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June 30, 2020

LAMP Community Health Centre continues to support our clients and community members through COVID-19 the pandemic. To respect the call for physical distancing and in support of efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have made modifications to our programs and services. Please see below for our latest program and service information and make… Continue reading LAMP SERVICES UPDATE

Wellness Workshops on Zoom

June 15, 2020

A new free mental health wellness workshop series will be provided by LAMP on Zoom in July for three weeks. It will focus on nurturing your spirit during COVID-19  the new normal. The wellness workshops will include breathwork, gentle stretches and mindfulness. Take some time for self-care and improving health and wellbeing. Register for the… Continue reading Wellness Workshops on Zoom

Wellness During Covid-19

May 25, 2020

LAMP is offering a new FREE wellness series with Mary Craig a mental health educator with more than 20 years of experience, a leader in health and wellness through a multi-disciplinary approach.. Sign up today for this part of LAMP CARES wellness series. It will lift your spirits.  Breathwork, stretches, and mindfulness. Sign up today.

Mindfulness During Covid-19

May 20, 2020

Free mindfulness classes to improve your health and well being. This 4 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 in June, June 9, 16, 23, and 30th from 3- 4… Continue reading Mindfulness During Covid-19

Shoes that Fit Well

May 19, 2020

Do you find it difficult to find comfortable shoes? Not sure what to look for? This week our chiropody department helps you to make the best choice for comfort. Check out their blog

LAMP Program and Service Updates

April 30, 2020

LAMP Community Health Centre continues to support our clients and community members through COVID-19 the pandemic. To respect the call for physical distancing and in support of efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have made modifications to our programs and services. Please see below for our latest program and service information and make… Continue reading LAMP Program and Service Updates

Doctors Day

April 28, 2020

Today is a day to recognize and thank our doctors for all they do. At LAMP our doctors’ commitment to quality care goes well beyond the call of duty. Their contributions have a significant impact on the health and wellness of the communities we serve. Their expertise and dedication saves lives. Join us and “Shine… Continue reading Doctors Day

Giving Tuesday

April 27, 2020

Today is #GivingTuesdayCA, and if you’re looking for a way to contribute close to home, please consider donating to LAMP Community Health Centre. We are a charitable organization with deep community roots improving lives every day. Now more than ever with COVID-19 families and seniors are struggling. People are hungry and vulnerable during these uncertain times.… Continue reading Giving Tuesday

LAMP Board of Directors Recruiting for new term

April 20, 2020

Are you looking for a significant, meaningful way to contribute to your community? LAMP’s Board of Directors is looking for two new directors to serve and help to implement our new strategic plan. Join a dynamic team fostering better health and well-being through community vitality and integrated primary health care services. Advancing social change and… Continue reading LAMP Board of Directors Recruiting for new term


April 7, 2020

LAMP is boosting efforts to help people in need in the community. Emergency Food Relief and other essentials. Help us continue to serve our communities. Donate online today or through the mail. Thank you for supporting your community. Click on the drop down box and select COVID 19 Food and Emergency Relief. We are… Continue reading LAMP RESPONSE TO COMMUNITY COVID-19

Happy Nurses Week

April 2, 2020

Happy Nurses Week to all the dedicated nurses in this world! Thank you! And to our LAMP Nurse Practitioners and Nurses you are outstanding. Nurse Practitioners and Nurses make this world a better place, Their job is the most heroic of all! Happy Nurses week to you! Nurses put themselves in harm’s every day to… Continue reading Happy Nurses Week


March 9, 2020

WHAT’S THE LATEST COVID-19 RESPONSE AT LAMP CHC? COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic. The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 virus a pandemic. With the declaration of a pandemic, LAMP will respond according to our pandemic plan, with the response including modification or suspension of services and programs where appropriate. The changes that… Continue reading ATTENTION – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE :LAMP’S RESPONSE

