Archive for September, 2018

  • Music for Life takes centre stage at Abrigo AGM

    28 September 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Community support strong for this year's event

    On Thursday, September 28th the Abrigo Centre held it's Annual General Meeting for the first time at its current 1645 Dufferin Street location. The previous six years, the event took place at other locations in the Davenport community because of accessibility issues on-site.

    This year, taking the spotlight was a special presentation after the AGM on Abrigo's Music for Life program. Music for Life grew out of a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Seniors Affairs that created a 20+ member choir from Abrigo's Life and Hope seniors group and is in the process of teaching a number of those same individuals how to play a musical instrument.

    As in previous years, Abrigo's Chair Humberto Carolo provided his report to the community, minutes from last year's event were approved, the last fiscal year's audited financial report was presented and new board members were elected. Abrigo is happy to welcome three new members this year; Lena Barreto, Cidalia Faria and Kathleen Teixeira.

    Holding the AGM on-site at Abrigo was made possible because of the installation of a new LULA elevator in the building. Abrigo clients waited a number of years for the elevator and the funding for it came through generous community donations from, among many, LiUNA Local 183 and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. With the elevator in place there was a large turnout for the event as the second floor meeting hall was filled with more than 70 guests in attendance.

    The highlight of the night was clearly the presentation on the Music for Life program. Abrigo Counsellor Marilia dos Santos provided some background information on Abrigo's seniors program and how Music for Life started. Special guest, renowned musician Hernani Raposo, provided insights on how music makes individuals feel and how it can make a positive impact on memory for seniors. Music for Life program leader Nuno Miller, a musician and host on Camoes Radio, described his experiences leading the group and the growth he has seen from them over the last four months. Abrigo client and Music for Life participant Isabel Pereira spoke about how being in the group has changed her life.

    The evening wrapped up with two wonderful performances from the group.

    Thank you to all who made the effort to come to this year's event.

  • Final Call: AGM is next Thursday, Sept. 27th

    21 September 2018 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    You're Invited to Abrigo's Annual General Meeting

    Abrigo invites you to our Annual General Meeting this coming Thursday, September 27, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m. here at the Abrigo Centre. The meeting will be in our fully accessible second floor hall. This event is open to the public and all are welcome.

    In advance of the AGM, Abrigo will be hosting a Reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Post AGM, there will be a Special Presentation on Abrigo's Music for Life program that encourages members of Abrigo's Life and Hope seniors group to learn a new instrument and sing along to their favourite folk songs from various areas of Portugal and the Azores.

    Among the speakers will be Ed Graca, Executive Director of the Abrigo Centre, Hernani Raposo, revered local musician, Marilia dos Santos, Abrigo Counsellor and coordinator of the Life and Hope group and Nuno Miller, Camoes Radio host, who is leading the Music for Life group.

    Please rsvp by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 24th by email at or by calling 416-534-3434.

    We hope to see you there!

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