Flu season is here – have you had your flu shot yet?
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a serious illness that is caused by a virus. Anyone can get the flu. You can have it and not feel sick and still pass it to someone else. You can infect others 1 day before your own symptoms even appear. It can spread from person to person by cough or sneeze droplets. If you don' wash or sanitize your hands after coughing or sneezing into them, you can pass it on with a handshake.
The flu is not the same as a cold. Unlike the common cold, the flu can develop into more serious health problems such as pneumonia. Some people can become very sick and may need hospital care if they contract the flu. High-risk groups include children under 5, the elderly, pregnant women and people who already have other health problems like asthma, heart disease or uncontrolled diabetes.
The best way to stay healthy this season is to get your flu shot early, before mid November. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body to protect you against the flu. You cannot catch the flu from flu shots.
Everyone over the age of 6 months can get the flu shot. The flu virus changes often, so you need to get a flu shot every year. It's easy and it's free.
Ready to book your flu shot?
- If you are a client of Stonegate CHC, call the Main Reception at (416) 231‐7070.
- If you live in the community but do not see a doctor or nurse practitioner at Stonegate CHC, we will be holding a flu clinic on Wednesday, November 12 between 4pm and 8pm. Appointments are required; please leave a message at (416) 231‐7070 ext. 307 and someone will call you back to schedule your appointment.
To learn more about the flu, visit https://www.ontario.ca/health-and-wellness/flu-facts.
New Staff at Stonegate
Welcome to Eve Pacaba, Stonegate CHC’s new Registered Practical Nurse. Eve brings with her international experience in pediatrics (health care for children and youth). She also has extensive experience working as a medical assistant in family medicine in Toronto. Eve joined the clinical team on September 2nd.
Fundraiser for Fresh Food!
For the fifth season in a row, the Stonegate CHC is teaming up with the community to help put additional food on the table of those in need in our area. Our aim is to match last year’s Good Food Box Holiday Drive donations, in order to purchase over 300 Good Food Boxes for community members dealing with food and hunger issues and to support our market $ program which helps those in need purchase fresh produce at the seasonal Stonegate Farmers’ Market.
We rely on your generous support as poverty is serious concern in the Stonegate Community, where 28% of families and 38% of children are living in poverty. This year more than ever, Stonegate needs your help. At the beginning of 2014, the Valu-Mart, Polish deli, Outreach Store, pharmacy, post office and convenience stores were forced to close due to plaza redevelopment. Our community has been a food desert ever since, without access to healthy food in the neighbourhood.
$18 buys a local family in need a large size Good Food Box brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables as a gift for the holidays. We are asking that you consider sponsoring one or more boxes in order to help less fortunate families enjoy fresh, healthy foods.
A $50 donation provides Good Food Boxes to 3 families in need.
A $100 donation provides Good Food Boxes to 6 families in need.
A $250 donation provides Good Food Boxes to 15 families in need.
For more information or to make a donation, please connect with Julia Graham, at 416.231.7070 ext. 229 or visit our website www.stonegatechc.org to give on-line. Charitable tax receipts are available for every donation.
ESS Shuttle Bus to No Frills
For the past 6 months, Stonegate CHC has partnered with ESS Support Services to run a shuttle bus for grocery shopping 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 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. 239 to fill out the necessary forms to participate.
Research Participants Wanted
Do you suffer from a mental health problem or do you use substances like alcohol or drugs regularly? Do you feel that health providers sometimes treat you differently because of your mental health problem or substance use?
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is conducting a study that looks at stigma towards people with mental health problems and substance use issues.
The purpose of this research is to explore stigma and discrimination toward people with mental health and/or substance use problems in primary health care (PHC) settings such as Stonegate Community Health Centre (CHC). This project compares CHCs that have received an anti-stigma intervention with those that haven’t. We would like to find out if the intervention decreases stigmatizing attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental health and/or substance use.
We will ask you to complete a few questionnaires and perhaps be involved in other parts as well if you are interested. Compensation will be provided.
If you would like more information or are interested in participating, please contact Emily Lentinello at (416) 535-8501 Ext. 34323, or ask a Stonegate staff person for more details.
Message from the Stonegate Ministry
The renovations to Stonegate Ministry’s new location are nearly complete
, and we are anticipating the store’s Grand Opening to be announced for December 1st
. The new retail store, called Great Finds
, represents an expansion of Stonegate Ministry’s services. The Ministry continues run programs and support services in the Stonegate community.
, located at 2358 Lake Shore Blvd W in Etobicoke, is targeted to open in early December
. The store will serve the estimated 2,500 low-income families currently living in rental apartments along the Lake Shore. Many of these families are newcomers to Canada and struggle to secure employment and basic necessities. The Stonegate Ministry is urgently seeking your help to help stock the new store. Donations of greatest need include:
- Snowpants, Snowsuits, Winter Jackets & Winter Vests
- Sweaters & Cardigans
- Long-sleeve Shirts, Blouses, Flannel Shirts
- Winter Pants
- Winter Skirts, Dresses & Evening Wear
- Winter Accessories (i.e. Gloves, Mitts, Scarves, Hats, etc.)
- Winter Boots & Shoes
- Athletic Wear (i.e. Track pants, Leggings, Sports Shirts, T-shirts, Sweatshirts, etc.)
- Socks, Undergarments, Thermal Wear
- Winter Pajamas
- Purses & Bags
- Christmas Items (Garlands, trees, ornaments, decorations, candles, home decor, etc.)
- Linens (Blankets, Towels, Sheets, etc.)
All donations can be dropped off at the new store location (see map
). There is a Drop-Off Bin located at the back of the location
or stop in (weekday mornings) when staff are on-site, 9am to 1pm
Stonegate Ministry Office Administrator