Archive for June, 2017

  • Davenport Seniors Fair Celebrates Seniors Month

    26 June 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off on Davenport Seniors Fair Celebrates Seniors Month

    Abrigo Centre was one of a number of organizations invited to the event by host MPP Cristina Martins

    Davenport MPP Cristina Martins held her first Davenport Seniors Fair, in celebration of Seniors Month in Ontario, for a full house of community-minded individuals at the lovely Casa do Alentejo on Thursday, June 22 . Forty-five members of Abrigo Centre's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational group enjoyed a day filled with information, music and dancing and great food.

    Abrigo was one of seven or eight different social service agencies in attendance at the event. All organizations in attendance reside in the Davenport riding and it was a great opportunity for clients to meet with other clients from agencies such as the First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre, Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre and the LA Centre for Active Living.

    The special guest speaker at the event was Dipika Damerla, Ontario's Minister of Seniors Affairs. Minister Damerla provided inspiring remarks about the importance of community and having agencies like Abrigo in them and she also answered a number of questions from attending guests.

    Our thanks go out to Cristina Martins and her dynamic team for inviting Abrigo to this event and delivering a great, informative time to everyone in attendance.

  • BMO Provides Breakfast to Life and Hope Clients

    23 June 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off on BMO Provides Breakfast to Life and Hope Clients

    Branch Managers from the Toronto West Region Cook Up Community Spirit

    Fifteen Branch Managers from BMO's Toronto West Region visited the Abrigo Centre on Tuesday, June 20th armed with a duel purpose. One, to feed members of Abrigo's Life and Hope Educational and Recreational group breakfast and two, share in the spirit of community and giving back.

    The personable and dynamic BMO team immediately connected with our seniors. Not only did they provide a wonderful breakfast they also had the chance to meet with and talk to our clients. They learned the value of having a growing community resource like our Seniors Program and how it makes a difference in the lives of individuals who would otherwise, often be alone and isolated.

    After breakfast was served a vigorous exercise session took place for all in attendance and as per usual, a full session of dancing took place on our second floor with our BMO guests fully participating in both traditional Portuguese folk dances and a little counrty and western line dancing to boot!

    It was a wonderful event and all our clients were truly grateful for the opportunity to share in sense of community with our friends from BMO. Special recognition to BMO Regional Vice President Paula Oliveira and St. Clair and Dufferin Branch Manager Fabien Panzarella for leading and organizing this special event.

    Thank you to the entire Toronto West BMO team!

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