Spring 2014 Newsletter

Message from Bev Leaver, Executive Director

Stonegate Community Health Centre is still here and will stay here to serve this community.  The rest of Stonegate Plaza has been emptied out and is being prepared for demolition.  We were very sad to see the closure of the Stonegate Outreach Store as we value the contribution of the Stonegate Ecumenical Community in addressing the needs in this community.  The Outreach Store provided a way for community members to donate things they no longer needed and others to buy things at a price they could afford.  The Store also provided meaningful volunteer positions for community members.  The loss of the Store will be felt widely. 
We are expecting to see demolition starting soon and proceeding over the next couple of months.  Stonegate CHC will lose our Annex location that houses our Dental Clinic and all of our children’s and family programs.  We do not yet have a date for when that site will close.  We are working toward relocating the Dental Clinic and some after school programming into our main site.  We have secured classrooms in St. Mark’s School to hold our children’s programs over the summer and Christ Church St. James has generously offered to accommodate some of our Early Years Programs and to host, once again, our weekly Farmer’s Market.

The developer, VanDyk Group of Companies continues to work with Stonegate CHC to support us staying here to serve this community.  They will demolish around us and leave Stonegate CHC standing.  We are also working toward Stonegate CHC’s long term home on this site above the future grocery store.

This is a time of significant and disruptive change.  We will all have to make some compromises in order to keep our services running as best we can.  We greatly appreciate the generosity of support that we have received from this community and hope that we can count on your continued support to keep Stonegate CHC here, where it belongs.
ESS Shuttle Bus to Shop

Stonegate CHC has partnered with ESS Support Services to run a shuttle bus for seniors and those with disability and mobility issues. This bus runs every other week on Thursday mornings to take participants to the No Frills located at Queensway and Royal York.

The next Thursday bus date is schedule for April 17th. 

The designated bus picks participants up, and returns them, to their home. The cost of the bus is a donation to the Health Centre.

If you are interested in this ESS Support Services bus, please call: 416-231-7070 ext. 307 to fill out the necessary forms to participate.

Tony & Kathy's No Frills Bus Trips
Stonegate CHC and Stonegate Community Ecumenical Ministry have also partnered to take Stonegate community residents weekly to Tony & Kathy's No Frills on the Queensway! The bus, which started running in February, leaves the Health Centre every Monday at 11:00 am for the shopping trip.

The cost of the bus is $2 for the return trip. Due to the Easter Monday, the bus will be postponed until the next day. For clarification, these are the bus dates for April:

- Monday, April 7th at 11:00 am
- Monday, April 14th at 11:00 am
- Tuesday, April 22nd at 11:00 am
- Monday, April 28that 11:00 am

Please note that this is a regular school bus. For those with mobility issues, we suggest signing up for the ESS Support Services bus*
To get yourself on a Monday ride to the grocery store, please call:416-231-7070 ext. 307.

Volunteers Needed:  Board of Directors
We are looking for interested local residents to support our work by joining the Board.
Stonegate Community Health Centre is a charitable organization serving the Stonegate\Parklawn community. 
We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who ensure the continued effective functioning of the Health Centre through providing Board governance, overall management and financial oversight of the Centre’s operations. 
The Board is accountable to the Central Toronto LHIN and the Ontario Ministry of Health for those activities of the Community Health Centre (CHC) for which the Central Toronto LHIN and Ministry of Health have provided funding. 
Our objective is to have a Board that has a variety of skills and a diversity of experience.  We try to ensure that the composition of the Board reflects the diversity of our community.

We are looking for committed volunteers who are:
- Interested in working in a Board environment and taking a leadership role in the community
- Comfortable actively participating in group discussions at both Board and Committee meetings
- Available and willing to commit an average of 5 to 10 hours per month, including attending a monthly Board Meeting

 The Board has three major responsibilities:
  • Policy determination
  • Hiring, Monitoring and Evaluating the Executive Director
  • Reviewing operational and financial controls
  • Long Term Planning
We are now accepting applications.  Please visit the following link to complete your application by April 23, 2014.    If you have any questions about the Board or this position, please call 416-231-7070 ext. 224 and leave a message.  Either the Board Chair or Vice-Chair will return your call.
Stonegate Farmers' Market 2014 Season!

The Stonegate Farmers' Market will open on June 24th this year at Christ Church St. James Anglican Church, 194 Park Lawn Road! That's right...we are back at our old location due to Stonegate Plaza redevelopment.

