Caregivers Resource and Development (CRDP)
Article written by Spyros Peter Goudas about
Caregivers Resource and Development Program (CRDP)
Mount Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church
I Spyros Peter Goudas give substantial support to numerous institutions, organisations, associations, disaster relief efforts and churches irrespective of its members affiliations, colour, ethnic background, race or religious persuasion.
My association with Mount Zion Filipino Seventh Day Adventist is no different from association with various other foundations, charities and organisations and as such must not be interpreted as a specific inclination towards this religious belief system.
Should you view the letters of appreciation on Mr Spyros Peter Goudas website you will find evidence of my involvement with various religious and non religious organisations, provided you have enough time to read them.
On February 15, 2014
Mount Zion Filipino Seventh Day Adventist Church.
launched the Caregivers Resource and Development Program (CRDP) in collaboration with the Philippine Consulate General Toronto and the Office of the Philippine Labour.
Mount Zion Filipino Seventh Day Adventist Church after wondering for a period of more than three (3) years to various temporary places of worship made a permanent home at 140 St. Regis Crescent, Downsview, Toronto, Canada in 1995.
The "warehouse" which was transformed into a "church" was dotted with miracles and or God's leading from the start and during its renovation.
The dedication and commitment of its pioneers and members proved to be the key element in the completion of this house of worship.
Mt. Zion church has grown and prospered so much over the years and now has two children of its own - The Scarborough Filipino, and The Kitchener Filipino-Canadian.
The Caregivers Resource and Development Program (CRDP) was launched with the main object to provide life-skill enhancing workshops that will enrich and strengthen the personal and professional skills of the caregivers.
In so doing, they will be equipped and better able to pursue their individual and professional endeavours and aspirations thus enabling them to make an easier transition into life in the Canadian Society.
Some of the programs offered include:
Conversational English & Grammar
Learn how to express yourself and be understood in conversational and written English.
Coping with Stress
Receive practical advice on coping, overcoming and minimizing stressors that can cause significant unhappiness and stress-related illnesses.
Immigration Laws Affecting Caregivers
Learn about new changes and updates on immigration laws affecting Caregivers and issues on sponsorship.
Learn how to drive safely
This is a non-certificate introductory driving class designed to provide practical tips on safe-driving for Caregivers who may be interested in pursuing certified professional driving instruction in the future.
Labour Laws Affective Caregivers
Learn about your rights. Free consultations.
Tax Returns Workshop
Understand your personal income taxes and how Canadian Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and other deductions relate to you.
Learn how to prepare your personal income tax return.
Building Your Financial Future
Budgeting, Understand how credit cards work, Savings, Insurance, Investments.
Computer Literacy Training
Basic computer training: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Publisher.
Social Media: Twitter, Facebook & Linkedin, Webcam.
Value yourself and your right.
Learn how to recognize the fine balance between assertion and aggression.
Learn how to have the confidence to stand up for yourself in difficult situations.
The Art of Social Graces
Personal Grooming, Making a great first impression, Etiquette of dressing.
The do’s and don’ts in conversation.
Managing Change & Transition
This is a family-based group program for caregivers and their newly arrived families,
who wish to learn how to cope with the challenges that normally come with change
and how to manage transition into daily life in a new country.
Marriage Enrichment Conversation
Topics include: Foundation of Marriage, Communication Skills, Marital Expectations,
Marriage and Personal issues.
Sexual Expectations and Relationships, Family Background and In-Laws, Marriage Relationship Roles.
Role of the father in child development, Talking to teenagers.
Preparing a healthy food for kids.
Taking care of sick children.
Catering to Older Folks
It is one, and maybe, the most important mission to a caregiver.
It takes special training and understanding of older folks and their needs.
Some of them are disabled, may be in a wheel chair, or are unable to drive.
They may have Alzheimer's, loss of memory, may be in need of medical attention,
or a hundred other reasons that is related to old people requiring care.
This subject is a complicated one, and requires specialty caregivers with medical training
and most of all, the ability to assess the situation.
