Category: WTSS Agency News

General news about West Toronto Support Services

5 Free Workshops on Financial Abuse and Fraud – registration required @WTSSorg @LACseniors

Financial Abuse and Fraud  A Free Workshop Series for 55+ West Toronto Support Services is please to announce the launch of monthly interactive workshop sessions in partnership with LA Centre for Active Living and Loyola Arrupe Corporation. Join us for practical hands on tools and a self-defence class. Registration is required and space is limited…

World Mental Health Day is October 10

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs…

Thanksgiving Day is October 9th

Please Note:  The West Toronto Support Services offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Contact your program supervisor if you have any questions or concerns. We are grateful for our clients, caregivers and volunteers! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

WTSS 32nd 2017 AGM Highlights

“We are confident that, by combining our agencies’ strengths, we will be able to expand the services that enable clients to live independently in the community, and better serve west-end seniors and adults with disabilities.”  ~ Annual Report 2016/2017 On Thursday September  27, 2017, West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) held its 32nd Annual General Meeting…

FREE Brain Health Workshop with @AlzToronto @WTSSorg. RSVP Required.

Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay. Let’s celebrate big strides, like #NationalDementiaStrategy, and keep advocating for awareness & support. Yesterday, Alzheimer Society of Toronto conducted an excellent workshop right here at the West Toronto Support Services Office and there is another one scheduled for October 18th. Please see details below! All of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto workshops…

Toronto Seniors Helpline (416) 217-2077

The Toronto Seniors Helpline (TSH) is an easy way for seniors and caregivers to navigate community support and crisis services within Toronto. To receive help with community supports, crisis services, care at home, supportive counselling or caregiver resources and support, call (416) 217-2077.

History on the Humber Walk @historyonhumber #WalkThe6West – Aug. 5, 2017

A one-day theatrical event exploring some of the personalities from West Toronto’s past. Saturday, August 5th, 2017 At Etienne Brule Park (by Old Mill Subway Station) Enjoy a living history featuring performances by various people along your walk. Reserve your FREE tickets by visiting pvhs.info/historyonthehumber or by calling (647) 675-1792 More information below:   A…

FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop – Fall 2017 Registration is Open!

What is Chronic Disease Self-Management? This workshop helps people with long term health problems manage their health & quality of life with confidence. Who’s it for? Anyone living with or giving care to someone with a long lasting chronic condition Topics to be covered: Positive Thinking, Goal Setting, Problem Solving, Physical Activity, Decision Making Skills,…

Update re: WTSS and HCSS Proposed Merger

We are pleased to inform you that the amalgamation of West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) and Humber Community Seniors’ Services (HCSS) has been approved by the Boards of both organizations and their respective memberships in May, and was accepted by the Toronto Central LHIN at its Board meeting on June 28, 2017. For more information…

A 150th party for Canada’s birthday @WTSS.org

Yesterday, WTSS, LA Active Living Centre and LAC hosted their largest Canada Party yet to celebrate our countries 150th birthday. With just over a hundred guests and some Canadian music by the FiddleStix, attendees were treated to a fun afternoon.  Special guests included MP Arif Virani and Executive Assistant, Bhutila Karpoche for MPP Cheri DiNovo. Thank you…

Volunteer Appreciation Night 2017

An evening of dinner and entertainment was organized as part of our annual Volunteer Appreciation night on Thursday, June 16, 2017. We had a very successful turnout!   Shirley, our Volunteer Coordinator and Thom Burger, our Executive Director both gave passionate speeches about the values of volunteering.  The time and effort these individuals put into…

Feeling the effects of the “winter blues”? Try Light Therapy Lamps free @torontolibrary

Spring is around the corner, but if you’re feeling ‘blue’ in the last throes of winter, you might want to visit your library. Research by the Canadian Mental Health Association suggests that 2-3% of the general population of Ontario have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and another 15% have a less severe experience. Light therapy lamps…

