Message From the CEO
Every Spring we experience the joy of renewal. New life springs up in the flowers, leaves
on trees and growing grass bring colour and vibrancy back to our environment. Animals
come back out of hibernation and we shed our winter coats, hats, mitts and boots. Spring is a busy time at SCHC, where we celebrate the warmer weather with special events like the Seniors Art, Knitting and Craft Show, Volunteer and Caregiver Appreciation Dinners, plus educational conferences for Palliative Care and International Women’s Day.
However, some of our community members can’t fully appreciate the season because
of ongoing difficulties in their lives. Paying rent, having enough food for their children
and finding employment are daily struggles for families and individuals in Scarborough.
As mentioned in the recently released Vibrant Signs Report from the Toronto Community
Foundation, our great city is experiencing huge inequities in the quality of life for some
neighbourhoods. Scarborough is increasingly facing the lower end of the equity scale and has many neighbourhoods that fit inthe 35% of Torontonians who earn less than $20,000 annually.
SCHC helps to balance some of those inequities by providing free health care, community supports and social service programs to help people in need. But we require more community participation to continue offering and growing these services to meet the increasing demand. We welcome donations and there is a special need for volunteers in volunteer dependent programs. (See pages 4 & 5 for more information). Did you know
that giving of your time and/or financial support is associated with positive health conditions among older adults? Of course, there is also the good feeling derived from enhancing human potential, promoting equality and building community. So, this Spring, help a neighbour renew their joy in life. To learn more about SCHC, please visit
us at www.schcontario.ca or visit our FaceBook page for up to date news and activities!