RISE goes to the ROM - March 16, 2018

The Recovery during Immigration and Settlement (RISE) program workshop facilitators took their clients to the Royal Ontario Museum on March 16.

The group consisted of nine clients, who are recent newcomers to Canada, and three facilitators who planned an afternoon immersed in diverse and historic exhibitions. Each exhibit was observed with program facilitators at hand to offer language assistance and all were provided with refreshments.

Social and recreational activities in RISE are integral and on-going as they help encourage community integration and promote enjoyable socializations.

 

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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 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam for attending the event and her inspiring speech to our staff, board members, and clients. And as always a big thanks to all our volunteers.

 
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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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Scotiabank Charity Challenge 2017

On October 22, 2017 Madison took part in The Scotiabank Charity Challenge to raise funds for our Client Education Bursary Fund. Although Madison is fortunate to have Equitable Bank as a sponsor of the Bursary Fund, the number of applications from clients exceeds EQ’s annual donation.

 

This year Madison raised a total of $13,250 which has been used to provide 13 additional grants to clients in 2017-2018.

The grants Madison offers through the Bursary Fund program help support our clients who are seeking to pursue learning from higher education programs as well as career and life skills training. The opportunity to take education programs – many of which can lead to employment – is transformational in their lives. Since the Equitable Bank - Bill Walker Memorial - Madison Client Education Bursary Funded began in December 2012 – 164 clients have received grants to support them in moving forward in their lives.

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Center Island Trip 2017

The Madison Social Recreational Committee took their clients on a day trip adventure to Center Island in Toronto. They enjoyed a ferry ride, a picnic lunch and got to see another side of the city on a lovely warm summer day. As you can see from their smiling faces, our clients always enjoy these opportunities to have a day outing in and around Toronto.

 
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Madison's 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner

On June 22, 2017 Madison held our 2nd Annual Gala at Hart House’s second floor Debate Room. We were entertained with classic tunes by local favorites, THE COVER BOYS band.
 
A silent auction took place with amazing prizes from Creative 111, Barre Works, The ROM, Mill St. Brewery, The AGO and more. All proceeds from this fundraising event are used to support Madison’s many client events/programs which are not supported through government funding.
 
Madison would to thank our Gold Sponsors of the Madison Gala 2017: The Daniels Corporation and Lansdowne Property Management.

 
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Madison's Mental Health Awareness Week March - 2017

Mental Health Week in Canada is an annual event to spread awareness about mental illness, put a spotlight on the need to eliminate stigma about this illness and share stories of recovery.

 

Did you know the colour green was used in the 1800s to label patients as “insane”? Green Ribbons are now the official symbol that mental illness is in fact an illness just like cancer (which uses pink ribbons) and there should be no stigma about this or any other illness.
 
On Wednesday May 3rd, Madison staff and clients participated in Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 by organizing a March in Toronto down University Avenue and ending at City Hall. We distributed green ribbons and temporary green tattoos to spread the word about Mental Health Awareness Week and support its #GETLOUD campaign.

 
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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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