Annual Clients Holiday Party 2017

We celebrated our clients at our Annual Clients Holiday Party at The 519 Community Centre in Toronto. There were delicious eats, Santa made a pit-stop and we were joyously entertained by musical guests and an impressionist.

 

A special thanks to Councilor Wong-Tam, The 519, all our  volunteers / performers, and the hard-working staff at Madison Community Services for putting on yet another successful party!

 

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Madison Celebrates 40 Years of Service to Our Clients

On November 8, 2017 Madison Community Services celebrated 40 years of providing community-based, non-profit mental health and addiction services and housing. This significant milestone event took place at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto with 150 clients and guests in attendance.

 
The original founders of Madison Community Services, Ron Ballantyne & John Trainor, with Chris Higgins- Madison's first Executive Director, were honored with special plaques. Of note, they shared that Madison was the first mental health supportive housing program in Toronto. In addition, there were other honorees who were gifted with artwork created by participants in Madison's Art Expression Program for their support and involvement with Madison. The honorees were Equitable Bank, Roslyn Brown, MPP Cristina Martins, and Susan Fitzpatrick- CEO of TC LHIN.

 
There were performances and presentations throughout the night all to celebrate Madison Community Services journey through the years.

 

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Clients Holiday Party 2016 / Bell Let’s Talk Grant Award – December 14, 2016

 

Madison’s Holiday Party is an annual event which clients especially look forward to as a time to come together to celebrate this special time of year. This year we had even more to celebrate.

At the event, Madison had the great privilege of being awarded a $20,000 grant through a presentation made from the Kristine Wilson, Associate Director, Community Involvement, and Symon Dwyer, Director, Government Affairs from Bell. Madison had applied to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Grant Fund to increase its capacity to serve Syrian refugees by bringing an additional Arabic speaking case manager onto Madison’s RISE program staff team. The RISE (Recovery during Immigration and Settlement) program supports both the settlement and mental health challenges of newcomers to Canada. Most of the RISE program clients come from war-torn countries and/or have experienced persecution and have trauma induced mental health issues.

As always the Holiday Party featured a full course Turkey dinner , entertainment by clients – the Women’s Dance Group and the Hispanic Group (which sang holiday songs in Spanish), and wonderful social interaction time between clients, staff, board members and special guests.

Special guests who attended the 2016 Holiday Party included Andrew Moor, CEO and Jody Sperling, VP Human Resources from Equitable Bank, Miriam Johnston, Manager Supportive Housing from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Carol Latimer, Director, Housing Policy Branch from the Ministry of Housing, Teressa Wu, Supervisor from Immigration, Refugges, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Toronto Branch, and Sandra Cunning, Director, Quality Improvement from Addictions and Mental Health Toronto.

 

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Clients Presentation for Equitable Bank - November 18, 2016

Equitable Bank has been a major corporate sponsor of Madison for over 6 years. Equitable provides funding for the Equitable–Madison Client Education Bursary Fund and the Art Expressions Group program.

Since Andrew Moor, CEO and Jody Sperling, VP Human Resources who have made the annual decisions regarding Equitable’s generous funding, were unable to attend our AGM this year, a number of clients and staff were invited to their head office so that the presentations to Equitable (which was done at the AGM) could also be made directly to them.

Navid, a recipient of a Client Bursary Program grant made a touching speech about how far he has come since coming to Canada as a refugee from Iran and how the Client Bursary Program grant helped him move forward in his life. He also presented a beautiful collage celebrating the milestone that as of October 2016, 100 clients had received grants from the bursary fund. Mariana and Flor, both clients in the Art Expression Program, also shared moving speeches about their hardships prior to coming to Canada and how liberating it is to express their feelings through art. Both of them gifted our sponsor with beautiful paintings created through the weekly Art Expressions Program group sessions.

 

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