Pan Am Toronto 2015         Photo: Pat Israel

FST staffer to carry Pan Am torch

On March 16, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) and its relay partners unveiled the torch design and torchbearer uniform and announced the first 11 torchbearers. Among them is FST staff Pat Israel who will carry the torch for 200 metres on July 6.

"To be a torchbearer for the Pan Am Games fills me with great pride. I feel I am doing this for our great city, Toronto, and for Canada. I've always supported our athletes,  both disabled and non-disabled, and I am proud to carry the torch on their behalf," said Pat.

More than 3,000 people will carry the torch for about 200 metres each when the relay begins May 30. It will pass through 130 communities and be transported in a variety of ways, including by plane, train and ferry boat. "The torch is a unique symbol of the Pan Am Games and carries a powerful energy that will unite Canadians," said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer, TO2015. 

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FST Church Street moving to Downtown West

Family Service Toronto will relocate its central downtown office to 128 Sterling Road in the city's west end this spring.

Our 355 Church Street location will close for redevelopment until late 2017 and most downtown programs will relocate to the new location which is two blocks west of Lansdowne Avenue between Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West. Limited parking will be available onsite.

Further information on TTC access is available on our Office Locations page.
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Free counselling on Wednesdays

Family Service Toronto is offering downtown walk-in sessions for those in need of immediate or urgent counselling one night per week.

The sessions are offered on a first-come first-served basis at 355 Church Street on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. to individuals, couples and families. All members of the community are welcome with no restrictions based on age or address. Please arrive by 6:45 p.m. at the latest.

No appointment or referral is required. Counselling is offered in English. Some of our counsellors are fluent in other languages (French, Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish and possibly other languages; to confirm call 416-595-9618).

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