$150,000 OTF Grant was the Right Ingredient for Meals on Wheels Program


Thornhill, ON – On Friday, April 5th, there was a celebration for the opening of Bernard Betel and Reena’s joint culinary initiative. Local MPP Gila Martow was joined by York Centre MPP Roman Baber and Joanne Gray from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to see the results of a $150,000 Capital grant that was awarded in 2018. In partnership with Bernard Betel Centre, Reena used its grant to modernize the kitchen space at the Toby and Henry Battle Centre. Now that renovations are done, the Bernard Betel Centre Meals on Wheels Program will relocate to Reena where 20 to 25 people with developmental disabilities, supported by Reena, will assistant in providing 75,000 meals to seniors each year.

“It’s wonderful to see different community organizations working together to find efficiencies and better serve our community,” said Thornhill MPP Gila Martow.

(L-R) – Harold Seidel, Board Chair Batay Reena, Gail Gould, Executive Director Bernard Betel Centre, Gary Gladstone, Stakeholders Relations Reena, Joanna Gray, Volunteer, York Simcoe Grant Review Team, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Bonnie Baker, Board Chair, Bernard Betel Centre, Thornhill MPP Gila Martow and Bryan Keshen, President and CEO Reena

This collaboration builds inclusion and engage communities, by providing people who are isolated connections to their community. Together Reena and the Bernard Betel Centre will be able to serve more seniors in need and help individuals with developmental disabilities gain employment skills.

“I am proud of Reena and Bernard Betel Centre for their immense contribution to our community,” said Roman Baber, MPP for York Centre. “I hope that this grant helps them with the meaningful work they do for so many who rely on them.”

Joining the MPPs at the event were Bonnie Baker, Board Chair of Bernard Betel Centre and Gail Gould, Executive Director of Bernard Betel Centre, Bryan Keshen, President and CEO Reena and Sheila Lampert, Executive Director, Renna Foundation.

“We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for investing in Reena. This grant provided us with the funds necessary to strengthen our community connections and program delivery, so that more people in need can be properly supported.
We thank Reena Foundation for directing contributions from the Joel Schwartz Memorial Hockey Tournaments, to assist with the renovations and training costs for this inclusive initiative” – Bryan Keshen, President and CEO of Reena

“Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their financial support and in recognizing the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community. The partnership between Reena and the Bernard Betel Centre will allow people with developmental disabilities to learn all aspects of the Food Services industry, while at the same time respond to the growing food security needs of seniors.” – Gail Gould, Executive Director, Bernard Betel Centre.