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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!

Employment Opportunity: Director of Primary Health Care

We are recruiting for the position of  Director of Primary Health Care. This is a full time, one year contact position.

The deadline to apply is 12:00pm on Wednesday January 7th, 2015.

To learn more about employment opportunities at Parkdale CHC, please visit our Employment section.

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

 

Click here to download this letter in PDF format.

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 416.537.0275, 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 416.537.0275, 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 416.537.0275, 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: 416.537.0275, 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 416.537.0275 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 416.537.0275, 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 416.537.0275, 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.

Programming Updates for November

Here’s what’s on in November:

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 416.537.0275, ext 271, or drop by the Harm Reduction Room on the first floor.
  • The Men’s Mental Health Advisory Group takes place weekly on Fridays from 1-3PM. For more information, please call Sri at 416.537.0275, ext. 308.
  • The next ID Clinic will take place on Wednesday November 19th from 10AM-12PM.
  • KAPOW takes place Fridays from 10-11:30AM in the Board Room. For more information, please call Victoria at 416.537.0275, 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 November 20th from 12-1:30PM in the Board Room.
  • Staff and clients are invited to join us for the POINT Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training between on Tuesday November 4th from 3-4PM 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 November 6th and 20th from 10-12PM. For more information, please call Satha at 416.537.0275, ext. 285.
  • Building Skills: Peer Learning and Empowerment Program is a seven week skills building program for women and all who identify as women. Build on your strengths and skills, self-confidence, communication skills, and group work skills. Held on Wednesdays from 10AM-1PM from October 1st to November 12th. Space is limited. For more information, or to register, call Nancy at 416.537.8222, ext. 310.
  • 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.
  • 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. This group will not take place on Monday November 17th.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM. This month’s topics are: Fall Prevention Information Session and Gentle Fitness on November 4th, Understanding Food Labels and Gentle Fitness on November 18th, and Physical Activity on November 25th.
  • 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 take place on Thursday November 6th and 20th from 4-5PM.
  • The Seniors Advocacy Group will take place on Wednesday November 19th from 10AM-12PM.
  • On Monday November 17th from 10AM-12PM, we will be holding an Information Session for Male Seniors on Prostate Health.
  • Join us for a six week program on Mental Fitness for Older Adults on Wednesdays from 10AM-12PM from October 22nd to November 26th. Do you feel overwhelmed? Lonely? Nervous? Stressed? Sad? Anxious? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may benefit from this group. Snacks will be provided. Call Sandra for more information and to register: 416.537.2455, ext. 238.
  • 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: 416.537.0275, ext. 238.

Health and dental programming:

  • The Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic is open from 8AM-4PM Monday through Friday. The dental clinic will be closed on Tuesday November 11th for Remembrance Day.
  • The West End Oral Health Clinic will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:30PM. The clinic will also be open on Saturday November 22nd from 11AM-3PM.
  • 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 416.537.0275 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 416.537.0275, ext. 233.

Diabetes Programming:

  • There will be no Living Well Lunch Club during the month of November.
  • The Gentle Exercise Class will take place on Fridays from 10:45AM-12PM. This group will not take place on Friday November 14th. 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.
  • This month’s special workshop is all about soup! In our Soup Making Workshop, our Diabetes Dietitian will teach participants how to make nutritious and hearty fall soup. This workshop takes place on Monday November 24th from 2-4PM.
  • World Diabetes Day is an all day health fair that will be held on Friday November 14th from 10AM-4PM on the first floor. We’ll have blood pressure and blood sugar testing, an exercise class, a dental hygiene presentation, information booths set up in the board room, and more. Lunch will be provided. Enter to win a gift basket! Wear blue to show your support!
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.0275, ext 236.

