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Programming Updates for April

Here's what's on in April:

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 April 15th 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.

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 April 29th. 
  • 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. There will not be a session on Monday April 6th.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM. There will not be a session on Tuesday April 21st.
  • The Seniors Actively Socializing Walking Club meets every Tuesday at 11:30AM. Enjoy the weather and be active!
  • For more information about seniors programming, please call Sandra: 416.537.2455, ext. 238.

Families and Newcomers Programming:

  • Child Minding Training takes place on Wednesdays until May 27th from 3-5PM at Parkdale Intercultural Association.
  • Nobody's Perfect is a free parenting program for parents and caregivers with children six (6) years of age and under to talk about child growth and learning, child behaviour, child health and safety, and parenting stress. Childcare, snacks, and books are included. TTC tokens will be provided (if needed). This group meets weekly in sessions of 8-10 weeks. This session will run on Mondays from 1-3PM from March 23rd to June 1st.
  • For more information about families and newcomers programs, please contact Rosa at 416.537.2455, ext. 231.

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 Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30-7:30PM on April 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th. The clinic will also be open on Saturday April 18th from 11AM-3PM.
  • The Infant Hearing Program takes place every Friday from 9AM-4:30PM. For more information, please contact 416.338.8255.
  • The Acupuncture Drop-In takes place on Wednesdays from 10:15-11AM from March 11th to April 15th. 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 six months.  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.
  • Support to Quit is an eight week smoking cessation program that helps individuals quit smoking. Three weeks of optional support are available after the completion of the program. Participants may qualify for FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy, such as gum, the patch, lozenges, or inhalers. This program will run on Thursdays from 2-4PM from February 5th until April 9th. Please pre-register with Shirley at 416.537.2455, ext. 302.

Diabetes Programming:

  • The Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday April 13th at 12:30PM.
  • The Gentle Exercise Class takes place on Fridays from 10:45AM-12PM. For more information, call 416.537.2455.
  • The Insulin Management Group is a five week workshop that will run on Thursday March 19th and 26th, April 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 1:30-3:30PM.  This group is targeted towards individuals with type 2 diabetes who are currently using insulin, will be using insulin, or would like to learn more. To register, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext 236.
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext 236.

Counselling Programming:

  • Parkdale CHC is offering Anger Management sessions that are geared towards individuals are who mandated by the law to take Anger Management courses or are interested in joining the group for their own personal growth. Sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from April 1st until May 20th from 4:30-6PM. The program and necessary materials are free of charge. Referrals are accepted from probation officers, physicians, or other professionals. Self-referrals are also accepted. To register, please call Elizabeth Guete at (416) 537 2455. ext 306.

Closure Notice:

  • Parkdale CHC will be closed on Friday April 3rd and Saturday April 6th for Good Friday. We will be open for regular hours on Monday April 6th.

Upcoming May Programming:

  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Moms is a trauma-informed group that aims to teach participants stress management skills, self-awareness, and self-compassion through techniques such as deep breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness meditation. This group takes place on Fridays from 10:30AM-1PM from May 1st until June 5th in Suite 503, 27 Roncesvalles Ave. Childcare, snacks, and TTC tokens will be provided. Space is limited. Please register by calling 416.537.8222 ext. 307 (Kendra) or 305 (Isabel).

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


Programming Updates for March

Here's what's on in March:

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 March 18th from 10AM-12PM.
  • KAPOW takes place Fridays from 10-11:30AM in the Board Room. This program will be cancelled on Friday March 6th. 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:

  • Building Skills: Peer Learning and Empowerment Program is a skills building program that takes place on Wednesdays from February 18th to April 1st from 10AM-1PM. Build on your strength and skills, self-confidence, communication, and group work skills. This group is open to all who identify as women. Space is limited! To register, please call Nancy at 416.537.8222, ext. 310.
  • PAVE's International Women's Day Celebration will take place on Thursday March 5th from 10:30AM-12:30PM in May Robinson Auditorium at 20 West Lodge Ave (near Queen and Lansdowne). For more information, email parkdalepave@gmail.com.
  • Yoga: Mindfulness Group for Moms takes place on Fridays from February 20th until March 27th from 10:30AM-1PM. For more information, please call Kendra at 416.537.8222, ext. 307.

