Children and Youth Manager Kenneth Slater wins Bhayana Family Foundation Award



Children and Youth Manager Kenneth Slater wins Bhayana Family Foundation Award

Dixon Hall Manager of Children and Youth Kenneth Slater wins a Bhayana Family Foundation award.



Catching up with Dixon Hall Music School Alumni Talena

Talena Jackson attended Dixon Hall Music School for piano lessons throughout her childhood in the 1990s. Originally enrolled by her mother as an outlet for Talena’s excess energy, she now reflects fondly on her time with Dixon Hall Music School and attributes many of her current successes to her time with us. We caught up with Talena recently to hear more about her favourite memories from Dixon Hall and how music education helped shape her.

Learning to play piano was very enjoyable for Talena, but beyond that, she was fascinated by learning the function of the metronome and the language behind music – crescendo, diminuendo, treble and bass clef, etc. Talena says that music education opened up another world for her, recalling the memory of attending the symphony for the first time, and gaining a deep understanding of how music articulates emotions that are unspeakable.

Attending our Music School Summer Camp was



Beyond Fun in the Sun: Dixon Hall’s Summer Camp and Youth Mental Health

Director of Children & Youth programs Sandra Costain explains the positive impact of summer camp on youth mental health.



A Case of Serendipity: Q&A with the irreplaceable volunteer Vivien Dzau

Vivien Dzau has been a long-time volunteer with Dixon Hall. Since getting involved with the agency in 2008, Vivien’s energy and enthusiasm have been infectious and inspirational to everyone fortunate enough to cross paths with her. She’s served a variety of roles throughout her time working with Dixon Hall, including the position of Board Chair. Most recently, she’s donated her time as the co vice-chair of our capital campaign for the new Youth Centre in Regent Park. Her tireless campaigning and advocacy for the new youth centre has yielded incredible results – as we continue with our design plans and get ready to break ground this year, we know without doubt this wouldn’t be possible without Vivien’s help in spreading our vision with strength, clarity, and passion. She was recently honoured by the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for her 10 years of service.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we turned the spotlight



First Annual Out of the Cold Report is Here

Dixon Hall is pleased to present the first annual Out of the Cold program report – analyzing statistics around program usage and demographics.

Out of the Cold Toronto – 30 Years Later – A Growing Crisis