Holiday Season Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear Friends, 

Happy Holidays! The year is winding down now, and we are about to enjoy the festive season with family and friends! This weekend we all need to be extra careful with the winter storm system that’s around the GTA, so this is a time to stay home if possible. This is also a time when it’s extra important to remember those in our community who are experiencing difficulties like homelessness and hunger. We are so lucky to have a number of community agencies that provide assistance to residents, and I want to commend them for the important work they do. As residents of Scarborough-Guildwood, let’s make sure we do whatever we can to support those among us who are vulnerable.

As we approach the start of a new year, I want to mention that there are some key issues that will continue to require more attention. School safety has been approaching a level of crisis, with the recent violent incidents in our schools. We need a sustained focus on communities, on mental health, and on social support in our public education system. Action is needed, and that’s why I am committed to being your strong voice at Queen’s Park to make sure work gets done to improve things in these areas.

In addition to the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the flu has become a larger issue than it’s been in previous years. That’s why I am encouraging residents to continue to access the protection of the COVID-19 boosters and also please consider having a flu vaccine. Taking care of our overall health is vital to our wellbeing as a community. Lastly, please find a range of City supports and services accessed online here.  Let’s all do our part to keep our community and each other healthy during this festive season.  As always, my Constituency Office is ready to hear from you. If anyone has any concerns or challenges accessing support, or needs help booking a vaccination, please call my office at 416 281-2787 or send an email to mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.

Warm regards,

Mitzie

In this newsletter, you’ll find:

  • Mitzie on the Move
    • Tuxedo Court Food Bank Visit
    • Toy Drive with 43 Division
    • Shoe box donations
    • Masaryk Town Christmas Dinner
    • Seventh Day Adventist Christmas Dinner
  • Community Updates
    • Wellspring Centre Presents Zumba with Amanda
    • Community Involvement Hours Program
    • Black Women in Leadership photography exhibition
    • Scarborough Ontario Health Teams
    • Nursing Career Fast-Tracking
    • Essential Skills Upgrading
    • SCHC Volunteer Opportunity
  • Keeping Scarborough-Guildwood Safe
    • Vaccination News
    • Vaccine Clinics
  • Mitzie in the Legislature

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

It’s always a pleasure to be back at Tuxedo Court! Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who run the food bank!
Mitzie at the 43 Division Toy and Skate drop off. A big thanks to TPS for all you do for our community!
A special thanks to St. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church, who brought holiday cheer to many as they continue to step up and coordinate generous donations.
It was so much fun to be back at Masaryk Town for their Christmas dinner!
I was thrilled to be invited to the Seventh Day Adventist Christmas Dinner!
It was a fun day at the Scarborough Business Association’s AGM!

COMMUNITY UPDATES

NEW: The Wellspring Centre Presents Zumba with Amanda – Want to start the New Year off on the right foot? The Wellspring Centre has partnered with Amanda from Aidance to bring you another exciting and fun night of Zumba! Their evening class will be held on Hanuary 12th 2023 and it will begin at 6:00pm. They are open to anyone who is interested in attending a Zoom session and especially those who may have an intellectual or developmental disability. Please register by contacting Michelle via email at michelle@thespring.ca.

NEW:Community Involvement Hours – VIRTUAL Inspiring Minds Program – The Inspiring Minds program is offering virtual programming for youth ages 14-18. Participants are able to learn about topics such as leadership, stress management, goal setting, etc. Meetings will take place once a week using Google Meet. Access to a computer Microphone and internet is required. Mondays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Earn community involvement hours for attending. Connect with other youth. Register here

**REMINDER** Black Women in Leadership photography exhibition – Toronto Archives, in partnership with BAND (Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue) Gallery and Cultural Centre, presents Black Women in Leadership – an exhibition featuring the work of four Toronto-based visual artists/photographers Janice Reid, Leyla Jeyte, Jon Blak and Patricia Ellah. The exhibition is free to attend and will run until August 2023 at the Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd., open to the public on weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE

Vaccination News in Scarborough

**NEW**: Bivalent COVID-19 booster for children ages 5 to 11 – The Ontario government announced the availability of the (Pfizer) bivalent COVID-19 booster for children ages 5 to 11. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and the Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) partners encourage families who have children in this age group to get the Winter booster this December. The bivalent booster protects against two strains of COVID-19 (the original strain and the current predominant strain).

