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Repair Cafe at LAMP

August 5, 2019

Have you lost hope that a broken household or electronic item will ever be fixed? Need your clothing fixed or even your jewelry? Put those thoughts to rest with the help of volunteer “fixers” at LAMP Community Health Centre’s upcoming free Repair Café. These “fixers” will be able to fix just about anything – from… Continue reading Repair Cafe at LAMP

LAMP’s Annual General Meeting Thursday Sept. 19

August 5, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. The Assembly Hall  1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive Improving Health Care and  Keeping People Healthy: Challenges and Opportunities Social and economic factors determine our health By improving conditions we can improve health and well-being and prevent/reduce chronic disease. Integrated Professional Health Care Teams (The CHC model) lead… Continue reading LAMP’s Annual General Meeting Thursday Sept. 19

Free Summer Camp 10-19 year olds Street Level

July 9, 2019

Are you looking for a fun summer camp for your 10-19 year old? LAMP is offering a free summer day camp with different themed weeks and trips. All you have to do is register.

Good Food Market

July 9, 2019

Summertime is the best time of the year to go to the market for fresh fruit and vegetables. Did you know that every Wednesday there is a Good Food Market in Lake shore Village Park just north of Lake shore and Tenth Street.Stop by between 4 pm and 6:30 pm. Meet your neighbours.Straight out of… Continue reading Good Food Market

Volunteer Spotlight- Najwa Aziz

July 8, 2019

Najwa Aziz Volunteer with East Mississauga CHC Dental Program Volunteer Since: 2017 What brought you to LAMP? I was looking to volunteer at senior public health centre, so I did search online and I fond the East Mississauga Community Health Centre What about the EMCHC Dental program made you want to volunteer with them? Senior’s… Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight- Najwa Aziz

Affordable Housing Community Meeting

June 23, 2019

Dinner and conversation on Affordable Housing. Join us wednesday June 26,  5 to 6 pm dinner. Interactive activities to get your opinions on housing needs and solutions. Then the real deal Housing TO Lakeshore, Laying the groundwork for solutions. Affordable Housing is a project a group of dedicated Etobicoke Lakeshore Volunteers have been working on… Continue reading Affordable Housing Community Meeting

Mindfulness classes @ LAMP

June 12, 2019

Free mindfulness classes to improve your health and well being. This 3 part series aims at helping you to develop strategies for everyday stress or anxiety management or pain management etc.. Sessions will include: simple techniques to focus on breathing and muscle relaxation. Tuesdays at 7 pm for one hour and a bit in LAMP’s… Continue reading Mindfulness classes @ LAMP

Toronto Memory Program Comes To LAMP

May 30, 2019

Do you forget things a little more often these days? Why not get tested to see how you do compared to the average population your age. Sign up for a free test at LAMP today. It’s a great way to get a baseline to compare with in the years to come. Next session June 21,… Continue reading Toronto Memory Program Comes To LAMP

LAMP’s 20th Annual Awards of Merit Tuesday June 4, 2019

May 30, 2019

Join us from 5 pm to 8:30 pm Tuesday June 4, 2019 for an evening of celebration, music, dance and great food on the lawn 185 Fifth Street. Taste our special home made scones, BBQ, Lasagna Meat and Vegetable, Cabbage Rolls, Salads, Corn on the Cob and Cake. 5 dollars a plate. Food stations are… Continue reading LAMP’s 20th Annual Awards of Merit Tuesday June 4, 2019

LAMP Community Champion People’s Choice Award

May 11, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS to our three extraordinary finalists for LAMP’s Community Champion People’s Choice Award – Brad Jones Ridley’s Funeral Home, Jennifer Bazar and Mary Bella. Our People’s Choice winner this year is Mary Bella. All three finalists are extraordinary role models. We thank them for their significant contributions to building a healthy community. They will all… Continue reading LAMP Community Champion People’s Choice Award

Teen Cooking Club

May 11, 2019

A new teen cooking program is starting up at the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment. Our wonderful dietitian Maki will be leading the group with some delicious recipes and healthy eating tips. Registration starts now.

Volunteers Needed – May and June 2019

May 2, 2019

Several volunteer opportunities are available for LAMP events in May and June

LAMP Employee Saves A Life

April 25, 2019

Zario King was walking to work when he noticed something unusual in the bushes just before 7 a.m. Feb. 7.

“I saw like a figure … slumped over,” he said.

It was dark, cold and snowy, and as King got closer to the bushes near Birmingham and Fifth streets in south Etobicoke, the “figure” became clearer: it was a man lying on the ground unconscious.

“I was trying to get the person’s attention, and they weren’t responding,” said King, 27, a harm reduction worker at nearby LAMP Community Health Centre. “A needle was next to him.”

