Child Poverty is Election Issue

October 7, 2019

Child and family poverty has dropped significantly across Canada since 2015, but the problem persists in all 338 federal ridings as the country heads towards a federal election Oct. 21, reports Campaign 2000, a non-partisan coalition of 120 groups and individuals committed to ending child poverty and co-ordinated by Family Service Toronto. “Child and family… Continue reading Child Poverty is Election Issue

FST staffer pens caregiver column

August 19, 2019

Identifying your role as a caregiver can be empowering, writes FST social worker Erin Relyea in her first online column as a toronto.com contributor. “Being a caregiver can be one of the most challenging roles,” she notes. “It can be lonely, emotional and overwhelming to balance the needs of another person while still maintaining your own.… Continue reading FST staffer pens caregiver column

FST welcomes Chris Brillinger

August 1, 2019

Family Service Toronto welcomes Chris Brillinger as its new Executive Director on Aug. 6. Chris comes to FST after 31 years of exemplary leadership and dedication to Toronto public service as the city’s Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration (SDFA).  He moves into the role following the July departure of Margaret Hancock, who… Continue reading FST welcomes Chris Brillinger

FST releases 2018-19 report

July 19, 2019

Family Service Toronto held its Annual General Meeting on June 19 at its downtown office at 355 Church Street. The event was attended by board members, staff, and visitors and was followed by an event to celebrate 12 years of leadership by outgoing Executive Director Margaret Hancock, who will depart July 19. About 100 community… Continue reading FST releases 2018-19 report

FST salutes Margaret Hancock

July 11, 2019

Family Service Toronto is preparing to bid farewell to its Executive Director of the last 12 years. Margaret Hancock departs July 19 after more than a decade of leadership in the city’s social services sector and directing a team which provides front line services to address poverty, violence against women, LGBTQ+ issues, caregiving for seniors… Continue reading FST salutes Margaret Hancock

Happy Pride month from FST!

June 5, 2019

Family Service Toronto is celebrating the diversity and inclusiveness of the city’s fourth annual Pride month throughout June and salutes the work of its David Kelley Services unit. FST’s DKS unit is committed to trauma-informed, anti-oppression practices to help empower LGBTQ+ individuals, couples and families, as well as people living with, affected by or concerned… Continue reading Happy Pride month from FST!

FST welcomes new directors

June 3, 2019

FST is pleased to welcome Leila Sarangi as its new Director, Social Action and Andrey Timofeev as Director, Finance effective June 3. Leila’s professional experience demonstrates a concentrated commitment to advocacy and social action grounded in the community sector. Leila started her career as a front-line crisis counsellor in the women’s shelter system and in… Continue reading FST welcomes new directors

FST chooses new leadership

April 16, 2019

A veteran civic leader of innovative approaches to social and community development across the City of Toronto will lead Family Service Toronto into the next decade. “We are most pleased to inform you that Chris Brillinger has been chosen to be the next Executive Director of Family Service Toronto,” said Terrie Tucker, chair of FST’s… Continue reading FST chooses new leadership

Calling all seniors caregivers

April 11, 2019

Family Service Toronto is offering a series of free monthly workshops to caregivers who provide assistance to a senior (55+). The workshops are presented in English and other languages (Dari, Farsi, Somali, Spanish, Tamil) and are also offered to the LGBTQ+ community. Workshop topics include home safety, community resources, medication management and crisis prevention. April… Continue reading Calling all seniors caregivers

FST salutes our volunteers

April 9, 2019

FST is celebrating National Volunteer Week by recognizing and thanking those who give their time and skills to make a difference in their community and share our vision of a city in which individuals, families and communities are resilient and thriving. This year’s national recognition event runs April 7-13 and celebrates Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers… Continue reading FST salutes our volunteers

FST recognizes Equal Pay Day

April 9, 2019

Family Service Toronto joins our Campaign 2000 colleagues on April 9 in recognizing Equal Pay Day, which marks the extra three months women in Canada have had to work in 2019 to match the amount of money men made in 2018 alone. The gender pay gap persists in Canada, meaning that full-time working women earn… Continue reading FST recognizes Equal Pay Day

United Way exceeds target

March 11, 2019

Congratulations to United Way Greater Toronto which raised $110.3 million for its 2018 community campaign. It had set a target of $110 million. “We’ve made huge strides for people in our communities, because our generous donors and caring volunteers, dedicated agencies and committed corporate and labour partners showed their local love,”  said United Way CEO… Continue reading United Way exceeds target

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