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Comedians Stand-Up to Stigma
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

Comedians Stand-Up to Stigma

Come out for a night of laughter by joining our elite group of Comedians Stand-Up to Stigma during Suicide Prevention Week

About this Event

Doors Open: 8:00pm --- Show Starts at 8:30PM

Hosted by Dave Martin, featuring Kj Preston, Fiona O'Brien, Joze Piranian with Simon Rackoff Headling. Please come out to this amazing night of Comedy to support Distress Centre GTA

Don't forget to bring cash for our Raffle and 50/50 Draws.

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Pathways Forward Distress Centres’ Fifth Annual Survivors of Suicide Loss Conference
Nov
24
9:00 AM09:00

Pathways Forward Distress Centres’ Fifth Annual Survivors of Suicide Loss Conference

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Each year, there are 4000 suicides in Canada. For every suicide loss, there are at least 10 family members, friends, co-workers and others forever impacted by that death. The impact of that suicide leaves unanswered questions, isolation, uncertainty and often no clear path forward.

In November of each year Survivors of Suicide Loss gather around the world to acknowledge the life-changing impact of the suicide of someone they care about deeply. They gather to honor the person who has died and to meet with others travelling and surviving together.

Through group discussions, workshops, meaningful conversations and networking we will explore the unique journeys we take from the early moments after their death, to months and years later as we come to terms with pain, sorrow, and loss.

On November 24th, 2019 please join us and other survivors of suicide loss for a day of connecting, learning and remembering.

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CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP DETAILS:

Your help in sponsoring or helping to sponsor our 2019 conference means that we can deliver an even better conference. For sponsorship opportunities, please visit out sponsorship page here.

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3rd Daniel Dacosta Memorial Baseball Tournament
Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

3rd Daniel Dacosta Memorial Baseball Tournament

For a 3rd year, Monika and Carlos Dacosta will be hosting a fundraiser for Distress Centres of Greater Toronto:

“We are organizing the 3rd Daniel Dacosta Memorial Baseball Tournament to bring together friends and family to remember Daniel, and do what Daniel loved to do, play and watch baseball.

Daniel left us way too soon, struggling quietly with anxiety and depression without letting anyone in, without accepting help, while at the same time he was assisting others. We would like to bring attention to the issues of mental health, the pressures youth face in dealing with it, but also to provide opportunities to connect, and bring resources to the forefront to make sure everyone finds a place or person they can connect with and find the help they need through this event.

Depression and anxiety are treatable diseases. We should not be losing young lives to these terrible diseases. There is hope and a bright future for every single person. By working together we can make this a reality.

Please donate to support the work of the Distress Centres. They have been an invaluable resource to us, rebuilding our life after Daniel's passing. The Distress Centres works with those left behind after a suicide, and they also offer resources to individuals struggling with issues and thinking of ending their life.

Please help us make a better future for all of us.”

Monika and Carlos Dacosta

For updates, please view this page: https://ddcbt.weebly.com/ 

DONATE ONLINE

Event page: https://2019-daniel-dacosta-tournament.funraise.org/

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EVENT: 31st ANNUAL HOPE CHARITY VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT (TORONTO)
Jun
15
8:30 AM08:30

EVENT: 31st ANNUAL HOPE CHARITY VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT (TORONTO)

HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Charity Volleyball Tournament is a charity raising awareness and funds for other local charities.  Distress Centres' is thrilled to partner with HOPE Volleyball - A portion of proceeds from this event will be donated & directly impact the lives of individuals in our community that are at risk and their most vulnerable. 

For any questions, please email tara@torontodistresscentre.com

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The Road Ahead: Connecting, Collaborating, Remembering Distress Centres’  First Survivors of Homicide Loss City Forum
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

The Road Ahead: Connecting, Collaborating, Remembering Distress Centres’ First Survivors of Homicide Loss City Forum

It’s well known that Toronto experienced a profoundly tragic year in 2018 with regards to homicides and gun violence. The need for support for those experiencing a homicide loss has never been greater. Since the early 2000s Distress Centres’ Survivor Support Program has filled a gap in service offering face-to-face individualized and group support for friends and family members impacted by a homicide.