The man wasn’t dressed for the cold: he wore a hoodie, jeans and a jacket that was zipped down with a T-shirt underneath.

King moved the man’s hoodie and saw his face. He recognized him; the 41-year-old homeless man had been attending LAMP’s adult drop-in program.

King ran into LAMP’s drop-in centre, grabbed a naloxone kit and returned to the motionless man.

“I didn’t hear any breathing. That’s why I decided to check the pulse quickly and (he) was extremely cold to the touch,” King said.

Next, King called 911 and administered the naloxone spray, which is used to block the effects of opioids.

“When I did, he started to breathe a little bit. It was very shallow, but he did start to breathe,” King said.

King’s 911 call triggered a tiered response with police, fire and paramedics rushing to the scene.

Const. Becky Rochon and her partner got dispatched for “a person who possibly overdosed and was unresponsive” near the LAMP drop-in centre.

The constable said King was standing by, directing firefighters to where the overdose victim was, when she pulled up with her partner. “I went and spoke to him and got the story,” Rochon said, noting the victim was still unresponsive.

Paramedics arrived shortly after. “The gentleman was loaded into the ambulance and taken to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, though, it was not only the drug overdose that they were dealing with but … (his) super cold (body temperature),” Rochon said, adding the man needed to be intubated to “assist his breathing” and was given heat packs to warm his body.

The man, who overdosed on heroin, eventually regained consciousness and recovered.

Rochon said King’s quick actions “definitely” saved the man’s life.

The officer nominated King for a police commendation.

“He went out of his way, was aware enough in noticing this guy. … Most people wouldn’t be that aware,” Rochon said. “He did a great job and is definitely a great asset to that community and to LAMP.”

On April 14, King was among dozens of citizens recognized for their “unselfish acts of bravery” during a ceremony at Toronto police headquarters.

“I don’t really like people calling me a hero or using the term because I really did not do much,” King said in a recent interview. “Hopefully, I did what any other person would do.”

Also among those recognized was Kiranjit Singh Uppal, who stopped a vehicle that was being driven erratically in north Etobicoke on Nov. 3.

Police said Uppal spotted a vehicle that was being driven in a dangerous manner and managed to attract the driver’s attention, getting him to stop. Uppal spoke with the driver, who appeared impaired, and removed the keys from the vehicle.

“Uppal remained on scene with the keys and maintained visual contact with the driver until police arrived,” police said in their summary of the incident. “Uppal then handed over the keys to police and gave them a brief description of what he had observed.”

Officers investigating the matter determined that the motorist was diabetic and that his blood sugar had dropped to a dangerous level, which made him appear intoxicated. Police took the motorist to hospital for treatment.

“If the driver had not been stopped and had passed out, there would be a great risk to the public,” police said.

Claude Charbonneau, Lloyd Linton and Marius Baciu were also recognized for helping an officer from north Etobicoke’s 23 Division apprehend a fleeing suspect on July 31.

Police said the officer was investigating a vehicle at a gas station and subsequently became involved in a foot chase with its driver.

Charbonneau and Linton were in the area and saw the chase. Charbonneau drove up to the officer and asked if he needed help. “The officer accepted and got into the rear seat of Charbonneau’s vehicle,” police said. “Charbonneau drove beside the fleeing suspect until he stopped running.”

The officer then got out of the vehicle and arrested the suspect. Charbonneau and Linton stood by until backup arrived, and they also provided a statement to police.

Baciu was also in the area and saw the fleeing suspect toss an item over a fence during the chase.

Baciu showed the responding officers the exact location of the discarded item, and a quantity of powder cocaine was recovered as a result.

Andrew Palamarchuk
by Andrew Palamarchuk
Andrew Palamarchuk is a reporter with Metroland Media Toronto and toronto.com. He has been covering the crime beat since 2002 and has a passion for giving a voice to those affected by tragedy and looking at societal issues that may have contributed to it.

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Nominations Open LAMP’s 20th Awards of Merit

April 10, 2019

Do you know someone who is making a difference in our community? Please consider nominating them for LAMP’s 20th Annual Awards of Merit.Community Champions make the world a better place to live. LAMP Community Health Centre is looking for people, organizations, service clubs or businesses that have gone the extra mile to make a difference.… Continue reading Nominations Open LAMP’s 20th Awards of Merit

Falls Prevention Strong & Steady

April 10, 2019

As you get older, it is easier to fall and break a bone. Often balance is a little off and that can cause an injury. If you or someone you know could use some help in this area, register today for a free workshop. Strong and Steady leads the way. LAMP’s physiotherapy program is offering… Continue reading Falls Prevention Strong & Steady

Opiod Crisis

April 8, 2019

The Opiod Crisis is causing death and destruction and claiming more innocent lives every day. Time to remember those we have lost and honour their memories. Join us Tuesday April 16 @ 9:30 am.

