Category Archives: News

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The following report was submitted to Reena on May 28th, 2021, and was authored by ICES, a not-for-profit research institute encompassing a community of research, data, and clinical experts, and a secure and accessible array of Ontario’s health-related data. Highlights: … Continue reading


I am a new employee who is supported by Reena’s SET job coach. I am have a summer job working from home due to Covid. I’m the data entry clerk and part of a team of 10 with co-workers from … Continue reading

Sad News: “Ish Tzaddik” Award Recipient Passes

During Reena’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (A.G.M) we recognized attorney David Cohen with the Morris Baker “Ish Tzaddik” Award to honour a worthy individual who has made an outstanding commitment to the enhancement of life for people with developmental disabilities.  Regrettably, we were recently informed that Mr. … Continue reading

May is Jewish Heritage Month

MAY is #JewishHeritageMonth in Canada!   We celebrate the many contributions that the Jewish community has made to the development of the country in all sectors of society.   Reena is proud to be a member of this incredible community, … Continue reading

Southlake Regional Health Centre, Mackenzie Health, and Reena collaborate to vaccinate those with developmental disabilities

Southlake Regional Health Centre, Mackenzie Health, and Reena worked together to make accommodations for those with developmental disabilities and their caregivers to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at the Ray Twinney Vaccination Centre and at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital on April 13 … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: The Last Question of the Job Interview: What to ask?

Dear Joanna, I’m preparing for a virtual job interview for a work-from-home part time position as a bookkeeper. I’ve attended a couple of excellent virtual workshops on this topic with Reena’s virtual employment and career program. Plus I’m practicing with … Continue reading

Liberation 75 – join our virtual presentation

Reena and the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies are facilitating an interactive workshop on the power of propaganda used by the Nazis. Please join us and learn about The Aktion T4 campaign that targeted people with disabilities as their first victims. This … Continue reading

Well Done!, Sandy Stemp

During the last year, Reena led numerous sector initiatives, advocating for the health of individuals with diverse needs.   Leading those efforts is Sandy Stemp, our COO, who navigated our response to the pandemic with her calm and confident demeanour, … Continue reading

Step Up For Reena

Save The Date! April 27th, 2021 at 7:30 pm Get ready to #stepupforreena and #feelthevibe with our friends from ViBE Dance & Fitness Studio .


DEAR JOANNA Is work experience really required for getting a job as an office clerk? I am a recent graduate of a local high school and had a work experience placement. As soon as Covid19 is under control, I will … Continue reading

Happy Passover – Chag Pesach Sameach

Passover is one of the world’s oldest and most enduring stories of hope and freedom.Every year, we gather at the Seder table to recount the story of the Exodus, as an eternal reminder, from generation to generation, that freedom is something … Continue reading


Dear Joanna, I’m a job seeker who is participating in Reena’s virtual job search workshop program. I’m looking for work as a dog daycare attendant and will be ready to go to work in person once I’m vaccinated. I’ve applied … Continue reading

Reena and the Developmental Sector Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations

Reena and the York Region Developmental services agencies are proudly moving forward: protecting our staff and supported individuals against the COVID-19 virus. We would like to thank York Region Public Health for their amazing support and collaboration. Special thanks to … Continue reading

Transitioning Together*, a wonderful new, free opportunity for youth with ASD, is coming to York Region this year!

Transitioning Together is an eight-week online program help teenagers with ASD, and their parent(s), plan their futures after secondary school. For the first time in Canada, Transitioning Together will be delivered by local trained professionals in March-April and May-June 2021. What’s In It … Continue reading

Beyond 20/20 Reena’s Strategic Plan Explained

Strategic planning still seems like an obscure concept to many of us. Beyond the hype, however, strategic planning can bring real value to an organization that takes the process seriously.  Simply put, strategic planning determines exactly where our organization is going … Continue reading