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Dear friends, Community Partners and Clients,

Today marks a turning point in the #Coronavirus #COVID19 response in Canada. We wanted to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward. The health, safety and well-being of our employees, clients and volunteers is our top priority, and we are following the lead of Canadian Public Health at this critical time.

Our public health leaders are truly adapting in a meaningful way to the (WHO)World Health Organization’s announcement this week that this has become a pandemic.

This announcement means that there is no doubt that Coronavirus is coming to our communities, and our focus is shifting. Public health is still working toward preventing as many cases as possible. In light of this developing situation, Sesheme will honour the government’s suggestion on limiting direct face to face meetings and social gatherings by cancelling all programming sessions until further instructions are given.

As the situation evolves, we will continue to be prudent and will never compromise on doing what’s right for all of us. We will be moving to working virtually for the immediate time. We will continue to provide support to vulnerable community members through phoned-based support and referrals, and to engage with community members around their needs and how we can best meet them.

Please reach out to us if you need any further information or support via direct line 416 358 2882 or email info@sesheme.ca.

Sincerely

Team Sesheme

Stay safe, stay informed

We recommend that all community members follow Toronto Public Health guidelines on keeping healthy. There are lots of ways to help prevent the spread of germs and protect yourself from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.

Toronto Public Health continues to say the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus with prevention measures including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Stay home when you are ill.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Residents are reminded to use credible, evidence-based sources of information about this new coronavirus. Toronto Public Health’s website is updated regularly as new information becomes available to help keep residents informed about COVID-19. Visit Toronto.ca/coronavirus or call 416-338-7600.

Please stay connected to our social media or website for the most up-to-date information on programs and services.

Sesheme is truly grateful for the Charitable Gaming funds from Dolphin Gaming who’s support allows us to provide accessible, services and programs with caring, well-trained volunteers and staff to members of the community.

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Thanks to the generous support from the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we are currently seeking talented young people to join our team for Summer 2019. Eligible applicants students enrolled in full-time studies at the secondary or post-secondary level. To apply simply call to book an interview by May 31st. Interviews will take place within the first 2 weeks of June at Sesheme’s satellite office. For more info, give us a call at 416.358.2882. Sesheme is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all interested students to apply.

Program Coordinator

• Plan and deliver programs to seniors, young girls and newcomer families
• Booking guest speakers and program activities
• Support program evaluation efforts
• Deliver safe and supportive community programs to vulnerable community members in the areas of elder abuse awareness, career exploration for young girls and back to school planning for newcomer families
• Conduct community outreach and engagement of partners
• Report on daily program activities

Schedule: 30 hours per week
Openings: 2
Rate: $16 per hour

 

Office Administrator

• Welcome visitors
• Take and direct calls
• Prepare agendas and take meetings minutes
• Assist with scheduling
• Handle petty cash distribution and monthly reconciliation
• Prepare reports as required
• Support community events as needed
• Prepare and maintain files as needed
• Maintain program participant registration

Schedule: 30 hours per week
Vacancies: 1
Rate: $16 per hour

 

Web & Social Media Coordinator

• Develop innovative and creative media content across social media platforms
• Collaborate with graphic designer and webmaster to ensure a cohesive social media identity
• Propose creative strategies to boost online presence
• Create and maintain relevant social media accounts
• Setup daily tasks and activity for all social media outlets
• Keep track of social media trends and competition
• Update web content with program schedules and updated program information

Schedule: 30 hours per week
Vacancies: 2
Rate: $16 per hour

 

Camp Counsellors

• Provides a fun, safe and meaningful program for children aged 8 -12 years.
• Assist program coordinator in the delivery of camp programs.
• Assist and lead activities
• Performs administrative tasks to support the program.
• Assist in the delivery of safe and supportive community programs, career exploration for young girls
• Assist with the Back to school planning and funding drive for newcomer families
• Report on daily program activities

Schedule: 30 hours per week
Vacancies: 2
Rate: $16 per hour

On April 5th, Sesheme received a lovely visit from MP Salma Zahid who shared with us great news. We are thrilled to announce Financially Savvy Seniors 2.0– an elder abuse awareness and financial literacy project. The project has been generously supported by the Government of Canada under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) with a $24,000 grant. Beginning in March 2019, Financially Savvy Seniors 2.0 will deliver information sessions on elder abuse and financial abuse awareness to vulnerable seniors across Toronto on a monthly basis. The ongoing engagement will culminate and 1-day forum bringing together all participant for a learning exchange and celebration.

Lookout for details for volunteer opportunities!!

Financial Savvy Seniors Seminar Poster

Saturday, November 24th

Ramada Plaza Hotel – 300 Jarvis St. Toronto, ON

8 am to 4 pm

Register Here

Join us for the inaugural Financially Savvy Seniors Summit!

 

This one day summit will bring more than 100 seniors together for a day of learning and awareness building on financial elder abuse.

 

What to expect:

        • A space of support – many seniors have been impacted by fraud, identity theft, and outright theft
        • Sharing Experiences – stories to scams and how they worked through them
        • Advocacy and awareness groups sharing vital information about programs and services for the protection and support of seniors
        • Informative and interactive sessions
        • Sessions for Seniors led by Seniors
        • Light breakfast and delicious hot lunch

 

Featured speakers include:

 

Credit Canada
Elder Abuse Ontario
Lumacare
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

 

All Seniors and Seniors Advocates are welcome.

