Greetings from Peter Rekai, Chair
I am pleased to have an opportunity
on behalf of the Board of Directors to
address our residents, families, staff,
volunteers and external stakeholders.
Four years ago, we began the process
of assembling a talented and
dynamic volunteer Board of Directors
from the community. Today’s Board
offers the many skill sets required to
effectively direct a large non-profit corporation and, in particular,
to address new long–term care legislation and standards.
The July newsletter will showcase our new Strategic Plan
expected to be approved shortly by our Board. The Plan has
been crafted with extensive input from residents, families, staff
and by partners in our community.
The Board is committed to reaching out to the community at
large, a process that began with our Strategic Plan consultations
and now leads us toward key partnerships with other
health-care providers and community organizations. It will also
build our public profile which will assist us in raising friends and
funds to enhance programmes for our residents.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care recently released
the new Long Term Care Home Renewal Strategy which
addresses the renovation or rebuilding of homes built in the
1980s such as the Drs Paul and John Rekai Centre.
The Board is carefully reviewing the criteria relating to operational
and compliance history, and financial capacity. It is clear
that should the Board decide to move ahead with renovating
or rebuilding the Rekai Centre, we will need to supplement the
government’s contribution with additional financial resources.
We applaud the Ministry’s goal of seeking to phase out the
“ward” type accommodation prevalent in older homes in favour
of providing more space for residents’ common and living areas.
Discussions relating to any major project we may undertake will
be lengthy and involve considerable discussion. Please be
assured that as the Board continues its deliberations, I will keep
everyone apprised of our direction as it unfolds.
On behalf of the Board I wish to thank you for your work, contribution
and commitment to the future of our homes.
BUILDING ON A
PROUD LEGACY OF
IN LONG-TERM CARE
Greetings from Mary Hoare, CAO
In the over 21 years that I have
worked with the Drs. Paul and
John Rekai Centre, I have seen
tremendous growth and change.
Drs. Paul and John Rekai founded
Central Hospital, Toronto’s first
multicultural hospital in the 1950’s.
As the next step in the continuum
of care, in 1988, they opened the
Rekai Centre, a long term care home located adjacent to
what was then Central Hospital.
In 2005, on the site of the old Wellesley Hospital at
Sherbourne and Wellesley, Peter Rekai ,the son of Dr. Paul
Rekai, cut the ribbon opening a new long term care home,
Wellesley Central Place. Today, between the two long term
care homes, we provide resident-centred care to over 272
Our roots have always been based in the community, and
this is even more true today. We have a close working relationship
with St. Michael’s Hospital, and now together with
St. Michael’s, offer one of the first community-based peritoneal
dialysis services. We also work closely with Ryerson
University and George Brown College.
Through our Resident Programming team, we encourage our
residents to participate fully in the activities taking place in
the downtown core. Our city offers a myriad of activities to
engage everyone throughout the year. We invite you to stay
tuned for more information about our new partnership with
the Ontario College of Art and Design.
In an effort to communicate more frequently with all our communities,
we will be releasing this corporate newsletter each
quarter and welcome your feedback.
Board of Directors
Mr. Peter Rekai
Mr. Corry Thomas
Ms. Anne Groulx
Mrs. Mary Hoare, CAO
Ms. Laurel Brown
Ms. Jodeme Goldhar
Mr. Hugh Innes
Mr. Robert Iseman
Mr. Anthony Kellner
Mr. Elie Newman
Ms. Leslie Sorensen
Mr. Stephen Squibb
Ms. Karon West
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Drs. Paul and John Rekai Centre
Much of the detailed boardwork is carried out at the committee level. The committees of the board can
provide the time and expertise to address specific items. The following is a list of board committees:
• Executive Committee
• Governance Committee
• Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee
• Finance Committee
The Purpose of the Corporate Newsletter
This is the first edition of the Drs. Paul and John Rekai Centre corporate newsletter. This newsletter
is focused on providing information to our residents, families, employees as well as external stakeholders.
