by People & Organizations in North Toronto www.pointinc.org
The “Get Your Game On!” series was in full swing as POINT partnered with North York Community House (NYCH) to provide free opportunities for newcomer youth. People & Organizations in
Activities included a Skating Party, Rock Climbing, Spoken Word, Hip-hop dancing and Ping Pong. These events provided the youth with the opportunity to engage in new activities, learn more about Toronto and the importance of active living.
North Toronto is a nonprofit community information service agency. POINT serves the people of the community by improving and increasing
Many of the participants shared their stories of when they came to Canada and some of the challenges they have faced transitioning in a new country.
awareness of the social and health services in North Toronto, through information, education and community engagement.
They expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn something new, build teamwork skills and have a chance to meet new people while spending time with friends.
This Issue: POINT at a glance
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2017 started with a bang! We have heard your feedback and have been busy implementing services to meet your needs. Our Community and Information Services have provided assistance to dozens of clients with support accessing recreation programs in the community, English classes for newcomers, assisting with form filling and resources for volunteering. If you require any support accessing community services or information about programs and services in North Toronto, we are here to assist you with your search. Stop by or call us.
Please see our Facebook and Twitter pages for photos. Our Income Tax Clinic has just come to a close. With the assistance of our amazing volunteer accountants, we were successfully able to serve over 90 clients! The Type II Diabetes Clinic took place from December 2016 to March 2017. It was in partnership with Toronto Public Health and consisted of 3 Peer facilitators who provided a series of nine informational sessions to the public. Topics included Healthy Eating, learning how to read food labels, Canadian Exercise Guide, food budgeting along with diet and meal planning. 200 Eglinton Ave West Toronto, ON, M4R1A7 416.487.2390 | www.pointinc.org
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In January, POINT hosted a seminar for seniors entitled “Lifelong Learning and Volunteering” which consisted of a panel of speakers. Topics touched on the benefits of volunteering from a volunteer perspective, how to seek opportunities including the application process and the importance of active living for Older Adults. Thank you to our engaging speakers for sharing their wealth of knowledge and personal experiences. This event was also the launch of our Senior Volunteer Guide which provides information on volunteer opportunities for Older Adults. POINT also held a Brain & Body Health Workshop for seniors in March, during which our guest speaker taught the group about the various types of memory loss and dementia and ways to prevent these issues as we age. The latter half of the workshop was an active component where participants learned a few dance moves from our Zumba instructor while also learning the benefits of warm up and stretching exercises. The group loved it!
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Also in March, POINT launched the Technology for Seniors Guide, an introductory guide providing information on Smartphones, Tablets and Social Media. The guide was a project supported by grants from New Horizons for Seniors and the Province of Ontario. The contents of the guide were based on challenges faced by seniors of North Toronto who shared their experiences in a focus group conducted in November 2016. Thank you to Bill and Ian our Computer Instructors for co-facilitating and answering numerous questions from our participants! Also, a big thank you to the seniors of North Toronto for sharing your stories, challenges and questions with technology. The book is a hit! If you would like a copy of these Guides, please visit our office at 200 Eglinton Ave W. or view it online at www.pointinc.org. If you would like to learn more about Computers, the Internet, Smartphones or other devices please contact us to register for a FREE Computer class.
Are you a senior looking to meet new people? Or make new friends?
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Join Us for a Movie Matinee! Call Joanne at 416-487-2390. 200 Eglinton Ave West Toronto, ON, M4R1A7 416.487.2390 | www.pointinc.org
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How has POINT made an impact? “…This was an A1 top of the list, excellent outing. Very well organized, treats every step of the way…Thank you to POINT. “ -Senior attending POINT Day trip
“Thank you so much for your support. You have been one of the most helpful people we have met in Canada!”
Spring is finally here! These past few months POINT has been busy successfully running programs, supporting walk-in clients and, with the help of your feedback, planning our upcoming summer events. We couldn’t have done this without the dedicated staff, committed volunteers, and our community at large. Thank-you! I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about some unprecedented challenges that POINT is now facing including the closure of the North Toronto Memorial Community Center. The extensive maintenance and repair will begin in September 2017 for 18 to 24 months. This makes forward planning and fundraising even more difficult. However, until the Community Centre’s closure, POINT will continue to provide its regular community information services, assist walk-ins and host the planned events for our groups - the seniors, newcomers, families, children and youth. These events will be posted on our website, bulletin boards and email blasts. Alternatively you can stop by the office and come in for a chat. We’d love to hear from you. Behind the scenes the POINT board has been diligently working on the 2017-2020 strategy which addresses these challenges. A members’ focus meeting was held April 11th 2017 where the board outlined our proposed strategy to solicit member input and feedback. Stay tuned …
-Newcomer client seeking support with form filling
“I have received more information today than I have been able to gather in 2 years [on my own].” -Senior attending Lifelong learning seminar
POINT has been fortunate enough year after year to have a wonderful set of volunteers and students. On behalf of all POINT staff we would like to say THANK YOU for your dedication and hard work!
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CHILDREN: GREAT GARDEN ADVENTURE PROGRAM!
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Summer gardening program for children aged 3-7 years Planting & watering plants, composting, harvesting vegetables Garden games, scavenger hunts, and exploring in Eglinton Park Dates: July 4th till August 22nd 2017 Tuesdays (Age 3-4) and Thursdays (Age 5-7) Times: 10am to 12pm To register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 16.487.
We have some exciting activities planned for you this Spring and Summer including: Movie Matinees Ripley’s Aquarium Stay tuned for more!!
We thank you in advance for your input! POINT offers FREE Computer Classes? Topics include: Intro to Excel, Smartphone & Tablet support and more! Group and 1:1 classes are available.
Contact Us! POINT is located within the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre 200 Eglinton Ave West, Toronto, ON. M4R1A7 416-487-2390 200 Eglinton Ave West Toronto, ON, M4R1A7 416.487.2390 | www.pointinc.org