Category: WTSS Agency News

General news about West Toronto Support Services

Help with Home Cleaning

If you’re struggling to get those home cleaning tasks done and need a little support, try our Home Help service. We will send a Home Support Worker to your home to do those tiresome chores. Home Help is an accredited WTSS service. Telephone us at (416) 653-3535 or (416) 249-7946 to learn more   A West…

Presto Card Donations Please

West Toronto Support Services is looking for Presto Card donations. We are accepting new or used, unregistered Presto cards.   Presto cards grant easy access to the TTC transportation network and donated cards will go towards helping meal delivery and supporting our Volunteer dept. Follow these steps to start your Presto Card donation: You can Buy…

Enjoy lunch at the Canadiana

Join the Monthly Outing group on March 21st at the Canadiana Restaurant! Call Laura at 416-249-7946 to RSVP Sign-up today!   48 hours notice is required to cancel to avoid being billed. Payment is due on the day of the trip. Volunteers are available to provide assistance to participants. Bus will leave from 1167 Weston…

Feeling the effects of the “winter blues”? Try Light Therapy Lamps @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 are designed…

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…

WTSS Holiday Hours 2018

Please note that we have holiday hours below for December. Contact your program staff if you have any questions or need assistance over the break. WTSS Holiday Season Hours The West Toronto Support Service offices will be closed on the following days: Monday, December 24, 2018 Bloor Site: Open 9:00 am to 1 pm Weston Site: Open…

Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to boost immunity. The flu vaccine will not protect against colds and other respiratory illnesses not caused by the influenza virus. Toronto Public Health flu vaccination clinics are now complete. It’s not too late to get your…

Christmas Bazaar in Mt. Dennis – Dec. 8, 2018

Delicious baked good and more! Come attend our annual Christmas Bazaar and support our Wellness Group Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11am, 1167 Weston Road. For more information please call, (416) 249-7946   West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news updates directly to your email inbox. Read…

The 2019 Safe Seniors Calendar is now available!

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.  It also reminds individuals of their OAS and CPP payment dates.   To get one you must: Visit…

Christmas Holiday Lunch – Dec. 13, 2018

Reserve your tickets soon! The season is fast approaching and our Community Dining team have already put together our Christmas Holiday Lunch menu. To RSVP: You may visit our offices at 1709 Bloor St. W. or call (416) 653-3535 Ext. 240 Read our poster below…   A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please…

2018 1st Annual General Meeting Highlights

“WTSS is poised to embark on an exciting new chapter in its history and is well positioned to address the challenges that lie ahead in our sector…We are confident that the collective strengths of the merged agency will enable us to improve access and expand the services that help our clients to live independently in…

October is Community Support Month

Community support services support nearly one million Ontarians each year, including seniors and people with disabilities. They help clients live independently in their own homes and communities for as long as possible, and reduce the burden on family caregivers and other parts of the health care system. As Ontario’s population ages, community support services will…

Invitation to the WTSS’ 1st Annual General Meeting 2018

West Toronto Support Services welcomes you to attend their 1st Annual General Meeting (AGM). Thursday, September 13th, 2018 Please RSVP to Margarita at (416) 249-7946 by August 31st. This years event will be held at 116 Industry Street (Learning Enrichment Foundation). Free transportation will be offered to any clients/members requiring assistance.  Please contact us as soon as possible.…

Need a reason to volunteer? Older adults who volunteer are happier and healthier

Did you know that older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling? They are receiving a health boost!  A study published in Psychological Bulletin shows evidence regarding the psychosocial health benefits and we thought it was worth sharing again. Among the key findings: Volunteering is associated with reductions in…

Introducing online & telephone banking

West Toronto Support Services is pleased to announce that you can now pay your bill for services received from either our Bloor or Weston sites by using online or telephone banking. Instructions for paying online: Simply add “West Toronto Support Services” as a payee when paying bills through your online bank. Use your 14 digit…

Lunch @ Swiss Chalet on June 12

Enjoy a special menu from Swiss Chalet with your friends! Call quickly to reserve your spot on Wednesday, June 12, 2018 To reserve, contact Laura, our Community Dining Coordinator, at 416-653-3535 Ext. 240 More information below:   A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news updates directly to your…

The Artful Garden

Build strong relationships and enhance your quality of life through creative arts. This new FREE program will run regularly every Thursday from 3 – 5pm at 1167 Weston Rd. To register, please call 416-249-7946 More information on our poster below: A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure to subscribe to get news…

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 *cancelled*

May 31 Update: The Annual Garden Sale on June 2 has been CANCELLED.  Due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be able to host the event this year.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please come and support West Toronto Support Services with our Annual Garden Sale! Beautiful flowers, plants and crafts for sale all cared for and…

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…