Mosaic community outing to the Gibson House Museum – February 22nd, 2017

Posted by admin on March 14, 2017 in Community, Events, History, Tour Of Our Wonderful City, Trip to Gibson House |

The trip involved learning about the history of the Gibson family, their home and how people lived in the 19th century.

Of course the group had hands on experience on the tour making tasty butter and scones in the 19th century tradition!

Mosaic’s field trip to the Gibson House helped the community to understand the history of York Region and just how far we have come since the house was built in the middle of the 19th century.

This March, Mosaic is encouraging the community to explore our wonderful city of Toronto by organizing outings with friends and families to local museums. With the winter weather coming to an end, March is the perfect time to get out and about and ready for the warm months that await!


The entrance to the historic Gibson House Museum.

The tour of the Gibson House began in the kitchen.

Our first tour guide gathered us around the large wooden kitchen table and told us about the importance of the kitchen in the 19th recounting the many chores that were necessary during that time to keep the house running. At the time management of the household was done by women. This would involve managing a number of different tasks often determined by the season.

In the kitchen itself we learned small facts like how brown sugar was the sugar of choice at the time since white sugar was expensive, how tea was often used multiple times before being thrown out. Not only did we learn facts about everyday life during the time but we also got first-hand experience!

While teaching us about how to manage a household and kitchen in the 19th century our group got our hands dirty. A few attendees took turns churning butter, a very tiring activity, while a few others helped to create tasty scones! All of this of course was done in the same way that would be done over 150 years ago.

Once we were done churning our butter and making our scones we left the kitchen and ventured into another part of the home: the parlor.


Our tour guide explains why white sugar was highly valued in the 19th century.

As we entered the parlor we were handed off to another tour guide where we learned about the history of the house, and the Gibson Family.

A Scottish immigrant, David Gibson was a surveyor and came to Canada in the 1820’s. David would later be banished from Canada for his actions in the Rebellion of 1837, he would later be pardoned in 1843.

The house was built in 1851 after David Gibson had returned to Toronto from the United States, after returning in 1848. In the parlor we also had the chance to learn more about the Gibson family which included photos of David Gibson and his family. Finally in the parlor we took a look at some of the fashion from that era. A few garments of clothing were passed around as our tour guide talked about the clothing, informing us how it was made, what it was made out of and the practical uses of the clothing for the time. After learning about the history of the house and the Gibson family we took a final walk through the upper level and through the dining room.

Explore Toronto / Explore the ROM / Explore the World in a day

Posted by admin on March 13, 2017 in Community, Downtown, Life and art, Trip to the ROM |

Hello and good day! My name is Hilary Topalian…..

I work in the Marketing Department at the ROM. I’ve been here since 1996, first as a volunteer with the summer camp, then a teacher (a position which I still hold) and now this position as Part Time Marketing Administration Coordinator. I got super excited when I was asked to write a little something about the ROM, because its history is fascinating to me!

We, at the ROM hope you’re enjoying a relaxing moment to sit back and read this blog post. Now that warmer weather is on its way, what better opportunity to head outdoors and explore Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum or the world in a day! Whether you’re interested in natural history, art, world cultures, learning something new, or just spending time with friends, the ROM has something for you!

A Brief History

The idea of the ROM began with a young archaeologist called Charles Trick Currelly. The collections he acquired while in the field in Egypt, Crete, and Asia Minor were the basis for what we now call the Royal Ontario Museum. As the largest museum in Canada, housing over 6 million artefacts and specimens, the ROM has undergone many changes in the century since it officially opened. What first opened March 19 , 1914 (at 3 in the afternoon – to be very specific) as a three story building constructed along the University of Toronto’s Philosopher’s Walk, slowly grew to provide more space for collections and research.


View of the Royal Ontario Museum looking north, 1914

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Community Events at Mosaic This March

Winter is almost over (have we had one this year?) and Mosaic is excited to be hosting wonderful events for our community this March.

This month, join Mosaic as we continue to host favoured events like Pole Walking and the First Link Memory Café with the Alzheimer Society of York Region, welcome back a well-liked speaker in Lianne Harris, or bring speakers new to Mosaic to provide the community with important information. Here’s a look at the fantastic events we will be hosting this March:

1. Everything You Wanted to Know About Art (But Were Too Afraid to Ask!)

When: Monday, March 6th, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Mosaic’s Toronto Office, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Suite 215H, Toronto.

Learn about the who, what and why of art as we welcome back Lianna Harris to take us through the history of art. We will look at significant art movements while learning about the fantastic stories of artists throughout history.


Lianne Harris returns to Mosaic again, this time to talk about the history of art.

2. Mosaic Pole Walking Club


Be a part of the Mosaic Pole Walking Group at our Markham Office.

When: Friday, March 17th, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Where: Mosaic’s Markham Office, 2900 Steeles Avenue East, Markham (Lower Level by Centre Court)

Our Pole Walking Club returns! On the 3rd Friday of every month Mosaic hosts a Pole Walking Club for the community at our Markham location. Curious about the poles and/or want to get in shape? Join us for an hour long walk and see what the benefits of pole walking are.

