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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.

You’re invited to our 30th Annual General Meeting!

Please join us for our 30th anniversary celebration!

When: Friday September 19th, 2014, from 5:30-8:30PM

Where: Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, located at 250 Dunn Avenure (south of Queen and west of Dufferin).

Please RSVP by September 12th to Beth Wierzbicki by phone 416.537.2455, ext. 309, or by email at beth.wierzbicki@pchc.on.ca.

Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic Closure

The Healthy Smiles Ontario Dental Clinic will be closed the week of Monday August 25th to Friday August 29th and on Labour Day, Monday September 1st. The clinic will reopen on Tuesday September 2nd.

Medical Drop-In Discontinuation

Dear clients accessing medical services at Parkdale CHC,

We are changing the way we are scheduling appointments. Starting in September, we will discontinue the daily medical drop-in from Monday to Friday. Instead, registered clients of Parkdale CHC will be able to see a nurse practitioner or physician either on the same day or during the week of their choosing.

Please call or drop by to inquire about appointment availability.

We will continue to provide a medical drop-in on Saturdays from 10AM-12PM.

Thank you.

 

 

Programming Updates for August

Here’s what’s on in August:

Street Health and Harm Reduction programming:

  • 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 August 20th from 10AM-12PM.
  • The Kit Group takes place on Mondays from 2:30-4:30PM 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.
  • 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 not take place this month. The next group meets in September.

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 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 August 7th and 21st from 10-12PM. For more information, please call Satha at 416.537.0275, ext. 285.
  • Yoga by the Lake is a six week yoga and acupuncture program that takes place on Wednesdays in July and August from 10-11:30AM from July 16th to August 20th. Join us in Marilyn Bell Park for gentle hatha yoga and acupuncture for acudetox. Beginners welcome! For more information, please call Norma at 416.537.0275, ext. 233.

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.
  • 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.
  • The 5Ps will be closed from Monday August 4th to Friday August 15th. We will reopen on Monday August 18th.

Senior’s programming:

  • The English Conversation Club will be taking a summer break and will resume in the fall.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM. Join us August 5th for Oral Health and Gentle Fitness, August 19th for Gentle Fitness, and August 26th for a social activity. The drop-in will be cancelled on August 12th.
  • 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 August 7th and 28th from 4-5PM.
  • For more information about seniors programming, please call Sandra: 416.537.0275, ext. 238.

Health and dental programming:

Diabetes Programming:

  • Living Life Well with Diabetes is an eight week introductory workshop that teaches participants about blood sugar management, medications, healthy eating on a budget, physical activity, coping with stress, and more. The program runs Thursdays from 1:30-3:30PM from June 19th to August 7th.
  • The next Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday August 11th 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.
  • Learn how to make healthy, ready-to-eat granola in a Granola Making Workshop led by Riley Fulkerson, Diabetes Dietitian, on Wednesday August 27th from 3:30-4:30PM. Make nutritious granola to take home! Bring comfortable shoes, as the group may go on a short walk following the workshop (time permitting).
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.0275, ext 236.

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.
  • Parkdale CHC’s backyard garden is now open! Join us on Thursdays from 4-5PM to plant seedlings, pick weeks, water the beds, and other maintenance.  Please register before attending or call to make sure the program will be running that day as there may be changes in the schedule due to staff availability or weather. To register, please call Mel at 416.537.0275, ext 236, or Riley at 416.537.0275, ext 304.
  • Join us on Thursday August 7th from 4-5:30PM for Organic Gardening 101, a workshop hosted by our gardening drop-in. Beginners welcome!

Closure notice:

  • Parkdale CHC will be closed on Monday August 4th for the Civic Holiday and Saturday August 30th for Labour Day.

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

You’re Invited! Harm Reduction Program Celebration and Sign Unveiling

Despite the loss of their City grant for the first time in 24 years, Parkdale Community Health Centre is committed to maintaining and even improving their Harm Reduction Programs which are a cornerstone of their Centre. Join the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC MEMORY to celebrate Parkdale Community Health Centre’s Harm Reduction Programs. Everyone is Welcome!

