What We Do

For Women: Reduce Abuse

Learn About How We Work to Prevent Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women


About the Program:

The Reduce Abuse program supports women from all walks of life, from diverse ethnic backgrounds and reside in the Greater Toronto Area. The program is delivered in partnership with Toronto Police Division 31 as well as other public service organizations.

We work to create a broader awareness of women’s rights in Canada within immigrant communities. This furthers our mission to reduce abuse among newcomers.

Women who participate in the program experience a sense of self-realization. They often continue their association with the Centre as volunteers and mentors in their own capacity.


Our Successes in 2014-2015

  • Awarded the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction.
  • Received the York West Centennial Citation Award for exceptional and ongoing contributions to the people and communities of York West.
  • Helped over 200 women through the Reduce Abuse Program.
  • Published 85 stories about domestic violence in the Gujarat Express News.
  • Started an employment program that connects survivors of domestic violence to job opportunities.
  • Expanded the delivery of employment and domestic abuse support services by reaching out to newcomers and caregivers in the Filipino community.
  • Completed a 3-day career recruitment tour for women to join the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Provided health education to 423 people who were at-risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Celebrated International Women’s Day in partnership with the City of Vaughan at Vaughan City Hall.
  • Launched an arts program in Vaughan with support from the Trillium Foundation.
  • Displayed an art tapestry exhibit by seniors at Vaughan City Hall during the Festival of Lights.
  • Finalized a new 3-year strategic plan.
  • Began the process to have the Centre officially accredited as a community-based social service organization.
  • Started the Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program



What We Do

For Women: Newcomer Settlement Programs

Learn About How We Work to Prevent Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women


About the Program:


Our programs for women are dedicated to settlement, integration, development and empowerment of the clients approaching the Centre.  We create opportunities for them to overcome their challenges.  Those facing domestic violence are empowered to summon the courage to escape the psychological and social-economic controls imposed upon them by their abusers.  When women choose to break the cycle of violence, our programs assist them to transform from being victims into survivors by building their self-confidence and making them become more independent.  We create an environment which allows women to be fully engaged in their communities, socially, culturally, economically and to live a meaningful and enjoyable life in Canada.


Our Successes:

200 women facing domestic violence were provided support specific to their needs.  They participated in the Reduce Abuse program, attended Financial Literacy and Women Empowerment sessions.



What We Do

For Women: Employment Programs & Continued Learning

Learn More About How We Can Help Women Find Meaningful Employment


About the Program

Our program has provided participants in both Toronto and Vaughan with the employment assistance that they need to become job ready.  This year, we reached out to newcomers in the Filipino community and to women in shelters across Toronto. Our clients received free one-on-one counselling and emotional support throughout the stressful search for a job.  Clients who attended job search workshops and training sessions developed their resume writing and interviewing skills.  Employers who participated in our job fairs have hired our clients for employment.


Our Successes:

Number of clients participated: 395

Number of workshops and group sessions: 55

Total number of job fairs held: 8

Participants hired for gainful employment: 60



“Very helpful service!  I’m now hired.  I could not ask for better service.”  Faith C –  March, 2015


“Lourdes, I’ve used the resume you did for me. Then the company called and offered me a position. Thank you again for helping me and I really appreciate your support.”

Deo B – July 19, 2014


“I wanted to say thank you for taking me under your wing and guided me. I learned a lot from you and I will cherish it always. I know it’s tough out there, finding my niche. Without your program, I’m sure would still be job searching today.”

Betty Y – October 28, 2014

“Your service from start to finish has been exemplary and on a professional, knowledgeable, yet friendly level that far exceeds agencies I have dealt with. Nothing ever seems to be too much trouble to you and I am made to feel unique, never feeling that I am just one of many clients that you and your office have to deal with each day.” – K.G.



What We Do

For Seniors: Aging at Home

Learn About How EHCW is Helping Seniors Access a Higher Standard of Care and Build Community So They Can Age Well in Their Own Homes


About the Program

The aging at home program offers seniors who live in their own homes comprehensive health related activities to help maintain their physical, mental and emotional wellness. It also creates space for participants to volunteer and participate in community events and festivities. This keeps them connected to their communities and provides them with opportunities to give back.