Strategic Plan update
By Jodeme Goldhar, MSW, MHSc
Chair of the Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Directors
The Strategic Planning process began in the
summer of 2008 with initial input gathered from
the Board of Directors. The consultative process
was expanded during the fall to include the
residents, families, staff and external stakeholders.
The feedback was very helpful and has provided
invaluable guidance as the Ad Hoc Strategic
Planning Committee has been meeting to revise
the draft strategic plan. The Ad Hoc Strategic
Planning Committee is comprised of myself as
Chair, Karon West, Robert Iseman (fellow Board
members), assisted by Mary Hoare (CAO) and
Sue Graham-Nutter (Director of Communications
and Public Affairs).
Over the winter, we have met regularly to work
collaboratively on the Strategic Plan. I am now
pleased to advise you that we have developed
revised vision and mission statements, crafted the
values and have prepared a draft of the strategic
• Audit Committee
• Outreach and Partnership Committee
• Residence Care and Service Committee
priorities, goals and enablers. This process has
been a very inclusive one and one which I believe
is enabling us to produce a very robust strategic
plan. The Ad Hoc Strategic Planning committee
will present the draft Strategic Plan to the
Governance Committee in April and then to the
Board of Directors for final ratification in May. After
the Strategic Plan has been formally adopted by
the Board of Directors, we look forward to sharing
it with our many stakeholders.
The Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee has
a mandate to oversee the development of the
Strategic Plan and to provide guidance as the
implementation plan is being developed. We
will continue to communicate on the progress
as it unfolds. On behalf of the Ad Hoc Strategic
Planning Committee, I would like to thank the
residents, families, staff, volunteers and external
stakeholders who have contributed their time to
the development of our new Strategic Plan. This
Strategic Plan will provide us with a roadmap for
the next five years. I would personally like to thank
you for the opportunity to be involved in this important
Dana Smith, Lundbeck Canada
and a sculpture by Mary Hecht
Mary Hecht Art Exhibition
sponsored by Lundbeck Canada
Exploring the Link between
Memory and Creativity
Celebrating the Talent of Mary
Hecht, a world renown Artist.
On Thursday November 27 th , Dr.
Luis Fornazzari, a noted behavioural
neurologist with the Memory
Disorders Clinic at St. Michael’s
Hospital and Division of Neurology
in the Dept of Psychiatry at the
University of Toronto, shared
important findings related to creativity, memory and the
functions of the brain. These findings were shared at the
Wellesley Central Place, during an Art Exhibition celebrating
the talent of Mary Hecht.
Mary Hecht, a world renowned artist, resides at the
Wellesley Central Place. Her work has been exhibited
extensively in the US, Europe and Canada. Mary Hecht
now suffers from cognitive impairment. Dr. Luis Fornazzari
has been her behavioural neurologist for many years and
has noted Mary Hecht’s continued passion for her art,
which appears surprisingly unaffected by her illness.
“The processing of artistic symbols is an inherent ability
that artists have carried out for thousands of years,” says
Dr. Fornazzari. “These symbols can be musical, pictorial,
or linguistic. These artistic processes develop their own
cerebral pathways, which are different from ones used in
day to day activities. It seems these neuronal networks
are more resistant to the effects of brain disease and can
provide cognitive reserve when needed.”
Anecdotal evidence has supported this hypothesis for many
years and has been seen with studies of artists as varied
as Maurice Ravel in music, Wilhelm de Kooning, Danae
Mary Hecht, Artist, and resident at Wellesley Central Place photo credit: Francine Lemieux
Chambers and Uttermost in painting and Iris Murdock in
literature. All of these great artists demonstrated preservation
of their creativity and talent when brain disease, often
Alzheimer’s Disease, as well advanced clinically. Studies
suggest that the benefit of medications helping cognitive
functions can be greatly increased in the context of the
The evening was a great success thanks to Dana Smith of
Lundbeck Canada who kindly sponsored this Art Exhibition,
which was well attended by approximately 150 residents
and families, and the string quartet from York University
which provided beautiful background music. CTV News
also interviewed both Dr. Fornazzari and Mary Hecht and
ran a 2 minute segment on the health news. A special
thanks to the Mary Hecht Art Exhibition Committee comprised
of Dr. Luis Fornazzari, Lee Ringer of St. Michael’s
Hospital, Margrit Lee, the Artistic Advisor and Sue Graham-
Nutter, Director of Communications and Public Affairs.