Mark your calendars and make sure to follow Market vendor news, events, recipes and more on our Stonegate Farmers' Markets' Facebook page.
April Cooking Club
Join Stonegate CHC staff Jane Sou-Jaun for four weeks of preparing healthy & delicious recipes. These Tuesday sessions will provide participants the opportunity to cook a nutritious recipe on a budget.
The group will meet each Tuesday, starting April 8th until April 29th from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. 
Registration is required as space is limited. To register, please call: 416-231-7070 ext. 307. Registration opens March 25th.
Tuesday Women’s  Group at Stonegate CHC

Are you a woman living in the Stonegate community who would  like to meet new people?

Are you keen on participating in activities such as: SOCIALIZING, HEALTH EDUCATION, SELF-CARE, RELAXATION, GAMES, AND HEALTHY COOKING?

Are you looking forward to sharing your experiences with other women? Well, come to Stonegate’s Tuesday Women’s Group!

Each week we will have a different activity/presentation  and  a light lunch will be provided. The program is free and runs every Tuesday from 1-3pm starting April 15th for 10 weeks. TTC Tokens are provided for those in need.

For more info. and to register please call (416) 231-7070, ext. 307. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Seed Starting Workshop
Thursday, April 10th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Join Jane Sou Jaun, Stonegate CHC staff & gardening expert, for this FREE workshop on seed starting. Jane will discuss

  • Types of seeds to start indoors (and some outdoors)  
  • Requirements of seeds (ex. soil type, light, temperature, moisture level)
  • Depth of sowing according to size of seed
  • Transplanting and how to hold vulnerable, tiny seedlings
  • Hardening off seedlings before transplanting in the garden

Free seeds will also be distributed to workshop participants!
Please ensure you register as workshop space is limited. To register, call 416-231-7070 ext. 307.

Women's Walking Group

The Women's Walking Group is starting up again! The group will run every Thursday from April 17th - June 5th from 9:00 - 10:15 am.

Please bring a hat, water, sunscreen, and wear good walking shoes Registration starts April 3rd. Please call: 416-231-7070 ext. 307.

New Electronic Health Record
In December, Stonegate CHC replaced its electronic health record with a new system called Nightingale-on-Demand.  It was a big transition for our team, and included dedicated training and resources to ensure all of our clients’ information was properly and securely transferred to the new system. 
What does this mean for clients?  For the most part clients should see very little difference as a result of this change.  The biggest difference is for clients coming to the Centre for health or counselling appointments:   when you check in the medical receptionists will ask you to verify your personal contact information, and if you have an OHIP card, they will ask to see the card as well. 
Over time we expect that this new system will help us provide services in a more effective and efficient way.  Congratulations to the staff on the success of this initiative, and thank you to our clients for your patience as we continue to learn how to make the most of the new system so we can give you the best service possible.

Board Focus Groups – You are invited!
As our community continues to change and grow, the Stonegate CHC Board of Directors wants to hear from community members about: What community issues are important to you?  How can we work together to find solutions to those issues?
The Board is holding focus groups to connect with different members of the community.  One was held in February, and this month we are holding 2 more on April 14:

  • For Men of ages, from 2:15 – 3:15 pm in the Multipurpose Room
  • For Parents of Young Children, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the basement of the Annex.

Refreshments will be served, and child care and interpretation is available.
Please join us for what are sure to be good discussions. Call us to register at (416) 231-7070.

Client Surveys – coming soon
We will soon be conducting our annual survey of clients.  The survey is one way you can tell us how we’re doing and help us improve the services we deliver.
This year the survey will be distributed by email to clients whose email addresses we have.  In future our surveys will be conducted on a monthly basis, and will be available both by email and on paper.

Spring tips for asthma and allergies
The spring has finally arrived bringing seasonal allergies along. Pollen and outside mould may trigger asthma and allergy symptoms.

What can you do to minimize impact:
-  Keep windows closed in home and car - use an air conditioner if needed
-  Some people may need to avoid going outside when the pollen levels are high  (usually between 5 and 10 am)
-  Check the pollen counts in your area to see when the pollen you are allergic to is at a high level
-   If possible, people with allergies to pollen and mould should not mow the lawn
-   After going outside, take a shower to wash the pollen from your skin and hair and change into new clothes when you come indoors; wash your clothes and dry it using the dryer; avoid drying your laundry outside 
- Learn more about Asthma Triggers at


Over 4 Saturdays;  April 26, May 3, May 10 and May 17, Youth (12 – 14 years of age) are going to have the opportunity to explore the idea what it means to be HEROIC! They will do this through discussions, various art experiences, drama games and writing and designing a professional graphic comic book.

This program is being offered in partnership with Lakeshore Arts. The program will be taking place at 24422 Lake Shore Blvd. West.  T.T.C. fare and snacks will be provided for the youth.

If you are interested please call Larissa at 416-231-7070 ext. 274 to register.

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