Category Archives: News

$125,600 OTF Grant helped Reena Deliver Programs Online

Last Friday, Laura Smith, MPP for Thornhill, met with representatives from Reena Community Centre for a tour of the space. She also had an opportunity to learn more about the impact that a $125,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant, awarded by … Continue reading

Employment Advice Column: Turning your hobby into a career

Dear Joanna I love to write and blog. How do I turn my passion and interest into paid employment and a career? Signed: Writer’s block Dear WB, I think it’s a great idea. Finding something you love to do and … Continue reading


This video is designed to help people in public-facing positions, such as receptionists, hospital staff,municipal employees, employers, and other service providers understand and help people with developmental disabilities. The goal is to make things easier for people with developmental disabilities … Continue reading


Dear Joanna The summer season as begun in Toronto.  I have been looking really hard and long for a position as a receptionist and it seems like all the employers are taking vacations this time of the year! I  am … Continue reading

Reena is in Compliance

The Ministry conducts compliance inspections of all Ministry-funded service agencies under the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 (SIPDDA). The specific standards of care and safety requirements that agencies are required … Continue reading

Election debate on disability issues – Summary

Community Living Toronto, Reena, Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Canadian Centre for Caregiving Excellence partnered together to host the Provincial Election Disability Forum on 17 May 2022 at the Shaarei Shomayim synagogue. This was an opportunity for the disability community … Continue reading

Provincial Election Disability Forum

Ontarians living with a disability need a plan of action to address the gaps in services and supports. Join us for this live forum to hear how each of the provincial parties respond to your questions, and how they intend to work … Continue reading


  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 … Continue reading

Cultural Districts Program Discussion – Invitation to attend

The City of Toronto is moving forward with the creation of a Cultural Districts Program and Jay Pitter has been retained to lead this initiative in collaboration with City staff and Toronto residents.   A Cultural Districts Program in Toronto … Continue reading

Accessibility-Focused COVID Vaccine Clinic

Reena and Safehaven are holding another Accessibility-Focused #COVID #Vaccine Clinic. FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 11 Friday, April 29th from noon to 3:00PM Book your appointment today! For more information and to register, please visit  

EMPLOYMENT ADVICE COLUMN: Handling Rejection in your Job Search

Dear Joanna, Has this ever happened to you? I am so frustrated. I am eager to find a job in a safe workplace as this pandemic is not over yet! I have applied to over 100 job postings for a … Continue reading

Accessibility-FocusedCOVID Vaccine Clinic

FOR 11FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 11 When: Thursday, March 24th from noon to 4:30PMWhere: 927 Clark Ave W (Battle Centre) in ThornhillVaccinations are by appointment only and will be administered in-vehicle1st and 2nd doses available for children who are … Continue reading

Changing your job during the pandemic: EMPLOYMENT ADVICE COLUMN

Dear Joanna I would like to start looking for another job. I’m afraid to do this during Covid. But, I would like to make more money and grow my career to the next level with more responsibilities. At my current … Continue reading

Exciting NEW positions with Reena

Senior Project Coordinator – 2 Year Contract – Click HERE  for full details As a Senior Project Coordinator, this role is integral in the development, planning, execution, timely and smooth running of Reena’s 50-year celebration. Coordinating a “Whole of Reena” approach, … Continue reading

Sandy Stemp to receive The Marg Campbell Integrity in Leadership Award

We are delighted to announce that Sandy Stemp, Reena’s COO is one of the recipients of the 2021 Marg Campbell Integrity in Leadership Award. The Marg Campbell Integrity in Leadership Award was established in 2018 upon the retirement of its … Continue reading