June 13, 2015
When we hear that there has been another shooting at a school or in a neighborhood in our city, we contemplate what, if anything, we could have done to prevent it. The news conferences with family and friends touch our hearts with deepest sorrow as we empathize and give thanks that it’s not someone we know. For many of our young people, there is no need to empathize because its very real for them. They have the unfortunate experience of losing close friends and family to violence in our communities, and they are feeling terrorized, sad and scared.
Recently, you may know that we have experienced an increase in gun violence in this area. Thankfully, there has not been loss of life, but we don’t want to wait until more shots are fired and lives endangered before we act. We know that it may not be possible to reach those who are in conflict and ready to perpetrate violence right now, but we want to make it clear that our intention for this community is for peaceful co-existence. We want our community to be focused on how to move forward together, not on keeping to ourselves and living in fear. We want to live free of violence and victimization. That’s why on June 13, 2015 from 1 to 4pm. we will gather together at Warden Woods Community Centre under the banner of PEACE4Scarborough. It’s an initiative that starts with us and we hope that it will expand beyond our community to reach everyone in our city who wants to be intentionally focused on bringing peace to our communities.
This is not a complicated campaign - its simple. All you have to do to participate is to display a PEACE4Scarborough sign in your window or take a picture with the PEACE4Scarborough sign and post it on Instagram (#peace4Scarborough) or Facebook. We are asking those who pray, you can devote some time to praying for peace. If you don’t pray, you can express your desire for peace in conversations with your friends or by commenting on our website. It truly is as easy as expressing our collective intentions for peace.
For more information on how to get involved, contact Yatti Tjipto at 416-694-1138 ext. 160
Have a peace-filled day!
Executive Director's Message
If you have not done so already, I encourage you to view our Community Impact Report Card on-line or you can get a hard copy at one of our locations. We hope you will agree its important to communicate our progress as well as challenges and we intend for this to be an ongoing conversation. Our mission, vision and strategic plan promise to provide services and programmes that are appropriate, help to build community and value the whole person. With your feedback and support, we will continue to do that.
We have brought the newsletter on-line and also plan to have more of a presence for Warden Woods on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Please follow and/or become our friend. This will enable us to keep the communication current and interactive. We have already posted our agency videos on YouTube and will be doing more film projects, perhaps less formally than the current versions, to be posted on that site as well as on Instagram, Facebook and other platforms that allow that type of content.
Please visit our on-line locations frequently and keep connecting with the community.
Warden Woods Community Centre
Your Donations Helped Seniors!
In December 2014, we asked you to support our work, specifically the Direct Alert Programme, for seniors at Byng Towers.
The Direct Alert system consists of individual units that are installed in the elderly person’s room, connected to a 24 hour monitoring system that is monitored by a Warden Woods Personal Support Worker. In the event of an emergency, the senior would press the button on the pendant to alert the staff that they have fallen or are in distress.
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise $8,700, exceeding the $ 5,000 goal. With the fund, 140 seniors are now able to benefit from this programme, allowing them to receive a life-saving service. Your support allows them to live independently in their own home. The funds raised will continue to sustain the programme in the coming year.
On behalf of the seniors that we serve, we thank you!
Testimony written by a community member
Crisis Intervention & Support
I am a tenant of McClain Park Apartments in the City of Toronto, Municipality of Scarborough. I am suffering from Agraphobia, High Blood Pressure, Panic Attacks and etc. Arter, my husband passed away. Due to my medical condition, I sometimes find it difficult to even step out to collect most of my prescription drugs when needed from my family doctor.
I recently met an angel called Ms. Colleen Phillips to whom I found to be working as a Coordinator for Warden Woods Community Centre. Respectively, she has been very helpful to me and couldn’t believe at one point; she has to drive all the way to my doctor’s office and picked up my medication. I do not call this as a favour but rather a savior, humanity and compassion for Christ sake.
I am really grateful and appreciate to have such a wonderful and a hero working for our community. Therefore, I will also use this opportunity to encourage her colleagues or staff members to treat people the way the same way if they can, especially we, the people in need. Thank you and may God Bless you all.
The Programme assists seniors 55 years and over, as well as, adults 18 years and over with physical and/or mental disabilities who may have multiple and complex problems. We will help individuals by:
Contact Crisis Intervention & Support at
Warden Woods Youth Peer Mediation Launch
Youth mentoring youth! Yes, a star is born! Launching of our first Warden Woods Scarborough Conflict Resolution Services Youth Peer Mediation Program (YPMP) training started at Birchmount Park Collegiate. Students were hungry for this information. With a mixture of curiosity, fear and excitement the first session started off with a bang. Questions were coming at us from every angle, including “are we getting food?’
The mentor, Ms. Britanny Lombard connected with the students right away and the atmosphere was filled with enthusiasm. This is truly an essential training for our youth, thus building a stronger and more peaceful school community. 40 students were referred to do this training by their teachers. However, some were unable to participate because of other after school obligations. We had 15 confirmed students however, Tuesday, February 10th, 18 students were present with their consent forms.
The afternoon started off great. The students were engaged. A few of them were afraid this training would be another boring session. Yet to their surprise it was quite the contrary. They participated 100 percent in the activities given. They were excited that they would obtain volunteer hours. As well as obtaining a certificate upon completion which they can add to their résumé. The sessions were very interactive and the students realize they could apply what they have learnt to their everyday life enabling them to listen to their peers, handle emotions better, identify anger traits, stay neutral and remain respectful. Some are excited to start assisting in mediation.
We closed out the session with role plays which allows the students to have a better feel of conducting a mediation session. They all did a great job. They had lunch and were all excited for something different. Moheen Lombard, Coordinator was there to give the closing remarks and they were all awarded certificates. Regan Annesley has won a day in court with the Scarborough Conflict Resolution Team, which she will attend on Monday, March 2, 2015.
Special thanks to Ms. Ruth Burden, Vice Principal at Birchmount, Lana Gilkes and my coordinator
Moheen Lombard for their support.
Rose, Peer Mediation Programme Assistant
Partiicipants receiving their certificiate
What's happening at Warden Woods
New look on our Bus , generously donated by the LHIN.
New look on our Meals On Wheels Car generously donated by United Way
Adult Day Programme planting seeds for Plant sale
Beth, Virginia, Jane, Morris in Adult Day Programme Dominos
Black History Month entertainment
Celebrating International Women's Day with community members
Children at Warden Avenue Public School enjoying arts and crafts
Dynamix Team Building having a fun interactive workshop with the children at JG Workman Public Sch.
Free menicure service to the ladies of the Woods at the International Women's Day event
Hair makeover at International Women's Day
Kids of Warden Woods came over to sing to the seniors
Participated in a memorial basketball tournamet for a youth who died of cancer
The children at Cliffside Jr. Public Sch. threw a talent show for their parents, teachers and loved ones.
The March Break staff took the children out for a fun day at Laser Quest
The youth received tickets to see Daniel Spectrum, thanks to Kids Up Front Foundation
The youth with their Cashier and Customer Service Certificate
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Spring 2015 eNewsletter