Kids Vaccine Clinic at Centenary Hospital

Families can book appointments for their children at our Kids Vaccine Clinic at Centenary Hospital, which has a specially designated clinic space for vaccinating younger children, and offers a safe, calm, and kid-friendly experience: 

SHN – Centenary Hospital (2867 Ellesmere Road) 

Monday – Friday, 2 – 9 pm

Saturday & Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm

See list of other clinics in Scarborough or to book your appointment, visit www.ScarbVaccine.ca

VaxFacts Clinic can help answer your paediatric vaccine questions and more! 

SHN’s VaxFacts Clinic physicians are here to answer your vaccine and infectious disease-related questions, including about the bivalent booster for kids. Schedule a one-to-one phone conversation with a physician by calling 416-438-2911 ext. 5738 or visiting shn.ca/VaxFacts.  

Alternate options for kids care this winter season

In the community: 


At SHN: 


**REMINDER**: Scarborough Health Network cold, flu, and Covid Clinic – Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is announcing the opening of its Kids Cold, Flu, COVID Clinic, effective immediately, at Birchmount Hospital (see map) for children who are six months to 18 years old.

SHN Cold, Flu and COVID Clinics are for patients who have any of the following moderate symptoms and want a medical assessment by a doctor:

• Fever (temperature of 37.8 degrees °C or above) that is not caused from a known infection or illness
Any worsening:
• Cough, shortness of breath
• Sore throat or hoarse voice
• Runny nose or sneezing, nasal congestion
• Loss of taste or smell
• Nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea, or abdominal pain
• Flu-like illness
• Pink eye/redness of eye(s)

Note: The Cold, Flu, and COVID Clinic at General Hospital will operate Monday – Wednesday, and Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., by appointment only.

**REMINDER**: COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings to Open for Children Aged Six Months to Under 5 Years – Parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years are now able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 will also become eligible to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose).
Appointments are available through the COVID-19 vaccination portal and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, directly through public health units using their own booking system, participating primary care providers and paediatricians, as well as at participating pharmacies and Indigenous-led vaccination clinics.**REMINDER**: SHN announces VaxFacts expansion boosters for 5-11 – The Ontario government announced expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine third dose boosters for children aged five to 11. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and our Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) partners are pleased to share that we will be administering third dose boosters to individuals in this age group. 

Appointments for boosters for this age group can be booked at www.ScarbVaccine.ca. The Ontario Ministry of Health recommends eligible children receive their booster dose at a recommended interval of at least six months following their most recent dose.

In addition, the VaxFacts+ service has also partnered with the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario to create a dedicated stream for Black communities, and SickKids to provide focused consultation on the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding people across Ontario. Schedule a one-to-one phone conversation with a physician by calling 416-438-2911 ext. 5738 or visiting VaxFacts – Scarborough Health Network (shn.ca)

**REMINDER**: Bivalent Available for 18+ – The Ontario government announced that the (Moderna) bivalent COVID-19 booster is available immediately for everyone aged 18 and over. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) partners continue to encourage all eligible community members to get their Fall vaccine booster, including the bivalent booster that protects against two strains of COVID-19 (the original strain and the current predominant strain). SHN’s Scarborough Vaccine Team is pleased to invite community members to begin booking appointments at our Centenary Vaccine Clinic by visiting www.ScarbVaccine.ca.

**REMINDER**: Paediatric Pfizer Vaccine for Under 5 – The province also announced it’s distributing the Pfizer vaccine across Ontario for children aged six months to under five years old. This is in addition to the Moderna vaccine available to the same age group. It is recommended for infants and children to receive the same vaccine – either Pfizer or Moderna – for all doses in a primary series. SHN and their SOHT partners are encouraging families to book an appointment for their children by visiting www.ScarbVaccine.ca.

MITZIE IN THE LEGISLATURE

Merry Christmas to all from Queen’s Park!