Community

Finance Committee Members Wanted

The Finance Committee is looking for volunteers to join the Finance Committee.  The committee meets 6-8 times a year on weekday evenings between 6-8 p.m. The Finance Committee’s purpose is to oversee the financial affairs of Momiji Health Care Society on behalf of the Board of Directors.

If you are curious about Momiji’s finances and are interested in joining this committee, please send an email to the attention of the Chair of the Finance Committee, Dereck Oikawa at financecommittee2020@momiji.on.ca

Tis the Season: Momiji Holiday Fundraising

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As the Holiday Season approaches, so do our annual Holiday fundraising programs!  We are pleased to offer the following programs again this year:

HOLIDAY TREAT PROGRAM:  Shortbread, Mincemeat, Gingerbread, and more…  Our volunteer bakers will soon be busy making delicious homemade cookies for Momiji to be sold to our tenants, their families and community members.  The cookies are packaged by our volunteer elves and come in various sizes and prices ranging from our Santa Superior Box (45 cookies for $20.00) to our Elves Dozen (12 cookies for $7.00).  They make a great gift – for yourself, a friend or a loved one.

VANDERMEER WINTER FUNDRAISING PROGRAM:  Vandermeer Nursery has grown high quality plants in Ajax, including poinsettias and cyclamen, for over 50 years. These high quality plants are the focus of their annual Winter Fundraising program.  The program includes winter-decorated baskets and evergreen planters in a wide range of prices.  Under the program, Momiji purchases the plants at a discount and sell them at cost. These seasonal plants and planters can spruce up your home or can be given as a gift.  We even deliver to our tenants!

Please contact Sheri-Lynn at fundraising@momiji.on.ca or at 416.261.6683, ext. 259 to order or for more information.  The ordering deadline for both programs is at the end of November.  Pre-payment is required.

All proceeds from both of these fundraising activities go to Momiji’s Senior Active Living Centre to be used to fund Dance! Dance! Dance! with the National Ballet
or the Momiji Singers – two very popular programs that no longer have funding.

Japonica (September 7) Update

Japonica is fast approaching and our team is hard at work cataloguing all of the wonderful donations. Due to the volume, we will be unable to accept donations for this event after Monday, August 26th. Please note that due to a lack of storage space, we are also unable to accept Bazaar donations until early 2020. Thanks and we hope to see you on September 7th!

Spring Festival: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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(Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a presentation and some entertainment).

March 3rd is “Momo-no-Sekku” (also known as Girls’ Day) in Japan.  Originally, it was celebrated by families with young daughters for their children’s happiness and good health.  Here at Momiji, we will celebrate “Momo-no-Sekku” as the arrival of spring, wishing health and happiness to all children, as well as to our Momiji tenants and their families and friends from the community.

There will be a festive lunch, special entertainment guests, and much more!

Don’t miss this fun-filled seasonal special event!

Purchase a lunch ticket ($11.00) from Shivonne/Scott by Thurs. Feb. 28!

Momiji Community Bazaar: Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Momiji Community Bazaar – Saturday, March 30th, Noon to 3:30 pm
This annual tradition is back!  Enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine, including manju, sushi, chow mein and bento boxes.  There will be plenty of home made pies, cookies and squares.  Our dining room allows you to eat in or take out. There will also be plenty of items for sale including Collectibles, Giftware, Jewellery, Japanese Kitchen Wares, Books, a Garage Sale and much more.

Interested in volunteering?  Volunteers are needed leading up to the day of the Bazaar, for sorting  donations, for helping to make delicious Japanese cuisine and of course for set-up.

Proceeds from the Bazaar are used to support our programs and services.  Hundreds of seniors benefit each year from the funds this event generates.   For more information, contact Sheri-Lynn at 416-261-6683 x259 / Sheri-Lynnl@momiji.on.ca.

 

Holiday Greetings from the Chair

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November 2018

To me, the Holiday Season is all about family, food and friends and it is also a time to reflect.  While you may know me best as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Momiji Health Care Society, my father lives at Momiji, which also makes me a family member of one of the tenants as well.  In this role, I see first hand what excellent care and respect he receives from the staff at Momiji.  I am sure any of our tenants or their family members will tell you the same thing.

In the time that I have personally been involved with Momiji, I have seen so many changes.  The biggest is the health of the seniors.  Since few tenants move out of Momiji each year, our waiting list, currently over 750 individuals, continues to grow.  By the time the seniors move into Momiji, they are on average much older.  With age comes increasingly complex care needs, much more than a supportive housing organization can provide.  The daily tasks for our 29 PSWs include safety checks, medication reminders, personal care, homemaking (i.e. shopping, light meal preparation), medical/non-medical escorting, health promotion/consultation, and joint services with outside providers of foot care, physiotherapy, and family physician clinics. Increasingly, our PSWs are required to do heavier personal care for many of our tenants.  An incredible 55,170 days of personal care services were delivered in the past year alone, and the demand continues to rise. With demand, so do the costs.

While all of this happens inside the Momiji Residence, Momiji is also so much more than just a building.  Momiji staff connect seniors in the community with services and programs they need to maintain their quality of life and independence.  This includes providing nutritious Japanese meals at our Community Dining programs, friendly visits from Momiji-trained volunteers, personal care services and counselling and information referral services.  As the seniors in the community age, their needs continue to grow.  This too stretches our resources.

Thanks to our volunteers and donors like you, we have been able to accomplish a lot this past year, but there is still much to be done.  As we enter our fifth decade, we know that we must continue to provide excellent care – both at Momiji and in the community.  We also know that we must innovate in order to anticipate and accommodate the needs of a new generation of seniors while serving the needs of the current seniors.

Honouring our seniors by caring for them and preserving their dignity and independence is both a duty and a promise. We hope that we can count on your support during this season of giving to help us continue on with our important work.  Please give generously so that helping our seniors today will enable them to do more tomorrow.

With best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year.
Sincerely,

Pam Waintraub
Chair, Board of Directors