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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