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Let us
faithfully witness
to the risen Jesus
giving generously
of our lives
and substance for
the relief of the poor
and the sharing
of the Gospel,
bringing encouragment
to all.

- from the Collect
for St. Barnabas

The Scott Mission needs your help! The Scott Mission Food Bank is in need of non-perishable food items and they’ve asked for our help. There is a basket at the back of the church for your donations. Thank you. Read more about The Scott Mission website here » - "A Christian ministry of mercy and love". The Scott Mission is a Christian, non-denominational urban mission responding to the needs of the poor, homeless, abandoned and vulnerable of all ages. Based in Toronto, Canada, the Mission offers practical, emotional and spiritual support to thousands of people every year.


It is well with my Soul

What is mental health?
How do we talk about it?
What can we do to help?

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019: 12:30 - 1:30 pm at St Barnabas Anglican Church 361 Danforth Ave, Toronto. Our Panelists will be:
  • Dr. Peter Gaibisels
  • Ben Bendosz
  • Lauma Stikuts
  • Matthew Dewar
with Moderators
  • Dr. Elise Bayle
  • Kaspars Reinis

Resources from a variety of agencies will be available at the refreshment time after the forum along with folks to talk to.

Panelists Biographies

  • Benjamin Bandosz is a Ph.D candidate and Vanier Scholar at the University of Toronto's Centre for Comparative Literature. Since 2015, he has worked with various consumer/survivor/ex-patient and mental health communities and organizations in Toronto, including Mad Pride Toronto, MADx, and Recovery Network: Toronto. More recently, he has been collaborating with Hearing Voices Support Worker, Kevin Healey, organizing cross-community events focused on destigmatizing and better understanding what are often called "mental illnesses". He is a co-founder of the Guattari Research Group – Toronto
  • Dr. Peter Gaibisels, D.C. My presentations are usually titled in response to the interest of the group inviting me to speak. I would say that my calling is about, "Being There for a Fellow Human Being". I trust that helps to define my potential contribution. If I had a sound-bite that I would like people attending the forum to remember, it would be a quotation from my friend in Sudbury, and M.D., Dr. Brian Lynch. He was visiting a Native community on the North Shore of Lake Huron. The local Shaman identified a problem with troubled Youth, and the great need for skilled counselling, and guidance. Dr. Lynch replied that the solutions to the problems among the Youth of their community, were right there in the community itself. He pointed out that one did not need letters, or a degree following one's name, to be a qualified listener. Every person in the community is capable of parenting, or guiding another person in that community, and thereby is capable of helping to heal the community. This is a major step towards empowering suffering individuals, or groups. No need to wait for help from outside. Act now!
  • Lauma Stikuts’ formal education includes a B.A. in Psychology from York University, B.Ed. from University of Toronto, Certificate in Long Term Care Administration from Ryerson University and Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University. Lauma is the Executive Director at Kristus Darzs Latvian Home a charitable, 100 bed long term care home, where she has worked since 1992. Her volunteer work includes facilitation and mediation. One of the guiding management principles for the Home is that residents and staff must live and work in a safe, supportive environment that enables everyone to flourish.
  • Matthew Dewar is a Mental Health Specialized Community Development Officer with the City of Toronto's Community Crisis Response program. He holds a BA in Criminology, a BSW from Lakehead University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in children & families. He has spent the last 5 years developing wrap-around programs for marginalized populations across the province and doing trauma therapy with children and youth. He is also currently a Board Member for the StopGap Foundation. In Matthew's free time, you can find him and his partner walking their new dog Otto or binging new Netflix shows at home.
Moderator Biographies
  • Kaspars Reinis is a Ph.D student and a Connaught Scholar at the University of Toronto's Centre for Comparative Literature. His research combines art and literature in order to investigate questions of absence, lastness, animals and extinction. Kaspars is an active community organiser in Toronto Latvian community. He has collaborated many others to create art exhibits, concerts, conferences and film screenings. He sings and performs, as well as participates in broader cultural and social life of the Latvian community in Toronto.
  • Elise Bayle is French teacher and the Head of Languages at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. She obtained her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Saint Etienne in France. She also taught for Middlebury College at its Oakland campus. Dr. Bayle has published peer-reviewed articles, as well as fiction and poetry in Australia, France, and Canada.

    Join us January 26, 2020 for Music for the Soul Concert and another Forum on Mental Health & Wellness mid-March.
Sponsored by St Barnabas Anglican & Lutheran Congregations
Outreach Programming at St. Barnabas on the Danforth

Reaching out to the community, sharing in God’s love to provide information and action to ensure a safe and nurturing environment where everyone can co-exist free from prejudice, poverty, sickness, violence and fear.

The Christmas Gift Drive is one of the ways we provide support to Kennedy House to fulfill their mission as a youth shelter: to help youth grow into productive individuals who contribute to society - Help support the Christmas Drive - see the letter here ».

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Pier 21 Refugee Sponsorship Update

We are pleased to share the news that Mehtab found housing in time for the start of the academic year at George Brown College. We wish him well in all his endeavours. Please continue to pray for him.

Anglican United Refugee Alliance – AURA AURA is a Canadian charitable organization assisting in the sponsorship and resettlement of refugees. We represent the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The growing worldwide refugee crisis means we need to do more to help refugees. Each full day at AURA will cost $76 more than AURA can raise right now. For more information on how you can help, log on to www.auraforrefugees.org. All donations are tax deductible. There are also copies of a letter sent to Fr. Jonathan which you can pick up from the back of the church if you wish to send a cheque to AURA.

The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund • PWRDF

PWRDF is the national Anglican Church of Canada's agency which enables anyone anywhere in Canada to support emergency relief, refugees, sustainable development, and justice throughout the world.

With the support of Anglican parishes across Canada, PWRDF makes financial and human resources available to support partners' initiatives and to promote knowledgeable actions of solidarity at home and around the world. You can make a difference to this worldwide outreach through St. Barnabas.

Visit the PWRDF website here ».


FaithWorks is the fund by which people at St. Barnabas on the Danforth and others across the Diocese of Toronto act together with and on behalf of all Anglican parishes to directly support families in crisis, children, youth and women in need, immigrants, the homeless, the unemployed, the imprisoned, and those living in the developing world. FaithWorks has helped fill a void in the social assistance network, providing hope where there was despair and compassion for a broken spirit.

Read more about FaithWorks here ».

Out of the Cold

The Out of the Cold (OOTC) network is an ecumenical project of a large number of Toronto-area religious communities, which open their doors to provide shelter, food and personal support for those in severe need in our city. Programs are coordinated so there are always locations open during the winter months from November through April. Guests at overnight locations are served an evening meal, accommodated on mats and sleeping bags for the night, and served breakfast in the morning.

Eastminster United Church at 310 Danforth offers a Friday supper for 125 and overnight night hostel for 60. Many at St. Barnabas volunteer assistance and support there. You can help too: in person, or with money or food, a TTC ticket per guest, cleaning materials, towels for showers, toiletries, blankets, Christmas packages, and clothing. See information here »

THE STOP Community Food Centre

The Stop Community Food Centre TorontoThe Stop Community Food Centre
works to increase people’s access to healthy food while maintaining dignity, building community & challenging inequality. Programs include community kitchens and dining, urban agriculture, a food bank, drop-ins, civic engagement and pre & post natal nutrition and support.

Learn more! Visit The Stop website here »


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