Councillor Josh Matlow

St. Matthews Bracondale House

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 St. Matthews Bracondale House 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.

To receive weekly COVID-19 e-newsletter updates, subscribe here and to review my COVID-19 webpage, click here.

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



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  3. Monica December 20, 2020 at 7:03 am

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

  4. Susan Keenan December 18, 2020 at 3:25 am

    I live nearby and often pass your building. Even though we have not met, know that I am sending you love, good thoughts, prayers and positive energy during this time. You are important! You matter! You are members of our community and you are valued. Thank you to the hardworking staff at St. Matthew’s for taking care of our community members. Stay warm and stay safe.

  5. Marcie September 23, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you to all of you that care for our seniors. You are so precious and offer so much to your residents that you may not even be aware of doing. Your patience and tireless support does wonders for people who are under so much stress at this time.

    And to the residents, please know that you are loved and you are not alone. You are so special to so many. Don’t forget that.

    Sending love and hugs to all of you ! –Marcie

  6. Rachael Donnelly July 3, 2020 at 8:46 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 St. Matthews Bracondale House. Thank you.

  7. Janet Inksetter May 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I come to Tai Chi and yoga classes at Bracondale and so doubly send my thoughts to all of the caregivers, residents and staff.

  8. Elizabeth May 7, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    My heart goes out to everyone at St. Mathew’s Bracondale House 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

  9. Cait M May 5, 2020 at 8:07 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

  10. sasha April 26, 2020 at 2:36 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.

  11. Anthony M. April 25, 2020 at 4:19 am

    You should know that you are amongst the most important, indispensable people in our society. Never doubt that!

  12. Liz April 24, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Sending blessings of healing and peace to all of you.

  13. Alex F April 24, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Sending all the love and support to the residents, caregivers, staff, and family at St Matthews.

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