Greenwin and Reach Toronto have partnered up to help make a difference in the lives of young adults with an autism spectrum disorder.


Reach Toronto is dedicated to helping youth and adults on the spectrum gain skills, tools and strategies to participate more effectively in everyday life. They provide an activity-based learning environment in which they help students become more independent, experience a deeper sense of social inclusion and actualize their abilities.


In March, Greenwin teamed up with Reach Toronto to offer a March Break Program held at the Greenwin Independent Living Centre at 88 Erskine. Now, the program will be running all summer long!


The program is designed for students 14+ with autism, asperger’s and/or a mild intellectual disability who are contemplating independent living (or assisted independent living). Focus will be on teaching students the skills to carry out activities of daily life required for independent living in a residential environment. Students will also acquire the social skills to help them navigate an residential building environment. The program will take place in the apartment Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 4:30.


Curriculum Details:

    • Laundry
    • Purchasing home products
    • Safety Skills (Kitchen, cleaning products and personal safety)
    • Completing a chores list (multi tasking)
    • Fire Safety
    • Housekeeping (dusting, disinfecting, making beds)
    • Cooking
    • Sharing a living space with a roommate


To register for this program, please contact Reach Toronto at (416) 929-1670. You can learn more about Reach Toronto’s important work here.

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The Believe to Achieve Charity Art Auction, in support of the Spider Jones-backed organization that supports at-risk youth, has been postponed until November 7, 2015.


While the date has changed, all of the great guests, prizes and entertainment remain the same. Please join Spider Jones and Believe to Achieve on November 7 at Toronto’s Artworld Fine Art to help raise funds for the very important work they do.


For more information, please visit the Believe to Achieve website.


Note for ticket holders: Tickets already purchased will be honoured for the new November 7 date.

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Kathy Cheng, President of Canadian garment manufacturer Redwood Classics Apparel, is profiled on LORI (Ladies of Real Influence) this month.


In the piece, Kathy discusses her role as a mentor for the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI), as well as her involvement as a member of the Program Advisory Council for Ryerson’s School of Fashion; George Brown’s School of Fashion Studies; Seneca College’s School of Fashion; and Centennial College’s Fashion Business & Management Program.


In 2014, Kathy was one of three Canadians inducted into The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, a North American competition and executive leadership program. In 2013, she won a position on the Women’s Executive Network’s list of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.


Read more about Kathy’s contributions for the next generation of North American apparel greats here.

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