Jennifer Josephson Receives Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario Award

Elder Abuse Networks across Ontario play an integral role, each and every day, when supporting victims and survivors of crimes, providing critical information and helping navigate resources (whether justice, social services or the healthcare system).  They do this with compassion and in a meaningful way.

Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario (EAPO) is honoured to be part of that acknowledgement, to formally recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals and organizations of Elder Abuse Networks across Ontario.

This year, EAPO launched the “Recognition Award for the Prevention of Elder Abuse” to be presented to a member from each Elder Abuse Network in Ontario, who has demonstrated their dedication and leadership, supporting education and prevention initiatives by their Network and strengthening outreach efforts to enhance the response and assistance to older adults living at-risk or experiencing abuse.

EAPO Award

EAPO Award

On November 27, 2020 at the EAPO Virtual Award Event, Jennifer Josephson, Brock CHC Seniors and Community Health Worker and Chairperson of the Durham Elder Abuse Network (DEAN), was presented with this Recognition Award.  Congratulations Jennifer, and thank you for your long-standing dedication and commitment to the prevention of elder abuse.

Brock CHC Diabetes Education Program Receives Recognition Status

Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) is pleased to be recognized as a Diabetes Education Centre that successfully meets the Standards for Diabetes Education in Canada, as granted by The Standards Recognition Review Committee of Diabetes Canada on August 10, 2020.  Brock CHC’s Diabetes Education Centre has achieved a level of excellence in their delivery of diabetes education and services.

The Diabetes Education Team and Clinical Manager are commended for their efforts and achievements in completing the report and in their commitment to providing the best possible diabetes self-management education for their patients and their community.

To attain Recognition status, a Diabetes Education Centre must demonstrate achievement of a minimum of 80% of the standards within each of the Outcome, process and Structure categories.  Recognition status is granted for a three-year period.

Brock CHC Receives Funding for COVID-19 Seniors Response

Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) is pleased to announce funding from the COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund.

The Government of Canada, through Employment and Social Development Canada, established the COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund.  United Way Canada was mandated to allocate the funds through local United Ways to identify and respond to the needs of seniors (55 years of age and over) affected by COVID-19.

United Way of Durham Region, working with local partners, identified the local needs and gaps in services and were given funds to allocate to local organizations with the capacity to swiftly assist seniors affected by COVID-19.

Eligible activities for funding to assist immediate, urgent needs of vulnerable seniors included:

As a result of the funding, Brock Community Health Centre is now offering 3 new programs to address access and social isolation amongst individual 55+:

Grocery Assistance Program – at home delivery of groceries.  Subsidies available for those who require it.

Friends in Flight – an opportunity to care for local birds.  Individuals are provided a legend of common local birds to help them identify/report bird sightings.  Seniors are connected with volunteers or other avid bird watchers or program members who monitor activity, drop off additional bird seed as needed, and check in to see how the seniors are coping and managing.

Seeds for the Soul – an opportunity to grow and care for vegetables and herbs.  Individuals are provided with seed containers and soil to create their very own outdoor mini garden.  They are then connected with volunteers or like-minded gardeners to share what they are doing and to allow for check-ins to see how they are coping and managing.

Brock Community Health Centre is very grateful to be allocated these funds to assist in providing quality and timely service to the residents of Brock Township.

If you are interested in any of these programs, please contact Jennifer Josephson, Seniors and Community Health Worker, Brock Community Health Centre, by emailing or by calling 705-432-3322.  Please follow our Facebook page and check our website for regular updates and new programs happening virtually!



Contact:  Janet McPherson, Executive Director
Phone:  705-432-3322

Brock Community Health Centre Reaches Capital Campaign Goal!

Architectural rendering of the new Brock CHC building to be constructed at 39 Cameron St. W., Cannington


Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) has surpassed the $450,000 fundraising goal for its “Building Our New Home” Capital Campaign, with additional gifts still arriving.

“We are incredibly thrilled!” stated Terri Donovan, Chair of the Brock CHC Fundraising Committee.  “The support we have seen for Brock CHC during this campaign has been deeply inspiring.  Families, individuals, businesses and organizations have come together to invest in the health and wellness of the community.”

Planning for the capital campaign began just over a year ago in order to secure the non-funded portion of the costs of the new building.  After an initial financial contribution of approximately $100,000 by the Regional Municipality of Durham, the campaign quickly reached over half of its goal.  Since the launch of the public phase just 4 months ago, the community has rallied together to raise the remaining funds, including over $100,000 pledged by David Slabodkin, CEO of Canada Protection Plan and Board Chair of The Nourish and Develop Foundation, through a donation matching challenge.  Brock CHC is still accepting and receiving gifts to push the final tally even higher.