JOIN OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

March 29, 2019

LAMP Community Health Centre is looking for dynamic and committed individuals, who are interested in helping to shape the future of our work by joining our Board of Directors. While we encourage anyone to apply, in 2019-2020, we are particularly looking for individuals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Complimentary additions to our board include… Continue reading JOIN OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

FMTA Tenant’s Workshop

March 28, 2019

“Come join Lakeshore Affordable Housing Advocacy and Action Group and The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations event to meet local tenants and learn about how to join and form tenant associations. Tenant associations work to develop leadership and resources to improve power balance for tenants when dealing with landlords. Please see the attached poster for more information.

Tenant organizations can work together to improve their situation and advocate for their rights around rent increases, repairs and evictions by sharing resources, knowledge, experiences and ideas with fellow tenants. Residents of a building have the legal right to organize as a group of tenants. The meeting will be held on April 17th, 2019 at 6:45 pm at LAMP Community Health Center in the Community Room at 185 Fifth Street.”

Internet, Social Media, Gaming Dependencey

March 18, 2019

Disconnecting from the internet, social media and gaming is top of mind these days. Trying to reduce dependency is something that many of us would like to work on. Want to learn more about this topic? Come to this free workshop at Lakeshore Collegiate Institute Monday April 1 at 6 pm. Find out more about:How… Continue reading Internet, Social Media, Gaming Dependencey

Free Immigration Legal Advice

February 19, 2019

ASK! Settlement Counsellor provides a range of services to support and assist newcomers settle into our community. Eligibility Criteria Permanent residents, Convention Refugees (completed hearing with a positive decision), skilled workers and live-in caregivers. Services Provided Include Information/Orientation Referral to Community Services (i.e. housing, English classes, family, employment counselling, health, legal, government, etc.) Assistance with… Continue reading Free Immigration Legal Advice

Time for Income Tax

January 30, 2019

Income Tax Time Time to start thinking about doing your income tax. You can make an appointment soon at LAMP if you are on a low income and would like your taxes done for free. Please see the flyer for details or visit the ASK! Community Information Center Income Tax page. Appointment booking starts February… Continue reading Time for Income Tax

Free Falls Prevention Physio Classes

January 22, 2019

Falling on the ice or slippery surfaces can break bones. As you get older you can lose your balance more easily. There are exercises you can do to prevent falls. Join our Physio team on fridays for free falls prevention classes.

Free Computer Classes

January 22, 2019

Start the new year off by learning something new.If you are 19 years old and out of school this might be for you. Computer skills are important for employment and educational opportunities. Learn how to use tablets, laptops and desktops. Also instruction on other programs like MS Word, email and more.

Free Teen Learn To Cook Healthy Meals Sessions

January 19, 2019

If you are a teen and you would like to gain cooking skills here’s your chance. A new healthy cooking session is starting on wednesday evenings with our dietitian Maki. For details and to register see poster below. Free TTC tokens to get you home.

The Elevator at 185 Fifth St. is back in service.

November 7, 2018

The Elevator at LAMP location at 185 Fifth St has been replaced and is back in service. Thank you for your patience during the upgrade process.

LAMP Closed on Civic Holiday Mon. August 5

August 2, 2019

LAMP CHC will be closed for the Civic Holiday Monday August 5. Regular services and programs will resume on Tuesday August 6. Wishing you and yours a very safe and enjoyable holiday.

Transitioning from Social Assistance to Pension

August 1, 2019

Transitioning from social assistance to Canada Pension and Old Age Security can be a stressful and confusing process. ASK! Community Information Centre provides different support for the process. We can help you access the forms, fill them out, connect you with free true copy services, and explain what the transition will mean to your other… Continue reading Transitioning from Social Assistance to Pension

Closed Canada Day July 1

June 27, 2019

LAMP will be closed for Canada Day Monday July 1, 2019 Wishing you a very safe and happy Canada Day. LAMP CHC will be closed for the holiday. Regular services will resume on Tuesday July 2, 2019.

Our Community Needs Your Support

Every little bit helps. You may not think you make much of a difference, but in the words of those who use LAMP CHC’s services:

"Everyday we come to LAMP CHC, life gets a little easier to get back on track. We would have just given up if it wasn’t for them."

Programs & Services

LAMP Community Health Centre

185 Fifth St
Etobicoke, ON M8V 2Z5

Phone
416.252.6471

Fax
416.252.4474

Email
feedback@lampchc.org