WTSS Proposed Merger with Humber Community Seniors’ Services

West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is very pleased to announce that we are looking at an important new partnership with another agency serving adults 55+ and adults with disabilities in west Toronto. WTSS and Humber Community Seniors’ Services (HCSS) are looking into bringing our two organizations together and forming one organization. By becoming one organization…

Dementia 101: Dementia Care Training for Family Caregivers – Feb. 9th @AlzToronto

This workshop will provide family caregivers with an overview of Alzheimer’s disease focusing on the importance of early diagnosis and illustrates the progression of the disease. WTSS is delighted to host our first workshop from the Alzheimer Society of Toronto at our new office and we hope you’ll join them for this informative event. When:…

Who to call at WTSS

At West Toronto Support Services we have one Telephone number to call when you wish to reach us.   Our knowledgeable reception staff will redirect your call to the appropriate person as required. However, we’ve listed below our most active departments with names and extensions to make your job a little easier when contacting us.…

We want to hear your Feedback

Please keep us informed about your opinions for 2017.  Contact West Toronto Support Services any time you have  constructive criticism or positive remarks  regarding any of our services or staff.   We’re also open to feedback on our news blog, newsletter and ways we can better communicate with you. Complaints  For a complaint or concern,…

Client Satisfaction Survey Results for 2016

Our 2016 client satisfaction survey results have been tallied and summarized into a detailed report.  A huge thank you to all clients that participated to help us continually improve our services. The surveys were conducted by several outstanding volunteers and reported anonymously. The 2016 client satisfaction survey was developed in order to give clients and…

WTSS Holiday Hours

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday this season from West Toronto Support Services (WTSS)!  Please note that we have holiday hours. Contact your program staff if you have any questions or need assistance over the break.   We’ll be back in the New Year! WTSS Holiday Hours The West Toronto Support Service offices will be closed on…

Gordon Hefford’s Story

It was an ordinary Monday, October 3, 2016 when I met an extraordinary individual named Gordon Andrew Hefford. Gordon’s thoughtful demeanor and calm disposition was noticeable immediately.  He was born August 15, 1965, the youngest of five children being the only boy he was surrounded by love and brought joy to all he encountered.  It…

Holiday Celebration 2016 at 1709 Bloor St. W.

This years’ annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 8th at 1709 Bloor St W. was another success! A great team effort by all partners, staff and volunteers and BMO who served a hot turkey meal for over 100 people! The popular Colors Duo returned to provide entertainment and even Santa appeared. The event was organized…

WTSS Membership Renewals for 2017

West Toronto Services for Seniors (WTSS) was founded by community members to serve adults 55+, frail elderly, adults with disabilities and caregivers.  Members bring the voice of the community to the agency and enhance our service.  Be involved by becoming a member of WTSS! You will enjoy these benefits of membership: Opportunity to provide a…

The 2017 Safe Seniors Calendar is now available!

BASSIC Safe Senior Calendar

With support from Co-operators Insurance, the B.A.S.S.I.C. partners  develop and print a calendar every year for older adults focusing on safety. The calendar offers tips and suggestions on how seniors can keep safe in their homes and communities. The calendar is launched each fall and  distributed through various B.A.S.S.I.C. partners. To get one you must: Visit…

World Kindness Day is Sunday November 13 @VolunteerTO

All of our wonderful volunteers are committed to forming a world where the elderly can live independently and with dignity for longer, feel respected, supported and counted. Volunteers invest their precious time and talent either on an occasional or a consistent basis.  Once a year we recognize all our Volunteers at our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.…

Free Workshop for Brain Injury Survivors – Sat. Nov. 5th @BrainInjuryTO

BIST Support Group

A Free Workshop for brain injury survivors, family/friends & Professionals When:  Sat. November 5th, 9AM – 12PM Where: Davenport-Perth Community Centre, 1900 Davenport Rd. To Register:  Call 416-830-1485, email info@bist.ca or visit http://www.bist.ca and follow the links. More info on image below: A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engage…