The research findings are expected to aid the neurological
community in assisting the over 400,000 Canadians living
with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dr. Luis Fornazzari of St, Michael’s Hospital photo credit: Francine Lemieux
WHO LIVES HERE
Putting the spotlight on our Residents!
The Drs. Paul and John Rekai Centre are very proud of our “Resident Centred” focus. We recognize that
each and every individual coming into our homes have experienced a rich and interesting life. On this page in
every newsletter, we will put the spotlight on two residents and introduce them to you, our reader. We welcome
the opportunity to introduce the interesting aspects of our residents lives. This is our ‘old fashion’ version of
Resident of Rekai Home
Henry was born 64 years ago in Canada of Finnish background. His father
was a great actor in Finland and very active in the Canadian Finnish Theatre
in the 1930’s. People would come from far and wide to see his “Hamlet”
and “Romeo and Juliet” in Finnish because in those years it was the only
Shakespeare being performed in Toronto.
No wonder, that growing up in such an artistic family, Henry too was bitten with
the artistic bug. He graduated from the University of Toronto where he studied
English language and literature. Henry worked for many theatres such as the
Tarragon Theatre, the St. Lawrence Centre and Skylight Theatre. He was one
of North America’s foremost teachers of drama as well a director and producer.
Henry produced and directed numerous works for the CBC radio and television.
Henry has one daughter, Taia and an 8 year old granddaughter named Melaine.
Maria Navas Marroquin
109 years of age and one of the oldest women in Ontario
Resident of Wellesley Central Place
Maria is currently one of Ontario’s oldest women. Born on March 17, 1900 in
El Salvador, Maria Marroquin is celebrating her 109th birthday. It is a celebration
to commemorate the life of a truly sweet, selfless soul. Maria is a wonderful
mother, a loving grandmother and a great grandmother, best friend and an
all around fantastic person with a great sense of humour. She loves classical
music, gardening and most of all, cooking. She was still cooking at the age
of 104! Though she was born and raised in El Salvador, she immigrated to
Canada at the age of 92 and moved into Wellesley Central Place in 2005. May
her life be forever filled with joy, peace, satisfaction and laughter.
Written by Julie Seto
(Life Enrichment Student from George Brown College)
Programming Dept gets
ready to step out!
Greetings from Barbara Michalik, the new Director of
Programs along with my staff Emily Best, Beverley
Lawrence, Laurie Guardhouse, Barbara Alleyne, Kayla
Sparling, Joan Boyko, Veda Bent, Margo DeSimone,
Maryia Fabrychnava, Jennifer Mah. Barbara came to us,
from the Norwood Home located in Parkdale.
As the winter slowly winds up, we are busy planning more
activities for the residents in Rekai and Wellesley. The
following are samples of the type of new programs you
can look forward to:
• Outings to the Toronto Marlies Hockey Games---any
hockey fans out there?
• Visits to the High Park Grenadier Restaurant—take in
a famous spot in Toronto and enjoy the beautiful zoo.
• Visits to the National Ballet School—enjoy a ballet
performance at lunchtime.
• Excursions to the Bata Shoe Museum---“these shoes
are made for walking…”
• Outings to the Chinese Market at Markham Place and
Kensington Market---“the next best thing to being in
China or Hong Kong.”
And of course, there will be great programs offered in
• Yum, Yum Monthly Baking featuring a resident’s
• Music Therapy—Music to Grow on
• 1:1 themed reminiscing
• Laughter Corner
• The Price is Right Game
• Sensory Stimulation Games using all or some of your
• And of course, regular visits by our furry friends, Abby,
And Special Events:
• Breakfast Club
• Improved Intergenerational programs
• Mother’s Day
• Father’s Day
• Victoria Day
Please feel free to contact me at
416-929-9385 or 416-964-1599
or email Barbaram@rekaicentre.com with your ideas.
