Category Archives: News

Employment Advice Column: Handling tight work deadlines

Dear Joanna I’m a happily employed accounting assistant at a large company that I secured through my job coach from Reena’s Channels supported employment program. My boss has requested that I complete the data entry of 100 financial statements with … Continue reading

EMPLOYMENT ADVICE COLUMN:  Negotiating a Salary

Dear Joanna, After many job interviews, and plenty of help from my Reena job coach through the  community participation program Channels, I am  excited to report that I received a job offer for a receptionist position with a local social … Continue reading

NEW: HIGH-ACCOMMODATION FLU & COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC

Reena’s Annual Community Meeting – September 22, 2022

On September 22nd, 2022, Reena held its third virtual Annual Community Meeting. Only a handful of speakers were present on-site and the rest of the community were watching from the comfort of their homes. This year, we were hounoured to … Continue reading

Truth and Reconciliation Day – Sept 30th

Not long ago, we saw the closing of residential schools and institutions; for many Canadians the pain and memory are fresh, raw and very real. This year, the day dedicated to Truth and Reconciliation falls between the Jewish new year, … Continue reading

Annual Report is Available

Reena publishes its annual report in late September. Read about how Reena is shaping up its future and the progress we have done during the last year. https://www.reena.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/REE036_Annual_Report_AODA_FNL.pdf    

EMPLOYMENT ADVICE COLUMN: TO DISCLOSE OR NOT TO DISCLOSE IN YOUR JOB SEARCH

Dear Joanna, I am a high school student with diverse abilities who is participating in Reena’s Summer Employment Transitions program. I have been applying for remote data entry positions, and thanks to my job coach, I have a job interview … Continue reading

EMPLOYMENT ADVICE COLUMN: DEALING WITH NEW EMPLOYEE STRESS

Dear Joanna, I am happy to report that I started a new job as a purchasing assistant this week and even though I have a job coach from Reena’s Channels program, I am still very nervous and uptight about being … Continue reading

City Council Approves Reena’s Third Intentional Community Building 

On July 19, 2022, Toronto City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the Reena Affordable Housing Project at 155-165 Elm Ridge. A housing model that provides independence, affordability and accessibility while offering 24/7 around-the-clock resources for its residents.  This … Continue reading

$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

SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY…WITH EMPATHY

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

EMPLOYMENT ADVICE COLUMN: PREPARING FOR THE SUMMER VACATION AS A JOB SEEKER WITH DIVERSE ABILITIES

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