3. Sugars: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly


When: Friday, March 17th, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Mosaic’s Markham Office, 2900 Steeles Avenue East, Markham (Lower Level by Centre Court)

What is the real story behind sugar? Rani Glick will be talking about everything sugar including the benefits, the limitations, and which ones to eat and avoid. Rani will also be providing a few delicious and healthy snacks for attendees to try!

4. Seniors Safety: Frauds and Scams


When: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Mosaic’s Markham Office, 2900 Steeles Avenue East, Markham (Lower Level by Centre Court)

Have you received suspicious emails and phone calls from anonymous people? Frauds and Scams are becoming more common and seniors are a vulnerable target. Mosaic invites Bussie Woods, Community Services – Seniors Safety Offices from the York Regional Police to talk about seniors safety and how to deal with suspicious phone calls and emails. Learn how to protect yourself from frauds and scams with Mosaic and Officer Bussie Woods!

5. First Link® Memory Café

When: Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Mosaic’s Markham Office, 2900 Steeles Avenue East, Markham (Lower Level by Centre Court)

Interested in learning about memory related issues? Join Mosaic and the Alzheimer Society of York Region for our First Link Memory Café, a place with people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia’s, and their caregivers can socialize and be a part of the community. Be socially, physically and mentally active with us, it’s good for the brain!

Interested in any of these fantastic events this March? Contact Mosaic today at or give us a call 905 – 597 – 7000 to register for the events that interest you this march. Our events require a registration, so please contact us as soon as possible! Finally never miss out on the wonderful activities that Mosaic is running by signing up for our newsletter. By signing up for Mosaic’s newsletter you will be the first to know about our upcoming events and updates on new Mosaic programs and services. We hope to see you at our events this March and beyond!


Posted by admin on February 17, 2017 in Health and exercise |

Winter is long in Canada. It can feel even longer when you can’t fit in your usual exercise regime (or if you don’t have an established routine).

Whether you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors, it’s important to do it safely to get the best results. At MedFit we use a medical exercise approach to help people develop a strategy when faced with the darker, colder, slipperier days of winter. So, whether you have pain, an injury, or condition such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or diabetes, we can guide you on the right path.

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You’ve probably heard the common benefits of exercise, such as weight management, muscle strengthening, and immune system enhancement. Winter exercise does all this, but it has its own special perks.

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Valentines Day! What better excuse to buy, gift and/or eat chocolate?

Posted by admin on February 14, 2017 in Health and exercise, Valentines Day |

Valentine chocolates

Here we are, already in the middle of February and Valentine’s Day is upon us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a special day to eat chocolate. When I Googled ‘health benefits of chocolate’, over 2 million articles came up. Yikes! Just remember, the higher the cocao content, the more benefits there are.

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Pet’s Corner: My dog’s name is Dylan

Posted by admin on February 14, 2017 in Pets |

Jane travelled to see her brother in Victoria for his fiftieth, recently, and came back with a shaggy dog story!


My dogs name is Dylan he is the mascot of Home Instead Senior Care in Victoria because my dad runs Home Instead Senior Care. Dylan is 20 months old he is a funny pup and very cuddly. Dylan likes to eat his food but also eats trash like paper towels and lots of other garbage he also likes to eat snow and when he does sometimes he gets a snow beard. ☺ And the other day I brought out my remote controlled car and he started barking his head off and biting it so I put it away. When I play with Dylan it is usually fetch and sometimes he doesn’t bring the ball back so I have to go and get it but sometimes he brings it and then I start petting him♥.

Evan – 9 years old.

Pets Have a Positive Effect on our Health–Pets Appreciation Corner, Mosaic Homecare Services & Community Resource Centre

Posted by admin on February 14, 2017 in Health and exercise, Loneliness and isolation, Pets |


Meet Maize who looks like he provides his owners with happiness!

Welcome to Pet Appreciation Corner at Mosaic! Mosaic Home Care Services asks the community to share with us their pet pictures and stories to show our appreciation for pets and the positive impact they have on our lives.

Studies from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Lincoln in the U.K and the University of Missouri have shown the incredible health benefits that pets have, providing an important role in our lives. A number of great articles on the benefits pets have on seniors can be found on the Pets for the Elderly Foundation website and the Humane Society of Canada, which helped to provide the statistics below. In 2008 the Humane Society of Canada released a report, “Silver Paws: The Role of Pets in Reducing Human Health Care Costs” looking at how pets could reduce costs on the healthcare system, referencing an Australian study that found:

  • · people who own pets typically visit the doctor less often and use less medication
  • · pet owners, on average, have lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure
  • · pet owners recover more quickly from illness and surgery
  • · pet owners deal better with stressful situation
  • · pet owners are less likely to report feeling lonely

The studies from the Pets for the Elder Foundation and the Humane Society of Canada have shown to increase physical activity, lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and stave off loneliness. The strong bonds that we share with ours pets are especially beneficial to seniors and people who are ill, by providing a social connection and comfort in their time of need. Pets help to improve our quality of life and both physical and mental health. Here are a number of benefits pets can have on our health:

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Short Film Series “Free to Be”: thriving with dementia…fundraising for Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy

Posted by admin on January 11, 2017 in Dementia, Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy |



Mosaic Pet Appreciation Month–More Entries Please

Posted by admin on January 9, 2017 in Health and exercise, Lifestyle Services, Loneliness and isolation, Mosaic, Pets |


Share your Stories and Photos with us!

