PACE Programs

PACE programs are open to adults 18 years of age and over living with a disability.

Current programs/sessions available:

  1. ABI day programs - Winter session
  2. Huntington Drop-in sessions
  3. Huntington Caregivers Support Group
  4. Art Program
  5. Student Massage Therapy Clinics


Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Day programs

All programs are free to Members. 


The Paula Cassin Learning Centre

300 New Toronto Street, Unit 1

Toronto, ON M8V 2E8

To register or for more information:  contact Jackie Wilson at 416.789.7806 ext. 314 or

What you need to know:

  • Space is limited
  • There are no fees for any of the programs


Winter ABI Day Programs - Tuesday January 2 - Saturday March 31, 2018

Now open for registration.  Click here to see and print program details.

Here is a printable calendar of all of our winter programs for your reference.


Cooking 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

You will enhance your cooking skills and enable independence in meal preparation. You will work on reading and understanding the recipe, preparing ingredients and using correct tools, and maintaining a clean and safe kitchen.

My Computer and I 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

You will work on your individual goals around learning to use the computer.  You will have access to your own computer during the program time and you will have your own binder dedicated to information relevant to your learning.


Vegetarian Chef 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

You will enhance your existing cooking skills, as well as, learn new ones in the kitchen.  The focus is on vegetarian cooking.  You will enjoy the meal together afterwards and take any leftovers home.

Excercise 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

You will be working different parts of your body while participating in stretching, building muscle and cardio exercises.  In addition there will be group physical activities to promote team work, attention/concentration and relationship building

Movie Time 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Enjoy a movie and refreshments with your peers!  The group will pick the movie.  Alternate weeks - you will enjoy a movie at the Cineplex Odeon Queensway theatre.  Admission is covered; you just have to pay for your refreshments.


Peer Connections 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

You will connect with your peers through discussing current events and/or sharing individual experiences.  You are encouraged to come prepared with topics – that you have an interest in.

Arts and Crafts 1:00 - 3:00 pm

You will work on a variety of arts and craft projects.  The projects will be pre-planned and all materials are provided.  If you prefer to work on independent projects, you are also welcome.


Bakery Club 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

You will enhance your baking skills, as well as, learn new skills in the kitchen.  The focus is on making pastries and desserts.  You will enjoy the goodies together afterwards and take any leftovers home.

Music 1:00 - 2:00 pm

You will have a chance to express yourself through music.  You will be able to dance and sing along with popular songs.  Words to the songs, if possible, will be on a screen so everyone can follow along.  This workshop is geared toward having fun and spending time with others in the group.


Exercise 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Due to the popularity of this program – this is the same program that is offered on Wednesdays.

Cultural Cooking - 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

You will have the opportunity to experience flavours from around the world. Recipes are chosen from different cultures with a range of spices, ingredients and cooking methods. You will enhance your cooking skills and enable independence in meal preparation.

Train your Brain – 1:00 – 2:00 pm

You will have the chance to practice a range of attention, memory, language and problem solving skills using games and puzzles. You will also have the option to sign up with Lumosity - an online program that offers games to practice these skills and track your progress.

Bingo – 1:00 – 2:00 pm

You will get a chance to have fun by playing at least four- one line games each week, while practicing your active listening and attention skills. Small prizes will be handed out to each winner.


Huntington’s Drop-in Sessions

This is a free monthly event for people living with Huntington disease and their family members to socialize and connect with other members of the Huntington’s community.

  • Lunch is provided
  • All ages welcome
  • No space restrictions
  • All sessions are 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • April 30, 2018
  • May 28, 2018
  • Jun 11, 2018

Sessions are held at:

The Paula Cassin Learning Centre

300 New Toronto Street, Unit 1

Toronto, ON M8V 2E8

For further information or to register contact:

Liz Quinn at 416.786.7806 ext 304 or


Huntington Caregivers Support Group

This group is for the spouse/partner or parent of someone diagnosed with Huntington Disease (HD).

When:  Monday April 30, 2018 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Sessions are held at:

The Paula Cassin Learning Centre

300 New Toronto Street, Unit 1

Toronto, ON M8V 2E8

Hosted by PACE Independent Living and facilitated by the Huntington Society of Canada’s Social Worker (for Toronto and York Region), this session is an opportunity to meet and share with others experiencing life with a family member that has HD.  The intent of the afternoon is to offer a safe and confidential setting to break the isolation and stimulate shared learning for the “caregiver”.  This session is only open to spouses/partners and non-effected parents of an individual who has Huntington Disease or the HD gene.

To register contact:

Rozi Andrejas at:

905-787-1645 or 1-877-573-7011 or


Art Program

In this program you will have opportunities to work on projects based on your personal interests and materials that are being used.  Materials and assistance from staff are adapted to each artist’s individual needs – custom easels, placement and modification of supplies, etc.  Art supplies are provided but you are also welcome to bring your own materials.

You can choose to learn about a technique that is new to you or explore using new materials or set-up, and this will be customized for you.

What you need to know:

  • All sessions are 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Attendant services and light snacks will be provided at each session.

Sessions will be held on the following Thursdays:

  • March 22, 2018
  • April 5, 2018
  • April 19, 2018
  • May 3, 2018
  • May 17, 2018
  • May 31, 2018
  • June 14, 2018
  • June 28, 2018
  • TBD - Art Show


Joanne Wilson Program 

20 Palace Street, Main Floor - Community Room

Toronto, ON M5A 0J4

For more information on the program or to arrange to come and check-out a class  -  contact Eva Miodonski at 647-222-2503 or

Student Massage Therapy Clinics

These free massage clinics are open to all PACE clients.  This program is being offered through a partnership with Humber College's Massage Therapy Program and PACE.  Student Massage therapists will asses each individual to determine their overall health and goals for treatment.  All treatments are supervised by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) who is also a member of the Humber Massage Therapy faculty.  

Student Massage Therapists are in their third year of the 3-year Massage Therapy Program at Humber College.  This specialty clinic is a part of their intership placement.

Some of the benefits of massage therapy treatment include:

  • maintenance of healthy muscles;
  • decreased anxiety
  • increased focus and attention;
  • return to health after injury;
  • increased body awareness;
  • and maintenance of general health and well-being. 

What you need to know:

  • Space is limited.  If you are interested - please book now.
  • Clinics are free
  • Attendant services will be provided as required
  • Message can be done on a message table or in a wheelchair
  • Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to the clinic

Clinics will be held on the following Fridays:

  • March 16 - These sessions are now full
  • March 23 - The 1:00 pm sessions are now full
  • April 6
  • April 13
  • April 20
  • April 27

Clinic times:     11:30 am to 12:30 pm


1:00  to 2:00 pm


To register:  Contact Sharon Colwell, Coordinator at 416-789-7806 ext. 249 or

To register - you must complete and submit the health and history consent form.

(There is also a version for the Substitute Decision Makers form.)

Should you require assistance to complete the registration form and/or transportation arrangements - please contact your program management


For more information about this program:  Contact or 416-675-6622 ext. 5055.

All clinics will be held at this location:

PACE Head Office - Boardroom 

970 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 210

Toronto, ON M6A 3B6


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