Category Archives: Events

Survey Results Are In: Accessible Canada Act

On September 25, 2019, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Reena ran an Education Update and Candidate Roundtable highlighting the unanimous passage of Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). We also conducted a survey, circulated by the two host … Continue reading


Dear Joanna, I have applied countless times for a receptionist position with staffing agencies and recruitment companies. I have never received any response. Not even a phone call! I really don’t understand how they operate. Please could you explain how … Continue reading


On Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Reena are shining a spotlight on the passage of Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act (ACA), by hosting a Candidates’ Forum.   This event will serve to … Continue reading

Reena Is In Compliance

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services inspected (August 26 – September 5th) Reena for service-agency compliance with legislation and policy directives.   Compliance is intended to provide assurances that adults with developmental disabilities are receiving quality standards of care, … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: A Difficult Interview Question: “What happened at your last job”?

Sept 2019 Dear Joanna I was fired from my job as a maintenance helper. As a job seekers with Autism, it took me a long time to finally get this job! After one year of hard work and being a … Continue reading

Western York Region Ontario Health Team Telephone Town Hall

Join Reena for a special telephone town hall with members of the Western York Region Ontario Health Team. Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7 to 8 p.m. We want to hear from you so that we create a local health care … Continue reading

Reena Achieved Accreditation

Mazel Tov! Congratulations! Reena is delighted to announce it achieved its first accreditation award for the period of August 2019 – August 2023. This is a substantial endeavour and we are very proud of the hard work our staff, volunteers and Board … Continue reading

Reena and Chai-Tikvah Join Hands – Again

Subscribing to the well known proverb, “two heads are better than one,” Reena – which provides housing and support services to community members with developmental disabilities, and Chai Tikvah – an organization that provides supportive housing and other counseling supports … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Acing the Telephone Interview

Dear Joanna, I never liked talking on the phone to friends or family. I prefer the face to face or through texting or apps. As a person on the spectrum and it’s so much easier to communicate this way!  However, … Continue reading

Reena: Impacting Lives. 2018/19 Annual Report

The 2018-2019 Annual Report has arrived. Read more about our successful year and what lies ahead.

Employment Advice Column: Beware of Job Scams

Dear Joanna, I applied for a job posting listed on one of those general websites for the position of a customer service representative. I immediately received an email from the owner of the company with an employment contract attached for … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column Helpful Tips for Working with a Mentor

Dear Joanna I am matched with a Mentor who is working in my dream job – as an administrative assistant. This mentor understands my disabilities and accommodations. I would like to learn as much as possible from him. Do you … Continue reading

Reena Wins Accessibility Champion Award

National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) was first established in 1988 to better promote community access for people with disabilities. This initiative happened in response to a request from Rick Hansen following his “Man in Motion World Tour”.​   As part … Continue reading

A Dementia Strategy for Canada

Reena applauds the inclusion of the intellectually disabled in the national Dementia Strategy The Strategy Earlier this week, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health announced the release of A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire. This first national … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: When your job changes

I arrived to my retail customer service job this morning and learned that the store chain where I work has been bought out by another big company. My boss said I can continue to work at the store but would … Continue reading