Archive for September, 2017

  • Education, advocacy & three new Board members added at AGM

    29 September 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Advocacy tips for your child's education highlights special presentation

    The Abrigo Centre held its 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, September 28, at Casa do Alentejo in Toronto. After a reception filled with a fine assortment of Portuguese style appetizers, Abrigo Board Chair Humberto Carolo welcomed the approximately 60 guests to this year’s event.

    Among the many highlights was a moment to recognize the retirement of Michael Borrelli from the Board of Directors after serving the maximum six year period. Abrigo Executive Director Ed Graça extended special praise to Michael for his diligent watch over the agencies finances during his time served. Abrigo also welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors: Paula Medeiros, Ruth Fernandes and Matthew Correia.

    Dignitaries in attendance included Cristina Martins, MPP Davenport, Caitlin Hancey, Ministry of the Attorney General and Rubaiyat Karim from the United Way Toronto & York Region.

    After the AGM’ s formalities, select members of the Portuguese-Speaking Advisory Committee of the Toronto Catholic District School Board delivered a special presentation on advocacy and education. Specifically, the committee works to advance equitable education practices that are responsive to the diverse needs of Portuguese-speaking or students of Portuguese-speaking ancestry. The group outlined the progress they have made since forming in 2012, some of the challenges students face today and new initiatives going forward. A lively discussion followed the formal presentation with a variety of questions provided by an engaged audience.

    It was clear that parents in the audience now have a much better idea of how the advisory committee works with the school Board and how to advocate for their child.

  • Abrigo's Annual General Meeting is Sept. 28th

    26 September 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Casa do Alentejo is the site for this year's event

    Here is a final reminder that Abrigo's Annual General Meeting will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Casa do Alentejo, 1130 Dupont St. in Toronto. A Reception kicks-off the event starting at 5:30 p.m. with the formal meeting starting at 6:00 p.m.

    Afterward, there will be a special presentation on Advocacy and Education by the Portuguese-Speaking Advisory Committee working with the trustees and staff of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The group focuses on advancing equitable education practices that are responsive to the diverse needs of Portuguese-speaking students or students of Portuguese-speaking ancestry.

    Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

  • An Uprising of Care

    18 September 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Abrigo attends the 2017 United Way Toronto & York Region campaign launch

    The atrium of the Sony Centre in downtown Toronto was the site of the 2017 United Way Toronto & York Region campaign launch. The goal for this year's campaign is $103 million.

    The theme is an Uprising of Care and the Abrigo Centre is delighted to participate once again in this very important initiative. Watch for more information on our fundraising endeavors in the coming weeks.

    United Way Toronto & York Region President & CEO Daniele Zanotti

    Toronto Mayor John Tory

    2017 Campaign Chair Dean Connor

  • Brazilian Flag Raising Ceremony

    08 September 2017 / Uncategorized / Comments Off

    Abrigo in attendance at annual event

    Abrigo was honored to attend the Brazil Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, September 8th at City Hall in Toronto. Our thanks to City Councillor Ana Bailao, Davenport, and Consul General of Brazil in Toronto Ana Lelia Beninca for organizing another great event.

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