This past January, a special event was held at TAIBU Community Health Centre. The event was organized to mark the signing of the terms of reference which officially launched the Coalition for Healthy Francophone Communities in Scarborough (CHFCS).
Central East LHIN, Entité 4 and TAIBU Community Health Centre have been working together to find ways to engage Francophones in Scarborough on issues that would improve their health and wellness. This collaboration has resulted in the establishment of the CHFCS whose activities will focus primarily on health promotion and prevention, such as chronic disease self-management, mental health and healthy lifestyle management.
The representatives of these three organizations, the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, Ms. Mitzie Hunter, and the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario, Mr. François Boileau, attended the event. In their speeches, they stressed the importance of health services in French, as well as fruitful collaboration between organizations, amongst other issues, and their hope to increase access to services through the work of the Coalition.
A francophone resident of Scarborough, Mrs. Françoise Falay Sakina, gave a moving testimony on the impact of lack of health services in French on her life. However, she expressed her joy at being able to participate in the chronic disease self-management workshops that have helped her to accept and manage her condition on a daily basis. These workshops, organized by Entité 4 in collaboration with its partners in March 2013, were the first offered in French in the region.
Stay tuned for more news about the Coalition in the coming months!
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