Community Listings for September 15, 2011

Women’s Conference

New Hope Tabernacle, located at 2341 St. Clair Ave. West, will host a women’s conference for the “Everyday Woman” on Friday, September 16, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 17, at 8:30 a.m. The conference will feature speakers who will address the emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and social issues of women. The event will also feature a health and wellness panel and a youth forum. Guest speakers include Bishop Woodroe Thompson, Administrative Bishop Eastern Canada, Church of God of Prophecy; Pauline Christian, President of the Black Business and Professional Association; Rev. Bonnie Martin, Senior Pastor, New Hope Tabernacle; and Dahlia V. Bateman, lawyer, Bateman Law Professional Corporation. Admission is free.

For more information, call 416-365-7108, 416-604-3447 or email:

Information for Seniors

The Council of Caribbean Associations – Canada will host an information session on matters relevant to seniors in our community on Saturday, September 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwood Community Centre, 15 Clubhouse Court (off Arleta, which runs off Sheppard between Keele and Jane). Persons 60 years and over are invited to attend.

The event will feature discussions on benefits and opportunities available to seniors. The afternoon program will include refreshments and entertainment.

For more information, call 905-831-1814 or 905-812-5015. Email confirmations can also be received at:

Information On Cancer

The Meadowvale Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 5920 Montevideo Road, Mississauga, will host an information session on cancer on Saturday, September 17 at 6:15 p.m. Attendees will learn facts about various types of cancer from the Canadian Cancer Society. The event will feature music from the Carnegie family and other performers. Admission is free. A freewill offering for the fight against cancer is welcomed.

For more information, call 905-821-9149.

JCA Scholarship Awards

The ninth annual Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) Scholarship Awards, Dinner and Dance will be held on Saturday, September 17 at the JCA headquarters, located at 995 Arrow Road. Nearly $60,000 will be awarded to 50 recipients at the event, which begins at 7 p.m.

The JCA Scholarship Awards program was established to provide financial assistance to worthy students from the African/Caribbean communities, who are attending colleges/universities in Ontario.

Entrepreneur Rickly Neckles will be the event’s keynote speaker. The event will be emceed by entertainer Marcia Brown, and music will be provided by DJ Funky.

For more information, call 416-746-5772.

Pass The Torch Registration

The Pass The Torch program is currently conducting registration of children and youth for its new 2011-2012 sessions beginning Saturday, September 17. Pass The Torch is a cultural arts education program that teaches all aspects of Calypso and Soca and is designed for children and youth to foster a better sense of themselves through writing and performing their individual musical compositions.

To register or acquire more information, call 416-284-4021 or 416-289-3366.

Diabetes Focus Groups

Persons living with diabetes are invited to share their experiences in focus groups hosted by the Central West Diabetes Coordination Centre on the following dates: Monday, September 26 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Bramalea Community Health Centre, 40 Finchgate Blvd, Brampton; Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Chinguacousy Branch Library, 150 Central Park Drive, Brampton; and Wednesday, September 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Four Corners Branch Library, 65 Queen Street East, Brampton. No registration is required and participants will have a chance to win a $100 grocery card. The Central West Diabetes Coordination Centre is supported and funded by the Central West Local Integration Network.

For more information, call 905-494-6752, 1-855-269-8401, or email:

Computer Skills for Seniors

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto, a non-profit registered charitable agency, is inviting seniors to join its Computer Skills Club. Members will learn essential computer and basic Internet skills and socialize with their peers. The program will be held Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities of Toronto District Office, 121 Willowdale Avenue, Suite 203. Light refreshments will be provided to participants. Membership is free. A $10/month contribution is welcome.

For more information, call 416-229-1680, or email:

Census Reminder

Statistics Canada would like to remind all Canadians to complete their 2011 Census questionnaire. For those who have not yet responded, the census can be completed online at by using a secure access code. Or, it can be completed by a paper questionnaire.

Information on how to complete the census, including the secure access code, can be found in the yellow census package received by each household or by calling the Census Help Line at 1-877-777-2011. TTY users may call 1-866-753-7083.

Census information is important for all communities and is vital for planning services, such as schools, daycares, police and fire protection. Information provided on census questionnaires is kept strictly confidential.

For more information, call 613-951-4636.

Miracle Temple Ministries in conjunction with Faith Health Initiative hosts ‘Workshop With a Difference’ for seniors 65+ every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7 Sheffield St., (Keele & Lawrence), Toronto. There is also a general session every 3rd Saturday on healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

For more information call 416-697-3680 or the church at 416-247-1769.