5Ps programming:

  • Please note that the 5Ps will be closed from Monday March 16th until Friday March 20th for March Break.
  • 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 March 25th. 
  • 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 starting March 16th.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM starting March 10th.
  • For more information about seniors programming, please call Sandra: 416.537.2455, ext. 238.

Families and Newcomers programming:

  • The Roma Group takes place at the Early Years Centre at Jane and Finch throughout the month of March on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30AM.
  • Child Minding Training takes place on Wednesdays until May 27th from 3-5PM at Parkdale Intercultural Association.
  • Nobody's Perfect is a free parenting program for parents and caregivers with children six (6) years of age and under to talk about child growth and learning, child behaviour, child health and safety, and parenting stress. Childcare, snacks, and books are included. TTC tokens will be provided (if needed). This group meets weekly in sessions of 8-10 weeks. This session will run on Mondays from 1-3PM starting on March 23rd.
  • For more information about families and newcomers programs, please contact Rosa at 416.537.2455, ext. 231.

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 March 21st from 11AM-3PM. Please note that the clinic will be closed on Wednesday March 4th and Thursday March 5th.
  • The Infant Hearing Program takes place every Friday from 9AM-4:30PM. For more information, please contact 416.338.8255.
  • The Acupuncture Drop-In takes place on Wednesdays from 10:15-11AM from March 11th to April 15th. 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 six months.  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.
  • Support to Quit is an eight week smoking cessation program that helps individuals quit smoking. Three weeks of optional support are available after the completion of the program. Participants may qualify for FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy, such as gum, the patch, lozenges, or inhalers. This program will run on Thursdays from 2-4PM from February 5th until April 9th. Please pre-register with Shirley at 416.537.2455, ext. 302.

Diabetes Programming:

  • The Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday March 9th at 12:30PM.
  • The Gentle Exercise Class takes place on Friday March 20th and 27th 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 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.
  • The Insulin Management Group is a four week workshop that will run on Thursday March 19th and 26th and April 9th and 16th from 1:30-3:30PM.  This group is targeted towards individuals with type 2 diabetes who are currently using insulin, will be using insulin, or would like to learn more. To register, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext 236.
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext 236.

Upcoming counselling programming:

  • Parkdale CHC is offering ongoing Anger Management sessions that are geared towards individuals are who mandated by the law to take Anger Management courses or are interested in joining the group for their own personal growth. Sessions run weekly on Wednesdays starting April 1st from 4:30-6PM. The program and necessary materials are free of charge. Referrals are accepted from probation officers, physicians, or other professionals. Self-referrals are also accepted. To register, please call Elizabeth Guete at (416) 537 2455. ext 306.

Closure notice:

  • Parkdale CHC will be open for regular hours throughout March.

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


Do you need help filing your 2014 income taxes?

Come to our Free Income Tax Clinics in March and April 2015!

To qualify your income must be less than:

  •  $30,000 if you are single
  • $35,000 if you are single with one child ($2,500 extra for each child under 18 years)
  • $40,000 if you are a couple ($2,500 extra for each child under 18 years)

*We cannot prepare your taxes if you earned self-employment or rental income or have recently filed for bankruptcy.

To make an appointment please call 416.537.2455, ext. 242, on or after February 17th.  Calls will be returned within the week,

Once you have an appointment, you must bring:

  • Income slips; wages (T4), social assistance or ODSP (T5007), pensions (T4A), T4A (P) and/or T4A (OAS), E.I. (T4E), etc.
  • Proof of rent and landlord's name
  • Expense Receipts: donations, tuition, medical/dental, child-care
  • Your own interpreter (if required)

 

 

 


We want your feedback!

Have you accessed medical care or participated in programs or services at Parkdale CHC in the last year? If so, we would like to hear from you!

