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Week of Feb 12th

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February 12, 2024(1 event)

1:30 pm: Musical Theatre Movement Workshop

February 12, 2024

Join us for 60 minutes of toe-tapping, moving and grooving in a dance-based fitness class! We will work every major muscle group and allow for modifications for all levels and abilities. Classic tunes with a musical theatre theme will bring you and your muscles back in time as we show tune it up together! Space are limited! To register, please contact the office at 416-236-1796 ext. 0 or email

West Neighbourhood House
248 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6J 3A2
February 13, 2024(1 event)

1:30 pm: Sharing Space Support Group

February 13, 2024

Are you dealing with issues related to living as a blind person in a sighted world? Do you need to receive insight from others going through the same things? Are you wanting to support and share with others dealing with sight loss challenges or challenges imposed by our city and society? We are here to help.

This group is a year-round, professionally facilitated group counselling for adults who are blind or living with vision loss. Registration opens 3 times/year only. Together, the group addresses life changes and challenges specifically for blind people, in a safe and supportive group experience.

February 14, 2024(2 events)

9:30 am: Strength and Stability Class

February 14, 2024

The class will safely focus on the muscle groups that encourage mobility and support daily living to help promote physical independence. Balance, flexibility and endurance will be incorporated into many of the exercises inherently.

Four Villages Community Health Centre Bloor West
1700 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6P 4C3

2:00 pm: BALANCE for Blind Adults and CultureLink Present a Special Webinar: Settlement services and basic needs services for people with disabilities in Ontario

February 14, 2024

Are you a Newcomer living with blindness or partial sight, and want to learn more about your rights as an adult with a disability living in Ontario?

BALANCE for Blind Adults and CultureLink Present a special series for newcomers with visual disabilities regarding Human Rights and Disability in Ontario.

Title: Settlement services and basic needs services for people with disabilities in Ontario

In the second of the series you will learn about The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and how do I apply?

  • Income Support.
  • Employment Support.
  • Ontario Disability Support Program health and disability benefits.
  • Wheel-Trans.
  • Coverage for assistive devices
  • What school supports are available for my child?
  • Financial aid options for college or university students with disabilities.

About the Facilitator: Yuliia Sydorenko is a Settlement Worker within the Settlement Workers in Schools program (SWIS). Yuliia is committed and dedicated in providing newcomers youth, students and families across TDSB and TCDSB schools with the appropriate information that will help with their transition into Canada.  She informs youth and families on subjects like navigating the school system, housing, employment, health and child care. Yuliia holds a Bachelors Degree in Law.

Register in advance for the “Settlement Services and Basic Needs Services for People with Disabilities in Ontario” webinar.


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February 15, 2024(1 event)

6:30 pm: Evening Sharing Space Support Group

February 15, 2024

Recognizing the difficulties of attending our current Sharing Space Support Group* for those with employment, enrolled in school or volunteering their time during daytime working hours, BALANCE is pleased to announce a new (evening) Sharing Space Support Group! Together, the group addresses life changes and challenges specifically for blind people, in a safe and supportive group experience.

This group is facilitated by Melanie Marsden, BSW, RSW. With lived experience of blindness, and a registered member of the Alderville First Nation (Ojibwaybear Clan) and (Mohawk Turtle Clan 6 nations Brantford, Ontario) Melanie brings a fresh perspective and will be of particular help to those living with challenges related to intersecting identities. This new group is offered virtually through Zoom, Wednesdays from 6:30 PM -8:30 PM. Also employed full-time during the day, Melanie is an Addiction and Mental Health Counsellor at Anishnawbe Health Toronto and is eager to facilitate our new evening SSSG at BALANCE.

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