Many years ago, I had the privilege of completing my Master’s degree in conflict analysis and management with some of the world’s leading practitioners in this field. At the time, I was unable to articulate how important I knew this learning was going to be in my life, and why I was so interested in conflict resolution. Today, there is no need to explain it.
When you live in a rooming house practicing physical distancing can be difficult. Our team has been heartened to see Rooming House Project tenants coming together to support each other during these challenging times.
Today, Dixon Hall mourns the loss of a member of our community. Joseph Chibala, born May 17, 1967 in the Republic of Congo, came to Dixon Hall to stay in November 2018. He resided at our men’s shelter, Schoolhouse, until April 16, 2020. On that date, Joseph underwent testing at St. Michael’s Hospital; he passed away from Covid-19 on May 8 at Etobicoke General Hospital.
Joseph spent many years in the shelter system here in Toronto. Staff who knew him remember him as a quiet man who was always very respectful to staff and other guests. Joseph has also volunteered his time for Dixon Hall in the past, supporting others in the community.
He was meticulous about his appearance and referred to himself as a proud Torontonian. Joseph was known and will be missed at the Regent Park Community Centre and at Toronto Haven. We will certainly miss his steady smile, his