Category: WTSS Agency News

General news about West Toronto Support Services

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” at 93 Years Old

Keep dancing! A Community News blog post West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) is committed to engage our readers with relevant community news and access to resources, services and programs in our community.  A healthy community is a diverse and connected community! Sign-up to our news blog to receive more community news!

FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop – Fall 2016 Registration Open!

Chronic Disease Workshop

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,…

Free Computer Training Classes for 55+

Take some time this summer to learn a little more about computers. Classes are hosted at two different locations in the west end, 1709 Bloor St. W. and 55 Rankin Cres. Call Claudia to sign-up at (416) 452-4530 Classes are provided in collaboration with LA Centre for Active Living and Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organization. See below…

The Rotary Club of Toronto makes big impact on WTSS Transportation Service

West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) received a new vehicle for their fleet this month thanks to the Rotary Club of Toronto. They provided us with a new vehicle to replace our aging sedan in a timely and very supportive move to help WTSS continue delivering service to the Toronto community through our Transportation service. The new four-door sedan…

Celebrating Canada’s 149th Birthday

Yesterday, over a hundred people attended the Canada Day Celebration at 1709 Bloor St. W. There were plenty of hamburgers, watermelon, chips and fruit punch for attendees who were ready to catch an early celebration of the popular holiday.  Celebrating Canada has been an annual tradition for many years at LAC for tenants and those in…

Strawberry Social with Friends & Family

The annual Strawberry Social at WTSS’ Adult Day Services (ADS) was held today from 1 to 2pm. Strawberries?  Yes!  Lots of them! Entertaining music?  Yes!  Thanks to everyone’s favourite, Jay Franco and his OneManBigBand! Dancing?  Definitely! The traditional Strawberry event is organized by ADS staff to bring caregivers together with clients.   Friends and families enjoyed an agenda of…

WTSS Volunteers recognized at Ontario Service Award Ceremony

Last month on May 10th, 7 WTSS volunteers were recognized at a special ceremony. The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards recognize individual volunteers for continuous years of commitment and dedicated service to an organization.  The awards were presented in a special ceremony at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts where recipients were presented with a stylized trillium service pin acknowledging…

Victoria Day – Office Closed May 23

Please Note:  The West Toronto Support Services offices will be closed on Monday, May 23rd for the Victoria Day long weekend. Contact your program supervisor if you have any questions or concerns. Useful Tips As the warm weather approaches, here are some useful tips to remember for the long weekend from St. John Ambulance: Sun…

Community Dining Events for May

Join us and bring your friends for two upcoming popular dining events next month! Mother’s Day Lunch – May 5, 2016 Mandarin Restaurant – May 11, 2016 Sign up early before they fill up! Call (416) 653-3535 Ext. 240 and speak to Laura for more information or to RSVP Click on images for larger poster.…

FREE Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop @HumberSeniors

A workshop to help people living with chronic pain manage their health and quality of life with confidence Ideal for anyone living with chronic pain and anyone providing care and support to someone living with chronic pain. You will learn about: Physical activity and healthy eating Decision making skills Communication skills Problem solving Positive thinking…

Elizabeth Frey celebrates 90th in style!

Happy 90th Birthday Elizabeth! Earlier this week on March 14, our Adult Day Services space was awash with birthday colours to celebrate Elizabeth Frey’s 90th birthday!  Staff, volunteers, clients, friends and family were on hand to enjoy the festivities – including a popular performance by the One-man-band and a full menu of delicious foods.    Guests were…

St. Patricks Celebration Wrap-Up

Did you miss our annual St. Patrick’s celebration?! Last Thursday, March 10th, a sea of green clothing and decorations livened up the main floor at 1709 Bloor St. W.  There was an attendance of over 60 people participating in the spirit of the event.    Popular tunes belted out by the One-Man-Band kept the crowd entertained. Attendees…

FREE Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop @4VillagesCHC

What is Chronic Disease Self-Management? Attend the upcoming information session and learn firsthand about the FREE self-management workshops that will be offered at The Four Villages Community Health Centre. Topics to be covered: The Self-Management Tool Box, The Symptom Cycle, Mind Over Body, Goal Setting, and Better Breathing Date: February 22, 2015 Location: 3446 Dundas…

Enjoy your golden years with these tax credits and benefits #CRAtax

Community News for #Seniors: The Canada Revenue Agency recently posted some excellent tips for Seniors and we’re passing them along to you! (Source)  Did you know there are several credits and benefits designed for seniors? Age amount – You can claim this amount if you were 65 years of age or older on December 31, 2015, and your net income…

Health Care Town Hall on Feb 4th @CarpAdvocacy

Community Event: Yvan Baker, MPP is hosting a Health Care Town Hall to discuss health care. Bring your questions! When: Thursday, February 4th at 6:30pm Where: Islington Golf Club. 45 Riverbank Drive. Topic: “How we build a better health care system.” Host: Yvan Baker, MPP Etobicoke Centre. Free admission. Free parking. Panelists: Dr. Samir Sinha, Mount…

