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Stonegate CHC has been providing primary health care, health promotion and a wide variety of community programs to the Stonegate - Parklawn Community since it was created by community members in 1992.

2019 Winter Newsletter

Good Food Market starts Thursday, February 21st 

With the departure of FoodShare's Mobile Market from the Stonegate community in December, Stonegate CHC has taken on starting a Good Food Market . The model of a Good Food Market is very similar to a Mobile Market, both being supplied by FoodShare, the only difference being that Stonegate CHC will be purchasing (from FoodShare) and selling the weekly produce. 

We are hoping that this Market will suit people's schedules better than the Friday evening Mobile Market.  The Good Food Market will take place on Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:30 pm, starting February 21st, in the downstairs lobby of the Health Centre.

For more information about the Good Food Market, please call 416.231.7070 ext. 229.

Come Quit with Us! 
Smoking is by far the most preventable cause of death.  Inhaling smoke not only increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, but also leads to COPD and other chronic conditions.  Smoking contributes to the premature deaths of more than 37,000 Canadians every year.  Secondhand smoke is just as harmful and there is mounting evidence that third-hand smoke—the fumes trapped in furniture, carpet, and fabric—is dangerous as well.

Stonegate CHC has always been committed to supporting our clinical patients in their efforts to quit.   For almost 15 years, our organization has been a part of the Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP) Program.  The STOP Program is a province-wide initiative that delivers smoking cessation treatment and counselling support to Ontarians who wish to quit smoking.   Since its inception in 2005, the STOP Program has provided free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation counselling support to over 100,000 people.

Thus far, the STOP program was available only for our clinical patients.  But now the Stonegate CHC smoking cessation program will be available for all community members.  Please contact our front desk to get connected with our smoking cessation counselor.   We will be happy to help you.  

Thank you!

We were absolutely thrilled to have the support of our community once again this year over the holiday season.

Because of your generosity and gifts, more than 400 families received one or more of the following from Stonegate CHC:

• good food boxes containing an assortment of fruits and vegetables 
• gift certificates to purchase food or other household items
• toys that brought joy to their children’s faces
• non-perishable food items and more

Thank you to all the individuals and small businesses that made a donation for our Good Food Box Holiday Drive. Special thanks to John & Lida Samborsky along with the parish at Christ The Good Shepherd Parish at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, as well as staff and students at Etobicoke School of the Arts for their fundraising efforts.

We also wish to extend our sincere gratitude once again to CP24CHUM Christmas Wish, St Vincent De Paul, Knights of Columbus (Park Lawn location), and to the families and staff of Lambton-Kingsway Junior Middle School for your kindness and generosity.

Your donation has supported our community and programs and has not gone unnoticed. 

Become a Community Health Champion
Community Health  Champions are people from our community who voluntarily give their time to work alongside our team to help develop ‘Collaborative Practice”.  Collaborative Practice is all about community health services and local people finding new ways of working together – making a difference to people’s lives, releasing new talents and resources, and improving services through a new, collaborative model of care.

We are inviting  you  to gift your time as a ‘community health champion’, working alongside the team in our community health centre to collaborate on a new range of innovative activities and support for the people who use our services.  Join our team of Community Health Champions that are already working with us to support our programs and services co-facilitating groups, developing program flyers, leading our Good Food Market and more.

If you are interested becoming a Community Health Champion email us at

Singing at Stonegate 
There is the sound of singing in the corridors of the health centre these days, all thanks to choir leadership of Mary Bella and her accompanist Brigham Phillips. The choir is a 7 week pilot that is running at Stonegate CHC  thanks to funding received by the  Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. 

Stonegate CHC plans to host additional singing groups in the future, stay tuned for more details.

For more information about singing at Stonegate, please contact 416.231.7070 ext. 307.

Food Fit

In September 2019 Stonegate CHC joined a project with Community Food Centres Canada called the Good Food Organizations initiative.  By becoming a Good Food Organization, we’ve strengthened our commitment to achieving a healthy and fair food system and increased our capacity to offer healthy and dignified food programs in the South Etobicoke Community. We are excited to announce that through this program we received a grant to offer a unique food and fitness program called FoodFit.