Sudden violent death remains a very isolating experience. Due, in part to the isolation, the long-term complications of living in the aftermath of a homicide can be worsened without a support network for sharing the most painful and challenging parts of the loss. Survivors have often spoke about the need for a gathering of peers, others like them struggling to cope with their loss in order to network, share and support one another.

On May 30th during National Victims of Crime Week, Distress Centres will be hosting our first City-Wide Forum. At The Road Ahead: Connecting, Collaborating, Remembering, we hope to bring together friends, family members and others who experienced a homicide loss. We will have guest speakers and community representatives. We hope to encourage honest discussion, a chance to hear words of support and an opportunity to honour the lives of those who have died and those left behind.

Speakers / performers:

Patricia Hung - a retired police officer, certified life coach, author and speaker. Survivor of homicide loss. Patricia will be rpesenting: “Joy in the Aftermath” during the event.

Medicine Song Woman Brenda MacIntyre - a Goose Bump Giving Singer, Motivational Speaker and Author of the Medicine Song Oracle Cards.

Dr. Tanya Sharpe - a community based social worker in the field of interpersonal violence since 1993. Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, after serving on the faculty at the University of Maryland- Baltimore, School of Social Work for 11 years.

Audette Shephard - an advocate for justice, for support for victims of crime, and for community safety. Survivor of homicide loss.

Tickets include:

Dinner, refreshments and a Grab Bag

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We want everyone who would like to take part to be able to attend. If you need any assistance please reach out to Alex

416-595-1716 or alex@torontodistresscentre.com


More info on speakers / performers:

Patricia Hung - a retired police officer, certified life coach, author and speaker.

Patricia began her policing career in Intelligence as a translator during a major drug importation investigation. She then worked in Communications, frontline policing, helped execute gang-exiting programs and many other areas in the Service.

After the homicide of her 14 year old daughter, Patricia shifted her focus to support victims of crime and retired as the Victim Witness Support Coordinator for the Toronto Police Service.

Patricia is the Chair of the Victim Advisory Committee for Correctional Services Canada and the Parole Board of Canada for Ontario and Nunavut. Patricia works part time for Victim Services Toronto, and volunteers for numerous organizations across Canada.

Her work has been published in Canadian Family Magazine. She is the author of Seven Helpful Ways to Support Those Who Grieve and is a contributing Author in the best-selling book series Adventures in Manifesting.


Medicine Song Woman Brenda MacIntyre is a Goose Bump Giving Singer, Motivational Speaker and Author of the Medicine Song Oracle Cards.

The Juno-award winning singer has shared her magic, leadership and soul on national TV channels such as MuchMusic, CTV, APTN, and Global and for appreciative audiences of 30 to 3000. Her music has been featured on CBC Radio and hundreds of other radio stations, garnering top ten status multiple times. She has shared the stage with the start from The Secret, Michael Beckwith, and New York Times Best-Selling authors Gregg Braden and the late Dr. Emoto.

Brenda began an intensive healing journey at an indigenous women’s healing lodge in the 90s, where a Navajo medicine woman recognized her as a healer. Since then, Brenda’s mentorship, speaking and spiritual singing have helped thousands of women around the world to amplify their voice and the power of who they are. After her son was murdered in 2016, Brenda developed chronic pain. She now speaks and sings to create awareness and healing for people affected by grief, trauma and chronic pain.

Dr. Tanya Sharpe - a community based social worker in the field of interpersonal violence since 1993. Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, after serving on the faculty at the University of Maryland- Baltimore, School of Social Work for 11 years.

