“GAIN INSIGHT AND STRENGTH THROUGH SELF-EXPRESSION”
“The opportunity to contribute to the JDAIM vernissage on Feb. 15th gives me a sense of relief and left me feeling ecstatic”, expresses Yvonne. “It gave me the opportunity to share my poetry. Throughout my life, I wasn’t able to express my thoughts and emotions because I buried it deep within me and lived in denial. On many occasions, I had the opportunity to tell my story but realized there were so many layers”… Read more about Yvonne
“BREAK THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS”
Cummings provides solidarity, acceptance and tremendous support for me and others suffering from a mental illness making the Centre truly a place for the well-being of all seniors.
– Barry Berger
“WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER”
INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
75 years ago, on January 27, 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army. This day has been chosen to commemorate and honor all the victims of the Holocaust during the Second World War.
The commitment to remember, to educate and to prevent and reject harassment or violence against any persons or communities around the world for their religious beliefs has never been more important.
Cummings Centre’s weekly Drop in Program for Holocaust Survivors provides an opportunity for participants to meet in a warm and welcoming environment. Gyorgyi Nemes says ‘Speaking with others in the weekly Holocaust Survivors Drop-in Centre helped me bring out my story enabling me to share it with my family. We Understand Each Other’.
– Gyorgyi Nemes
“MAKE YOUR DAY COUNT”
COOK SOMETHING UP
I love our cooking classes and I look so forward to meeting with the other group members and seeing what we will be creating together. There is such a sense of friendship and caring within the group and from our group leader. Everyone pitches in working together and joking around while we prepare our recipes for the day.
The cooking class is just one of the many programs I participate in through the Mental Health Department at the Cummings Centre. I take art and drama classes where, along with the cooking classes, I feel I can really express myself and feel emotionally uplifted. The programs offered at the Centre keep us from becoming socially isolated and we are able to leave our day to day situations at home. The Cummings Centre has truly become my home away from home. I feel very supported there and always leave with a smile on my face.
– Carolyn Modlinsky
The Cooking Therapy program is funded by the Bina and Leonard & Ellen Family Foundation.
The Community Mental Health Structured Group Therapy Program is funded by the Rona & Irving Levitt Family Foundation.