Program Locations

This program is offered to seniors in Vaughan in two locations.
Blue Willow Activity Centre
Vellore Village Community Centre


Program Offerings

Seniors who partake in the program have access to:


Yoga Classes

A regular yoga maintains and improves the emotional, mental and physical wellbeing of adults as well as aging seniors. The program helps to revitalize the participants. It also aims to reduce unnecessary visits to doctors through proactive health care. The innovative program creates a space for seniors from diverse ethnic groups to come together and collectively maintain their health.
Participants report that regular yoga at ehcw has improved their flexibility and sleep, reduced stress and pain from arthritis and car accidents.


Computer Training

This program helps seniors learn to use computers and to develop their existing skills. Being able to access and use computers safely help seniors connect to their families in other countries and stay involved in their lives. The program pairs youth volunteers with senior participants. Some of the skills participants learn include:

  • Using the internet safety
  • Accessing news and information online
  • Setting up and using email accounts
  • Downloading and sharing pictures from digital cameras
  • Using skype, e-Bay and other commonly used websites
  • Creating greeting cards


Community Garden

The Community Garden program is supported by the Municipality of York Region. The partnership allows ehcw to manage 16 plots of land for seniors to grow vegetables and herbs. Youth volunteers assist the seniors and learn to the grow herbs and vegetables. This interaction has reduced levels of isolation and depression in senior clients.


Dance and Physical Fitness

This wellness program helps our senior clients maintain mobility and physical fitness. Participants have access to five different sessions including:

  • Zumba
  • Dance for less-mobile seniors
  • Tai-Chi
  • Yoga
  • Line dancing


Recreational Activities

In addition to helping seniors maintain their physical fitness, ehcw provides our senior clients with creative, artistic activities. These activities help build community and promote emotional and mental wellbeing. Participants have access to the following activities:

  • Quilting
  • Knitting
  • Monthly congregate dining


Cultural and Educational Programs

In addition to recreational activities, ehcw offers a number of cultural and education programs to our senior clients. These include:

  • Bingo
  • English Café
  • Workshops facilitated by community experts on Elder Abuse, Aging, Fall Prevention and other topics of interest
  • Celebrations and community events



What We Do

For Seniors: Services


Government Services

Seniors may have certain difficulties with adjusting to their environment, and finding the appropriate resources that will cater to their health, residence, and financial concerns. There are programs set in place by the Canadian government that can help accommodate any difficulties seniors may find with obtaining suitable resources.




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What We Do

For Youth: Youth Summer Programs

Learn About How We Help Youth Stay Engaged with Their Community


About the Program

The Youth Summer Program provides youth with all day indoor activities including:

  • Art
  • learning math and science
  • games
  • exercises
  • dance
  • baking
  • other seasonal activities


Volunteer Opportunities


Summer Youth Volunteers support our Seniors’ Programs. Youth develop their communication and leadership skills when they help seniors acquire computer skills in our Learning Computer Skills workshops. Other youth volunteers learn how to grow herbs and vegetables as they help seniors maintain their community garden plots.



What We Do

For the Community: Community Programs

We Work to Positively Impact Our Community by Providing Programs that Support all Members, and Opportunities to Come Together


Festivals and Celebrations

We recognize the importance of bringing our community together to celebrate cultural events. These events provide all of our clients and their families the opportunity to meet and bond, strengthening the bonds we share. Our generous volunteers help us plan and execute annual community celebrations including:

  • Diwali
  • Baisakhi
  • Eid
  • Navratri


Food and Clothing Bank


The ehcw food and clothing bank is supported by North York Food Harvest and Windfall. Low income clients have access to much needed supplies that improve their quality of life. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Maria Kritskaia at our head office.




What We Do


Our Locations

We Work in Multiple Locations in Order to Provide All of our Clients with Accessible Services


To better serve our diverse community, we have multiple accessible locations.


Head Office

Our head office, in partnership with Toronto Community Housing offers clients a safe space to meet with staff, participate in our newcomer settlement programs, a computer lab and a food and clothing bank.


Blue Willow Community Centre

Our offices at the Blue Willow Community Centre provide seniors and youth with programming, including youth summer programs, wellness and community gardening.
For more information, or to arrange a visit please email us .