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Supportive Housing: An Alternative to Institutional Care

May 18th, 2023 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Beth Tzedec Congregation
1700 Bathurst St. North York, ON M5P 3K3

Mental health continues to be a growing problem affecting a large portion of all segments of the population.

We are delighted to invite you to join us for a special event on mental health and addiction.

Our esteemed guests include The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Canada’s Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and The Hon. Michael Tibollo, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Minister Tibollo will deliver a keynote address, sharing valuable insights and vision on this important topic.

Following the keynote address, there will be a panel discussion featuring experts and stakeholders from diverse sectors, including housing, health, community, and family. This will provide an opportunity to gain insights from various perspectives and exchange ideas on addressing the challenges and opportunities in mental health and addiction.

Discussion Moderator: Dr. Marla Shapiro.

Dr. Shapiro completed medical school at McGill University and trained at the University of Toronto for her Masters of Health Science. She concluded her specialty training in Community Medicine, receiving her Fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She also holds a Fellowship in Family Medicine and is currently a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.


May 18th 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

7:30 Welcome & Introductions Dr. Marla Shapiro 

7:40 Chai Tikvah Video Presentation 

7:45 Opening Address: Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Ontario 

8:05 Summary of Afternoon Discussion: Dr. Yona Lunsky Director, Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, CAMH Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 

8:15 Panel Discussion Developing and expanding the use of supportive housing as an alternative to institutional care, such as hospitals or long-term care homes as part of our health planning. 


  1. Dr. Alan Bardikoff, Chair, Reena Chai-Tikvah Mental Health Service 
  2. Sugy Kodeeswaran, Executive Director, Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
  3. Abigail BondExecutive Director – Housing Secretariat at the City of Toronto  
  4. Yacov Fruchter, Director, Community Building and Spiritual Engagement, Beth Tzedec Congregation 
  5. Gary Blustein, Family member 

9:10 Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions & Associate Minister of Health

9:20 Closing Remarks, Dr. Marla Shapiro 

Refreshments and Networking