Celebrating Diversity

Seniors' Health Centre serves residents from many backgrounds and offer programming that keeps them active and involved with their families, friends, community, and cultural/ religious roots. Over 40% of residents are first generation Canadians bringing with them a wide diversity of cultural/ethnic traditions.

We collaborate with community organizations, as well as North York General Hospital’s Spiritual and Religious Care and Diversity Services departments, to offer programming that keeps residents active and involved with their families, friends, community, and cultural/ religious roots.  
Our Family Advisory Committee also assists us in celebrating the diversity of our residents by providing feedback on programs, spiritual celebrations and cultural food preferences.

These partnerships allow us to offer a varied and full calendar of events, including:
  • A Chinese Tea Program each Tuesday that often includes discussion of current events and traditional food in participants' prevailing languages

  • Bimonthly Chinese discussion groups

  • In partnership with the Family Advisory Committee, SHC hosts Multicultural Nights complete with music, food and education

  • Nightly Ismaili evening prayers and bus trips to mosques and other cultural destinations

  • Armenian mass, monthly luncheons, prayer groups and trips to community centre

  • Weekly Jewish Sabbath Services along with celebrations and recognition of all traditional Jewish holidays

  • Celebration of other cultural events including: Chinese New Year, Black History Month, St. Patrick’s Day, Kushiali Celebrations, Channukah, Rosh Hashannah, Passover and Canada Day  

  • Weekly Christian worship and prayer services, monthly Communion and significant Christian holiday services.

  • Multifaith spirituality groups for all residents

  • Bimonthly centre-wide memorial services
  • Recognizing all traditional customs and Christian practices and multfaith groups