Health and Nutrition

Health and Nutrition is a coalition of six agencies working together to support the health and development of children aged birth to 6 years in the former City of York. Programs funded through the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) under the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The SIAO Community Food and Nutrition Programs assists the community in implementing community kitchens and food buying clubs, organizing various locations and providing a variety of information sessions on nutrition, cooking, budgeting, etc. The project also coordinates with community parents, volunteers and staff of other programs with “Program Without Walls”. It also provides support and referral services to children and families living in high-risk situations. In addition to that it educates and assists parents in performing duties such as cleaning, preparing, portioning and storing food as well as updating families on the new Canada Food Guide.

Participants have gained a better understanding of key factor of healthy childhood development and the importance of nutrition.  Our students, clients and staff have all benefited from workshops that covered topics such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Mammograms
  • Managing Blood Pressure

SIAO is pleased to deliver community-based nutrition education programs that help individual’s, families and communities make informed choices about food and lifestyles that support their physiological health, economic and social well-being. This program is developed to help newcomers and immigrants navigate unfamiliar food options by introducing healthy recipes that incorporates traditional meals.

Integrity

Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.

Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.

Honesty

Honesty is a facet of moral character that connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, including straightforwardness.

Honesty is a facet of moral character that connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, including straightforwardness.

Diversity

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

Some of our Exceptional Customer serivces

We are constantly challenging ourselves to make difference create ideas to operate efficiently and effectively. We meet the goal by providing individualized programs that are designed to meet the personal goal of the service.

Somali Immigrant Aid Organization’s Mental Health program provides clients with free support and implements different social assistance programs, and community services. We offer workshops and support groups in assisting clients in handling social and personal problems. Some of the services we provide include to support mental well-being:

  • One-on-one, family and group counselling
  • Crisis counselling
  • Dealing with trauma, addiction, violence and anxiety
  • Connecting to community resources
  • Relationship difficulties and couples counseling
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Somali Immigrant Aid Organization provides a lifeline of needed services for newcomer communities in the Greater Toronto Area. Settlement program is designed to assist immigrants and refugees in overcoming barriers specific to the newcomer, so that they can participate in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada.

The services strive to serve immigrants and refugees with information required to make informed decisions, language skills adequate to their settlement and integration goals and the support they need to build networks with their new communities.

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In extension to our existing settlement program, SIAO has incorporated services directly targeted to newcomer youth aged 15-24 years old.

Programs are specifically tailored to assist immigrant youth with their settlement and integration process in Canada. Through this program, youth gain life skills, academic guidance, one-on-one counseling and youth centered activities that are interactive and culturally sensitive in a safe space.

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Somali Immigrant Aid Organization provides youth between the ages of 15-29 with employment opportunities through partnerships with Canada Summer Jobs, Tropicana, and COSTI.

This program supports students in the opportunity to shadow staff in different program areas of immigration, mental health, employment and recreation to gain future career-related experiences. This allows for exchange of knowledge in areas of Community youth may not have explored on their own accord. We hope to encourage creative and innovative contributions from each individual student.

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