Wellwood Cancer Support Programs

Wellwood is conducting a quilting group for individuals affected by cancer on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Wellwood Juravinski House, 501 Sanatorium Road, Hamilton. Wellwood is dedicated to helping people live well with cancer and offers supportive care programs to individuals diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families.

For more information on the quilting group or other Wellwood programs, call 905-667-8870 or visit

Diabetes Information

Free diabetes information will be provided at Rexdale Community Health Centre, 8 Taber Road, Etobicoke.

For more information, call 416-744-0066.

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is conducting a prenatal program called “Having a Baby, Becoming a Parent” at eight community locations across the city. The program is for women three to six months pregnant and will be held in a series of four evening sessions from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New classes will begin every month. Partners are welcome to attend.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Black Youth Helpline

Black Youth Helpline, a registered charitable organization serving all youth, provides ongoing culturally appropriate professional assessments, support and guidance for youth with complex needs. The organization is focused on identifying, understanding and addressing the root causes of problems.

Strong emphasis is placed on addressing the needs of Black youth and their parents in a culturally appropriate manner.

To access the organization’s supports, youth, parents, schools and other youth-serving partners can contact the helpline at 416-285-9944 or by email at:

For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support to those affected by sickle cell and other red blood disorders. The SCAO is currently looking for volunteers with a range of skills and experience working with the community and managing funds for its Board of Directors.

Please apply in writing, with cover letter and curriculum vitae as soon as possible, to or 3199 Bathurst St., Suite 202, Toronto, ON, M6A 2B2.

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is offering free prenatal classes for women three to six months pregnant, in a series of four evening sessions (from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at community locations throughout the city. Partners are welcome.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Cricket Club Practice Schedule

The North Star Cricket Club will hold indoor practices for youths ages 17 and under every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 130 Melford Drive, Unit #5 (Corner of Markham Rd./Finch Ave.)

For more information, call 416-556-5684, or email:

Young Mothers Group

The Brampton West-Mississauga Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) invites young mothers (up to age 22 with a child or children up to age 6) to join its Young Moms Group. The group provides young mothers and their children with the opportunity to participate in various activities, play games, network and have fun. Meetings are held every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the OEYC, located at 57 Mill Street North, Unit 105. Snacks and one bus ticket per person are provided.

For more information, call 905-452-1973.

Volunteers Needed

ESS Support Services needs volunteers to help in the Adult Day Services program that runs Monday to Saturday. If you are available once a week from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. become a volunteer who assists with meals, crafts, games and exercises. A more flexible schedule is also available as Volunteer Driver to help get seniors around.

Please call 416-255-5969 or visit, to volunteer.

African Canadian Mental Health Support

The Krasman Centre, a community mental health organization serving York Region and South Simcoe, runs a support group every second Thursday for African-Canadians who live with a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issue. No fees are required for any of the services provided. The Krasman Centre is located at 10121 Yonge Street, (one block north of Major Mackenzie Drive), Richmond Hill.

For more information, call 905-780-0491, ext. 115.

Volunteer Tutors Sought

The Adult Literacy Program at St. Christopher House is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, write or perform basic math. Ideal candidates should enjoy working with people and live or work in downtown/west Toronto.

St. Christopher House, located at 248 Ossington Avenue (Dundas St. West), comprises a team of volunteers, participants and staff which develops programs in response to community needs and promotes socio-economic conditions in which individuals and families can thrive.

For more information, call 416-539-9000, or email:

Free Women’s Workshops

The Multicultural Inter Agency Group of Peel is offering free workshops for women from the African and Caribbean communities. The workshops’ objectives are to maintain family relationships, provide safety and self-support tips, improve life skills and build capabilities.

Child care will be provided and light refreshments served. In addition, a draw on participant’s names will be held. Limited seating is available.

For more information, call 905-270-6252 or email:

Free Soccer Clinics

B’ELKA Enrichment Centre and the Vaughan African Canadian Association are conducting free soccer clinics for youth taught by dedicated soccer players, including professionals. A clinic is now underway at Beverley Heights Middle School (Keele and Wilson) and pre-registration is currently being held for a free clinic which will be held in Vaughan. The program is open to all Vaughan residents.

To register, email:

Visions of Science Clubs

“The Science Zone,” a free 10 week forensic science program for youth from Grades 5 to 8, will be conducted by Visions of Science Network every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 416-266-6464, 647-887-1294, visit,, or email: or

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