Letter: She wants to volunteer but…

In response to the May 16 editorial and how hard it is to acquire good volunteers, I find the recruiting process and level of commitment required as obstacles. The volunteer listings read like a career position. Police checks are usually mandatory plus organizations want your promise to serve – very often – for at least […]

Neighbourhood Link connects seniors with community

Continuing an annual tradition, the caseworkers at Neighbourhood Link hosted their traditional Christmas dinner for isolated seniors on December 6. The scent of freshly cooked turkey lingered in the air as more than 50 seniors came through to enjoy the delicious, home cooked meals prepared by the team at Neighbourhood Link and get into the […]

News in Brief

A roof repair campaign for the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care in Scarborough got a $10,000 boost last week thanks to members of the Branch 11 Royal Canadian Legion on Dawes Road. Built in 1976, the centre is supported by the community rather than Veterans Affairs because it provides long-term care for veterans’ spouses […]

Making meals happen for everyone

When Meals on Wheels volunteers pulled up on a recent -5°C morning, one man came to the door in a T-shirt. “Perfect timing,” he said, pointing to his freshly shoveled driveway. “I was just cooling off.” Just a few blocks away, a woman said thanks for the hot food – meatballs in mushroom gravy, a […]

The long march toward tipping points

Strains of Beaches Jazz are – or were – in the air but tipping points are on my mind. Recent announcements about the future of the CBC brought to mind the notion that we may be on the verge of a whole bunch of them. Some are more easily recognized than others, and we have […]

Keeping cool in the Beach

When extreme heat envelops the City of Toronto it is easy to come up with more reasons to stay indoors if you have air conditioning than it is to go outside – unless you live in the Beach. For decades people have flocked to our sandy beaches for relief when outdoor temperatures soar. Today many […]

Seniors walk to help themselves

A team made up of clients and staff from Neighbourhood Link Support Services took on the Toronto challenge on June 10. The Toronto Challenge is an annual City of Toronto fundraising event for long-term homes and community agencies that provide services and support to Toronto seniors. For 21 years, this unique and inspiring event has […]

Neighbourhood Link helps seniors get around

When asked what the best thing about his job is, Neighbourhood Link driver Raphael is quick to respond. “Every day is different, everybody has a story to share. You never know what the next day will bring. A simple drive can really make a senior’s life so much easier,” he said. Some mornings Raphael’s first […]

Helping seniors move to smaller spaces

The arrival of April motivates many homeowners to declutter and work on house repairs. If your spring cleaning to-do list seems overwhelmingly long, imagine how long-time Beach Metro Community News reader Ruth felt when she decided to sell her three-story house that had belonged to her family since 1930. A lot of personal items can […]

Skype is an easy way to connect

In many ways, as kids become adults, the difference between parents and their middle-aged children is much less pronounced. Both generations can drive, own homes (or at least mortgages), vote and enjoy a glass of wine together. But a noticeable difference arises with technology. “Not you, too,” I heard my mother say at Easter as […]