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…

What Is Advance Care Planning? Full Workbook Download

Imagine—one day, without warning, you find yourself in a hospital. You can’t communicate Who would speak for you? Who will make healthcare decisions for you? Most people will develop a chronic illness during their lifetime. It’s important to plan ahead, for a time when you may not be capable of making your own healthcare decisions.…

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…

Town Hall on Rights for Disabilities – Aug. 16th, 2018 @viraniarif

On June 20, 2018, our government introduced the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada. The Accessible Canada Act represents the most significant piece of federal legislation for the rights of persons with disabilities in over 30 years – we are finally putting “Nothing about us without us” into action, legally requiring the participation of…

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.…

BBQ Safety tips at home

Source: St. John Ambulance Ontario is the best place to take advantage of street festivals and social activities. However, don’t let the fun distract you from your number one priority – safety! Thankfully, St. John Ambulance is here to help you keep your head above water by providing you with the latest health and safety tips.…

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…

Weston Farmer’s Market

WTSS joined the Weston Farmer’s Market again this year on June 16th for their opening Day celebration – a festive, fun-filled event, that commemorates the opening of the market, and celebrates the rich diversity of the Weston community, and local enterprises! Watch the video: A West Toronto Support Services (WTSS) news blog post. Please be sure…

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…

Learn more about #SmartCityTO and get involved

THINK BIG! How would you improve Toronto through data and technology? The City of Toronto will compete in the Federal Smart Cities Challenge and we need your help. Using data and technology, smart cities have the potential to improve all aspects of livability and opportunity in a city– from transportation, the environment, economy, communities, engagement and social…

Help to Get You Through Cold and Flu Season

How do you protect yourself and those you care for from the cold and flu this winter. Courtesy of everythingzoomer.com 1) The minute you feel a cold coming on rinse out your sinuses This helps to flush out the virus invaders and reduce your risk of the infection settling in, says Julie. You can use the…

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…

New Year’s Resolution: Get More Sleep

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? We suggest getting more sleep in 2018! Nearly one out of five people sometimes have trouble with insomnia. It is often difficult to say why someone is sleeping poorly. Using relaxation techniques and changing sleeping habits can help you fall asleep faster and get more restful sleep. The…

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month #ilivewithdementia

The Alzheimer Society announced today that while awareness about dementia has increased, stigma and negative attitudes around it continue to persist. The Society is releasing findings of a new survey to coincide with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in January and to kick off its new social awareness campaign –I live with dementia. Let me help you…

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…

#DementiaFriendlyTO Toronto has joined the global movement to build dementia-friendly communities!

In a dementia-friendly community, people living with dementia are included in all aspects of community life and their rights are respected. Community members, businesses, and organizations promote the independence and safety of people living with dementia by learning, raising awareness, and working together. The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s goal is to change social and physical environments so…

Did you know the following programs are offered FREE? @AlzToronto

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto hosts amazing Events. Did you know the following programs are offered FREE? Increase your knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia by registering for FREE dementia workshops hosted by Alzheimer Society of Toronto. Their workshops are led by  social workers and education coordinators and are held on a regular…

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…

Overuse of Technology Can Lead to ‘Digital Dementia’

Reposted from Alzheirmers.net Undeniably, modern society is dictated by our constant connection to technology. Plain and simple, we are married to it – for better or worse. But it’s actually quite serious. In fact, more and more young people who’ve been raised in a digital age are showing signs of short term memory dysfunction as…