This January Mosaic is showing our appreciation for our beloved pets! As companions, family members and best friends, pets play an important part in our lives. They help keep us healthy and reduce our stress. For all the positive things that our pets do for us, we want to take the time to appreciate them. Share with us your stories and photos with your pets. How has your pet had a positive impact on your life? Can you recall a time that your pet helped you through a tough time? Mosaic will combine and share all the photos and stories we receive throughout the month. Here are a few photos we have already received!


Jane Teasdale takes time away from Mosaic to relax with her dog Bella over the Christmas Holidays.


Opie, a friend of Mosaic’s Kevin, looks a little shy before having his photo taken!

Show your appreciation for your pets with us this January by sharing a photo and/or story with Mosaic! Send your submissions to Kevin at Mosaic will be sharing photos and stories on our website, Twitter and Facebook page as we receive them, so be on the lookout throughout the month!


Join Mosaic This January for Fun Events!

Enjoy Mosaic’s new events like the Healthy Living Now and The Joy of the Opera series and returning favourites like the Pole Walking Club and the First Link Memory® Café at Mosaic.

You can register for Mosaic events by emailing us at or calling at 905 – 597 – 7000. We look forward to seeing you at our events in 2017!

Here is a sneak peek at the events Mosaic will be hosting this January:


Mosaic Open House (Markham) – Thursday, January 12th, 2017.

Have you been to our Community Resource Centre yet? Come visit us on January 12th for our Open House to take a look at all of resources and learn about our upcoming programs. Drop in for refreshments and chat with Mosaic staff about our services, our programs and all that we offer the community. We will also have members of Evergreen at our Open House who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our upcoming joint program, the “Healthy Living Now Series”.


The Joy of the Opera (Markham) – Friday, January 13th, 20th and 27th, 2017.


This 3-part series explores the increasingly popular art form of the Opera. Mosaic is excited to have opera aficionado Marcel Deuvorst present the History of Opera with biographies on three composers featuring live performances of their most popular works on DVD. Marcel has spent a lifetime studying, listening and attending live performances and has taught opera and classical music appreciation courses at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University for the last 10 years.


Mosaic Indoor Winter Pole Walking Club (Markham) – Friday, January 20th, 2017.


Our Pole Walking Club returns this January! Stay in shape this winter with Mosaic by joining us for our monthly indoor pole walk. Mosaic staff will lead the walk from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with refreshments provided after the walk. Learn about the benefits of pole walking and test out the poles for yourself! The Pole Walking Club continues throughout the year on the 3rd Friday of the month.


The Joy of the Opera (Toronto/CNIB Center) – Wednesday, January 25th, 2017.



Marcel Deuvorst brings his “Joy of the Opera” series to the community at our Toronto Office for a day. Learn about the classical composer Mozart and listen to selected works from one of the most famous classical composers with Marcel.


Blood Pressure and Informational Clinic (Markham) – Thursday, January 26th, 2017.


Mosaic will be hosting a free blood pressure and informational clinic for the community at our Community Resource on Thursday, January 26th. Sit down with one of our Mosaic nurses who will take your blood pressure, answer any questions you have, and give you a blood pressure booklet to keep a record of your results. You are also welcome to come into our Community Resource Centre to look through our resources and enjoy a cup of tea!


Healthy Living Now Series (Markham) – 6 Weeks, Starting Thursday, January 26th, 2017.


This program runs on Thursdays: January 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and March 2nd.

March 9th is a rain-date in case of a cancellation.

Please Contact Evergreen for registration at 416 – 499 – 2185.

Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Join Mosaic and Evergreen for a FREE six week workshop to help people overcome emotional and physical distress caused by chronic conditions. This program will help people reduce stress from things like: pain, anxiety and depression, poor quality sleep, juggling nutrition and exercise and dealing with your healthcare team. This program runs from January 26th to March 2nd.


First Link® Memory Café at Mosaic (Markham) – Tuesday, January 31st, 2017. clip_image011

Our First Link® Memory Café returns this January for another year! Mosaic welcomes the Alzheimer Society of York Region and the community for an afternoon of socializing and sharing stories. If you are interested in memory related issues, dementia or Alzheimer’s you can speak to a representative from the Alzheimer Society of York Region over a cup of tea. Our memory café is designed to get people active: because being active physically, socially and mentally is good for our brains!

If you are interested in attending any of these events this January, contact Mosaic Home Care today to register!

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