Families and Newcomers:

  • Peer Nutrition is a six week program that teaches participants about healthy eating for children aged 6 months to six years. In this group, participants will prepare and taste a variety of healthy foods, learn about best choices of traditional and new foods, make baby food from scratch, build skills for shopping and cooking, learn how to deal with picky eaters, and learn to read food labels. Snacks will be provided during sessions. Child care is available. This group runs on Monday afternoons from 12-3PM from October 20th to December 1st. For more information, please call Rosa Ribeiro at 416. 537.2455, ext 231, or Salma at 416.855.1066.
  • 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.

Food Security and Nutrition Programming:

  • Drop by Parkdale CHC on Tuesdays between 3-7PM to order your Good Food Box for pick-up the following week.

Closure notice:

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

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

We’re hiring!

Parkdale Community Health Centre is currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Physician (Full time, permanent. 35 hours/week). We will recruit until this position is filled.
  • Social Worker: Domestic Violence (Full time, four month contract). The deadline is Wednesday November 5th, 2014, at 5:00PM.

For more information, please view our Employment section.

Programming Updates for October

Here’s what’s on in October:

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 416.537.0275, ext 271, or drop by the Harm Reduction Room on the first floor.
  • The Men’s Mental Health Advisory Group takes place weekly on Fridays from 1-3PM. For more information, please call Sri at 416.537.0275, ext. 308. This group will be cancelled on Friday October 3rd.
  • The next ID Clinic will take place on Wednesday October 15th from 10AM-12PM.
  • KAPOW takes place Fridays from 10-11:30AM in the Board Room. For more information, please call Victoria at 416.537.0275, 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 October 16th from 12-1PM in the Board Room.

Women’s Connection programming:

  • The Expressive Arts Group takes place from 2:30-4:30PM on Fridays. In this group, women (and women identified folks) can help themselves to arts materials and work independently on projects.  Staff offer a creative and supportive environment. For more information, please call Heather at 416.537.8222, ext. 304.
  • 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 October 2nd and 16th from 10-12PM. For more information, please call Satha at 416.537.0275, ext. 285.
  • Building Skills: Peer Learning and Empowerment Program is a seven week skills building program for women and all who identify as women. Build on your strengths and skills, self-confidence, communication skills, and group work skills. Held on Wednesdays from 10AM-1PM from October 1st to November 12th. Space is limited. For more information, or to register, call Nancy at 416.537.8222, ext. 310.

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 or to add your name to the waitlist, 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 every fourth 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.
  • 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 Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM. Join us for a special celebration on Tuesday October 7th for National Seniors Day. We’ll be holding a talent show for seniors to showcase their art, crafts, dancing, poetry reading, and singing skills. The drop-in will be cancelled on Tuesday October 14th.
  • 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 take place on ThursdayCotober 16th and 30th from 4-5PM.
  • The Seniors Advocacy Group will take place on Thursday October 23rd from 10-11:30AM.
  • Join us for a six week program on Mental Fitness for Older Adults on Wednesdays from 10AM-12PM from October 22nd to November 26th. Do you feel overwhelmed? Lonely? Nervous? Stressed? Sad? Anxious? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may benefit from this group. Snacks will be provided. Call Sandra for more information and to register: 416.537.2455, ext. 238.
  • For more information about seniors programming, please call Sandra: 416.537.0275, 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 will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:30PM. The clinic will also be open on Saturday October 18th from 11AM-3PM. The clinic will be closed on Wednesday October 22nd and Thursday October 23rd.
  • The Acupuncture Drop-In takes place on Wednesdays from 10:15-11AM from September 10th to October 29th. For more info call Norma at 416.537.0275, ext. 233.
  • We will be holding a One Stop Shop Clinic on Cancer Awareness in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Community Health Week. This event will take place on Thursday October 9th from 10AM-3PM on the first floor. Join us for a full day of workshops, information booths, and displays on: breast health and screening, cervical and colon cancer, nutrition and healthy lifestyle, and community supports. We’ll have door prizes and lunch will be provided. For more information, please call Sandra G. at 416.537.2455, x. 238.
  • 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.

