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Bernard Betel Centre - March e-Newsletter

  • March 01, 2019
  • March 31, 2019
To view our March 2019 edition of What's On! click HERE.
Upcoming Programs in March!
Knitting & Needlepoint
Knit, crochet or needlepoint in a relaxed environment. Work on personal project, meet new people and have fun! Drop in. No registration required.

Every Monday
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free

For more information, please contact Jen MacDonald at 416-225-2112, ext. 105 or
jenm@betelcentre.org, or click HERE.
Purim Party
Join us for an evening of excellent food, great music and company! Costumes are optional, but encouraged! Program will be in Russian and English.

Thursday, March 21
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $31/$39

For more information, please contact Lily Boltianski at
416-225-2112, ext. 103 or 
lilyb@betelcentre.org, or
click HERE.
Smoothie Making Workshop
Learn how to create quick, easy, healthy and delicious smoothies, then drink up the fruits (and vegetables!) of your labour at the end of the workshop.

Thursday, March 28
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: Free

For more information, please contact Maria Lindgren at 416-225-2112, ext. 130 or marial@betelcentre.org, or click HERE

Olga Yudenko

The Bernard Betel Centre is mourning the passing of Olga Yudenko.
We were blessed to have Olga officially begin her employment with the Betel Centre in early February 2015 working as our Meals on Wheels Coordinator and in our Healthy at Home program. How privileged we were to know Olga and work with her these past 4 years.
Olga was a humble woman who would rarely talk about herself, but lovingly could, if prompted, boast with pride about her two wonderful sons. Olga was a woman of valour. On the Jewish Sabbath a special poem is recited Ashyet Chayil a Woman of Valour. This beautiful poem describes the elegance and grace of Olga. whose passion for life and her family were visible to all who knew her. Until her dying day, her only concern was that she adequately provide for her two sons. She was a woman of strong character, incredible intelligence and passion for her work.
Olga was a one of a kind, a true professional. She was self-directed, engaging, warm and an incredible problem solver. In the four years that Olga was at Betel she made many close friends and had an incredible impact both initially on our Healthy at Home program and more recently on our Meals on Wheels program. Olga was an organized, unassuming and a true leader.
Olga presented as an optimist, everything was always fine. But if you looked beyond those calm, striking blue eyes, things were not always as they appeared. She was aware of her illness long before many of us knew. But every day, she would come to work with a smile on her face even if she wasn’t feeling well. She didn’t want to worry her children, friends and colleagues.

Olga would want us to grieve her for a while, but more importantly she would want us to treasure the memories we have for her in our hearts today, tomorrow and for years to come. We will cherish Olga’s memory and let it live on in each of us.

"Keep the Light" 
Our Exhibition at the Miles Nadal JCC

This past January 2019 we partnered with the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre to celebrate the immense talent of our Russian Oil Painting class with an exhibition titled “Keep the Light”. The opening Reception for the show was a great opportunity for artists, family, friends and the downtown Toronto community to bear witness to the
talent and dedication of this remarkable group. Read more HERE.


For more information about our art programs, please contact Jen MacDonald
at 416-225-2112, ext. 105 or jenm@betelcentre.org, or click HERE.
Marla Noble - Honouring a Lifetime of
Commitment to Volunteer Work

Marla Noble joined the volunteer team at the Bernard Betel Centre in 2008 as a Friendly Visitor volunteer. During her first three years, Marla provided friendship and conversation to a woman who was a Holocaust survivor. Following that, she took on a new role assisting in the cafeteria where she is still active today.
Last year, she was recognized for reaching the 10 year milestone for
volunteer service. Although active with us for the past 10 years, her volunteer engagement began many years prior to joining our team.
 Read more HERE.


For more information about Volunteer Services, please contact Cheryl Besner
at 416-225-2112, ext. 127 or cherylb@betelcentre.org. To view our current
volunteer opportunities, please click HERE.
"Who Knew"

Who Knew is proudly presented in partnership with Jumblies Theatre, a Toronto-based arts and theatre company with 40+ years of experience who specialize in participatory art projects. Each Monday afternoon Ruth Howard, Artistic Director, and several other artists join us at the Bernard Betel Centre to artfully share stories through discussion, art-making, movement, and sound in a friendly, relaxed environment. It’s a great opportunity to collaborate, explore, and share your extraordinary life. Drop-in and try it out! If you have any questions, please contact Jen MacDonald at 416-225-2112, ext. 105 or jenm@betelcentre.org. Cost: Free

Monday, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29  •  1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

This program is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council and
offered in partnership with Jumblies Theatre.
Volunteer Opportunity: Income Tax Clinic Assistant

March 3 to March 31, 2019
Wednesday and Thursday (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm), Sunday (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

This role provides administrative support to the staff responsible for the Income Tax Clinic. Volunteers will direct people arriving for the appointments, provide information, and photocopy documents and forms. Volunteers can choose a weekly shift on Wednesday or Thursday evenings or Sunday during the day. A commitment of one day per week for the duration of the clinic is required. Applicants must be physically mobile and able to stand for long periods of time.

For more information please contact Cheryl Besner at 416-225-2112, ext. 127
or cherylb@betelcentre.org. To apply for this opportunity, please click HERE.
Want to learn more about all the great programs and events we have
coming up? Check out our Winter 2019 or Spring 2019editions of 
The Monitor, our quarterly program guide.

Want to look back at past Bernard Betel Centre E-Newsletters? Click HERE.
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