We are asking your help to evaluate our services and programs. We want to know what you think about how we are doing and what we could do better.  We want your honest opinions.

This survey is completely anonymous and confidential.  Your choice to participate in this survey will in no way affect the services you receive at PCHC.

To complete the survey in English, you can:

The survey is also available in the following languages in PDF format:

Once you have completed the printed survey please bring in or mail your copy to:

Parkdale Community Health Centre
Attention: Melissa Hergott
1229 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6K 1L2

Thanks for your feedback!


Programming Updates for February

Here's what's on in February:

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 February 18th 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.
  • Naloxone Training: Do you use opioids? Get training about how to respond to an opioid overdose using Naloxone. Training takes 20 minutes, and you will receive a FREE Naloxone Overdose Response Kit. Drop by Parkdale CHC on Friday February 6th between 12-2PM.  For more information contact The Works 416-392-0520.

Women's Connection programming:

  • The Tamil Women's Group takes place on Thursday February 5th and 19th from 10-12PM. For more information, please call Satha at 416.537.2455, ext. 285.
  • Building Skills: Peer Learning and Empowerment Program is a skills building program that takes place on Wednesdays from February 18th to April 1st from 10AM-1PM. Build on your strength and skills, self-confidence, communication, and group work skills. This group is open to all who identify as women. Space is limited! To register, please call Nancy at 416.537.8222, ext. 310.
  • Yoga: Mindfulness Group for Moms takes place on Fridays from February 20th until March 27th from 10:30AM-1PM. For more information, please call Kendra at 416.537.8222, ext. 307.

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 February 25th. 
  • 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:

  • Seniors programming will resume in March.

Families and Newcomers programming:

  • The Roma Group takes place at the Early Years Centre at Jane and Finch throughout the month of February on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30AM.
  • Child Minding Training takes place on Wednesdays from February 25th May 27th from 3-5PM at Parkdale Intercultural Association.
  • For more information about families and newcomers programs, please contact Rosa at 416.537.2455, ext. 231.

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 Wednesday February 4th and 11th and Thursday February 5th and 12th from 4:30-7:30PM. The clinic will also be open on Saturday February 28th from 11AM-3PM.
  • The Infant Hearing Program takes place every Friday from 9AM-4:30PM. 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 six months.  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.
  • Support to Quit is an eight week smoking cessation program that helps individuals quit smoking. Three weeks of optional support are available after the completion of the program. Participants may qualify for FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy, such as gum, the patch, lozenges, or inhalers. This program will run on Thursdays from 2-4PM from February 5th until April 9th. Please pre-register with Shirley at 416.537.2455, ext. 302.

Diabetes Programming:

  • The Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday February 9th 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 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 Saturday February 14th and Monday February 16th for Family Day.

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


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 board@pchc.on.ca.

 
Sincerely,

Anu Radha Verma

 

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Programming Updates for December

Here's what's on in December:

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 December 17th 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.
  • The Harm Reduction Community Advisory Group will take place on Thursday December 18th from 12-1:30PM in the Board Room.

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 December 4th and 18th from 10-12PM. For more information, please call Satha at 416.537.2455, ext. 285.
  • TRAUMA 101: Healing From the Effects Of Abuse and Trauma is a 6-week psycho-educational and skill-building series of workshops to help women who have experienced trauma better understand and cope with its impact. This program is for women who have experienced: childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or refugee trauma/torture. This workshop series takes place on Wednesday from 5-7PM from November 5th to December 17th, with no session on November 27th. To register, or for more information on workshop topics, please call Kendra at 416.537.8222, x. 307.

