Health and Wellbeing
This report provides a summary of the Toronto Food Networks Summitheld on September 17th, 2015, including key messages, feedback provided by the participants, and resources shared by the presenter and the panelists. The Summit brought together around 60 representatives of 15 food networks to share ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration.
In the summer of 2014, Flemingdon Health Centre and Toronto North LIP staff initiated the Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Food Security Network to bring together community agencies and leaders working on food projects in the community.
This resource was developed by the students supporting the work of the Flemingdon-Thorncliffe Food Security Network: Mariam Rasheid and Ayan Osman with the School of Social Work at the Ryerson University. The idea behind this project was to map out existing food services, programs and resources to help service providers better assist their clients experiencing food security issues by referring them to the appropriate services.
It is not surprising that recreation was identified as one of the key priorities for newcomer health and wellbeing and was included in the Toronto North Settlement Strategy. Recreation helps people stay healthy and live longer. It is a proven therapeutic tool that helps to restore physical, mental and social capacities and abilities. The value of recreation for newcomers cannot be overestimated. By engaging in recreation activities newcomers decrease the negative effects of stress caused by immigration and settlement, make new connections and become a part of the community.
In 2012, Canada admitted 257,887 immigrants – a little more than the average number of immigrants that came for the past 10 years. The high numbers of immigrant intake contributes to Canada’s reputation as a country of demographic openness and multicultural tolerance.
The analysis of frontline workers’ (38 respondents) training needs in mental health, addictions and cultural competence undertaken by Toronto North Local Immigration Partnership in the winter of 2013 showed that there is an enormous demand for such training opportunities, notwithstanding the fact that 80% of the study participants have previously participated in some mental health training.
On March 28 Toronto North LIP held an All-Council meeting. The Toronto North Settlement Strategy and Action Plan were unveiled and well-received. We had great conversations about how to embark on implementing the Settlement Action Plan and we had a chance to learn about changes to the immigration system that could affect your services and ability to support newcomers through their settlement process.
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