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
“Volunteers are the heartbeat of the charitable and nonprofit sector.” Depending on who you speak to, the evolution of volunteering as a vital form of support for those in need (and marginalized communities) can be viewed as either a good or a bad thing. Or, if you’re more politically inclined, it can be viewed as a bit … Continue reading Happy National Volunteer Week!
Today is International Day of Happiness. And, this usually begs the following question: What is International Day of Happiness? Beyond being a day about being happy, it is a day that promotes awareness about the social determinants that support happiness and or general well-being.The United Nations celebrates International Day of Happiness “as a way to … Continue reading Happy International Day of Happiness: Learn How the Distress Centres Promote Happiness Through Mental Health Support in Ontario
The Wold Health Organization (WHO) defines the social determinants of health as the “conditions in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age. These conditions influence a person’s opportunity to be healthy, his/her risk of illness and life expectancy. Social inequities in health – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status across … Continue reading New Government Report Looks At Precarious Work
There’s no amount of counseling, kale, or yoga — even if these were available or affordable to everyone in the U.S. — that will alter the economic, political, and social forces that sustain poverty or war in the age of terrorism, or what we glibly call “work-family conflict.” We’re going to have to throw out … Continue reading Self-Care In A Worrisome World: When Social Problems Create Stress
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
Voting matters! And, just as important as voting is “understanding” what you are voting for. Take some time to find out about each federal party (i.e. visit their websites, research their political track records, etc.). While October 19, 2015 is Election Day, this is not the only day that you have to vote. Elections Canada tries … Continue reading October 19th Is Election Day! Are You Ready To Vote Canada?
September 15, 2015 is International Day of Democracy, and this year’s theme is “Space for Civil Society”. The United Nations (2015) provides the following information about International Day of Democracy: Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation … Continue reading September 15, 2015 is International Day of Democracy
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!
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
Youth civic engagement matters! “In this landmark year, as leaders prepare to adopt a bold new vision for sustainable development, the engagement of youth is more valuable than ever. At this critical moment in history, I call on young people to demand and foster the dramatic progress so urgently needed in our world”. - Secretary-General … Continue reading 2015 International Youth Day: Youth Civic Engagement
“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
Cuba and the United States severed diplomatic ties over 54 years ago. Today they will officially resume diplomatic relations, and reopen their embassies (albeit amidst concerns from political activists). Also, in a spirit of goodwill, prior to officially re-establishing ties, Obama noted that Cuba and the United States 'can disagree with a spirit of respect and … Continue reading July 30th is International Day of Friendship!
Global News just reported that the Bank of Canada has cut their key interest rates, as the “economy falls into recession” (July 15, 2015). For those working in mental health (and other helping professions), this is sobering news. Mental health service providers know that this kind of news – and reality – can be devastating to individuals and their families. Quite frequently, … Continue reading Recession & Depression: 10 Tips For Supporting Good Mental Health
HAPPY CANADA DAY! Happy Canada Day, All! And, what a beautiful day it is. On a day like today, it feels good to pause and to take in the sights and sounds of Toronto (see my YouTube video below)! HAPPY SUMMERLICIOUS WEEK! One of the many great things about Canada is its people. And, another … Continue reading Happy Canada Day & Summerlicious Week!
The 2015 AIDS Candlelight Vigil: Getting to Zero event was held at The 519 yesterday. This annual community memorial honours, remembers and celebrates the lives of people who have died of AIDS. It is an event that also recognizes and honours those affected by and living with HIV/AIDS. Last night I attended this event. While … Continue reading 2015 AIDS Candlelight Vigil: Getting To Zero
Joan Spears is the much beloved owner of Pleasant Pottery, located in the Eglinton & Mount Pleasant community. She has been working with clay for over 35 years; and yet it has not diminished her pleasure in seeing new forms emerge from a lump of clay. After losing her graphic design job in 1996, Joan … Continue reading A Local Pottery Studio to Visit
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!
Walking is an easy way to integrate exercise into your life, and to improve your health. However, while evening walks are great, they don’t compare to morning walks. There is nothing quite like a brisk morning walk in nature, to recharge your spirits. In addition, if you are looking to improve your fitness level, Preventions … Continue reading Morning Walks: A Healthy Way to Start Your Day
Health, social service, and social justice workers now have additional support, in their quest to continually improve and provide more inclusive mental health and addiction programs. For those in helping professions, the new book Journey to Healing Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues What health, social service and justice and workers need to … Continue reading Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues
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
There are days when my mornings are spent tending to unanticipated customer emergencies, participating in last minute staff/team meetings , and responding to overly complicated — and time consuming — emails. On mornings like this, everything gets done — except the things originally on my to do list. On days like this, it is important to implement a midday work reboot, … Continue reading The Midday Work Reboot
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
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
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
Form follows function is an architectural principle that suggests that “the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose”. This principle is being applied more and more in the modern world of work (literally and figuratively, in regards to approaches to work and the actual work environment). … Continue reading Form follows function in the new world of work
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
Constant change has become a day-to-day reality for not for profit organizations. They must adapt to the changing needs and requirements of their stakeholders in areas such as funding and fundraising, community engagement, financial reporting and technology upgrades. The ability to be productive while accommodating multiple changes is a must-have skill for managers, staff and … Continue reading Leading yourself through change
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!
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