The volunteer leadership of the Capital Campaign Cabinet has been key to the success of this fundraising endeavour.  “The passion and commitment of this group of community leaders has been remarkable,” stated Janet McPherson, Executive Director.  “Brock CHC is fortunate to have such a dedicated, respected team of volunteers who shared their vision for the new health centre with the community.  We are grateful to be part of a community that is so generous and supportive.”

The success of the campaign will better position Brock CHC in meeting the requirements for approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Capital Investment Branch to move to the construction phase of the project.  The majority of the building costs (estimated at $9.7 million dollars) is funded by the MOHLTC.  The new centre will accommodate organizational programs and services, and will also provide a community health hub for Durham’s northern communities, increasing access to allied health care services and community organizations.  The new facility is scheduled to break ground in 2021.

The Capital Campaign Cabinet looks forward to planning a celebratory event in the near future.

For anyone wanting more information or wishing to donate, please visit or call 705.432.3322.


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Contact:  Janet McPherson, Executive Director
Phone:  705-432-3322

Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team Provides Access to Essential Services for Community

The Eastern York Region North Durham (EYRND) Ontario Health Team (OHT) partners and other local agencies have launched a one-stop shop that provides essential services (grocery delivery, transportation, personal support and more) to those most in need of help during this difficult time.

Essential services are available to those in the Markham, Stouffville, Thornhill, Uxbridge and Brock communities.  #COVID19 #EYRNDOHT

EYND OHT FINAL Media Release (April 16)

Supporting Our Community’s Health During COVID-19

Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) is committed to the health and wellbeing of our community.  We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and taking every precaution to keep our staff, clients, volunteers and community members safe.  We continue to follow updates, guidelines and advice as outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Health, Ontario Health and the Alliance for Healthier Communities.

Dr. Zahra Bardai, Physician at Brock CHC, has been providing leadership to the organization’s pandemic planning team for weeks.  She stated, “In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transformed our health services delivery.  During these challenging times, we are here for our Brock community, ensuring that every member we interact with is protected, informed, guided, assessed and treated to the best of our abilities.”

While we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, all Brock CHC community-based programs have been suspended.  We are investigating alternate ways to deliver these programs and will be reaching out to all our clients with “wellness calls” to connect with those who may need assistance or information.  We continue to provide in-person primary care services on a reduced schedule to clients for urgent triaged needs.  All other appointments are being made by telephone or video conferencing if possible or rescheduled to a later date.  Recognizing the changing needs of our local population, we are developing practical solutions to assist the community with accessing food and supplies, answering health care questions and connecting to other services and supports.

“We all have an important role to play in successfully managing our current circumstances,” stressed Dr. Bardai.  “It is a time when each of us brings our strengths and talents to the common goal of practicing social separation, important hygiene strategies, as well as helping family, neighbours and friends without physically being in touch.  We are incredibly fortunate to live in times where the public health response is strong and connection to each other accessible via virtual contact.  The goodwill response within our community has been tremendous.  It is the backbone that will enable us to cope and come out on the other side of this pandemic.”

Minimizing the Risk

Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

Practice Physical Distancing

With the rise in COVID-19 cases from community transmission, everyone in the community should be practicing physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people and slow the spread of the disease.  Practice physical distancing by:

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate at home and seek clinical assessment over the phone.  Contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000).

Community Resources

For the latest information on COVID-19, see the Ontario Government’s COVID-19 page (



Contact:  Janet McPherson, Executive Director
Phone:  705-432-3322

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Brock Community Health Centre is committed to the safety and well-being of our clients, our staff and the community at large.  This includes implementing measures to reduce the risk of dangers like COVID-19.  Brock CHC is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and is following updates, guidelines and advice suggested by the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Central East LHIN and the Alliance for Healthier Communities.

Please note that Brock CHC has suspended all community-based programs to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.  Our Primary Care buildings remain open and we will continue to provide services on an altered schedule to clients for mainly urgent needs only.  Clients will be screened upon entrance to any Brock CHC facility and are being asked to pre-screen themselves before attending any appointments.  If you have a fever, a new cough or have difficulty breathing, we urge you to stay at home and contact your healthcare provider.  [Cannington – 705.432.3388 | Beaverton – 705.426.4636]

Although our community-based programs have been postponed until further notice, Brock Community Health Centre can still respond to questions and concerns you may have about vulnerable individuals in our community.  If you have a friend, neighbour or family member that you are worried about, please call 705.432.3322 and ask to speak to Jennifer Josephson, Seniors and Community Health Worker.  We are currently looking at practical solutions to assist individuals with accessing food and supplies, assistance with health care questions and connection to other services and supports.  We appreciate that this is a challenging time for everyone and are doing our best to respond to all questions and concerns in a timely manner.

For information on COVID-19, including what is the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19), symptoms, self-assessment and how you can protect yourself, please visit our resource page.