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.
  • The Language of Parenting is an eight week program designed to help you and your baby to ease into family life and build a strong foundation for attachment and support. This program combines traditional prenatal classes that help you prepare for pregnancy, labour and birth with your family parenting style. This program will run on Saturdays from 10AM-1PM from October 18th to December 6th. Childcare, TTC and a light meal will be provided. To register, please call: 416.537.8222 ext 505 or email 5ps@pchc.on.ca.
  • Fatherhood 101: Dads Drop-In is a drop- in for fathers with children 0-3 years of age. Meet other new fathers and discuss a variety of topics, including: the ups and downs in life as a new dad, the power of playing with your child, financial planning for the family, and much more! The drop-in is led by Brian Russell, an experienced facilitator and father who has been working with fathers and couples for many years. Brian is also the coordinator of Dad Central Ontario. This program runs 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.
  • Childcare is available for registered participants with children aged 0-12 years.
  • The 5Ps will be closed for the holidays starting Monday December 22nd to Friday January 2nd, reopening Monday January 5th.
  • If you would like to register in any 5Ps programs, please call Stacia at 416.537.8222, ext. 505.

Senior's programming:

  • The English Conversation Club takes place on Mondays from 10AM-12PM. The last class of the year is Monday December 15th.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM. The last class of the year is Tuesday December 16th.
  • The Seniors Drumming Group is a multicultural seniors group for those who love drumming. No previous experience is required, only the desire to learn and have fun! This group will resume in the new year.
  • The Seniors Advocacy Group will resume in the new year.
  • Healthy Living: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop is a six week group that aims to help individuals living with chronic conditions manage their health and quality of life with confidence. Participants will learn about goal setting and problem solving, exercise, healthy eating, coping with stress/frustration/isolation, and how to talk to doctors, family and friends about your needs. This program runs on Thursday mornings from 9:30AM-12PM from October 30th to December 4th. Call Sandra to pre-register: 416.537.2455, ext. 238. This session is currently full.
  • 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 clinic will be closed all day on Friday December 12th, Wednesday December 24th, Thursday December 25th, and Friday December 26th. HSO will be open from 8AM-12PM only on Wednesday December 31st.
  • The West End Oral Health Clinic will take place on Wednesday December 3rd and Thursday December 4th from 4:30-7:30PM. The clinic will also be open on Saturday December 13th from 11AM-3PM. The clinic will be closed throughout the rest of December and will reopen in January.
  • Join us for a six week Wellness Workshop on Thursdays from 2-4PM from November 13th to December 18th. Learn how to improve your emotional and physical well being through techniques like expressive arts, yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation. Snacks and TTC tokens will be provided. This group is LGBTQ inclusive. Pre-registration is required. Please call Connie at 416.537.2455 ext 232 or Norma at ext. 233.
  • The Acupuncture Drop-In takes place on Wednesdays from 10:15-11AM from November 26th to December 31st. For more info call Norma at 416.537.2455, ext. 233.

Diabetes Programming:

  • The Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday December 8th at 12:30PM.
  • The Gentle Exercise Class will take place on Friday December 12th and 19th from 10:45AM-12PM. For more information, call 416.537.2455.
  • Plan Well, Budget Smart, Be Healthy is a program for individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Learn how to plan menus, grocery shop, and prepare healthy meals during this five week program led by our Diabetes Nurse Educator and Diabetes Dietitian. This program will run on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30PM from November 20th to December 18th.
  • Join us for an Afternoon Stroll and Tea on Wednesday December 17th. Meet in the lobby at 3PM and we'll head over to Sorauren Avenue for coffee and tea.
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.2455, ext 236.

Families and Newcomers:

  • The Child Minding Program takes place every Wednesday from 3-5PM at Parkdale Intercultural Association at 165 Queen St W. For more information, please call Rosa Ribeiro at 416. 537.2455, ext 231.
  • The Roma Health and Well Being Group takes place every Thursday from 9:30-11:30AM in an Early Years Centre. For more information, please call Rosa Ribeiro at 416. 537.2455, ext 231.
  • The Portuguese Group takes place on Mondays from 5-7PM in the Board Room. this group runs from November 17th to December 22nd.

Closure notice:

  • Parkdale CHC will be closed at 12PM on Wednesday December 24th for Christmas Eve, all day on Thursday December 25th for Christmas Day, all day on Friday December 26th and Saturday December 27th for Boxing Day, and at 12PM on Wednesday December 31st for New Year's Eve.

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