Category Archives: News

Make A Wish…

Reflections from program participants.   This week was our first day back for the Channels North Day Program since we closed in mid-march. Everyone was very excited to reconnect with his or her peers and staff. The world has changed. … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Handling Rejection in Your Job Search

 Dear Joanna,  I am so frustrated. I am eager to find a job in a safe workplace during the pandemic, and have applied to countless office clerk positions. Yet, I have received very few invites to job interviews. And when … Continue reading

New Chair of the Board

Reena is delighted to announce the appointment of Charles Chee as its new Chair of the Board. Charles Chee – Incoming Chair   Replacing Jeff Bernstein as the Chair of our Board is Charles Chee who is a valued member of … Continue reading

Happy Sukkot

Today marks the first evening of Sukkot, known as the ‘Festival of Booths’. Sukkot is a happy and festive holiday in the Jewish calendar. During Sukkot, we traditionally bundle together four plants mentioned in the Torah: The Etrog (citron fruit), Lulav (frond … Continue reading

Striking 4 Reena October 18th

9th Annual Striking for Reena  – Virtual Event October 18th, Sunday, 12;00 pm Striking for Reena is going VIRTUAL We can’t bowl together, but we can still team up to have another successful event. Striking has raised over $1.3 million to … Continue reading

2020 Annual Community Meeting

On September 16, Reena held its first-ever virtual Annual Community Meeting. We introduced our new strategic plan, Beyond 20/20,  and reported on last year’s progress. For those who could not attend, below you will find the recording.  

Employment Advice Column: Active Listening

Dear Joanna, I just graduated high school and attended Reena’s Summer Employment Transitions (SET) program. One of the virtual job search skills workshops was on “active listening”.  I learned that I have to improve this skill for my job search, … Continue reading

Reena is in Compliance

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services inspected (August 18 – August 27th) 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, in a safe … Continue reading

Reena Members – Important AGM Notice

On September 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm Reena will hold its Annual General meeting. Save the date and mark your calendars so you can join us. Please send your email address to in order to receive details on how … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Following up after the job interview

Dear Joanna I am a new grad with Autism who has just returned from a fantastic job interview for a part-time receptionist position with my Reena job coach from the Summer Employment Transitions (SET) program.  I really want this job. … Continue reading

Province Announces Ontario Health Team in Western York Region

July 23rd, 2020 On behalf of the individuals supported by Reena and their families, the Boards and staff of Reena, Reena Foundation, Batay Reena and Chai Tikvah (Reena group of charities) we want to congratulate Bryan Keshen, our President and CEO, … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Different Types of Work Styles in 2020

Dear Joanna I would like to work, but remain at home and safe during COVID19’s lockdown. I am participating in Reena’s Channels virtual community/employment program and would like to start applying for jobs.  Can you help me identify the types … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: The Online Virtual Job Interview During COVID19 and Beyond

Dear Joanna I have applied online for a warehouse job at one of the large box store’s distribution centre with the help of my Reena job coach. And I have great news – I have a job interview. But for … Continue reading

COVID19 UPDATES – See the Latest

Employment Advice Column: Looking for work during COVID-19

Dear Joanna, I will be graduating high school this year from the special education stream. Because of COVID-19, all of my courses are online right now, and last year,  I completed a co-op placement in a local grocery store last … Continue reading