Jewish Eldercare Auxiliary


The mission of the Jewish Eldercare Auxiliary is to enhance the quality of life of the residents of the Donald Berman Jewish Eldercare Centre; to educate the public as to the needs of the frail elderly and to raise funds in order to help fulfill these goals.

We are a volunteer organization, arranging various donor events throughout the year which have included a major Gala, guest speakers, our Queen for a Day Draw and an Evening of Laughter highlighting old-time comedians. The Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting and brunch is held in May each year.

Our Les Cadeaux Papillon gift shop and Le Bistro coffee shop in the Kastner Pavilion are very popular among residents, families and visitors, and also generate significant funds for the Centre.

Attractive tribute cards are also available from the Auxiliary, acknowledging donations to celebrate life cycle events such as births, birthdays, anniversaries and graduations, Rosh Hashanah, Passover, or to send a get-well wish or a card in memory of a loved one.

Through donations and other fund-raising activities, the Auxiliary has purchased state-of-the-art equipment to meet a wide range of Residents' needs ranging from medical, Electrocardiogram and Laser Therapy Machines, to practical, like pressure reducing mattresses, ceiling fans and entertainment, such as TVs for the Resident lounges. The JEC Auxiliary supported and funded the Therapeutic Garden beside the Kastner Pavilion and the Snoezelen Room and mobile cart. Snoezelen is a non-threatening therapeutic program that stimulates the senses, relaxes the mind and relieves behavioural symptoms such as depression, sleeplessness and agitation. The Auxiliary also funds an excursion program which enables autonomous and semi-autonomous residents to enjoy outings that continue throughout the year.

To support the Auxiliary, as a donor or as a volunteer, please call 738-4500 extension 8108, or drop by the Auxiliary office on the main floor of the Kastner Pavilion.

Annual membership in the Auxiliary is available with a donation of $36.00 per year, with additional supporting categories of $54.00 and $72.00, as well as a lifetime membership for $300.00 (payable over 2 years). Lifetime members are recognized on a special plaque located next to the Auxiliary office.

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