Self-Help Resource Centre Closes Doors After 29 Years

I have volunteered with the Self-Help Resource Centre (SHRC) for many years. And, I have admired the SHRC’s 29 year history of using the peer support (or self-help) model to empower individuals and communities across Ontario. With this, I was quite sad when I heard the news that the SHRC will be closing their doors … Continue reading Self-Help Resource Centre Closes Doors After 29 Years

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Retiring on a Low Income: Plain Language Advice

A growing cohort of seniors are working well past the retirement age, and not because they want to, but because they have to. With this, early retirement has become somewhat of a unicorn. Many Canadian seniors are retiring in poverty, or with a barely livable income. There are many reasons for this, including but not … Continue reading Retiring on a Low Income: Plain Language Advice

Making Time For Art: Two Artists Worth Knowing About

I am often disheartened by the history and politics attached to the defining , and ownership of “art” (i.e. who gets to own and preserve cultural artifacts/art). With this being so, I have often shied away from frequenting (and by default promoting) the larger galleries (and museums) , choosing instead to seek out the smaller, … Continue reading Making Time For Art: Two Artists Worth Knowing About

A New Peer Support Model For Your Self Help ToolKit

I love to source and introduce people to a variety of peer support  models. I am also inspired by the way that certain individuals  – or communities –  will take the best elements from certain models, to create a process that works best for them.  As an example, a late friend of mine was inspired by the work of Harvey … Continue reading A New Peer Support Model For Your Self Help ToolKit

If you support volunteers in Toronto you should join TAVA

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of the charitable and nonprofit sector.” According to Imagine Canada, the “charitable and nonprofit sector contributes an average of 8.1% of total Canadian GDP, more than the retail trade industry and close to the value of the mining, oil and gas extraction industry”. This can be attributed – in no small part – … Continue reading If you support volunteers in Toronto you should join TAVA

Walking In Toronto: Alone Or With A Group

These days we tend to have very sedentary lifestyles. We drive or take public transit to work. While at work, we sit in front of computers for most of the day. Then, we head home to sit in front of our television or computers. And, if we go out we choose to go somewhere to sit  – … Continue reading Walking In Toronto: Alone Or With A Group

June is All About PRIDE

This month Canada will host its first-ever Pride Month; which will be officially launched on June 1, 2016. Pride Month is expected to start with its inaugural city proclamation and the raising of the Rainbow flag at Toronto City Hall. The month will feature extended programming, educational forums, and provocative events throughout the city, culminating … Continue reading June is All About PRIDE

Happy Labour Day!

For "most" people, Labour Day is a public holiday, which affords us some  downtime to rest and to see our friends/loved ones. And, this is great. However, in addition to the former, it might also benefit us to think of Labour Day as a time to pause and to remember the reason for, and or history … Continue reading Happy Labour Day!

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

August 30, 2015 is International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances . The United Nations (2015) provides the following information about International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: Enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to … Continue reading International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

AIDS Walk Toronto – Sunday, September 13 2015

The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is an national awareness and fundraising event that takes place every year in communities all across Canada. Local events are hosted by AIDS Service Organizations in your community. And, all Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life proceeds remain in the community and provide necessary funds for support services and programs for … Continue reading AIDS Walk Toronto – Sunday, September 13 2015

Making Friends in Adulthood

“Living a long life, the conventional wisdom at the time said, depended to a great extent on who we were—that is, our genes. It depended on the decisions we made—on what we chose to eat, and how much we chose to exercise, and how effectively we were treated by the medical system. No one was … Continue reading Making Friends in Adulthood

Help for Donors: New Charity Giving Guide

Imagine Canada has released their new Guide to Giving manual. This resource will provide donors with practical information about charitable giving. According to Imagine Canada: Charities and non-profits have helped to build and shape our nation. These organizations engage and empower Canadians, provide communities with vital services, and contribute to quality of life by supporting … Continue reading Help for Donors: New Charity Giving Guide

Help for Charities Completing the Canada Revenue Agency’s T3010

Imagine Canada has a new T3010 Quick Prep tool, to assist charities in completing their T3010 registered charity information return.  Imagine Canada notes the following about this new tool: To be in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency’s regulations, all charities must complete and submit their T3010 filings to the CRA within six months of their fiscal year … Continue reading Help for Charities Completing the Canada Revenue Agency’s T3010

JUNE 21, 2015 IS NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY!