FoodFit is a 12-week program for community members living on a limited budget, who are motivated to make lasting changes to their health. The program combines fun, hands-on cooking sessions with-nutrition information, group exercise, take home recipes, shared meals, and self-directed individual and group goal-setting.
Stay tuned for more information about registration and eligibility.

A fresh new look: Canada's Food Guide Revised

Did you know it has been over 10 years since the food guide in Canada has seen any updates? Dietitians and health professionals have eagerly been waiting for new recommendations to catch up to the most recently healthy messages we’ve been communicating with the public. Healthy eating is more than eating from the four food groups outlined in the old food guide. Healthy eating encompasses social and emotional factors - where, when, why, and how you eat. The new food guide encourages mindful eating practices, more cooking at home, and enjoying food with others. The new model has moved away from food groups and focuses more on “proportions” vs. “portions” on your plate. It also points the public to consider the influence food marketing has on making healthy choices and limiting processed foods in our diets.

The registered dietitian at Stonegate CHC is excited to share the ins and outs of the new guide and answer any questions you may have in a workshop on Tuesday March 19th from 6:30-7:30pm. See flyer for more details.

Nutrition Month
March is Nutrition Month in Canada and this year we are celebrating the launch of the new Canada’s Food Guide.

Join Stonegate’s Registered Dietitian Stephanie Cullen-Conroy for a rich discussion on Canada’s Healthy Eating Principles and how they can be used to enhance lives, improve health, inspire children, fuel activities and bring people together.
Date: Tuesday March 19th from 6:30-7:30 pm in Multipurpose Room/Kitchen
Other info to be included:

  • Small snack provided
  • Call to register/RSVP
To register, please call 416.231.7070 ext. 307.
Unlock the Potential of Food to Prevent Diabetes

Dietitians across Canada are highlighting some of the ways that they help the public unlock the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health.

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot properly use the insulin it produces.

Having poorly controlled diabetes over a longer period of time puts us at risk for developing nerve damage in our feet (called neuropathy), eye damage (called retinopathy), and kidney damage (called nephropathy). Having diabetes also increases our risk of developing heart disease (heart attack, stroke, and others).

How can I lower my risk for developing diabetes through food and lifestyle?
You can lower your risk of diabetes by eating a balanced diet that is made up of: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk and/or alternatives (fortified soy or almond beverage), lean meats, fish and seafood, legumes, nuts, and plant-based oils.

Start by looking at which of these foods you may not be eating enough of, and work towards incorporating them more often. For example:

- Eat more fruits! Consider adding an apple to your lunch meal.
- Limit frozen entrees.  Consider making an easy meal such as an egg salad sandwich with cucumber slices to replace one of those frozen entrees.
- Have more vegetables!  Consider introducing one new vegetable that you like and commit to eating it throughout the week.
- Eat a meatless meal each week. Consider making pasta with lentils and tomato sauce, instead of the traditional meat sauce.

As the saying goes, the best eating pattern is one that you enjoy and can stick with!

Feeling confused? Need more help with your diet? This is where your knowledgeable dietitian can help!

If you have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, book an appointment with Sanja, your diabetes dietitian at Stonegate CHC.

If you are interested in preventing diabetes, book an appointment with Stephanie (covering Kasia’s maternity leave), your community dietitian at Stonegate. 

Speak to reception for more information and to book your appointment with the dietitian!
Help Start Etobicoke's First Food Co-op!

VANDYK group of companies is collaborating with Berry Road Food Co-op (BRFC) to help raise the final funds needed to open the doors of this not-for-profit grocery store in South Etobicoke. Any donation made to the BRFC will be matched dollar-for-dollar by VANDYK.

With more than $1 million secured, which will be going toward future rent subsidy and completion of interior space, our goal is to raise $50,000. Once matched by VANDYK, BRFC will have an additional $100,000, going a long way to help cover start-up operating costs including training, initial stock, point-of-sale customization, in-store marketing, and to ensure that salary costs are securely backed for our first few months of operation.

Make a donation today!  Please visit the following link to make your donation.

On-line Calendar

For a list all of our programs taking place, please visit our website calendar.
Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 - 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 - 5:00 pm 

*Phone lines open at 9:00 am. Calls prior to this will be answered by the On-Call Answering Service.

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Toronto, ON M8Y 0C5

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