Halloween visits 100 High Park

Witches, monsters and other scares came out to a Halloween Party at 100 High Park Ave. today. The party is an annual event and was organized in partnership between WTSS and LOFT. For anyone who was brave enough to stick around, a dark chocolate cake was served to all the guests. See for yourself and…

A Changing Melody Forum – Sat. Oct. 29th @AlzToronto

Join The Alzheimer Society of Toronto at the fourth annual forum for a day of sharing and learning for persons living with MCI or dementia, families, friends, and professionals Come join them to: Empower yourself through learning Connect with others Get supported Get inspired When: Saturday, October 29th 10am – 3pm Where: Oakham House at Ryerson University,  63 Gould St. Cost:…

Celebrating Our Volunteers #communitysupportstories

In honour of Community Support Month and in celebration of our recent Thanksgiving event, WTSS is thankful for the amazing hard working and dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers help us continue to support the independence of our clients who wish to remain at home and bring respite and support to their caregivers. A West Toronto Support Services…

Hearing Loss Presentation – Oct. 28th @CHSCanada

Canadian Hearing Workshop

Are you having difficulties with Hearing OR know someone, who is suffering from Hearing Loss? Come join us for a presentation by Ana Borges Marques from Canadian Hearing Society followed by a Clinic. When: Friday, October 28th, 2016 from 1pm onwards Where: at 100 High Park Ave. in the Recreation Room For Clinic reservations please…

Free Symposium: Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation Oct. 20th, 2016

Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation: Celebrating Best Community Practices Symposium free for adults 55+ OCTOBER 20, 2016 9:30 AM – 3:00PM at North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge St, Toronto Come to this Symposium. Learn about Ontario’s best practices in tackling loneliness and social isolation. You will find out and understand: what social isolation is…

This week our #CommunitySupportStories acknowledges Meals-on-Wheels @OCSAtweets @VolunteerTO

CommunitySupportStories

All Ontarians deserve the opportunity to live in the comfort of their own homes and communities. In Toronto, West Toronto Support Services has made an impact with all our programs and we’d like to highlight the amazing volunteers in our Meals-on-Wheels Team as part of this week’s #CommunitySupportStories. Why volunteer for Meals-on-Wheels? Support your Community: by volunteering, you’re not only…

October 5 is Congregate Dining Day #CommunitySupportStories @OCSAtweets

Community Support Stories

Join our team to provide nutritious lunches to older adults in a community setting! Share your kitchen and culinary skills with a non-profit agency. Volunteers will help to set-up, prepare and serve food at one of our dining locations. Must enjoy working in a team environment with other volunteers, staff and socializing with the older…

Junction Seniors Gathering – everyone welcome!

Junction Seniors

Join The Junction Seniors for conversation and make new friends. The Junction Seniors gather twice a week for a social hour in the Junction neighbourhood: Tuesday mornings 10 to 11 am at Agora Cafe, 3015 Dundas Street W. Friday afternoons 2 to 3 pm at Pascal’s Baguette & Bagels, 2904 Dundas Street W. The group has…

Annual Health Fair 2016 – Sept. 29th, 2016 #syme55

Join the gang at Syme55+ Centre for their very successful  ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR! When: Thursday, September 29th  between 10am and 2pm Where: 33 Pritchard Ave. (Syme55+ Centre). Contact: Call 416-766-0388 for more information Lunch provided!  *while supplies last*   A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engage our readers with…

WTSS AGM and Annual Report 2015-2016 Highlights

The 2015-16 year has been a pivotal time for WTSS, yielding remarkable successes and exciting opportunities. On Thursday September 15, we held our 31st Annual General Meeting at our office on 1709 Bloor St. W. 2nd. Fl.  A special thank you to all Members, Volunteers, Staff and Special Guests that actively participated, including LA Centre…