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what’s up @EMYS – January 2016 Internal Newsletter


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January 2016

 EMYS News

 EMYS SWEET and ETA Programs Featured in Canada’s Largest Daily Newspaper

EMYS innovative work on domestic human trafficking was featured in a front page story in the Toronto Star last month.

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 EMYS Peer Outreach Worker Interviewed on CBC Radio

EMYS was referenced in a great interview on CBC’s The Current on the challenges faced by domestic human trafficking survivors.

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 EMYS Profiled in SNAPD Scarborough Magazine for Its Collaboration with the Alzheimer Society Toronto

The collaboration between Alzheimer Society Toronto staff and youth from the volunteer readiness program from East Metro Youth Services called Minds in Motion was profiled in the publication and was delivered through Nov.-Dec. The program combined physical activity, mental, and social stimulation for individuals living with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, and their care partners.

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 Carly Honoured as One of Toronto’s Vital People

Our own Carly Kalish receives the prestigious Vital People Award this month. The Vital People Grant is designed to support and recognize leaders who make outstanding contributions working at Toronto not-for-profit organizations. With more than 500 active Funds, including endowments and assets under administration of more than $400 million, the Toronto Foundation is one of Canada’s largest charitable foundations. A formal announcement is expected later this month.

 EMYS YOW Team and TDSB Volunteers Make Holiday Season Bright for Families in our Community

EMYS records another successful Annual Food Drive.

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 Lead Agency Update

 Creating City-Wide Connections

Check out details on our latest meeting in December with the Core Services Moving on Mental Health Toronto (MOMH-TO)  Team.

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 Guiding Principles

At the December Staff Luncheon, Claire shared a draft version of Lead Agency Consortium Guiding Principles that might be a valuable reference point for the EMYS team as we continue to grow

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 Technology Matters

 YouTube Volume Issues? Troubleshooting Tip 1

Can’t hear a YouTube video despite that fact the volume on your desktop is cranked up to 100? Here’s a quick and easy tip.

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 Connectivity Issues? Troubleshooting Tip 2

Laptop user? Make sure your blue network cable is plugged in. WiFi signals often dip or drop entirely during the day based on traffic or router performance.

To ensure you stay connected, make sure you stay wired.

 HR Corner

May the Dayforce Be With You

Entering your time and asking for time off is now easier than ever before. Check out this step-by-step guide for logging your time and asking for time off in Dayforce

W:\MYAGENCY\POLICY AND PROCEDURES\SECTION C – H.R. & Administration – FORMS, entitled Dayforce – Employee Access

 Looking for a Paper Time Sheet?

You still need to enter time in the paper-based system as well. Here’s where you find the time sheet form.

Find it W:\MYAGENCY\POLICY AND PROCEDURES\SECTION C – H.R. & Administration – FORMS – entitled Employee Monthly Time Sheet

 Resources, Tools & Advice

Workshop Opportunity: Helping Families Heal: Addressing and Treating Trauma in Children, Youth and Families

Monday, January 11, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. – The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre Gail Appel Institute

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 Tamarack Institute: Engagement Resources

For three signs your engagement efforts are mobile-friendly read Rachel Gainer’s article Anytime. Anywhere. Mobilizing Engagement with your Smartphone

To get the scoop on how technology has changed the way we engage community check out Lisa Attygalle’s How Technology Improves Community Engagement

 Free Webinar: Youth Readiness: Mobilizing for Impact” with Alex Bezzina and Karen Pittman is now available online.

Upcoming Webinar: IMPACT: Advocating with Empathy delivered by Al Etmanski, community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. Al will be joined by Sean Moore, Founder and Principal of Advocacy School, for an intimate discussion as they explore the concept of strategic inquiry and what it means to advocate with empathy and how it can help spread your social innovation. Register here.

Social Media Dashboard

Did you know?

Our EMYS Website averaged between 641 hits and 541 hits to the front page in the last two weeks – we are busy even during our holiday break. During a more typical week, we have 840 to 900 hits a day to our website. We reached an average of 241 Facebook users every week during the month of December and generated 31 new ‘likes. EMYS sent out 127 Tweets over the last 28 days and received 22,800 impressions.

 Shout Out

 Newcomer Team Supports Syrian Newcomers and Sponsors

 Thanks to Soroush Fakhri and Rocky Chu on our Newcomer team for supporting a highly succesful EMYS booth at the Information Fair for sponsors of Syrian newcomers held at the Scarborough Civic Center on Dec. 17, 2015.

 Rocky and Soroush connected with sponsors as well as community partners and agencies. They distributed 100s of annual reports, backgrounders and community resources, and fielded tons of questions.

 They pulled this together very quickly with only a few days notice and did a wonderful job.