Nominations Invited for the Tammy Rankin Legacy Award


Tammy Rankin was the Senior Safety Advisor for the Municipality of Durham, a founding member of the Durham Elder Abuse Network (D.E.A.N.) and developed a partnership with the Durham Regional Police Seniors Support Coordinator position.  Tammy worked tirelessly to advocate for and support the senior population in her community.  She was known for going above and beyond the scope of her position and putting “her seniors first”.  The Durham Elder Abuse Network is committed to the advocacy and education within our community to keep seniors safe.

D.E.A.N. is proud to support the “Tammy Rankin Legacy Award” with an opportunity to showcase an inspiring individual or organization with a powerful story about going above and beyond to make a meaningful impact in the lives of seniors and their families.

Click here to download the Tammy Rankin Legacy Award Nomination Form.  Deadline:  March 31, 2020.

Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) Launches Public Phase of Capital Campaign

Brock CHC Capital Campaign Cabinet Launch Public Phase of Campaign

Members of the Brock Community Health Centre Capital Campaign Cabinet gather at the site of the new Brock CHC (39 Cameron Street W., Cannington) to launch the public phase of the capital campaign. Pictured from left to right are Ted Smith, Alan Ely, Peter Prust and John Grant.

Brock Community Health Centre is pleased to announce the public phase of its capital campaign to build a new health care facility for residents of Brock Township and surrounding areas.  The new centre will accommodate existing programs and services and will also provide a community health hub for Durham’s northern communities, increasing access to allied health care services and community organizations.  While the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Health Capital Investment Branch is funding the majority of the building costs (estimated at $9.7 million dollars), Brock CHC is responsible for the non-shared costs of the project, currently estimated at $450,000.  To date, the “Building Our New Home” Campaign has raised approximately $229,000, representing more than 50% of its $450,000 capital campaign goal.

“We have been truly overwhelmed with the generosity of our donors during the quiet phase of the campaign and look forward to continuing the momentum throughout the public phase,” stated Terri Donovan, Chair of the Brock CHC Fundraising Committee.  “The support from community organizations, businesses and residents alike is a testament to the community’s belief in the importance of this project.”

Brock CHC’s Executive Director, Janet McPherson, commended the Capital Campaign Cabinet members for their fundraising efforts.  “They have done an enormous amount of work engaging with the community.  To have reached the halfway point in just over 4 months is truly remarkable and reflects their commitment to this campaign and project.”

David Slabodkin, CEO of Canada Protection Plan and Board Chair of The Nourish and Develop Foundation, has lent his support to the campaign by pledging to match new campaign donations – received after November 8, 2019 – dollar for dollar for the remaining fundraising amount.  “Once again, David Slabodkin has demonstrated his unparalleled and unprecedented support for the health and wellbeing of our community,” stated Ted Smith, Brock CHC Board Chair.  “The Board of Directors of the Brock Community Health Centre thank him for his generosity, a gift that will have a huge impact on our ongoing fundraising efforts.”

This recent donation matching challenge has propelled the fundraising campaign into its final push.  Only $220,000 away from meeting the fundraising goal to build the new Brock CHC, the Capital Campaign Cabinet needs to raise only $110,000 from the community, with the benefit of doubling the impact of new donations.

Other lead donors to the campaign include Sunderland Co-Operative Inc., Brelmar Veterinary Clinic, Sunderland Legion Branch #141, Dr. Mary Ferguson Dentistry, Fred and Linda Fulton, Quig Tingley and Margot Franssen, John and Lore Grant, Ted and Wilma Smith and combined donations from the residents of Edengrove and Beaverton beaches.

The new facility is scheduled to break ground in early 2021.

For anyone wishing to donate, please visit or call 705.432.3322.


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Contact:  Janet McPherson, Executive Director
Phone:  705-432-3322

New Study Findings on the Relationship Between Food Banks and Food Insecurity in Canada

Study findings offer insights on the important role of community-based organizations in supporting individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.  Food insecurity is often one of many issues (i.e., social determinants of health) resulting from low income.  Brock Community Health Centre’s model of care extends beyond clinical services and includes community-based navigation to help people get connected.  Brock CHC’s Community Development-Health Promotion team works with a range of local and area agencies to help remove barriers to access.  It can mean accessing income, housing, social and employment supports locally, and sometimes that includes making the connection to the local food banks.

To view the new PROOF factsheet on the relationship between Food Banks and Food Insecurity in Canada, click here.


PROOF is an interdisciplinary research team investigating household food insecurity in Canada.  The goal of this research program is to identify effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity, which is defined as the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.  PROOF publishes annual reports on household food insecurity, using data from Statistics Canada.  The reports (2011 was the first one) monitor trends, enabling the identification of priorities for interventions to address this major public health issue.  These reports have become critical for furthering public understanding of food insecurity in Canada and the need for policy intervention.