New for 2018: Monthly Updates From the Desk of Anne Babcock, WoodGreen’s President and CEO


February 2018

Financial Empowerment Gears Up for Tax Season

As we draw nearer to tax season, our Financial Empowerment team is busy training volunteers who will help thousands of low income members of our community file their tax returns. This ensures our clients can receive many other valuable benefits they are eligible for, such as the Canada Learning Bond, Guaranteed Income Supplement, Canada Child Benefit and subsidized paramedical supports, just to name a few.

In 2017, the Financial Empowerment team returned over $17 million back into the hands of clients, completing 7,393 tax returns. Working to empower our community with the knowledge & skills they need to manage their finances and make informed decisions, we are looking forward to another busy tax season!

For more information on Financial Empowerment Services, click here.

The Financial Empowerment team of staff & volunteers from last year's tax season.

2017 President's Awards

What sets WoodGreen apart is our remarkable team of 750+ staff who work tirelessly to create new paths to opportunity for 37,000 people each year. To recognize the outstanding contributions of this incredible team, the President’s Awards were established to celebrate individuals and teams who demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation & collaboration over the past year. Nominated by their colleagues, managers and staff teams, the winners were announced at our annual Staff Appreciation Dinner in January.


    Carrie Chen & Cristina Pascual on behalf of the Assisted Living Team were the proud recipients of the Partnership and Collaboration Award for the Alternate Level of Care project that supports seniors in the hospital transition back into the community.

Each of the winners will be featured on LinkedIn over the coming weeks, so make sure you follow us on social media for updates on our work in the east end!


Congratulations Rites of Passage!

Congratulations to WoodGreen's Rites of Passage for winning the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) Rose Fortune Award – For Strength of Character and Firm Resolve 2018!

In honour of Black History Month, sipho kwaku, Director of Employment Solutions, Workforce Development shared some insights on the Rites of Passage Program. You can read the full blog here.


    The Rites of Passage team accepting the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) Rose Fortune Award - For Strength of Character and Firm Resolve 2018!

January 2018

Dear friend of WoodGreen,

As we begin our work in 2018, I'd like to take a few moments to share some highlights with you. In keeping with our strategic priorities, we continue to focus on sustainable, innovative programs and services that put clients at the core of everything we do.

This month, we are excited to officially break ground at 1117 Gerrard St E, expanding our affordable housing portfolio. Formerly home to Riverdale United Church, the site will be transformed into a 5 story, 35 unit affordable housing complex for seniors. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2020. With the extreme cold in much of Canada this month, we can see clearly the incredible need for safe, affordable housing for everyone, regardless of their income.


A rendering of the new 35 unit building planned for 1117 Gerrard St E.

The holiday spirit was strong at WoodGreen! We were pleased to receive donations of toys, food and care packages from corporate groups, sports teams, schools and local toy drives. Mary Fragedakis, City Councillor for Ward 29 also dropped off a major toy donation from local community members on December 21! These gifts brightened the holidays for so many of our clients, and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the generosity of this community.

On Christmas day, our Meals on Wheels staff, along with a team of 70 volunteers delivered 340 hot turkey lunches. In addition to providing hot meals to seniors, Meals on Wheels serves as a vital life-line that connects isolated and vulnerable people to the community.

Meals on Wheels staff & volunteers gather on Christmas Day to deliver hot turkey lunches.
Some of the many generous gifts donated over the holiday season.

We are looking forward to a wonderful year, collaborating closely with our partners, staff teams and clients to ensure we are truly creating a Toronto where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.