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Mall wide Seniors’ Month event at Mosaic and the Shops on Steeles and 404: Music, Dance and Theatre in Appreciation of Seniors and community

Posted by admin on June 17, 2019 in Community, Community Theatre, Dance, Social and isolation, Third Places |

June 14th was a day for celebrating, for connection, for interests, activities, inclusiveness, multi-cultural engagement and community. It was also a day for showing how we can transform places where people go to transact to one where we can also connect, bump into one another and experience.


At Mosaic, with the help of the management of the Shops on Steeles and 404 we staged a music, dance and theatre appreciation event for Seniors’ Month. The event was held in the mall itself!!


Jay Franco – One Man Big Band


Humber Actors Puppetry


Karen Millyard Danceweavers

We had more than 50 people attend: around 50 who were sitting in the seating prepared and more who were looking on from a distance.


Yes, everyone in the mall that day took part, either from a distance or from up close and personal.

If you hold regular events in public spaces, this allows some to engage at a distance and others to be up closer and more personal.  What matters more may be what happens over time: many of those who attended this event have come to Mosaic’s open community space events before, and know each other. This dynamic is important.

We had public space interaction, social space interaction, personal space and intimate space interaction. People were able to appreciate from a distance or dance with others up close. A range of preferences were provided for.

One Man Big Band (Jay Franco) provided music and dance at the start of the event:


Dancing as it went on…..




Then enter a youth theatre performance from Humber College Actors & Puppeteers: a well delivered comedic performance that combined a puppet cooking class with a tongue in cheek guide to dating for those who may have gotten out of the swing of things.


Then we switched back to lessons in English folk dancing:




Third places in our communities

We would like to see more creative use of space in our communities.

Every square foot of our public space is a potential stage for communication, creativity and activity.

Developing these “third places” for natural community interaction is very important. Most of these spaces exist outside the institutional and health care realm and tend to be neglected when assessing community funding and grant decisions.

We urge our communities to look beyond the “doing to” deficit based model that has driven the institutional focus on community development hitherto towards an inclusive, active community based model that embraces all aspects and areas of our communities, our neighbourhoods, our businesses and our private individuals.

“Neighbours and Communities” group

A special thank you to members of Mosaic’s “Neighbours and Communities” group. The Neighbours and Communities group is a grassroots group looking at community engagement and voice at the community and neighbourhood level. The first few months of group has been spent looking at social networks, social capital, meaningful communication and the need for collaboration.  It has also been introduced to the differences between asset based models of community development and the “doing to” model that tends to focus on peoples’ and communities’ deficits and weaknesses.

The group is looking at walkable neighbourhoods and after the summer break will be looking to reach out to local organisations, businesses and people to assess how we can all develop closer connection with community and support community building.


Marty and Miriam at the Neighbours and Communities Information Desk


Ramon and Regina at the event desk!

clip_image034 And Calvin, who appeared to be actively engaging with everyone….

A simple plan to address social isolation

At Mosaic we have a simple plan to address social isolation. And because this last Saturday was also World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) our simple plan for community development also addresses one of the biggest risk factors for elder abuse, that of social isolation.

Our simple plan for reducing social isolation and community engagement is as follows:

A) Encouraging meaningful conversation and communication beyond the simple hello, how is the weather, how are you. Ask another question or two.

Recent research points out that people are actually more open and receptive to talking to strangers than you might think. But, let us not forget that we also often lack meaningful conversation with those we see day to day and that are close to us. 

B) Develop socially supportive networks and culture in our walkable areas: these are our close neighbourhoods and our immediately walkable communities. Note that walkable may mean different things for different people and will vary according to how supportive our neighbourhood is. 

C) Opportunities to engage in interests and activities that allow for a wide variety of interests and social needs.   It is important that these opportunities do not frame participants as suffering from a deficit or a need but are considered as people who are able to contribute to community and its vitality.

D) An awareness of the importance of diversity, inclusivity and most importantly of empathy. Building a culture of empathy allows to take an interest in the realities of our joint existence and our rights to our own unique individuality within a social and community context. Our social interactions in public space should not exclude others, but should provide opportunity for connection with those important inner realms of being (social, personal and intimate space).

All of the above are dependent on the need for collaboration across our communities: individuals, private businesses, public sector and local governments, our environment and use of space. This is big picture, this is grass roots reaching out and connecting with our wider infrastructure, this is the development of voice, of awareness and empowerment and personal and community growth.

Let us move from the deficit, the bias, the need to the ability, the capability and potential of individuals and communities.  We can have both the simple and the diverse experience, the engaged and the reflective solo moments.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day–June 15th

Posted by admin on June 13, 2019 in Elder Abuse & Awareness |

What events are happening in your local area? World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th.  There are many events happening in and around your communities designed to engage people in awareness and prevention of financial, emotional, physical and sexual abuse of older adults specifically.  A good website for information can be found at Elder […]

On Creating a community or ““My knitting group has broken up,” said mom on the telephone….”

Posted by admin on May 13, 2019 in Community, Creative, Knitting Groups, Mid town |

“My knitting group has broken up,” said mom on the telephone, “but I may have found a new group to join.  We got a flyer at the condo about a knitting group at the CNIB that’s open to the community.” “You should go,” I said.  “Winter is coming and you’ll need something to do. Besides […]

Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, Free Workshop for Care Partners–9 and 29 May

Posted by admin on April 2, 2019 in Community, Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, Events |

Social Workers: Helping Resolve Life’s Challenges

Posted by admin on March 4, 2019 in Social work, Social Work Week, Social workers |

Every year in March, Canadians acknowledge the important work provided by Social Workers with Social Work Week. This year, the theme is “From everyday issues to complex needs: Social Workers, it’s what we do” and is being held the week of March 4-10, 2019. The primary role of a Social Worker is to help people […]

February – The Month of Love

Posted by admin on February 14, 2019 in Community Centres, Valentines Day |

Beth Eshete and members of our community on Valentine’s Day 14 February 2019 Every year, seemingly the day after New Year’s, the advertising starts for Valentine’s Day. Red hearts in store windows, media advertising diamond jewellery to show how much ‘you love a person’, and of course, chocolate. Let me say right now, I LOVE […]

Community Mapping Project–recent article from Markham Life (Spring 2019)

Posted by admin on February 11, 2019 in Community, Mapping |

The Magic of Opera…the magic of rich, diverse community space…

Posted by admin on January 21, 2019 in Community, Creative, Education |

At Mosaic Home Care and Community Resource Centres we provide community space and host events that are open to the wider community.  We aim to facilitate connection, meaning, fun, education, interaction and to emphasise the value of “human being” across the full spectrum of being. One of our more popular events, the Magic of the […]

Join Mosaic at the IG Wealth Management Walk For Memories on February 2, 2019!

Posted by admin on January 14, 2019 in Alzheimer's, Walk for Memories |

Join Mosaic at the IG Wealth Management Walk For Memories on February 2, 2019! This is a huge fundraising event that happens every year for Alzheimer’s disease. Mosaic is one of the many sponsors for this event and we are encouraging everyone to come out and support a great cause and also represent our company. […]

Forget making New Year’s Resolutions. Try a Vision Board Instead!

Posted by admin on January 10, 2019 in Keynote |

Grab a coffee, a note pad and give yourself an afternoon of dreaming and then planning for the next year (or more). To get yourself started, you need to be able to articulate what you want in life. This is a really big question. Break it down by asking what excites you and makes you […]

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