MPAC Information Session: Tuesday, February 9 @ 7:00 PM Runnymede Public Library @CheriDiNovo

UPDATE – Feb. 24, 2016:  Read the material presented on February 9th. This year brings with it the next province-wide MPAC property assessment. We know how confusing this process can be, especially for new home owners and senior residents. As always, MPP Cheri DiNovo will be hosting an MPAC Information Session to assist residents with questions they may have about…

Dementia Solutions – Caregiving Advice @CARPNews

Dementia expert, Karen Tyrell, offers answers to www.carp.ca visitors for their situation-specific questions. Karen is a dementia consultant who can point you in the right direction, giving quick insight and personalized answers to help you with dementia care challenges. Do you have a specific question relating to dementia that you need answered? Please submit your questions by…

WTSS Membership renewals for 2016

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 2016 Safe Seniors Calendar is here!

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…

Client Satisfaction Survey results for 2015

Our 2015 client satisfaction survey results are in! A huge thank you to all clients that participated to help us continually improve our services.  The surveys were conducted by several outstanding volunteers throughout the month of October (mostly via phone). Results were reported anonymously. Overall, our clients and their caregivers are satisfied with the services…

Giving Tuesday

Because we were saving ourselves for something better. Giving Tuesday. GivingTuesday is a National Giving Day on Tuesday Dec 1st, 2015. It’s a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to…

Join us December 8th at 7:30 p.m. and Learn How to Manage Caregiver Stress with @AlzToronto and @VHACaregiving

Are you caring for a loved one with dementia? We understand the importance of self care for the caregiver. Please join us for this useful session: What? Managing Caregiver Stress Information Session, facilitated by Amanda Schmukler@AlzToronto When? Tuesday December 8th, 2015 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Where? 1709 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor For more…

Partner Highlight: Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)

CCACs are local non-profit community agencies that provide simplified access to home and community care.  CCACs can help you to live independently in your own home for as long as possible. For example, your CCAC case manager can help to coordinate in-home services, including nursing, personal support (help with bathing, dressing, etc.), physiotherapy, occupational therapy,…

FREE Legal Clinic @4VillagesCHC

The clinic offers 30 minute free summary advice, information, and referrals. Family law and immigration clinic runs the last Tuesday of the month alternating between Four Villages Bloor and Dundas Sites. Assistance with human rights and employment law may also be available upon request. Appointments must be booked in advance. When: Tuesday November 24, 10:00…

Falls Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors and roughly half of these falls occur at home. Every year, one-third of seniors fall and often experience serious consequences to their health, independence and quality of life.  Fortunately, many falls are preventable. Reduce your risk by following these tips: Exercise regularly. Adults aged 65 years…

Did you know Seniors can Volunteer @WTSSorg?

The Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario highlights two important ways that Seniors can find volunteer work opportunities. But did you know that you can volunteer with West Toronto Support Services? There are many reasons to volunteer with WTSS! You will work with a dedicated team alongside other staff and volunteers. Plus, light refreshments…

How to know when aging parents need extra care & how to combat the signs of frailty

How to know when you need extra care? The “sandwich generation” is increasingly caring for both their children and their elderly parents  (many say they do not feel totally confident about these responsibilities). How do we know, for example, if and when a parent or elder friend needs help to remain in their own home,…

October is Community Support Month #OurCommunitySupport

Each year, nearly a million seniors and people with disabilities use the services offered by Ontario’s Community Support Service (CSS) providers, like West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) – and that demand is growing. Even if you’ve never heard of these unsung heroes of the health care system, you’ve benefited from their work. October is Community…

2015 Annual General Meeting Highlights

On Thursday October 1, we held our 30th Annual General Meeting at our 1709 Bloor St. W. 2nd Fl. location.  A special thank you to all Members, Volunteers and Special Guests that actively participated. Our Executive Director, Thom, expertly led the meeting’s agenda complete with staff and volunteer recognition, plus a review of our financials.…

Ella – the latest addition to our Adult Day Service Family!

Our Adult Day Service (ADS) provides social and recreational activities in an environment that is responsive to the needs of individuals who are cognitively impaired, frail or physically disabled. We have a strong and dedicated team that is full of positive energy. We are pleased to announce the latest addition to our WTSS ADS Family – Ella! As…

Invitation to the WTSS 2015 AGM (Oct. 1, 2015)

West Toronto Support Services welcomes you to attend their 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM). Thursday, October 1st at 5:30pm Please RSVP to Tim at (416) 653-3535 Ext. 233 or email tanderson@wtss.org by September 28th. This years event will be held in our Adult Day Services space at 1709 Bloor St. W. 2nd Fl. near Keele…

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