They are caregivers who have to be trusted, and adjust themselves to the situation, and become a companion, as well as take care of them, to the best of their abilities.
Caregiver Support Group
The Caregiver’s Support Group is designed for Caregivers who may need emotional support.
Spearheaded by the Caregivers from Mt. Zion, under the guidance of the Singles Ministry, Women’s Ministry and the Health Ministry of the Church.
The group provides a safe place where Caregivers can receive the emotional moral support needed to face loneliness, depression, work-related issues, immigration issues, relationship issues and anxiety due to illness or major life changes.
This group will also provide an opportunity for Caregivers to meet other Caregivers who are experiencing the same challenges. Information shared will be handled with full confidentiality.
Mt. Zion participates in various community services such as a Food Bank and the Touch of Love Program which provides hot meals to the homeless of down town Toronto.
Volunteers are welcome on a per-need basis.
If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Letty Mary (416) 398-0565
Eden Vizcarra (905) 669-2713
Belle Ganzon (905) 738-4858 or (647) 688-6558
All Workshops are Free of Charge!!
I was invited as a guest speaker at this function for numerous reasons.
Firstly, i had the task of making an employer's remark because he has been fortunate to have a Filipino caregiver.
Secondly, i have have been actively involved with Mount Zion's feeding programs of the homeless and unprivileged in our city.
Thirdly, i was also the recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation award a few years ago for his support to said organisation.
Fourthly, i was homeless and sleeping on the street early in my career when arrived in Canada.
Most importantly, i have for many years undergone pain and suffering which he has been able to deal with due to the assistance of chiropractors, back stretchers, acupuncturists, doctors, therapists and his caregivers.
Mr Goudas Pain and suffering is an interesting article portraying someone's totally, unexpected, paralysis from the waist down and the ways in which the individual copes with this situation.
You may read more about my broken leg, pain and suffering in his books:
Just Another Broken Leg
Miracles Still Do Happen
When i attends functions such as these, an entourage including a photographer, video grapher, my caregiver, my editorial secretary and my body guard
(the entire) accompanies him to document the events.
For this event i gave my body guard the day off as according to me, the Filipino are peaceful people and besides the Lapu- Lapu tough guys from the Philippines are my friends so i had no need for "protection".
If you want to know what Lapu-Lapu means click here Yoyoy Villame Magellan
Depicted in the picture below are the opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies in the presence of Hon. Junever Mahilum-West, Hon. Joe Oliver, Elder Ulysses Guarin, Hon. Mark Adler and other members.
Click below to see the opening ceremony and cutting of the ribbon.
Honourable Mark Adler with Elder Ulysses Guarin during the unveiling.
Welcome remarks of Pastor Jesse Anunciacion who is a permanent member of the organisation.
There were several musical interludes by Dawn Alba as well as Jerry Tulod and Glenda Tulod
The video of Dawn Alba as portrayed in the picture link below, singing the song entitled "Somebody Bigger" is related to a recording that was done when she was ten years old.
Dawn was born in Toronto, Canada in 1994 and is presently attending University where she majors in music and sports.
Unfortunately, we were unable to record her lovely rendition at this event.
Other remarks were made by Elder Gary Hodder, Attorney Nida Romulo, a representative of Philippine labour Attaché, Toronto.
Connie Sorio, a community Leader from Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and a newly arrived caregiver Lily Rose Bisnar.
Mark Adler, who is Jewish and very popular within the Filipino community emphasized in his speech, something important that was unknown to many.
He pointed out that during World War II the Jewish refugees were turned away by other countries however, the Philippines, willingly accepted these refugees into their homeland.
“We went to the Philippines because it was the only place that gave us a visa,” recalled Harry Brauer, one of the Jews who escaped captivity, during that dismal period of ignorance and anti-Semitism.
Bachrach’s niece Gaberman told Eberly in 1975, “We only really became Jewish-conscious in a deep way when this terrible threat came out of Hitler’s Germany, and suddenly there were Jews in desperate need who found asylum in the Philippines.