What is National Aboriginal Day? The  Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) website notes the following about   National Aboriginal Day: June 21st is National Aboriginal Day (NAD), a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal … Continue reading JUNE 21, 2015 IS NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY!

Ride Don’t Hide: Support Family Mental Health on June 21st

On June 21, 2015 join Ride Don’t Hide, in support of family mental health in Ontario, BC, and Alberta. The event is organized by CMHA , and it increases awareness about mental illness, and also raises funds that make a significant impact in various communities across BC, Alberta and Ontario. There are many ways that you can support … Continue reading Ride Don’t Hide: Support Family Mental Health on June 21st

March 17th is World Social Work Day!

Today, March 17, is World Social Work Day! The Australian Association of Social Workers (2015) provides the following information about World Social Work Day: World Social Work Day 2015  (WSWD) is on March 17. The theme ‘Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples’ relates to the sorld Social Work Day 2015econd pillar of the Global Agenda for Social … Continue reading March 17th is World Social Work Day!

Today is International Women’s Day

Today, March 6, is International Women’s Day. The Wold Health Organization (2015) provides the following information about International Women’s Day: 6 March 2015 -- International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and their achievements. It’s also a day to take stock of how women’s rights, especially the right to health, are fulfilled in the … Continue reading Today is International Women’s Day

2014 International Youth Day: Youth and Mental Health

Today, August 12, is International Youth Day. The United Nations (2014) provides the following information about International Youth Day: On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. … Continue reading 2014 International Youth Day: Youth and Mental Health

World Breastfeeding Week: August 1-7, 2014

August 1-7, 2014 is World Breastfeeding Week. The World Health Organization (2014) provides the following information about World Breastfeeding Week: World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed … Continue reading World Breastfeeding Week: August 1-7, 2014

Statistics Canada offers Workshops that can support your agency goals

Most organizations are unaware that Statistics Canada  offers workshops, on survey methodology and analysis. The Statistics Canada  workshops  are offered through their regional offices around the country.  The workshops provide a great way for agencies to learn how to effectively use statistics, to define their target audience and to better clarify and augment their agency … Continue reading Statistics Canada offers Workshops that can support your agency goals

A Website for Seniors with Depression

Seniors grappling with late life depression can often suffer in silence.  This is a concern, because if left untreated depression can greatly diminish their quality of life. Research shows that depression symptoms among seniors are similar to people of any age. However, those symptoms can manifest differently. According to author Mark Hager, some of the … Continue reading A Website for Seniors with Depression

Toronto shows WorldPride

Toronto showed its  PRIDE, to an international audience, at last weeks WorldPride event. WorldPride is an event “for people identifying as Lesbian, Gay Men, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and/or other emerging sexual identities” (InterPride, 2014). The event is the brainchild of InterPride, an “international organization that ties Pride together globally” (InterPride, 2014). As a charitable organization, InterPride boasts the … Continue reading Toronto shows WorldPride

The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

The Canadian Anti-spam Legislation (CASL) will be effective on July 1, 2014. The intent of this new law is to “deter the most damaging and deceptive forms of spam from occurring in Canada”. The new law will change the way the for-profit and non-profit sectors can fundraise, and market to existing and prospective clients, via commercial … Continue reading The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2014 is World Refugee Day . Every year World Refugee Day is observed on June 20th, to raise awareness about the plight of refugees throughout the world. The United Nations (2014) provides the following information about World Refugee Day: For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and … Continue reading World Refugee Day

Host a life celebration party for your friends!

If we are not careful we can spend our life consumed by our jobs and our to-do lists. However, this is no way to live, if we want an enjoyable and meaningful life! I was reminded of just that, this past weekend, when I heard the song Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think). It‘s such … Continue reading Host a life celebration party for your friends!