West Toronto Diabetes Education Program Calendar

March 9, 2020

Seniors Issues and Affordable Housing

March 7, 2020

Affordable Housing is a project a group of dedicated Etobicoke Lakeshore Volunteers have been working on for the past year. The Lakeshore Affordable Housing Advocacy and Action Group is full of change makers. They are building possibilities for the future to develop models to meet a wide range of community needs. Join us Wednesday March… Continue reading Seniors Issues and Affordable Housing

Black History Event Childcare Available

February 17, 2020

Join us for a celebration of Black History Month this Friday February 28th in the LAMP community room (room 306). The event, Focus on Black Health 2020, will feature a panel discussion on black population health today as well as the future of black health,(Childcare available) a socasize session lead by Arlene Maclean, a screening… Continue reading Black History Event Childcare Available

International Women’s Day Luncheon at the Mimico Cruising Club March 5, 2020

February 15, 2020

International Women’s Day is just around the corner. Inviting you to celebrate with us the women of today, change makers, contributors, friends, and helpers just to name a few. We always host an engaging and inspiring speaker and the lunch and auction help to support our LAMP programs and events for the community. Tickets are… Continue reading International Women’s Day Luncheon at the Mimico Cruising Club March 5, 2020

Mindfulness classes @ LAMP

February 11, 2020

Free mindfulness classes to improve your health and well being. This 4 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. Mondays starting in March, March 2, 9, 23, and 30th from 3-… Continue reading Mindfulness classes @ LAMP

Free Wellness Workshops

February 10, 2020

Pure refreshing workshops can do a lot to boost your spirits. So that’s why LAMP is inviting you to participate in our next series on well-being. Good mental health strengthens our community. Join us and register today for this workshop that teaches coping skills and resilience. It’s a two part series so you must be… Continue reading Free Wellness Workshops

Brain health and Dementia Workshop Series

February 10, 2020

Don’t miss out on this great session on Dementia, Brain health and Alzheimer’s. Join us Monday March 16 from 4 to 6 pm for Dementia 101, then Brain health Monday April 6, 4 pm to 6 pm. Also on the importance of early detection. Everyone is welcome. This workshop is facilitated by The Alzheimer’s Society.… Continue reading Brain health and Dementia Workshop Series

LAMP’s Social Worker Program Temporarily Closed

January 24, 2020

LAMP’s social worker position is currently vacant so we are not able to see clients at this time. Please note that we are in the process of recruiting for the LAMP Social Worker role.   While the Social Worker role is vacant,  we will not be accepting referrals and the Monday social work drop-in program is… Continue reading LAMP’s Social Worker Program Temporarily Closed

Craving Change

January 20, 2020

Interested in making some small changes to improve your health in the new year? This workshop “Craving Change ” will help you to: Understand why you eat the way you do Change your thinking. Change your eating. Comfort yourself without food Learn Practical techniques to help you develop a healthier relationship with food Sign up… Continue reading Craving Change

Chair Yoga Mondays Free

January 16, 2020

Wellness Recharge Nourish Your Spirit

January 16, 2020

Looking for a great workshop to help your nourish your mind, body and spirit? Sign up for these free workshops. Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 7 pm the focus is on stress and self care. A great way to start the new year. Fun relaxation activities, stretching and discussion.Coming up in February the Wellness Toolbox… Continue reading Wellness Recharge Nourish Your Spirit

Craving Change

December 27, 2019

Are you interested in changing your eating habits? Do you want to improve what, when or how much you eat? Then the Craving Change® program is for you! It’s Canada’s #1 cognitive-behavioural program for people who struggle with their eating habits. The practical, skill-based approach will help you: Understand why you eat the way you… Continue reading Craving Change

Free Naloxone Training At LAMP CHC

December 19, 2019

You can help to save a life. LAMP is offering free Naloxone training to the community and frontline workers every wednesday. (except on holidays) All you have to do is register. Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose. Being Naloxone trained is all about being responsive to your society and the opioid crisis. Preliminary data shows… Continue reading Free Naloxone Training At LAMP CHC

