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staffOur staff team is committing to writing and posting articles that we hope will be of interest to parents, community members and people who use our services. We are a group of people who are incredibly dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in the City of Toronto. We have a wealth of information and ideas to share and we realized that our newsletters and emails home are not always the best place to tackle the “bigger” topics, or to relay news that doesn’t necessarily fall into the category of “program updates.” The blog will be a central place for us to share some of the things that we have learned along the way about a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Bullying
  • Fun games, crafts and activities that you can do with your kids at home
  • Safety issues including water and swim safety
  • Transitioning kids from home into a childcare program
  • High school years, homework and applying for post-secondary education

We’ll do our best to address issues of all four of the communities that we run programs in:

  • St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club Founding Clubhouse – Bathurst/Dupont
  • Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights

If you have an idea for an article, or a topic you would like addressed, please feel free to email us. We’d love your feedback.

Meet the Preschool Staff – Foss

FOSSBy Foss 
Preschool Staff

Parents sing praises about the preschool and the preschool staff all the time – just read our testimonials page! So for this blog post, we spoke to Foss, one of the amazing staff who run the preschool program.

  1. Your name and position/title.
    My name is Foss and I am the Head Teacher in the Senior Preschool Room.

    Just one of the smiling faces in preschool!

    Just one of the smiling faces in preschool!

  1. What is your long-term career goal? 
    I am currently in the process of registering for school to be a Resource Consultant for Children with Special Needs
  1. What programs do you run/help run?
    I run the Senior Preschool room and I help with all of the other preschool rooms. I also am the the supervisor with staff schedules.
  1. How long have you worked for St. Alban’s?
    I have worked at St. Alban’s for about 10 years now!
  2. What are your favourite activities to do with the children?
    I love to do science with the preschool children because I get to explore different elements and how they react to one another, and show the children how exciting science can be.
  1. What is your favourite part about the job?
    I love watching the children grow and develop over their time spent here at St. Alban’s!

Thank you Foss for all your hard work and dedication over the last 10 years – the children of St. Alban’s preschool really appreciate it!

Where are they now? St. Alban’s Alumni: Michael De Giorgio

14233681_10157575944510413_1523813355_oBy Anja Moore-Heighington
Communications and Resource Development Coordinator

Here at St. Alban’s, we offer programs for children from ages 0 to 19, and this means that we have a lot of alumni who have grown up with St. Alban’s throughout their whole childhood! To showcase some of the amazing people who have been involved here at St. Alban’s,we are interviewing some alumni. 

For this interview, I talked to Michael De Giorgio. Continue reading

Summer Events & Activities in the City

14233681_10157575944510413_1523813355_oBy Anja Moore-Heighington
Communications & Resource Coordinator

Summer break is just around the corner! We are winding down here at St. Alban’s with only 2 weeks left of school, but we are also gearing up for Summer Camp 2017! Spots are still available in our Sports and Variety Camps throughout the summer and there’s still time to register. Visit the Summer Camp webpage for more information and to register easily online! Continue reading

Spring Time Crafts for Children

michelle-clarkeBy Michelle Clarke
Creative Arts Coordinator

Yay – Spring is on its way! But since the weather is still a bit unpredictable, here are some fun Easter & Passover themed crafts that you can do with your kids over the next few weeks if it’s rainy or you’d just rather stay inside 🙂 Continue reading

Where are they now? St. Alban’s Alumni: Dianne Calma

14233681_10157575944510413_1523813355_oBy Anja Moore-Heighington
Communication and Resource Development Coordinator

Here at St. Alban’s, we offer programs for children from ages 0 to 19, and this means that we have a lot of alumni who have grown up with St. Alban’s throughout their whole childhood! To showcase some of the amazing people who have been involved here at St. Alban’s, I have decided to reach out and interview a few alumni and feature them here on the blog. This is the first of a few “Where are they now?” blogs that will be published throughout this year, so look out for the next one coming this summer! Continue reading