, or to view a complete list of programs and services offered, please visit our Program Calendar.

Holiday Closures

Parkdale CHC will be closed on:

  • Wednesday December 24th at 12pm
  • Thursday December 25th all day
  • Friday December 26th all day
  • Saturday December 27th all day
  • Wednesday December 31st at 12pm
  • Thursday January 1st all day

Regular hours of operation resumes on Friday January 2nd. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Holiday Food Bank and Activity Resources

Here are some resources for the holiday season:

Parkdale CHC wishes our clients and community members a safe and wonderful season!

Important Announcement from the Board of Directors

December 9, 2014

Dear Clients and Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that we, the Board of Directors, announce that Carla Ribeiro will be departing as Executive Director of the Parkdale Community Health Centre (PCHC). While it is with heavy hearts that we share this news, we do so knowing that this change marks the beginning of a new and exciting journey for all of us.

Under Carla's leadership, we have seen a transformation at PCHC. In the last five years, we have emerged as a stable, responsive and growing organization. Some of the accomplishments attributable to the vision and direction provided by Carla in this short time include: the attainment of a stellar Accreditation rating; the development and implementation of a Quality Improvement agenda; the expansion of services in oral health care; and the increase of access to primary healthcare and mental health services for Parkdale residents. Further, PCHC has demonstrated system leadership by participating in successful integration initiatives such as the transfer of the women's mental health services, previously associated with St. Joseph's Health Centre. We have also established new partnerships that have built on our long history of community development and that focus on improving the health and well-being of community residents. Carla has done a truly remarkable job and will be sorely missed. We know that she will bring as much passion and care to her new adventure as she brought to PCHC, and we wish her well as she returns to full time doctoral studies.

While we are saddened by Carla's departure, we know this change also offers an unexpected opportunity for us. We believe that the stability that Carla has forged both within PCHC and beyond our doors allows us to stop and reflect. Where do we see the Parkdale Community in the next five, ten, thirty years? Over the coming months, we will be consulting with PCHC's staff, clients, community partners, and funders to seek answers to a few related key questions: How can we best continue to position PCHC as a leader in the health system? How can we ensure our sustainability as a community health centre? How can we best improve client experience along the continuum of care?

To allow us to answer these questions and to define the role of our Executive Director in this context, the Board has decided to postpone the hiring of a new Executive Director until we have clearly determined what will be required in the role. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that Shirley Roberts, Director of Primary Health Care, will be Acting Executive Director for 12 months as of February 1st, 2015. Shirley has worked at PCHC alongside Carla for the past five years and has an excellent grasp of PCHC's current goals and vision. We are confident that she will keep PCHC on course while we collectively refine our vision for the Centre. We will be immediately advertising for a contract position to fill Shirley's role.

The Board strongly feels that this process must be a collaborative one. We intend to consult as widely as possible during this process. We welcome any feedback that you would like to offer and will be in touch over the upcoming months with ways to ensure this happens. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns; you may approach Carla or you may contact me at 416- 993-4221 or Jen Quinlan, Vice President, at 416-455-5860. Alternatively, you can email either of us at


Anu Radha Verma


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