Osteoarthritis of the Hand

December 16, 2019

If you have osteoarthritis of the hand, we can help you get a grasp. When you suffer from osteoarthritis, everyday actions that most people take for granted can be daunting. This free interactive workshop led by an Arthritis Society Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist will help you get a handle on things. Sign up today by… Continue reading Osteoarthritis of the Hand

New Toronto Holiday Market

December 9, 2019

Looking for some lovely unique gifts for the holidays? Lots of artisans and unique tokens of appreciation to bring a smile to your host or other friends. As well by attending this event you will support LAMP and our great community services. Saturday December 14, 10 am to 3 pm Kipling and Lakeshore Blvd West.… Continue reading New Toronto Holiday Market

Toronto Memory Program Comes To LAMP CHC

December 8, 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 Friday January… Continue reading Toronto Memory Program Comes To LAMP CHC

Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee

December 8, 2019

Find out the most current evidence-based strategies to help you live better with osteoarthritis. By attending this free three hour session led by an Arthritis Society Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist you will learn about: Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee How therapeutic exercise, physical activity and weight management can decrease pain Strategies to manage your… Continue reading Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee

Chair Yoga

November 8, 2019

Are you interested in Yoga but the gentle way? Chair Yoga may be just for you. These free classes will help get you into shape for the new year. Build your strength.

Lower Back Pain?

November 5, 2019

Lower back pain can really get in the way of normal activities. Learn from L:AMP’s Physio Department how to strengthen muscles and reduce pain.

Art Show a la Among Friends

November 5, 2019

Looking for some new art to freshen your home? Stop by Among Friends’ upcoming art show and cafe. Supporting local community programming.

Community Kitchen in the Lakeshore- Upcoming Session

October 30, 2019

Cooking Healthy Food on a Budget

October 28, 2019

Interested in healthy cooking on a budget? Want to join others who like food? Try out some delicious international recipes and take some home.

Arthritis tips to help hand movements

October 28, 2019

Do you or someone you know have arthritis pain in your hands? Hard to grasp things or open jars? We can help. Come to LAMP December 5 in the afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm and learn how to reduce pain and protect your joints.

Free Falls Prevention Physio Classes

October 26, 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 Wednesdays for free falls prevention classes. Strong and Steady Program Oct. 30 to Dec. 18 10 am to 11:30 am Call 416 252 1928 to register

Physical Activity To Improve Health and Strength

October 23, 2019

Join us for free physical activity exercises to improve your strength and well-being. Get fit before winter sets in.Starting Monday November 4th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Happy Thanksgiving LAMP Closed Holiday Monday

October 10, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. LAMP will be closed the holiday Monday October 14 but will re-open regular business hours on Tuesday October 15th. Have a safe and happy holiday

Etobicoke -Lakeshore All Candidates Meeting Wednesday Oct. 16, 2019

October 8, 2019

Join us and hear what the candidates for the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding have to say on issues that matter to you. Doors open at 6:30 pm the forum begins at 7 pm at Daily Bread Food Bank.

Healthy Starts

October 8, 2019

LAMP’s Early On Services is offering a new series of workshops to give moms extra support after giving birth if they experience postpartum depression.

Let’s talk housing with the candidates affordable housing

September 23, 2019

The Lakeshore Affordable Housing and Advocacy Group is putting the spotlight on housing issues in Etobicoke Lakeshore. The purpose is for people to share their experience and issues around an affordable place to live in this community. Everyone is welcome to this monthly meeting. Meet the candidates.

LAMP’s Annual Impact Report 2019

September 11, 2019

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

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 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 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.


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 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.

Closed Canada Day July 1

June 2, 2020

LAMP will be closed for Canada Day Wednesday July 1, 2020 Wishing you a very safe and happy Canada Day. LAMP CHC will be closed for the holiday. Regular Phase Two services will resume on Thursday July 2, 2020.

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