Diabetes Programming:

  • There will be no Living Well Lunch Club during the month of October.
  • The Gentle Exercise Class will take place on Fridays from 10:45AM-12PM. This group will not take place on Friday October 3rd. For more information, call 416.537.2455.
  • Diabetes and Weight Management is a three week workshop led by a Registered Diabetes Dietitian that will take place on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30PM from September 25th to October 9th. Share personal stories, learn weight loss tips and tricks, understand your food habits, develop strategies for curbing emotional eating, and stay motivated to reach your goals!
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.0275, ext 236.

Families and Newcomers:

  • Roma Health and Well Being is a 12 week program for members of the Roma community. It will take place from 10AM-12PM on Wednesdays from September 10th to November 26th. Discussion topics include cancer prevention and awareness, pregnancy, healthy lifestyle, smoking, youth, dental health, sexual health, and more. Interpretation, snacks, and child care will be provided. For more information, please call Rosa 416.537.2455, ext. 231.
  • Peer Nutrition is a seven week program that teaches participants about healthy eating for children aged 6 months to six years. In this group, participants will prepare and taste a variety of healthy foods, learn about best choices of traditional and new foods, make baby food from scratch, build skills for shopping and cooking, learn how to deal with picky eaters, and learn to read food labels. Snacks will be provided during sessions. Child care is available. This group runs on Monday afternoons from 12-3PM from October 20th to December 1st. For more information, please call Rosa Ribeiro at 416. 537.2455, ext 231, or Salma at 416.855.1066.

Food Security and Nutrition Programming:

  • Guys Can Cook is a free seven week program for guy aged 13-17. Cook with a chef, get work experience, make and eat delicious food, and learn in a fun environment. Earn your Food Handler Certificate! This program will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30-7:30 from September 16th to October 28th. For more information, or to register, please call Karin at 416.537.0275, x. 359.
  • Drop by Parkdale CHC on Tuesdays between 3-7PM to order your Good Food Box for pick-up the following week.

Closure notice:

  • Parkdale CHC will be closed on Saturday October 11th and Monday October 13th for Thanksgiving.

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

We’re looking for a volunteer!

The Community Child Minding Training Program, offered in partnership between Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre, Four Villages Community Health Centre, Parkdale Community Health Centre and Parkdale Intercultural Agency, is seeking a volunteer to assist with conducting three focus groups that will serve as the basis of an outcome evaluation.

The focus groups will take place on Saturday November 1st, 8th, and 15th from 10:00AM until 1:00PM at Parkdale Community Health Centre, located at 1229 Queen Street West, Toronto. Approximately 12-15 volunteer hours will be required to complete this project. Responsibilities include setup and tear down, note taking, transcription, and facilitating three focus group discussions for 8-12 participants.

For more information, please view the posting in our Opportunities section.

Our fall newsletter is hot off the presses!

Read about our programming and events in the fall edition of our biannual newsletter, which can be found under the About Us menu link or viewed here.

If you would like a hard copy of our newsletter, please ask for one the next time you drop by the Centre!

Programming Updates for September

Here’s what’s on in September:

Street Health and Harm Reduction programming:

  • Starting in September, the Needle Exchange hours are changing. The Exchange will now be open:
    • Mondays from 10AM-12PM and 2-5PM
    • Tuesdays from 10AM-12PM and 3-5PM
    • Wednesdays from 10-11:30AM and 3-5PM
    • Thursdays from 10AM-12PM and 2-5PM
    • Fridays from 10AM-12PM and 2-4:30PM
  • The Kit Group takes place on Tuesdays from 1-3PM in the Board Room (new date and time!). To sign up, please call 416.537.0275, ext 271, or drop by the Harm Reduction Room on the first floor.
  • The Men’s Mental Health Advisory Group takes place weekly on Fridays from 1-3PM. For more information, please call Sri at 416.537.0275, ext. 308.
  • The next ID Clinic will take place on Wednesday September 17th from 10AM-12PM.
  • KAPOW takes place Fridays from 10-11:30AM in the Board Room. For more information, please call Victoria at 416.537.0275, ext. 361.
  • A 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 September 18th from 12-1PM in the Board Room.