Mark Adler also added that as a result of this caring and courageous act, the bond between the two nations remains strong.
Mark Adler is one of three children who grew up in a traditional Jewish home in Toronto.
His father was a businessman who owned a shoe store and was careful to urge Mark to always conduct himself as a mensch.
Mark's father's own childhood was less than idyllic, having grown up in war torn Poland and as a Jew, saw his family and friends segregated into ghettoes and eventually rounded up by Nazis and sent off to Auschwitz.
Mark's father was the only member of his family to survive the death camp.
Yet for all of that, Mark grew up as a well adjusted and ambitious child.
He earned a BA at the University of Toronto and an MA in Public Administration from Carleton.
Mark worked as a trade representative for the Ontario government in Boston and followed that up with an appointment as Director of Corporate Affairs at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.
In 2003, Mark founded the Economic Club of Canada, a speaker's forum for high profile personalities from business, sports and politics.
In 2011 Mark was elected as the MP for York Centre.
Mark and his wife Alison are the parents to twins Ethan and Isabelle
Click below to watch the Honourable Mark Adler in his interesting speech at the CRDP
In the photo from left, Ella, Mark Adler and Jannet Benigno
Click below to watch the Honourable Junever Mahilum-West in her interesting speech at the CRDP.
Further remarks were made by the Hon. Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, as well as Mr. James Astleford, Program Director for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
Photograph of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources.
Photograph of Mr. James Astleford, Program Director for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
The closing prayer was eloquently rendered by Pastor Sereivudh Ly.
He is the Associate Pastor at Mount Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church, and is also a permanent member of the Caregivers' Resource and Development Program.
The venue was full to capacity and consequently some guests had to remain standing.
Needless to say the events proceedings were well organised from the ceremony to the light supper and refreshments which followed in the church hall.
As all of you know, i am affiliated with various nationalities just click away on letters of appreciation to have a full understanding of his involvement with the world.
Let us break momentarily to view some pictures taken at the Launch of Caregivers' Resource and Development Program.
Ladies with a million dollar smile receiving a rose from Honourable Mark Adler,
Hon. Mark Adler and Church Members celebrating the Launch of Caregivers Resource and Development Program CRDP.
A few of the guests who attended the Caregivers Resource and Development Program CRDP Launch.
Filipino Children who attended the event.
A display of several books written by Peter Spyros Goudas.
Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas during his speech at Caregivers Resource and Development Program.
Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas, who is a sponsor of Mount Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church Touch of Love feeding program, invites Belle Ganzon to the stage and commends her for her humanitarian efforts of feeding program, which provides meals and caters to the needs of the homeless and unprivileged in the city.
During my speech, i mentioned that the Nobel Prize organisation had approached him to get more information about the life, work and mission of Belle Ganzon, to be a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, as a result of her Humanitarian efforts.
Within that moment, he also gave credit to Sarah Dragon, assistant to Miss Belle Ganzon for the above mentioned feeding program.
At that moment, Sarah was busy putting all her efforts, volunteering for the Food Bank initiative that Mount Zion supports.
Sarah Dragon, has the responsibility of managing the uploading of numerous flyers to the world's largest flyer website www.flyermall.com which is a part of Mr. Goudas' organization.
In the photo above is Sarah Dragon who is also responsible for several Filipino recipes like the Turon and Talong la Torta, among others on www.goudasrecipes.com including the biggest, comedy, recipe in the world-Racoon BBQ.
If you link into Racoon BBQ you'll have a laugh of a lifetime.
Sarah Dragon is from the Philippines and she has never fed a raccoon before.
She wondered whether the raccoon preferred the sardines mild or hot.
You may see Sarah Dragon in the picture with a million dollar smile.
Honourable Mark Adler, MP with Mickel Allen, Assistant, Web Content Editor, Peter Spyros Goudas. Mickel Allen has recorded several recipes and articles such as Experiencing Mr. Goudas.
Jannet Benigno, holding a rose given to her by the Honourable Mark Adler.
