Councillor Josh Matlow

Dunfield Retirement Residence

As many of you know, COVID-19 has been particularly virulent with elders in our community, especially in long-term care and retirement homes where it has been running rampant.

As Toronto’s Seniors Advocate, I’m very concerned about, and deeply saddened by, the devastating impact this virus is having on our senior population.

For those who are in self-isolation, I want you to know that we care about you and you are not alone. For those who are unwell because of the virus, I wish you our support, strength and a full recovery. And for those families and friends that have lost a loved one from COVID-19, my deepest and most sincere condolences to you.

Our community appreciates the heroic and caring personal support workers, nurses, doctors, health care workers, management teams, cleaners, kitchen staff, coordinators and everyone who works tirelessly to support our loved ones. No words can adequately express our heartfelt gratitude and support.

Many of you have asked how you can offer your support from a physical distance.

Please leave a message of encouragement, love and gratitude for the Dunfield community in the comment section below.

Most importantly, if we all do our part, spend time at home and slow the spread of the virus, more of our parents, grandparents, family members, friends and neighbours can get the care they need to survive this.

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Thank you for your kindness and support for the people who need us now more than ever.



  1. Monica December 20, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Thank you for all your dedication and love for those in your care.

  2. Marcie September 23, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    A huge thank you to all of the front line staff at the Dunfield Residence. The work that you do makes such a huge difference in so many lives. Thank you for being there for our loved ones, when we cannot be there. Your kindness and endless support goes a long way to help the residents and our families cope with these strange times.

    And to the residents, please know that you are loved and are not alone. These are strange times we are dealing with and may you be able to rest comfortably, be well taken care of, and feel the love that we are all sending you! –Marcie

  3. Rachael Donnelly July 3, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Sending all my love and support to the personal support workers, nurses, doctors, health care workers, management teams, cleaners, kitchen staff, coordinators and everyone else who works so hard to care for the residents living at Dunfield Residence. Thank you.

  4. Elizabeth May 7, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    My heart goes out to everyone at Dunfield Retirement Residence – the residents, caregivers, staff and families. My mother spent 2 years of her life in a LTC home in St. Catharines, and I saw first-hand all the hard work, care and compassion that goes into caring for our elderly. Thank you for everything you do!

    Please know that many of us in the Toronto community are doing all we can to stay in isolation and stop the spread of this virus. Although both my parents are now gone, I “get it” – I value all of your lives, so I am happy to sacrifice a few freedoms to make sure we all come through this safely.

    Sending much love and support, Elizabeth

  5. Cait M May 5, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you front line staff for keeping our community members’ healthy and safe while you battle this virus head on. You work every day so we can stay home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Also, sending love and thoughts to those who are residences in the home, the community cares and prays for your safety and health. It is just a matter of time until life returns to normal and our community will come out stronger than ever! Lots of love and support. xo

  6. Erin Farley April 27, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Sending my love and thoughts and goodness to all the residents and staff. I am thinking about you an keeping you in my Heart.

  7. sasha April 26, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    To our elders and to all workers, much love and respect! Thank you for your wisdom and courage! Wishing you a beautiful and fruitful spring.
    A little poem;
    “It’s all I have to bring to-day” By Emily Dickinson

    It’s all I have to bring to-day,
    This, and my heart beside,
    This, and my heart, and all the fields,
    And all the meadows wide.
    Be sure you count, should I forget, —
    Someone the sum could tell, —
    This, and my heart, and all the bees
    Which in the clover dwell.

  8. rhonda pearlman April 25, 2020 at 1:22 am

    The front line staff are doing a an awesome job and are greatly appreciated! My 91,mother and I toured many seniors home several years ago. We were so impressed by how caring the front line workers were. To the residence of the Dunfield … hang in there be safe and be well!

  9. Sarah-Jane April 25, 2020 at 12:48 am

    Thank you to all the staff at the Dunfield! Your time, attention, care, and willingness to take risks is so appreciated in caring for elders in our community! I hope the elders are able to take comfort in the new growth of spring and knowing you are loved and missed while we have to be apart.

  10. Laura C. April 24, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Thinking of you and sending love and support. I am staying home at 185 Roehampton to keep you all safe. <3

  11. Jennifer Hinder April 24, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    A huge thank you to all the front line staff at The Dunfield. We appreciate the personal sacrifices you are making every day to keep our beloved seniors safe! You are heroes! Xxx

  12. Rachel April 24, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    To the residents – I know the times are uncertain and it’s probably been difficult not being able to see your friends and family, but we will get through this together. Sending lots of love to each of you.

    To all the staff at the Dunfield Retirement Residence (and all other essential workers) – Thank you for everything you’ve been doing to keep everyone safe. Words cannot express how grateful we are for your tireless efforts.

    From your neighbors at 89 Dunfield 🙂

  13. Alex F April 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Sending all the love and support to the residents, caregivers, staff, and family at the Dunfield Residence.

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