Learn about the history of harm reduction in Toronto, hear and share memories of this service, and witness the unveiling of a sign honouring 24 years of Harm Reduction in Parkdale.

Monday, July 28th
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Parkdale Community Health Centre
1229 Queen St West.

Pizza and cake will be served!

For more information visit departmentofpublicmemory.com

Programming Updates for July

Here’s what’s on in July:

Street Health and Harm Reduction programming:

  • 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, or Arno at ext 424.
  • The next ID Clinic will take place on Wednesday July 16th from 10AM-12PM.
  • The Kit Group takes place on Mondays from 2:30-4:30PM 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.
  • 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 July 17th from 12-1PM. For more information, please call 416.537.0275, ext 271

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 July 3rd and 17th from 10-12PM. For more information, please call Satha at 416.537.0275, ext. 285.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness Group for Moms takes place on Wednesdays from 10AM-12PM from June 11th to July 16th. Please contact Isabel for more information at 416.537.8222 ext. 307.
  • Trauma 101 Workshop: Healing from the Effects of Abuse and Trauma takes place on Wednesdays from 5-7PM from June 11th to July 16th. Please contact Kendra for more information at 416.537.8222 ext. 305.
  • Building Skills: Peer Learning and Empowerment Program is a seven week skills building program taking place on Fridays from May 30th to July 11th 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. To register, please call Leslie or Nancy at 416.537.8222 ext 309 or 310.
  • Yoga by the Lake is a six week yoga and acupuncture program that takes place on Wednesdays in July and August from 10-11:30AM from July 16th to August 20th. Join us in Marilyn Bell Park for gentle hatha yoga and acupuncture for acudetox. Beginners welcome! For more information, please call Norma at 416.537.0275, ext. 233.

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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 will be taking a summer break and will resume in the fall.
  • The Seniors Wellness Drop-In takes place from Tuesdays from 1-3PM. Join us July 8th for Sun Safety, July 15th for Mental Health Issues and Gentle Fitness, July 22nd for Healthy Eating, and July 29th for an outdoor activity.
  • The Seniors Advocacy Group will take place from 10-11:30AM on Thursday July 17th.
  • 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 Friday July 4th and 18th from 9:30-10:30AM.
  • For more information about seniors programming, please call Sandra: 416.537.0275, ext. 238.

Health and dental programming:

Diabetes Programming:

  • Living Life Well with Diabetes is an eight week introductory workshop that teaches participants about blood sugar management, medications, healthy eating on a budget, physical activity, coping with stress, and more. The program runs Thursdays from 1:30-3:30PM from June 19th to August 7th.
  • The next Living Well Lunch Club will take place on Monday July 14th from 12:30-2PM.
  • The Gentle Exercise Class will take place on Fridays from 10:45AM-12PM. For more information, call 416.537.2455.
  • The Walking Group will takes place on Wednesdays at 3:30PM.
  • For information about Diabetes programming, please call Mel at 416.537.0275, ext 236.

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.
  • Parkdale CHC’s backyard garden is now open! Join us on Thursdays from 4-6PM to plant seedlings, pick weeks, water the beds, and other maintenance.  Please register before attending or call to make sure the program will be running that day as there may be changes in the schedule due to staff availability or weather. To register, please call Mel at 416.537.0275, ext 236, or Riley at 416.537.0275, ext 304.

Closure notice:

  • Parkdale CHC will be closed on Tuesday July 1st for Canada Day.

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

Canada Day Notice of Closure

Parkdale CHC will be closed on Tuesday July 1st for Canada Day. We will be open for regular hours the rest of the week.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

We’re looking for a volunteer!

The 5Ps Program is looking for a Food Setup and Distribution Volunteer.

The food room receives a variety of perishable and non-perishable items that are made available for participants of the 5Ps programs. Participants also receive food vouchers that can be used at local grocery stores, and TTC tokens to help them attend the program. Volunteers support staff in receiving the food bank delivery and sorting food items for efficient storage and later distribution to program participants. We are looking for self-motivated individuals who are comfortable working both on their own and with a team.

Please note that we require a minimum 6-8 month commitment from all volunteers.