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Protecting the community that we serve

This past February, the Mid-West Ontario Health Team (MWT-OHT) organized a COVID-19 community vaccine clinic at the West End YMCA for vulnerable and at-risk populations in downtown Toronto’s west-end.

Supporting our future PSW’s

Throughout this pandemic, The Gardens has been dedicated to hiring, training and offering students the unique chance to have a placement at The Gardens.

Important announcement from John Yip, President and CEO of Kensington Health

We are very pleased to announce that Terry Caputo has accepted the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and will join Kensington Health effective August 30, 2021.

Thank you for celebrating Kensington Health Heroes

Kensington Health Heroes was a live, virtual fundraising gala on June 23 hosted by comedian Carolyn Taylor (Baroness von Sketch Show, and The Great Canadian Baking Show). It was an incredible and inspiring evening, where we honoured frontline staff along with the people and community who supported them.

The power of music

By using a variety of music therapy techniques, Sarah can easily connect and build a strong lasting relationship with the people she works with.

We stand with our London family

Like all of you, our hearts ached when we heard the news of the four family members killed in London, Ontario while enjoying a walk on Sunday June 6. Then, when we learned that this was an act of mass murder driven by Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate, our hearts sunk even further to a painfully familiar place.

We honour the 215 Indigenous children who died at the Kamloops Residential School

Over the weekend, Canadians received the harrowing news that the remains of 215 children – some as young as three years old – were found on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Processing eye tissue doesn’t stop during a pandemic

Fifteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the eye tissue transplant work at Kensington’s Eye Bank of Canada (Ontario Division) hasn’t stopped. The team often pivoted throughout the pandemic to ensure tissue is available for sight-saving procedures.

Enjoying tea on Mother’s Day

While general visitors are still not allowed in the building due to Ministry guidelines, essential caregivers being able to visit will make this Mother’s Day extra special. Jeremy is one of many essential caregivers who is looking forward to spending the day with his mother, Sylvia, resident at The Gardens.

Meet the women making a difference at 340 College Street

They don’t call themselves superheroes, but they are. Christine Humphreys, Thuong Huynh, Mary Morgan, Jill Taylor, and Ann Whelan work together with their staff to save sight, catch cancer, and screen for disease – all essential services that people desperately need in the community. Despite ongoing challenges caused by COVID-19, they have continued to offer the safest care possible for their patients.

You are not alone

Throughout this pandemic, many have been experiencing feelings of fear, grief, trauma and exhaustion. As we journey down this new path with the help of vaccines families, residents, staff, caregivers, and volunteers need time to unpack and express all the emotions that they have been experiencing throughout this crisis.

“It comes from my heart”

When the pandemic struck one year ago, Rowena could never have guessed how her life would be turned upside down. As a personal care attendant at Kensington Gardens long-term care home, Rowena wanted to keep everyone safe. Travelling back and forth to work, she worried about the safety of her family. With five people living in one house, what if she got them sick?

Second Mile Club sticks together this year

Normally, in March, the three locations of the Second Mile Club are bustling with members preparing for Spring, exercise classes, and, of course, the competitive game of bridge. The Club is a recreation centre for adults aged 55 and over, as well as those living with a disability. The Club also provides social work support for those who need it, often in their homes. For many, Second Mile Club is a lifeline – a way to stay connected with a community of friends. But, this March looks very different for Second Mile Club.

A turning point in the pandemic

In the last week of December Kensington learned that Women’s College Hospital had the COVID-19 vaccine and was able to administer it to residents at our long-term care home, The Gardens. The hospital also had enough vaccine for Essential Caregivers and staff but would need the Gardens to run its own clinic. With days’ notice, the two teams merged together for a common purpose: vaccinate as many people as possible safely. January 5, 2021, was the largest mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Ontario at the time.

Nutrition Month: Good For You

We often hear that healthy eating is about restriction - what we can and cannot eat. Yet these approaches to nutrition too often ignore the diversity of eating needs in our community. This Nutrition Month, we want you to really find and discover your own healthy.

Joan Hollobon awarded the Order of Canada

On December 28. 2019, Joan Hollobon was awarded the Order of Canada. Due to COVID-19, the investiture was delayed and took place on March 29, 2021, at Kensington Gardens, the long-term care home where Joan lives .

Social workers making us stronger

All our social workers play an important role in the lives of our clients and patients. So, this Social Work Month, we wanted to introduce this team of community builders, carers and supporters.

Happy Lunar New Year!

"Whether you are celebrating with a big family meal, a home cleaning for good luck or exchanging red envelopes to encourage prosperity – or if this this holiday is new to you – this is a time to welcome new beginnings, fortune and well-being" - John Yip, President and CEO, Kensington Health

Happy Black History Month

Important announcement from Jim Nelles, Board Chair of Kensington Health

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