CRA: Charities and their participation in political activities video series

On April 26, 2014 the Canada Revenue Agency launched their new video series, Charities and their participation in political activities. The series includes the following three videos: Overview of political activities for charities: This video provides an overview of political activities for registered charities. What is a political activity?: This video provides a definition of political activities … Continue reading CRA: Charities and their participation in political activities video series

Let’s talk about equity in healthcare!

The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH)  provides the Canadian public health community with “knowledge and resources to take action on the social determinants of health, to close the gap between those who are most and least healthy”. As an extension of this goal, the NCCDH developed their free downloadable let’s talk series … Continue reading Let’s talk about equity in healthcare!

Healthy Rustic (Busy Persons) Oat Bar

Total prep and cooking time: Approx. 10 minutes Good food and good health go hand in hand. With this, I love healthy and portable snacks, that I can throw into my bag and eat throughout the day. One of my favourite healthy and portable snack is the oat bar. However, a quick glance at the ingredient list of  most … Continue reading Healthy Rustic (Busy Persons) Oat Bar

Tell your organizations story through the YouTube Charities Programme!

This month I want to highlight the YouTube Charities Programme. It's a wonderful YouTube service offering, that  provides all the information that a charitable organization might require, to effectively promote their cause online, and to launch an impactful campaign via YouTube. To qualify for the YouTube Charities Programme your organisation “must be a registered nonprofit … Continue reading Tell your organizations story through the YouTube Charities Programme!

April 6 to 12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week

Volunteer Canada  Sets Up a Volunteer Hotline to Thank Volunteers Volunteer Canada is asking Canadians to call the Volunt-Hear Hotline (1-855-372-5077) to leave a message of thanks for a volunteer. Volunteer Canada had the following to say about the hotline: “Canadians from coast to coast are encouraged to call the Volunt-Hear Hotline and participate in a national … Continue reading April 6 to 12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week

Grants that support the integration of new Canadians

The Maytree Foundation “believes that immigrants and refugees can play a significant role in building and strengthening Canada – in particular its urban communities”. One of the ways that they assist with this process is through grant opportunities, for not-for-profit/charitable organizations. Organizations with new ideas “on how to better integrate new arrivals to Canada” can … Continue reading Grants that support the integration of new Canadians

World Health Day

April 7, 2014 is World Health Day. Every year World Health Day is observed on April 7th. It is a day set aside to mark " the anniversary of the founding of WHO  in 1948”. Each year for World Health Day “a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health”. Also, the day “provides an … Continue reading World Health Day

Respecting the earth, your style and your wallet

One non-profit companys look at the financial and environmental impact of our clothes: WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is a  UK "not for profit company limited by guarantee, set up with an independent board to promote resource efficiency". In 2011 WRAP released their eye opening report ‘Valuing our clothes’. This report provided a “look at the financial … Continue reading Respecting the earth, your style and your wallet

Catching Health in the Workplace

It’s relatively easy to sneeze a cold virus on to a coworker. Spreading great health habits, both personal and professional, however, is a much more complex task in the workplace. There’s no simple and fast way to do it but health is like a cultural virus and the ways that viruses spread can teach us … Continue reading Catching Health in the Workplace

Support Family Mental Health on June 22nd!

Ride Don’t Hide  is an annual charity event organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) . On June 22, 2014, through this event, the public will have the opportunity to raise awareness for, and to help eliminate the stigma surrounding, mental illness. Ride Don’t Hide provides participants with the opportunity to improve their fitness, while … Continue reading Support Family Mental Health on June 22nd!

Imagine Canada with a NEW charitable narrative

According to Imagine Canada, "the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada has a remarkable story to tell". Imagine Canada  has started to tell this story with the release of their NEW Narrative Toolkit (which will be a part of a series). The goal of this initiative is to assist the Canadian charitable sector to do … Continue reading Imagine Canada with a NEW charitable narrative