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  • Giving Tuesday is November 28th

    16 November 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo is taking part in Giving Tuesday for a second year

    Giving Tuesday is now just under two weeks away. You've heard about the shopping frenzy caused by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday is an online opportunity to support local charities that make a difference in your community.

    This year the Abrigo Centre we will be raising funds online for our seniors Life and Hope Group. With almost 200 registered members, Abrigo's second floor hall is regularly filled with music, laughter and activity. Six years ago Abrigo received donated chairs for use in that program, however ongoing wear and tear has left many of those chairs in poor condition and a number have been discarded as a result.

    The comfort and safety of our clients is a priority. As a result, Abrigo hopes to raise $4,000 this year on Giving Tuesday to purchase 100 new chairs for our seniors group. On Tuesday November 28th please support this urgent initiative. You can safely and securely give online by clicking on the CanadaHelps Donate Now button on the top right of each Abrigo page on this website.

    Thank you for your support!

  • Abrigo is closed on Thanksgiving Monday

    06 October 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Please be aware that the Abrigo Centre will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 for the Thanksgiving Monday Holiday. Abrigo will reopen on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

    Thank you and enjoy the long weekend.

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

    29 September 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    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 / 0 Comment

    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 / 0 Comment

    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 / 0 Comment

    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.

  • Service Alert: Abrigo will close at noon on Friday, Sept. 1

    31 August 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Half day of service provided leading into long holiday weekend

    In advance of the Labour Day weekend, the Abrigo Centre will open at 9:00 a.m. but close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017. The centre will reopen under normal business hours on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

    Thank you in advance and we wish you a safe and happy holiday.

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

    28 August 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Abrigo's AGM is set for Thursday, Sept. 28th at Casa do Alentejo

    Preparations are now well underway for Abrigo's 2017 Annual General Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Casa do Alentejo, 1130 Dupont Street, Toronto.

    To kick the evening off a Reception will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. Lights refreshments will be served. At 6:00 p.m. the business portion of the event will begin. Among the items, the financial statement for the year ending March 31, 2017 will be reviewed, the report of the Chairperson delivered and there will be the election and confirmation of new members of the Board of Directors.

    Following will be a special presentation by the The Portuguese-Speaking Advisory Committee who works with the trustees and staff of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) to advance equitable education practices that are responsive to the diverse needs of Portuguese-speaking students or students of Portuguese-speaking ancestry.

    Comprised of parents, students and members of the community, the group works to foster greater student achievement and success. This presentation will highlight progress since forming in 2012 and new initiatives for 2017-18.

    This is a free event and all are welcome. If you have any questions, please call 416-534-3434. Thank you.

  • Abrigo is closed Monday, August 7th

    03 August 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Civic holiday the reason for the closure

    The Abrigo Centre will be closed on Monday, August 7, 2017 for the Simcoe Day civic holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, August 8 at 9:00 a.m.

    We wish you a safe and enjoyable day with your family and loved ones!

  • Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame donates to Abrigo

    01 August 2017 / Uncategorized / 0 Comment

    Donation of $15,000 will support Abrigo's programs and services

    For the second consecutive year, the Portuguese Canadian Walk of Fame (PCWOF) Committee chose the Abrigo Centre as one of the benefiting charities from the funds raised at its annual gala, held this year on the last Saturday of May.

    Recently, a cheque presentation ceremony was held at Camoes Square in downtown Toronto and PCWOF Chair Mr. Manuel DaCosta presented Abrigo Executive Director Ed Graca with a cheque totaling $15,000. Also on hand for the event were a number of Abrigo clients who will benefit from the committee's generosity.

    Our sincere thanks goes out to Mr. DaCosta, Mr. Jose Eustaquio and all the other members of the PCWOF committee for their support.

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