 

Questions? Call 416-358-2882 or info@sesheme.ca.

Thanks to the generous support from the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we are currently seeking talented young people to join our team for Summer 2018. Eligible applicants students enrolled in full-time studies at the secondary or post-secondary level. To apply simply call to book an interview by May 31st. Interviews will take place on Monday, June 4th, and Tuesday, June 5th at the Victoria Park Hub. For more info and to book an interview give us a call at 416.358.2882. Sesheme is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all interested students to apply.

 

Program Coordinator

 

  • Plan and deliver programs to seniors, young girls and newcomer families
  • Assist with booking guest speakers and program activities
  • Support program evaluation efforts
  • Deliver safe and supportive community programs to vulnerable community members in the areas of elder abuse awareness, career exploration for young girls and back to school planning for newcomer families
  • Conduct community outreach and engagement of partners
  • Report on daily program activities

 

Schedule: 30 hours per week

Openings: 3

Rate: $16 per hour

 

Office Administrator

 

  • Welcome visitors
  • Take and direct calls
  • Prepare agendas and take meetings minutes
  • Assist with scheduling
  • Handle petty cash distribution and monthly reconciliation
  • Prepare reports as required
  • Support community events as needed
  • Prepare and maintain files as needed
  • Maintain program participant registration

 

Schedule: 30 hours per week

Vacancies: 1

Rate: $16 per hour

 

Web & Social Media Coordinator

 

  • Develop innovative and creative media content across social media platforms
  • Collaborate with graphic designer and webmaster to ensure a cohesive social media identity
  • Propose creative strategies to boost online presence
  • Create and maintain relevant social media accounts
  • Setup daily tasks and activity for all social media outlets
  • Keep track of social media trends and competition
  • Update web content with program schedules and updated program information

 

Schedule: 30 hours per week

Vacancies: 1

Rate: $16 per hour

A volunteer with MP Yasmin RatansiA group of volunteers with MP Yasmin Ratansi

 

On March 5th, Sesheme received a lovely visit from MP Yasmin Ratansi who share with us great news. We are thrilled to announce the introduction of Financially Savvy Seniors – an elder abuse awareness and financial literacy project. The project has been generously supported by the Government of Canada under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) with a $25,000 grant. Beginning in April 2018, Financially Savvy Seniors will deliver information sessions on elder abuse and financial abuse awareness to vulnerable seniors across Toronto on a monthly basis. The ongoing engagement will culminate and 1-day forum bringing together all participant for a learning exchange and celebration.

 

Lookout for details for the official kick-off event and volunteer opportunities!!

Student volunteers

 

This 2-week hands-on career exploration camp for Girls aged 11 – 15 will expose and connect participants to a wide variety of career options and mentors.

 

Career Crush Camp will support and inspire black girls and other girls of colour to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development of potential. Participants will experience entrepreneurship, creative arts, civic engagement, service learning, science and all the possibilities that they can achieve.

 

Sesheme invites dynamic, inquisitive, young Black women to participate in this unique and customized program, which offers workshops, tours, and team building activities lead by an exquisite team of talented and influential professional women from a variety of sectors and non-traditional career paths. Through this experience participants will also receive socio-emotional support and guidance needed for positive development.

 

Camp/Program Date: TBA
For more info call us at 416 358 2882 or email us at info@sesheme.ca

 

Fee: $75 per participant (limited subsidies are available, call to enquire)

 

Space is limited

 

 

 

 

Gladys Okine

She believed that everyone deserved an opportunity to live a happy and safe life and that it was everyone’s responsibility to support one another if possible.

 

Our parents came to Canada in the late 1970’s from Accra, Ghana. They had three children and our mother, the late Victoria Sesheme Okine, owned a local African restaurant where she loved sharing her favourite dishes from back home. She was also a prominent member and supporter of our community. She believed in acting upon the well-known African proverb “It takes a village” and I founded the Sesheme Foundation in her honour – to continue to empower and support people – to help them connect, participate and contribute to our larger communities.

 

She believed that everyone deserved an opportunity to live a happy and safe life and that it was everyone’s responsibility to support one another if possible. It was very common to have people share a meal or stay in our home until they found work and/or found a place of their own – she was a constant source of strength and support. When she passed away so unexpectedly in 2001, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who came to the aid of our family. Many I had never met or heard of. They helped us through a terrible time and shared many stories of how my mom had made a difference in their lives. I can’t begin to share how much their support meant. We live in a rich and diverse city, yet we still experience barriers like poverty, hunger and isolation. Life is so busy that it is easy to turn a blind eye to what’s happening around us. But if we take just a few minutes to connect with our neighbours we strengthen our communities. And if we can help, in even some small way when we see other families in need, we can make a lasting impact. In listening to the stories others shared about my mother, I was inspired how so many small acts of kindness (to her) made such a lasting impact in others’ lives.

 

Her shared values continue to inspire the team at Sesheme, who I see everyday treating strangers like family to build community. We focus on family relationships, child and parental care, a self-sacrificing concern for others, sharing and hospitality. We support and engage families and individuals in opportunities to grow, to be healthy, to be of service to others in need and ensure the well-being of the whole community. We would love for you to be a part of our growing family.

 

Gladys