FUTFS Newsletter 3
Programs & ServicesFor You Telecare Family Service (FUTFS) assists individuals and families from all walks of life to overcome cultural, emotional, and psychological barriers through a wide range of counselling and educational services and programs. In collaboration with other social service organizations, FUTFS raises awareness of social issues and supports clients in the community through the progression of a healthy lifestyle and gradual integration into Canadian society.
Counselling Education & Volunteering Training ProgramWe acquire the appropriate counseling concept and the ideas of volunteerism as being aware in our daily life through various lecturers and topics, discussing and sharing with small groups, and applying our knowledge not only to FUTFS, but also to the practices of daily life, to Canadian society, and to those who really need help. This provides opportunities to gain skills and experiences on how to communicate well, have good relationships and how to practice volunteering work.
Children’s CampChildren’s Camp, following the workshop ‘Parenting Skills with Children,’ is a summer camp which parents and children will participate in online using Zoom. These camps will be held Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon twice a week for four weeks, starting on Monday, July 5 and ending Tuesday, July 27. In these sessions the following topics will be discussed: discipline and parenting styles, study habits, EQ and emotional regulation, physical activities, arts, effective communication skills, knowledge about children, and the language of love. Orientation will be held during the first week, and a graduation celebration and certificates will be awarded the last week.
Parenting skills with ChildrenThis is a parent skills workshop with children. It consists oflectures and activities about the appropriate understanding and role of parenting necessary for Korean Canadian children (under 12 years old) to become physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. This workshop will be held at 1pm to 4pm. Children and parents play together, feel intimacy with each other through activities and dynamics. This Parenting Skills Workshop helps to improve relationships and communication skills between parents and their children.
With a full of hope in usBy Jin Hee Oh
Basking in the bright sun and feeling the warm breeze in April brings enormous joy after a long cold winter in Toronto. However the province-wide lockdown and stay-at-home order resulting from the third wave of COVID-19 banished all hope of enjoying the long-awaited spring. How could the disappointment and the frustration be healed? All of us are struggling together: increasing numbers of critically ill patients with COVID-19-related diseases, their family members who are constantly worried, and over-worked and exhausted health care workers caring for these patients.
During the morning bed-rounds in the intensive care unit where I work, I happened to meet the blank stares of a COVID-19 patient through the glass door in an isolation room. I waved my hand in silent greeting. Immediately her eyes brightened and a beautiful smile spread across her face. Then I realized that this is our hope. We are not just the victims of the COVID-19 virus, merciless to the spreading disease. We are all together. We help others in need, we comfort others in sorrow, and we share the laughter and the joy. We, as a unified group of people, deserve happiness. The love we share through a warm smile and few words everyday will guarantee that we overcome the loneliness and depression which is widespread in the midst of this pandemic.