Special Lecture on
Wills, Estate Planning
and Powers of Attorney
by David A.S. Mills, Partner,
Mills & Mills LLP, Barristers & Solicitors
David.firstname.lastname@example.org • 416-863-0125
14 May 2009 28 May 2009
6:30-7:30 pm 6:30-7:30 pm
Wellesley Central Place The Rekai Centre
Mills & Mills LLP is a Toronto law firm established 125 years
ago which provides legal services of the highest quality to
businesses, individuals, as well as charitable and not-forprofit
organizations. David Mills is the fourth generation of
Mills to practice at the firm.
Mr. Mills has graciously offered to present information relating
to estate planning, wills and powers of attorney for the benefit
for our residents and their families. We invite everyone to
drop by and learn from one of Toronto’s top law firms.
For your information, we have attached an article we thought
might be of interest from Mills and Mills, LLP. (insert Multiple
Wills for Estate Planning)
Multiple Wills for Estate Planning
Do you know that it is possible to avoid probate tax on some
of your assets?
Probate tax is payable when the executor of an estate obtains
a Certificate of Estate Trustee with a Will (previously known
as Letters Probate) from the Court. A Certificate (“Probate”)
is required in order for the executor to be able to sell, transfer
or otherwise deal with certain types of assets. If all of your
assets are disposed of in one Will, probate tax will be payable
on the value of all of your assets. Some assets, however,
may be dealt with by an executor without Probate.
The opportunity exists in Ontario for a person to have more
than one Will, each Will dealing with different assets. One
Will deals with assets that do not require Probate and the
other Will deals with assets that do require Probate. If the
Wills are properly drawn, probate tax is payable on the value
of the assets covered by the probated Will.
No probate tax is payable on the value of the assets in the
unprobated Will. The tax is $250 on the first $50,000 of
assets and 1½ % on the excess. Considerable savings can
be achieved through the use of multiple Wills in the appropriate
Mills & Mills LLP can provide experienced advice as to the
situations in which multiple Wills may be an appropriate part
of an estate plan.
The Skin Care Team achieves near perfect success!
A year ago, the Skin Care Team announced that
Wellesley Central Place and the Rekai Centre had been
chosen as part of a 3 year pilot project ( involving 20
LTC Homes in Ontario) to implement a Pressure Ulcer
Awareness Program (PUAP). This was in response to a
study initiated by the Canadian Association of Wound Care
to determine the extent of pressure ulcers in Canada. The
study found that 1:4 persons in a health care setting had a
pressure ulcer. “This translates into untold suffering, care-
giver anguish, extra work for health care providers, and
millions of health care dollars spent on a mostly prevent-
able condition”(CAWC, 2004).
The Skin Care teams in both Homes took on this challenge
with a determination to get the RED out before ulcers could
develop. This has resulted in many positive changes in the
way that skin care is provided.
• The team now includes all disciplines who meet on a
regular basis to discuss skin care challenges and continually
improve on the program
• PSWs have an increased awareness that redness can
signal a start of a pressure ulcer, alerting the nurses to
revise the resident’s care plan to prevent further skin
• All residents on admission and on an ongoing basis are
screened for risk of pressure ulcers and care interventions
are put in place.
• Residents/families are being educated about pressure
ulcers and are being encouraged to play a part in the
resident’s skin care plan.
• Staff are more aware of the importance of changing or
assisting the resident’s to change position on a regular
basis to relieve pressure on different parts of the body
• The prevalence of acquired ulcers in both Homes is now
less than 1% - a remarkable accomplishment
• Future plans include strengthening partnerships with
acute care hospitals in the area to minimize the risk
of residents experiencing skin breakdown when transferred
for emergency care
One of our PSW sums it up nicely:
“Normally the color Red is associated with happy things
like Christmas, Valentines Day, a good bottle of wine, and
roses to name a few. However in Long Term Care Red
means Stop, Lookout, Danger Ahead!!! Reddened skin
has become the focal point for caregivers, as this has been
identified as the single greatest indicator of something
going wrong in the life of the resident. Recently we have
learned through the Pressure Ulcer Awareness Program,
getting the RED out means more than turning a resident
every 2 hours. As important as that is, we need to look
at the resident holistically. Some of the questions we are
now asking ourselves when we monitor our resident’ skin
includes the following:
• Is the resident dry?