You will notice, just to the left of the rose, a picture of Mr. Spyros Peter Goudas.
This picture is the cover from a book entitled, "New Years Resolution".
Take the time, to read and learn from such an extraordinary piece of work.
Within the book, you will also read about Joseph Scriiven, with an interesting biography, who wrote a poem, "Pray Without Ceasing", to his mother, to comfort her during her illness.
The poem was later renamed and set to music to that song known as, "What a friend we have in Jesus".
Jannet Benigno Receives a rose from Mark Adler, MP York Centre.
Peter Spyros Goudas conversing with Connie Sorio, Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives at Caregivers Resource and Development Program .
Lily Rose Bisnar, a newly arrived caregiver in Canada receives a rose from Hon. Mike Adler, MP
Pastor Anunciacion and Associate Pastor Ly and their wives with Hon. Mike Adler, MP.
Peter Spyros Goudas with guests.
Spyros Peter Goudas with the guest and Ann Nacorda wore Black Blazer
ONE OF THE ORGANIZES of HALO HALO ROHRA ANN NACORDA
Peter Spyros Goudas speaks with a church member and Pastor Jesse Anunciacion.
At Caregivers Resource and Development Program.
Mr. Goudas is greeted by an acquaintance.
Click on the image below to view the video.
You may view Mr. Goudas' speech at the launch of Caregivers Resource and Development Program by clicking on the video above. Within the video he highlights his involvement within the Filipino community which
I Spyros Peter Goudas credits many people within the video including Sofie Hui, Pastor Pacis, Belle Gazon, Yoyoy Villame, Janet Begnino, Sarah Dragon, and more.
I have forged relationships with various nationalities, churches and organizations by helping with donations, support and through relief efforts etc. etc.
Feel free to view the numerous community organisations that express gratitude and thanks for my contributions by viewing his letters of appreciation.
Immediately after my involvement with the Sri Lankan tsunami, l explain the accident which paralyzed me from the waist down.
This caused me to enlist the help of Filipino caregivers who assisted me with overcoming the pain, rehabilitation and various other tasks.
In my speech also relates the occurrences of the Philippine disaster- Typhoon Haiyan- an event that affected me personally.
The news of the supplies arrival to the distribution centres there came as his Christmas gift on Christmas day and so i created a video on Yoyoy Villame Phillipine Geography, who according is one of the most influential, and education composers in the Philippines.
In fact i stated that Yoyoy Villame is one the greatest and requests that other countries adopt his idea and follow in his footsteps by creating educational songs for their country.
It is also important to say that i give, credit to, Pastor Alex and Rosie Pacis and Sofie Hui for their unrelenting efforts.
You may learn more about them in the article
The above photos are portrayed Sofie Hui (left) and Pastor Alec and Mrs. Rosie Pacis.
In the video, Mr. Goudas speaks about Yoyoy Villame with Jannet Benigno, President of Union Spiritualist Christian de Filipinas Church.
Jannet Begnino, who is a native of the Pangasino Island in the Philippines, is heard singing along to the song.
Philippine Geography lists in order, the 77 provinces, towns, cities, villages within the country.
Unknowingly, Yoyoy Villame created a masterpiece, which in the Phillipines, became a benchmark for education.
According to me, it should be mandatory that every country should have a song similar to Yoyoy Villame’s – Philippine Geography, that would educate the kids about the place they call home.
http://www.goudasfoods.com/news/594/8... Click the link to view the article about Yoyoy Villame and Mr. Goudas during Christmas 2013.
A tribute for his endless efforts in education through music.
I am passionate about education and because of the way Yoyoy used music to teach language, history, geography and life skills, that is perhaps why Mr. Goudas thinks that Yoyoy Villame is one of the greatest composers and singers ever.
Since the publication of this article, i have received several letters and comments from viewers suggesting that this is the best article ever written about the Filipino Community, Mount Zion Filipino Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Cargivers Resource and Development Program and Yoyoy Villame.
Perhaps that is why this article has high ranking in the Google search engine and Youtube.
Videos Recorded by Mickel Allen