Category Archives: News

National AccessAbility Week

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities issued the following statement to announce National AccessAbility Week (May 28 – June 3):  “As Canada’s Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I believe that our country’s diversity is … Continue reading

Spotlight On Transformation – May 2017

The May 2017 edition of “Spotlight on Transformation” is available. This bulletin is provided by the Ministry of Community & Social Services and covers the developmental services transformation. In this issue: Ontario Renews Commitment to Supporting Adults with Developmental Disabilities in … Continue reading

ReelAbilities | May 11-18, 2017

We are excited to be co-presenting MY HERO BROTHER at ReelAbilities Toronto.  ReelAbilities Toronto was the first international city to host a ReelAbilities Film Festival in 2016. This Festival is returning to Toronto this year, to champion and create opportunities … Continue reading

Learn about the 2017 Developmental Disabilities Counsellor Program

Announcing Upcoming Information Sessions for the 2017 DDC Program The DDC Program is a joint Reena and George Brown College Certificate Program, in partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services and Montage Support Services. This four-month intensive program, featuring over 30 courses and 269 … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Turning Your Hobby Into A Career

Artwork provided by an individual supported by Reena. Dear Joanna, I love to write and blog. Because I need to work, I have a part time job in an office which leaves me no time to devote to my hobby. … Continue reading

Responding To The 2017 Budget

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled Budget 2017 in the Ontario Legislature yesterday. Reena is pleased to provide this commentary on how Budget 2017 impacts on those we serve, individuals with Developmental Disabilities and in particular on … Continue reading

Our Son’s Inclusionary Experiences Formed The Highlights Of His life

Our son’s inclusionary experiences formed the highlights of his life; and Reena played a role in many of those activities. Joel had Aspergers Syndrome. Simply put, half his brain worked like a rocket scientist and the other half just didn’t … Continue reading

National Volunteer Week 2017

“April 23 to April 29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for … Continue reading

Interactive Forum & Networking Event

You are invited to an information sharing event at Reena on May 11! A panel of experts will be discussing “Career Advice For Persons With Disabilities”. Please RSVP to or call (905) 889.6484 x2222 by April 28. Please note … Continue reading

Reena’s SET Program to Receive Ontario Trillium Grow Grant

We are excited and honoured to announce that Reena has received a Trillium Grow grant, amounting to $484,300 over 3 years, for the expansion of our SET Program. Reena will be building on the success of our Summer Employment Transitions (SET) … Continue reading

Annual General Meeting 2017

The Board of Directors of Reena, Reena Foundation & Batay Reena invite you to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 7pm Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre 927 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill, ON L4J 8G6 Election … Continue reading

Statement from Minister of Health on National Family Caregiver Day

Ontario Newsroom Bulletin | Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care | April 4, 2017 Today, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued the following statement: “Today — on National Family Caregiver Day — I want to thank each caregiver … Continue reading

2017 Federal Budget Highlights

On Wednesday March 22nd , the Government of Canada announced the 2017 federal budget. You can read the complete budget at Budget 2017: Building a Strong Middle Class. We welcome the investments in housing and employment and look forward to … Continue reading

Bytes & Bites On Delirium

The Toronto Partnership on Aging and Developmental Disabilities (TPADD) has prepared its forth bi-monthly newsletter. This newsletter follows feedback obtained from Developmental Sector professionals seeking information and knowledge related to supporting persons with a developmental disability. “Bytes and Bites” will … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Handling The Online/Video Interview

Artwork provided by an individual supported by Reena. Dear Joanna, I’m scheduled for a live online interview on Skype with an overseas hi-tech company for the position of Project Manager for their Toronto office. Do you have any suggestions on … Continue reading