• Is the resident appropriately hydrated and getting
• Is the resident toileted adequately?
• Is the resident wearing appropriate and proper fitting
clothing and shoes?
• Is the resident agitated or in pain
Suddenly we realize that these are the same questions
that we would want asked on our behalf if we were in the
So From Now on We Are Getting the Lead Out To
Get the RED Out
Lester Braithwaite PSW – 4W-WCP
Embarking on the accreditation process
By Martin Griffey, Director of Quality Services
A Focus on Accreditation
As we prepare for our Corporate Accreditation Survey in
November 2009, now is a good time to understand the
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is an internationally recognized evaluation process
used in many countries to assess the quality of health
services provided. It is a means of publicly recognizing
that a healthcare organization has met national standards
of quality. By evaluating the quality of care and service we
provide, we are able to accurately measure our clinical and
operational performance. This gives us a clear picture of our
strengths and areas for improvement.
Which Accreditation Program?
The Rekai Centre is currently accredited by Accreditation
Canada. This program, developed over 50 years, with its
high degree of recognition in the health care community, is
our program of choice for our corporate (joint) accreditation
Why do it - Positive Impacts of Accreditation?
Participation in the accreditation program benefits us by
providing a thorough assessment that leads to an action
plan for improving every aspect of the health care and services
we deliver. The literature notes many positive impacts.
Listed below are some key benefits:
• Demonstrates commitment to quality, accountability,
as well as increased ‘home’ credibility
• Increases effective risk management , including
enhanced resident safety
• Decreases variances in practice between homes
• Improved communication and collaboration both
internally as well as with external stakeholders
• Strengthened interdisciplinary team effectiveness,
contributing to better resident outcomes
• Strengthens organizational learning and capacity
Accreditation Canada has also launched a leading practices
database where health professionals can search for practices
related to specific themes, such as patient safety and
What to expect and how you can assist?
Employee and Board surveys
The first step in the process is the completion of a detailed
self assessment to establish where we are in relation
to required organizational practices and 8 key Quality
Domains. Central to this is the completion of 2 key on line
surveys that looking at our ‘Resident Safety Culture’ and
our ‘Work Life Pulse”. These surveys must be completed
by employees and Board members. The survey process is
completely confidential. Residents and families will not be
required to complete on line surveys but it is envisaged that
this will be a requirement in future programs.
Resident and Family participation
The surveyors will engage with residents and families during
their survey visit in November to establish if we are
providing resident and family centered care and services.
Remember that you can make a difference by giving your
honest opinion in these important surveys. Once the surveys
are analyzed we will get a detailed roadmap of where
we are and what are our areas for improvement. Based on
feedback from the surveys, work plans will be developed
to ensure that we addressed any weaknesses and service
gaps prior to the survey visit in late November 2009.
The surveyors will spend a week with us during the survey
visit where they will assess our compliance against the
standards as outlined in the quality domains. If we meet
the required organizational practices our homes will be
given accreditation status. This award is issued for a 3 year
Want to know more?
To find out more about the accreditation process go to
Accreditation Canada Website: www.cchsa-ccass.ca
Want to become a champion for this process?
If you would like to become more involved in the accreditation
process, please contact the Accreditation Coordinator:
Martin Griffey Director of Quality Services � 416 929 9385 ext
395, E-mail: email@example.com
The Drs. Paul and John Rekai Centre
welcome your support!
A number of our families have asked us to establish a method of making donations to the Drs. Paul and John Rekai
Centre. We welcome the support of private donations which will enable us to provide care and services to our residents
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