Women’s Connection programming:

  • The Expressive Arts Group takes place from 2:30-4:30PM on Fridays. In this group, women (and women identified folks) can help themselves to arts materials and work independently on projects.  Staff offer a creative and supportive environment. This group will be cancelled on Friday August 22nd. For more information, please call Leslie at 416.537.8222, ext. 309.
  • 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 September 4th and 18th from 10-12PM. For more information, please call Satha at 416.537.0275, ext. 285.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Moms takes place on Fridays from 10:30AM-1PM from September 12th to October 17th. Learned stress management skills, self-awareness, and self-compassion through deep breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness meditation techniques. Please contact Isabel for more information at 416.537.8222 ext. 305.

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 September 27th to November 22nd. Childcare, TTC and a light meal will be provided. To register or to add your name to the waitlist, 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 every fourth 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.
  • If you would like to register in any 5Ps programs, please call Yohama at 416.537.8222, extension 502, or Stacia at ext. 505.

Senior’s programming:

  • The English Conversation Club takes place on Mondays from 10AM-12PM.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM. Join us September 2nd for Gentle Fitness, September 16th for Financial Matters and Gentle Fitness, September 23rd for Hearing Loss Information, and September 30th for Alzheimer Information. The drop-in will be cancelled on September 9th.
  • 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 take place on Thursday September 11th and 25th from 4-5PM.
  • The Seniors Advocacy Group will take place on Thursday September 18th from 10-11:30AM.
  • For more information about seniors programming, please call Sandra: 416.537.0275, 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 will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-7:30PM starting Wednesday September 10th. The clinic will also be open on Saturday September 27th from 11AM-3PM.
  • The Acupuncture Drop-In takes place on Wednesdays from 10:15-11AM from September 10th to October 29th. For more info call Norma at 416.537.0275, ext. 233.

Diabetes Programming:

  • The next Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday September 8th from 12:30-2PM.
  • The Insulin Management Group is a four week workshop that will run on Thursdays from August 21st to September 11th 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.
  • The Gentle Exercise Class will take place on Fridays from 10:45AM-12PM. For more information, call 416.537.2455.
  • Join us for a walking tour of the Sorauren Farmers’ Market on Monday September 29th. Meet others with diabetes, buy fresh, seasonal produce and meet local farmers! Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella in case of rain. Meet in the Parkdale CHC first floor lobby at 2:30PM.
  • Diabetes and Weight Management is a three week workshop led by a Registered Diabetes Dietitian that will take place on Thursdays from 1:30-3:30PM from September 25th to October 9th. Share personal stories, learn weight loss tips and tricks, understand your food habits, develop strategies for curbing emotional eating, and stay motivated to reach your goals!
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.0275, ext 236.

Families and Newcomers:

  • Roma Health and Well Being is a 12 week program for members of the Roma community. It will take place from 10AM-12PM on Wednesdays from September 10th to November 26th. Discussion topics include cancer prevention and awareness, pregnancy, healthy lifestyle, smoking, youth, dental health, sexual health, and more. Interpretation, snacks, and child care will be provided. For more information, please call Rosa 416.537.2455, ext. 231.

Food Security and Nutrition Programming:

  • Guys Can Cook is a free seven week program for guy aged 13-17. Cook with a chef, get work experience, make and eat delicious food, and learn in a fun environment. Earn your Food Handler Certificate! This program will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30-7:30 from September 16th to October 28th. For more information, or to register, please call Karin at 416.537.0275, x. 359.
  • Drop by Parkdale CHC on Tuesdays between 3-7PM to order your Good Food Box for pick-up the following week.

Closure notice:

  • Parkdale CHC will be closed on Saturday August 30th and Monday September 1st for Labour Day.

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