Category: WTSS Agency News

General news about West Toronto Support Services

Roses & live Music for Mother’s Day 2018

Our Community Dining department was at it again this year – providing not one, but two events this time!   At 1709 Bloor St. W. and 55 Rankin Cres. with LA Active Living Centre. The events were very successful with over 50 attendees. Enjoy some photos from our 1709 Bloor St. W. location – Photographer: Heather…

Annual Garden Sale – June 2

Please come and support West Toronto Support Services with our Annual Garden Sale! Beautiful flowers, plants and crafts for sale all cared for and made by our seniors Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Where: 1167 Weston Road (Eglinton Ave. West & Weston Rd) For more information please call  (416) 249-7946 A West…

Celebrate Mother‘s Day Lunch – May 10

Thursday May, 10th 2018 1709 Bloor St W. at 12:00 PM Tickets are $14.00 each – please call Laura to reserve at (416) 653-3535 Ext. 240   A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news updates directly to your email inbox. Read more about WTSS services

Volunteer Appreciation Night @WTSSorg Humber Site

For volunteers who have been a part of Humber Community Seniors’ Services (Humber site) prior to the agency merge, April 19th was an evening of saying “Thank you”! The event is an annual tradition that reflects upon the many hours and skills that volunteers have contributed to the Humber site. Many volunteers have been with the…

National Volunteer Week @WTSSorg – #NVW2018

Join us for National Volunteer Week (NVW) 2018 as we “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections, and community”. Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service,…

2018 Lawn Care Service

The 2018 lawn care season is fast approaching, and we look forward to again providing you with our professional and reasonably priced lawn cutting service between May 1 and November 30. Pat Chapelle, our lawn care specialist, will again look after your lawn cutting needs this season. Pat has over 15 years experience in providing…

Join us for Fish & Chips!

Enjoy some traditional English fare this month with 2 different popular Fish & Chips restaurants this month.   Register quickly for these popular events and take note of the different telephone #’s for sign-up. WTSS Humber location Our team will take you to the Olde Yorke Fish & Chips on Wednesday, April 18th. The Escorted Monthly program…

Elder Abuse Workshop series finishes with Self Defence

Elder Abuse Workshop

Our monthly interactive elder abuse workshop series have come to a successful close. All five sessions were free to the community and provided a ‘lunch and learn’ opportunity in elder abuse. The final workshop on March 21st featured a lesson in self defence for seniors with a guest speaker from SAFE International.   They provided an effective…

An Irish Celebration #SaintPatricksDay2018

On March 17, the world came together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day which is a holiday dedicated to St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. People typically celebrate by wearing green, drinking beer, and singing Irish folk songs. Parties are very popular on this holiday. It’s a time to celebrate friendship, family, and beauty of the Irish…

Income Tax Clinic for 55+

It’s that time of year again! We will be hosting our annual tax clinic again between March and April. The program is provided in part by the CVITP (The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program) whose objective is to help eligible taxpayers who do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit returns, and…

Welcome to our new agency!

As of January 1st, West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) and Humber Community Seniors’ Services (HCSS) have become one agency called West Toronto Support Services.   We would like to thank our staff and volunteers for their dedication to clients and commitment to building an even stronger organization for the future.  We look forward to continuing to…

Congratulations to staff for 10 years plus!

At our recent AGM, we recognized those staff members that have provided dedicated service for over 10 years at WTSS (an amazing 30% of our entire staff) for their unfailing commitment. We are very proud of the outstanding service of all our staff and volunteers. These 10 plus tenured staff members embody our values, values…

WTSS Holiday Hours 2017

Wishing you a safe and happy Holiday Season from the West Toronto Support Services Team! Please note that we have holiday hours below. 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 Season Hours The West Toronto Support Service offices…

11 yrs & 11 climbs in support of @unitedwaytyr

Celebrate with us by watching our video below! The CN Tower climb is an annual tradition for our agency.  2017 marks the 11th consecutive time we’ve gathered a team in support of the United Way of Toronto & York Region. The climb is an important pillar in kickstarting our workplace campaign for West Toronto Support…

We did it! 1,776 steps to a good cause #UP4COMMUNITY

West Toronto Support Services completed another early morning climb last Saturday.  144 floors or 1776 steps up the CN Tower to be precise. It’s our 10th consecutive year at this annual fundraising event.  Thanks to our climbers, returning and new, and all the donors who helped make this possible.  Together we raised over $1,000 All…

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…