Category Archives: News

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”.​   In recognition … 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


The Board of Directors of Reena, Reena Foundation & Batay Reena invite you to attend the 2019 Annual General Meeting. When: Wednesday, July 24th, 2019, 7:00 PM Location: Toby and Henry BattleDevelopmental Centre927 Clark Ave WestThornhill ON, L4J 8G6 Agenda:Election of … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: The Information Interview

Dear Joanna, I’m a new graduate from the special education program at high school. I’m looking for a career – not just a job – in early childhood education as an assistant (ECA). I had a two month co-op placement … Continue reading

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

MEDIA RELEASE 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 … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Preparing a successful LinkedIn profile as a person with developmental disabilities

Dear Joanna, I was laid off from my job because the company is closing. I am looking for work in reception, and am working with a Reena job coach to help me with my job search. The coach is encouraging … Continue reading

Join us for Striking for Reena 2019

We’re bowled over with excitement for Striking for Reena 2019! Please join us on Sunday, May 5th at World Bowl in Richmond Hill. The venue has 40 lanes, is fully accessible and EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Although admission is free, we request … Continue reading

Canada-Israel Inclusion Mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 11, 2019 INAUGURAL INCLUSION MISSION SETS OFF FOR ISRAEL TORONTO, Ontario, Canada – Today, leaders and supporters from disability-serving organizations from across Canada begin a nine-day Canada-Israel Inclusion Mission to learn about ground-breaking Israeli models of … Continue reading


Dear Joanna I’ve been working as a lot attendant at a local grocery store for five years. I’m a person with developmental disabilities so it took me a long time and lots of support from Reena’s job coaches to finally … Continue reading


Dear Joanna I am a recent graduate from community college as a developmental services worker. With one semester in a co-op placement at Reena, and a few summers as a camp counsellor with a special needs camp, I’m clear about … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Resigning with dignity – Don’t just quit

Dear Joanna, I told my job coach that I want to quit my job yesterday. The manager got angry at me when I made a mistake at work. I’ve been at this job for two weeks. I don’t want to … Continue reading

We stand with Pittsburgh

The Reena group of charities extends our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the congregation and the entire Jewish community who were sadly impacted by the anti-Semitic violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on … Continue reading


Employment Advice for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Dear Joanna I am both scared and nervous about my very first ever job interview that I will be attending for a customer service position at a local retail store. It’s my dream … Continue reading