Archive for September, 2016

  • Cultural Competence is an Abrigo Priority

    27 September 2016 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Promoting Cultural Competence and Acceptance

    By Vilmara Lucas

    “Do you speak Portuguese?” It is the most frequent question asked by new clients at the Abrigo Centre. In fact, communicating with clients in their first language is one of the most powerful methods of achieving cultural competence through counselling and is an essential component of responsive social services organizations, especially for agencies targeting cultural communities like the Abrigo Centre.

    Through my student placement work at Abrigo, I now have a greater understanding of the importance of effective communication as essential to building relationships and conveying respect to an individual seeking our assistance. I have witnessed this circle of empowerment happening every day at our agency. Clients often express how they feel welcomed and accepted at Abrigo in the process of having their issues understood and individual needs met.

    It has been an enormous privilege for me to be part of the Abrigo Centre team over the past year as I have had the opportunity of not only practicing my professional vocation but also serving my own community in Toronto as an agent of change. I have come to recognize the great work that Abrigo Centre has been doing over the last twenty-six years and I believe that Abrigo will continue to provide outstanding services for many years to come with the dedicated support of its staff, volunteers, sponsors and donors.

  • Abrigo's Annual General Meeting Proves to be Another Great Success

    22 September 2016 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    TAG-V Program focus of this year's special presentation

    The Abrigo Centre held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 22 at Loretto College, just a short walk from the agency. The evening started with an open reception for arriving guests and was followed by the annual business of the Board of Directors. Special recognition was provided to retiring Board member Daniela Pacheco for completing six years of outstanding service to the agency.

    Featured in the second half of the meeting was a wonderful presentation and video on our Teens Against Gender-Based Violence (TAG-V) program. This program is now in its fourth year and is funded through a grant from the Canadian Women's Foundation. The TAG-V program goes into local high schools, creates a safe and open environment, and addresses issues that are relevant to youth today. Topics include what is consent, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, bullying and sexting.

    Abrigo thanks everyone who attended the event, most notably our student presenters and our program funders from various Ontario ministries and agencies.

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  • Abrigo attends Brazilian Independance Day celebration

    09 September 2016 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Local Brazilian community turns out in force for flag raising ceremony

    On Wednesday, September 7, 2016 members of the Abrigo Centre team had the pleasure of attending a flag raising ceremony at Toronto City Hall in recognition of the 194th anniversary of Brazil's Independence Day celebrations.

    The hot humid weather was certainly reminiscent of a Rio afternoon in the summer. A wide range of leaders from the business, education, political and media communities were in attendance. Beyond the flag raising itself, a highlight of the ceremony was remarks from Ambassador Ana Lélia Benincá Beltrame.

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