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September, 2020 Update #1

Good Monday morning!  Today marks the day that most of our Toronto school boards join with our other GTA institutions to begin the school year.  We wish all our students and their families a smooth return to a successful year and thank the school staffs for the many days spent preparing a safe, learning environment and  an exciting curriculum of study. 

Included in this update are reminder notices for the Virtual Champagne Breakfast and ZOOM sessions throughout the month. Please note the corrected email for Sylvia Skippen and the Book Club as well as a new due date for registration.

There are two new pieces of information to share with you.  The first concerns The Psychology Foundation of Canada and a Webinar they are sponsoring.  Our proposal for District 23's Service to Others Project is developed in conjunction with this group.

The second section is announcing the RTOERO Foundation's preview for the month of October's Social Isolation Awareness month.  

We welcome the season of fall next week with its beautiful colours and moderate temperatures.  We remind all to stay healthy and keep vigilant.  We are in this together!

Maureen Capotosto, Convener

Wednesday, September 30, 12:00 - 1 p.m.

Each year, District 23 submits a project proposal to RTOERO to help support a community in our area.  For the coming year, we selected: "Stronger Minds Make for Stronger Kids".  This proposal will help provide 115 North York educators with stress management program guides for their students. 
The organization we would assist would be the Psychology Foundation of Canada. They will be providing a related webinar that they have invited us to share with you on
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 between noon and 1 p.m. 

We invite you to be part of the discussion by registering for this webinar here. (see yellow REGISTER HERE link located below.

New webinar: The impact of anti-black racism on children and youth in Canada

Please join us for this important conversation
Hello PFC community!

The Psychology Foundation of Canada is dedicated to our mission of nurturing resilience in children. We know that black children face specific stressors related to anti-black racism. The Psychology Foundation of Canada is continually engaging in anti-oppression learning and we are working to creating a space that will help you support the children and youth in your life. 
September 30th, 2020.   (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Dr. Kofi-Len Belfron and Nigel Enniss


“Our children are suffering. While our attention is turned to police brutality victims, protests, riots and “#blacklivesmatter” - understand that young black children are suffering behind this as well. I am grieving because of it, and so are many of you. Some of you are at different stages of it – sadness, anger, denial and don’t want to talk about it.” 

Dr. Kofi-Len Belfon, clinical child psychologist and member of our Board of Trustees, provided a candid personal and professional perspective of the effects of anti-black racism on our children through 
this video.

Dr. Belfon will be joined by Nigel Enniss, Anti-Black Racism Practice Integration Lead from Children’s Aid Society Toronto, to lead and engage in a candid conversation with webinar participants on how we can better support and promote the mental well-being of black youth in Canada. We invite you to be a part of this discussion on September 30th 12noon-1pm by registering for this webinar here.
Thank you for your interest in our webinars! Our webinars fill up quickly so please be sure to cancel your registration if you are no longer able to make the session. This will allow others to register for the session as space opens up.

By end of day on September 25th, 2020:
Please send any questions you would like to have answered by filling out this short questionnaire 


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

9:30 to 10:30  a.m

Please RSVP by September 14th 

Contact Liz Clarke to register:
Please include your name and your email address when you register. We will use that address to inform you of your link to join the Zoom meeting!

Needlework & Crafts  (ZOOM Session)

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Sessions are lively and the creative juices are flowing!  New members are welcome!
Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 15
Contact Karen Quinn to register:
Please include your name and your email address when you register. We will use that address to inform you of the link needed to join the Zoom meeting

E-Devices Group: ZOOM

Putting the Social Back in our Lives

Friday, September 18, 2020

New members are asked to contact the convener by:
 Wednesday, September 16th, 2020.

Contact Vern Paige if you are interested in joining this group:

Vern will mail you the information you will need to sign in to the Friday morning sessions. Please include your name and your email address.


Thursday, September 24, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Our first major event is our traditional Champagne Breakfast to welcome new retirees and introduce them to the variety of activities District 23 makes available. 

As noted in the introduction above and throughout STONY Bridges, due to necessity this will be a virtual experience using ZOOM. Make your favourite brew of coffee/tea and enjoy a breakfast you have created. Have your choice of beverage in hand as we begin the celebrations with a toast!

Both new retirees and regular members are welcome.

If you wish to attend, and we hope you do, please send an email to:
Mildred Frank @:
by: Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Please include your name, email address and if you are newly retired or a returning member.

Looking forward to meeting you online and introducing you to North York District 23.

Book Club

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
2:00 p.m.
Becoming by Michelle Obama

Please note the corrected email address for Sylvia this week and a change in date for the deadline to register for the Book Club.
Please RSVP by Monday, September 28th, 2020
Contact Sylvia Skippen to register:

Please include your name and your email address when you register. We will use that address to inform you of the link to join the Zoom meeting!

RTOERO Foundation

October:  Social lsolation Awareness Month
A message from Mary Valtellini -- District Foundation Representative

In the most recent issue of STONY Bridges, you were notified that the Foundation would once gain award four $25000 grants to support projects that are advancing knowledge about the effects of social isolation and loneliness on friend and family caregivers.  Many caregivers are seniors and this group is often forgotten.

This October is Social Isolation Awareness Month; the RTOERO Foundation's signature campaign which is now in its third year. The campaign aims to address the issue of social isolation among Canadian seniors by:

Raising awareness through the sharing of information, facts, tips and action ideas Empowering individuals to recognize and help those who are socially isolated Raising $100,000 for education and research projects to help isolated seniors

Join the Challenge

Today we send you an invitation to register for the campaign. We hope you will register and will encourage others in your district to do the same.

Campaign registrants will be sent a new challenge via email each Tuesday in October. The challenges are designed to be fun and to demonstrate the simple actions we can take to help others feel included and supported. You’ll also learn more about the issue of social isolation by being part of the campaign.  

Campaign registration is now officially open! We are pleased to send you this registration link which RTOERO members can use to participate in Social Awareness Isolation month --

Thank you for all of the support you continuously show the RTOERO Foundation.

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