Her research focuses on examining sociocultural factors that influence the coping strategies of Black family members of homicide victims for the purpose of developing culturally appropriate interventions that can best assist them in their management of grief and bereavement. Dr. Sharpe has developed, implemented and evaluated community-based programs for children and families coping with: interpersonal violence (e.g., homicide, suicide, intimate partner violence, human made and natural disasters). Her comprehensive Model of Coping for African American Survivors of Homicide Victims (MCAASHV) (Sharpe, 2015) has informed; culturally appropriate interventions (Sharpe, Iwamoto, Massey & Michalopoulos, in press), a tool of measurement for African American’s coping with homicide violence and best practices that support African American survivors of homicide victims throughout their process of grief and bereavement. She is the founder of the Homicide Research Consortium (HRC), an international collective group of scholars focused on raising the standard of research and best practice for African American/ Black survivors of homicide victims and violence through collaborative research and scholarship.

Dr. Sharpe is the Endowed Chair in Social Work in the Global Community at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. As chair she is focused on developing new and building upon existing community-based and trans national partnerships for the purpose of developing a global legacy of culturally-responsive research and practice for overrepresented but under-researched Black, African and Caribbean survivors of homicide victims.

She is the recipient of multiple awards including the Governor of Maryland's Victim Assistance Award, the NASW Maryland Chapter’s 2016 Social Work Educator of the Year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Diversity Recognition Award for Outstanding University of Maryland, Baltimore Faculty, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Special Recognition Award for co-developing a course entitled Freddie Gray-Baltimore: Past, Present and Moving Forward, and the University of Maryland’s Organization of African American Students in Social Work’s inaugural Spotlight Award.

Dr. Sharpe has been a community based social worker in the field of interpersonal violence since 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Social Work from Boston College and recently began her tenure as an Associate Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, after serving on the faculty at the University of Maryland- Baltimore, School of Social Work for 11 years.

Audette Shephard

Audette Shephard’s only child Justin Garth Shephard was born on February 21, 1982 and was murdered on June 23, 2001, at the age of 19. Justin had been one of Canada’s most promising upcoming basketball players and he dreamed of joining his half-brother Jamaal Magloire in the NBA.

Out of much sorrow came much resolve for Ms. Shephard, as she developed a strong passion towards helping youth and finding solutions to end youth violence. Ms. Shephard co-founded UMOVE (United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere) shortly after Justin’s murder. UMOVE is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization comprised of a group of mothers who have lost children to senseless acts of violence and other supportive members from the community

Ms. Shephard has received numerous awards, most notably the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding Canadians who make a difference in our city and country (2012), the Scotiabank Global Transaction Banking’s “Woman of Distinction” award (2008), the “Global Citizen Award” (2008), the African Canadian Achievement Award (2008), the Maja Award for “Woman of Courage” (2006), and the Bob Marley Award for promoting peace in communities (2002). Ms. Shephard was also a member of former Toronto Mayor David Miller’s Advisory Committee for Community Safety.

She is currently a Manager, Trade Finance, Global Transaction Banking at Scotiabank. Ms. Shephard continues to be a strong advocate for justice, for support for victims of crime, and for community safety. She also volunteers with the Seventh Day Adventist Church Prison Ministry.

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Tickets include: Dinner, refreshments and a Grab Bag

Contact: Alex@torontodistresscentre.com for more info

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MY SECRET ROLLER COASTER: PHOTOGRAPHY BY LORA MOORE
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

MY SECRET ROLLER COASTER: PHOTOGRAPHY BY LORA MOORE

Photographer Lora Moore presents a personal and retrospective series of photographs documenting her emotional journey through loss, grief, joy, and love.

This exhibit will take place on May 9th as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival at Artworld Fine Art (365 Evans Avenue, Toronto)

RSVP to info@artworldfineart.com

A portion of the proceeds will go towards Distress Centres of Greater Toronto

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Dishes to Ashes: Suicide and its Aftermath - An art installation by Rahna Moreau
Apr
24
to May 18

Dishes to Ashes: Suicide and its Aftermath - An art installation by Rahna Moreau

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Dishes to Ashes 
Suicide and its Aftermath
An art installation by Rahna Moreau
 
Exhibition Dates: 
April 24 - May 18
Wednesday - Saturday 1:00-5:00 pm
 
Reception: 
Friday May 3rd, 6:00-8:00 pm
 
Location: 
401 Richmond St W, Ste 277
(Le Labo)

About Dishes to Ashes: 
On May 9, 2001 artist Rahna Moreau’s sister died by suicide. Soon to turn fifty, her sister wrote of pain and putting an end to her suffering. She also expressed regret.
 
