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December 3rd marks an important day – today is International Day of Person with Disabilities (IDPD). The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It … Continue reading

One Word At A Time

“These days of COVID-19 are extraordinary…we are all taking part in a universal mental health exercise.” Michele Viner, author of “A Few Words About Mental Health”. On January 12, 2021, Reena Foundation will be hosting “One Word At A Time”, a discussion with … Continue reading

New: 1 Last Flu Shot Clinic

 To help meet the high demand in our community, we will be hosting ONE more clinic on Sunday, December 6th, at Reena’s Toby & Henry Battle Development Centre, located in Thornhill. We are accepting appointments only, with a simple 3-step process. … Continue reading

2020 Provincial Budget – Analysis and Comments

On November 5, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips, released the provincial government’s 2020 budget. The budget builds on the initial Action Plan to respond to COVID-19, announced on March 25th, and charts a course for the province’s recovery.  The complete budget is … Continue reading

2020/2021 Provincial Budget

Reena, like many social and health service organizations, has greatlybenefited from Premier Ford’s leadership and his government’s holisticapproach to supporting vulnerable people. The Developmental Services Sector has, in particular, benefited fromMinister Smith’s governance as he has consistently reached out tofacilitate … Continue reading

Flu Shots Clinic

Reena and the Western York Region Ontario Health Team are offering ONE LAST flu shots clinic: Toby & Henry Battle Developmental Centre – Reena on Sunday, December 6th, 2020   Please see more details in the link to register for the public hours to … Continue reading

Small Shot. Huge Impact.

With the cold weather here to stay for the next couple of months, and the possibility of chill and snow just around the corner, something else is upon us; the Flu Season 🤧 Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a common, highly contagious … Continue reading

Reena Bowling a HUGE success!

With your help, we raised $302,553.00 and counting… This year, we brought Striking directly to those we support: We organized week-long bowling activities We delivered 100 pizzas We delivered 400 Swag Bags and Medals We delivered 500 Thank You Gifts to our frontline staff … Continue reading

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