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April 6, 2017
City of Toronto's Castleview Wychwood Towers long-term care home celebrates 10-year partnership with Korean volunteer association
At a celebration today, Mayor John Tory and the City's Long-Term Care Homes & Services division recognized a 10-year partnership between the Castleview Korean Volunteer Association and Castleview Wychwood Towers. Residents were joined by members of Toronto's Korean community, including Daniel Lee, President of the Korean Canadian Cultural Association.

"This decade-long partnership between Castleview Wychwood Towers and the Castleview Korean Volunteer Association exemplifies the spirit of caring in our city," said Mayor Tory. "These committed and resourceful volunteers saw a need in their community and worked with the home to meet it."

The home serves a multicultural resident population, including approximately 70 Korean residents. The volunteer association has collaborated with the long-term care home's multi-disciplinary team to enhance residents' quality of life for the past decade. Castleview Wychwood Towers has developed Korean language resources for staff, holds weekly Korean craft groups and lunches and has added culturally appropriate dishes to its menu. The group's fundraising efforts have made it possible for residents to enjoy special events, subscriptions to Korean television and a kitchen and cooking initiative in the home called Salangbang.

“It's wonderful to see the impact this dedicated group of volunteers has had on the lives of Castleview's residents,” said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's). "There are more than 70 volunteers contributing 3,000 hours of volunteer service annually, which goes to show what an extraordinary partnership this has been."

Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

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