In an earlier installation and performance, Rahna broke most of the family china she inherited. You can view that work at: www.disheswillbebroken.com
 
This second installation uses fragments of that china to represent the broken lives and the aftermath of suicide.
 
Dishes to Ashes is a representation of Rahna’s never-ending grief and her compassion for those who have died by suicide as well as those touched by suicide.
 
This installation is part of an ongoing project.
 
Directions:
Le Labo is located in studio 277 on the second floor of the 401 Richmond Building. The 401 Richmond building and Le Labo are barrier free venues.
 
Contact:
For more information, contact: rahnamoreau@gmail.com
 

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PMI Lakeshore Chapter - Professional Development Day 2019
Apr
13
7:45 AM07:45

PMI Lakeshore Chapter - Professional Development Day 2019

We are excited to have PMI Lakeshore Ontario Chapter hosting an event where proceeds will towards Distress Centres of Greater Toronto. Read more below:

About

Each year the PMI Lakeshore Ontario Chapter hosts two Professional Development Days the 1st in Spring and then again in Fall. These events are dedicated to enhancing skills of Project Management Practitioners. The Spring 2019 offering of the Professional Development Day is focused on how to achieve life balance and project success amidst disruptive forces. Attendees will leave inspired after a day filled with learning, tools and future practices.

PMI are celebrating our 20th anniversary and have introduced a social good element as part of the yearlong celebration. We have identified Distress Centres of Greater Toronto (formerly known as Spectra Helpline) as an organization that we would like to work with to raise funds towards the Telecheck Seniors Program (55+) Your contribution of $20 in honor of the PMILOC 20th Anniversary will help make a difference in the lives of seniors living in Peel Region.

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Disruptive forces are all around us, we see them impacting our economy, work, roles and even our personal life! How do you stay focused and on the right path? Join us on Saturday, April 13th at Hilton Garden Inn, Brampton, ON for our Spring Professional Development Day!

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Why Attend?

  • Enhance your leadership and technical skills via interactive and engaging workshops

  • Network with PMs and Industry Leaders

  • Take part in an innovative breakfast panel discussion where Wellness Experts will share their perspectives on how to maintain the right work-life balance

  • Earn up to 8 PDUs to maintain your PMI certifications

When and where?

Join us on Saturday, April 13th at Hilton Garden Inn, Brampton, ON

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WINTER: 12th Annual HOPE Indoor Winter Beach Volleyball Tournament
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

WINTER: 12th Annual HOPE Indoor Winter Beach Volleyball Tournament

Get out of the cold and join us on the sand at Beach Blast for some volleyball action! All proceeds go towards Distress Centres and Wellspring (50/50) meaning that by taking part you will be helping improve the lives of many across Toronto.

 

What:

HOPE Charity Winter Beach Volleyball Tournament

When:

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Where:

Beach Blast, 15 Leswyn Road

Cost:

$240 + HST per team

Format:

Co-ed 6s (6 - 10 players)

Divisions:

Recreational & Intermediate

 

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Ride To Save Lives - February 28th, 2019
Feb
28
8:10 PM20:10

Ride To Save Lives - February 28th, 2019

In February 2019, fundraiser Allie King will join over 50 cyclists in an indoor cycling challenge. They are aiming to raise over $2,000 to help us connect to even more at-risk people in communities across Toronto.

Allie is aiming to find 56 cyclists to join her, so please register via Eventbrite if you are interested. If you know anyone who would be up for joining this to help raise funds. Register here

Good luck Allie & the cycling team!

Fundraising Target: $2000

Cost: $30 per seat

Where: Ride Cycle Club, 2 Humbert Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7

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