Fall 2014 Newsletter

Recovering From (another) Flood: Message from Bev Leaver

As many of you know, Stonegate CHC sustained major water damage in early September caused by a break in our sprinkler system.  Our entire basement was damaged and has been closed to us since September 3rd.  We are told that it will take up to six months to repair the basement.

We were able to repurpose several rooms on the main level of the Health Centre to become 6 exam\treatment spaces and now have approval to proceed to convert other spaces to four additional exam\treatment rooms.  Clients using the care of our physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitian, chiropodist, diabetes team and asthma educator will continue to receive their care at the Health Centre at 150 Berry Road.  Our dental clinic is fully operational at this location.

While we don't have enough spaces to operate a full capacity until the first floor renovations are complete, we are seeing clients for the full hours of our normal operations.  

When we build back the lower level, two large rooms will be constructed allowing programs and the Health Promotion team to return to the Health Centre.  This return is expected to be before the end of April, 2015.

Temporary Relocation of Group Programs and Counselling - 1243 Islington Avenue, Suite 800
The Health Promotion team and all group programs will be temporarily relocated to 1243 Islington, Suite 800 – this is just north of Bloor Street and steps from the Islington subway station exit on the east side of Islington. 
Our Counselling, Community Food Programs and our Health Promotion Team will be moving to that location.  All of the programs that are currently running in our program room at 150 Berry Road will move to this location in mid November. 
Many of our Early Years Programs and afterschool programs will continue to operate out of Christ Church St. James Church, St. Mark’s School and Parklawn School. 
The phone number will remain the same – 416-231-7070 – and our program calendar will be published on our website.
We will do our best to address the barriers the new location creates for some local participants. Clients facing barriers to accessing services at our Islington site should identify those barriers to staff they are most comfortable talking to, so our team can work to eliminate them as best we can.  Programs will return to Stonegate CHC in 4 - 6 months, likely by April 2015. 
Development of Stonegate Plaza Lands
Regarding the development, VanDyk has shared concept drawings that can be found at the link.  
VanDyk posts updates at  They have applied for site plan approval – details are published on the City’s website: .  Currently their estimate for the completion of the first building that is planned to house Stonegate CHC is fall of 2016.
We continue to work through the Capital approval process with the Ministry of Health and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (our operations funder).  This process is slow and challenging, but we have the full support of our MPP Peter Milczyn.  A major breakthrough was achieved last week, when our operating funder – the TC-LHIN agreed to support an increase in our budget to afford the costs of having a larger, appropriately sized Community Health Centre.
Stonegate CHC Board of Directors is planning to organize a community meeting in early December to update the community.  We have heard from some community members that they are looking for a forum to discuss the changes underway in this neighbourhood.
As soon as the dates are confirmed, we will advertise through electronic and print methods.

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

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 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. 

Great Finds, 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
  • Books
  • 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 for now.
Carol-Anne Foty
Stonegate Ministry Office Administrator
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