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Taylor Massey's Sixth Annual Jane's Walk

On Saturday, May 2, Access Alliance will be participating in Taylor Massey's 6th Annual Jane's Walk!  The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. at AccessPoint on Danforth (3079 Danforth Ave.) with refreshments and stretching.

For more information, click here:
http://bit.ly/AAJanesWalk


Client Experience Survey

It's that time of year again, when we ask our clients to take a few minutes to tell us what you think, and help to ensure that we're providing the services that you need!

The survey takes around 15 - 20min to complete, is avaialble in multiple laguages and interpretation services can be requested.

When: from Tuesday, April 14th till Saturday, May 30th
Where:  at all three Access Alliance locations
We want to know:
What clients think about our programs and services?
And
How can we improve our services?

With your help we can help all of our communities achieve health with diginity, so please participate!


Healthy Child Screening

Access Alliance in collaboration with Ontario Early Years, East York East Toronto Family Resources, Toronto District School Board, and Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office are hosting a series of Healthy Child Screenings for children aged 2 to 6 years old. Screening stations include vision, hearing, dental care, and more!

Screenings are taking place at the following locations:

Secord Elementary School, April 23
101 Barrington Ave, Toronto, ON

George Webster Elementary School, April 28
2 Cedarcrest Boulevard, Toronto, ON

More information about the Healthy Child Screenings can be found here.


Volunteer Appreciation Week

This week (April 12 - 18) is volunteer appreciation week, and we'd like to take the time to thank our volunteers for the contribution they've made, and they continue to make to our organization!

Volunteers are the life-blood of many not-for-profit organizations around the world, so take a moment to thank a volunteer for all the great work that they do, and for the contribution they make to all of our lives. 


Affirming Sexual Orientation

On April 9, 2015, a group of 113 Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Centres, Nurse Practitioner led clinics, and Community Family Health Centres--all members of the Association of Ontario Health Centres--submitted an open letter to all Ontario MPPs affirming our support for Bill 77, Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act, 2015 and urging the members of provincial parliament to support as well. The bill ends the dangerous practice of "conversion therapy" which aims to change or direct a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Please find the full letter below and share it widely:
Open Letter to all MPPs, Support Bill 77


 

Engaging in Community-Based Advocacy

In partnership with Worker’s Action Centre, Access Alliance invites Health Promoters, Community Health Workers from CHCs and family health teams across the GTA to participate in a networking and training session to support the work in our communities.

For more information and to sign up for the training session, please visit the event page below:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/health-promoters-in-action-engaging-in-community-based-advocacy-tickets-16526671720


 

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services has developed a new resource guide, titled Making Jobs Work: Resources for Achieving Employment Security. We have written it for people who are looking for work in a non-unionized work environment, and who may be living on a low-income. 

Click here to read more about the guide and to access the download link:
http://accessalliance.ca/research/publications/making-jobs-work-resources-achieving-employment-security


Farsi-Speaking Women Support Group

Access Alliance is hosting a series of farsi-speaking women support groups, on Tuesdays, 10am - 12:30pm at 340 College Street. Suite 500. Sessions will start on April 7 and run until May 19. For more information or to register, please call Jasmine at: 416-324-8619 ext. 232


Income Tax Clinics

Access Alliance in partnership with Neighbourhood Centre offers a FREE income tax clinic to those who qualify. Click here to read the criteria and find information on how to book an appointment. 

 


The Legacy of a Passionate Community Leader

Can you imagine what the first black mayor of Toronto might look like? A passionate leader with a genuine commitment to fairness, equity and community empowerment.

Newcomer stories matter. To launch the new series, Immigrants as Nation Builders, we pay tribute to the late and great Nahom Berhane. Click here to read the full article, and please be encouraged to share, post and retweet. 

If you'd like to contribute to Immigrants as Nation Builders, please check out the follow link:
http://newcomerhealthmatters.com/2014/12/05/call-for-contributions-immigrants-as-nation-builders/ 


CALL to ACTION! Stop the rise of precarious and insecure jobs that damage workers' health in five concrete steps

Insecure jobs are on the rise not just in the private sector, but also within the broader public sector (healthcare, education, childcare, settlement, community and social service agencies). See our infographic highlighting damaging health impacts from precarious jobs. We call on leaders within public sector to champion an internally driven change movement to reverse this unhealthy trend. 

To kickstart the process, Access Alliance is adopting an agency-level Good Jobs Strategy to put five concrete steps into practice. We call on other agencies to do the same. Download our infographic poster, read our blog, and visit our Good Jobs web link to learn about how to build pathways to good jobs, starting from your agency.



See what's happening at the AccessPoint Hubs this month!

AccessPoint on Danforth Calendar
AccessPoint on Jane Calendar


Canadian health centres applaud latest report on health, wellbeing and access to community health services 

Read more about the report!


Do you want to become a member of Access Alliance?  Yes, find out how!

 


Visit "A Million Reasons Why" on facebook and add your own photo of why you think the minumim wage needs to be raised above the poverty line. 

The Right to Healthcare Coalition: Working toward eliminating the 3-Month Wait for OHIP imposed on new permanent residents.

Click here for more details on the campaign.