Category Archives: Health

Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who interact with Youth is an initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada that focuses on mental health problems and first aid. It is delivered by trained facilitators over the course of 2 days. The program is evidence based, well evaluated and has been adapted for the Canadian context. It is intended for service providers, and other adults who work with youth but do not have mental health or addiction support as part of their service mandate.

MHFA aims is to equip participants with skills and knowledge that will improve their ability to:
• spot early signs of mental health problems in young people
• provide help on a first aid basis and link families to local resources
• help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm
• help prevent a mental illness from getting worse

As part of the Scarborough-East York Service Collaborative at The SPOT, CAMH will be offering this 2-day training in May 18 and May 25. Interested individuals can contact Dania at

Scarborough East York Service Collaborative

The Scarborough East York Service Collaborative, being facilitated by CAMH, is developing a walk-in service at The S.P.O.T to support youth with mental health concerns. The walk-in will be resourced by a range of community partners, including mental health service providers, and other related supports, such as employment, housing, and settlement services. Supporting agencies will flex their staff to offer services at the walk-in.
What we can offer:

• Space for agencies to engage with and offer services to a new client base
• On-site coordination support
• Platform to engage and network with other community agencies
• Training opportunities

For more information about this initiative, contact Chantal Fougere, Regional Implementation Coordinator at or 416-535-8501 x 34325

Community Food Handler's Training Update

1LoveMalvern is hosting a Toronto Public Health food skills/food handler’s training at the Malvern Family Resource Centre. Over the 5 day session, participants will learn basic food safety processes, write a test and spend two days in the kitchen preparing healthy meals. Participants will take back the knowledge and skills learned and incorporate them in their own community food initiatives, catering businesses or employment endeavors.

As a next step, 1LoveMalvern is looking to engage participants in Small Business/Social Entrepreneurship trainings. If any agency can recommend or run small business training workshops, we are welcome to suggestions. We are also looking for a seasoned chef to work with our resident caterers, to provide the support and guidance needed to grow a profitable catering business.
For more information, you may contact Wynette at 416-284-4184, ext 222 or

Whittamore's Farm Gleaning Trip Update

On a beautiful Thursday morning on August 6th, 50 Malvern residents took a trip to a local farm to pick potatoes, beans and peas. As part of a food recovery initiative, the 1LoveMalvern food security workgroup worked with farmers and fellow residents from Steeles L’amoreaux to collect leftover crops at the end of their growing season. A big thanks to Mike Whittamore at Whittamore’s farm for opening up his farm to residents; Toronto Public Health for providing bags and TAIBU CHC for sending five of their student summer staff to help residents pick fruit and carry bags filled with delicious produce. A special thanks to our resident bus driver, Setlin and star resident, Neika for ensuring that everyone was comfortable and enjoyed the experience!


Whittamore's Farm Gleaning

Mobile Food Market is in Malvern!

FoodShare has been bringing in their weekly Mobile Good Food Market to Malvern since June 24, 2015. The market will be operating weekly and is open to any member of the community. Over the past few weeks over 80 residents, including parents and children came out to enjoy the market and FoodShare’s Bicycle Blender where children and adults alike were allowed to blend their own healthy smoothies for 25 cents.

Food Share will be dropping in every Wednesday at the 110 Empringham Dr Basketball Court with their mobile market for all community members. Folks will be able to buy fresh produce directly from the Ontario Food terminal at affordable prices.

For more information, contact Wynette at