Upcoming Events:
You are invited to a free lunch (for family caregivers) and panel discussion with psychologist, Dr. Lori Triano, psychiatrist, Dr. David Dawson and Joanna Cheung Art Therapist. Professionals and community members pay $30.Dr. Triano has expertise in grief and trauma and is the current President of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.
Dr. Lori Triano’s presentation will cover her own personal and professional experience with schizophrenia. How families are often left unprepared. She will discuss symptoms and how they present and how they impact upon functioning at school, work, and in social and recreational  settings. She will talk about coping strategies and seeking support and information.
She is joined by noted psychiatrist, writer and artist, Dr. David Dawson. Dr. Dawson’s presentation will discuss the onset of  schizophrenia. The diagnoses of schizophrenia may have different  success followed by developing  social failure in adolescence, isolation and retreat, compensatory and seeking  behaviours, and then delusions & disorganization.  Another group has information processing problems through childhood, leading to varying degrees of social failure, which in adolescence increases and devolves into psychotic illness.  The connection with autism will be discussed.   He may answer questions about de escalation in a mental health crisis. Dr. Dawson is the former medical director of the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry at McMaster University.
Joanna Cheung, Art Therapist and Social Worker from Markham Stouffville Hospital  will briefly touch upon the history of art therapy, art therapy definition, effectiveness  of art therapy, rationale for art therapy especially for clients who struggle to express themselves verbally, and what a session might look like.  She will include art work from patients who have provided consent and may bring patients who  feel comfortable talking about their experience. Joanna Cheung is a Certified Art Therapist and has practiced as a social worker for thirty years.

This event occurs at the Oakview Reception Centre on Leslie St. from 11 until 3 pm on Friday May 10th.  Participants will be entertained by the Schizophonics and may enjoy an Art Display and small sale of the Home on the Hill Art Progam.  Lunch begins at 11:45 am. Panel presentations begin at  1:15.  Q and A to follow.  Registrations at


“Staying safe in 2019:  What you need to know about the mental health effects of weed; what you need to know about opiates.”

good pic of Dr. Barsoum

Home on the Hill is delighted to welcome Dr. Amir Barsoum back to discuss the very important topic of marijuana use and the development of mental illness. This event is for members of the general public. Professionals from our community are also welcome. He will also discuss the opioid crisis. A “meet the professional” session will follow where audience participants can ask questions of Dr. Barsoum.  This free event is at 7 pm on Tuesday Feb 5, 2019 at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. A donation of $20 is suggested for those who are able.  Door opens at 6:30pm. Registrations at

The Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club is sponsoring a fundraising event on behalf of Home on the Hill on Sunday July 7th .  This fun event will include lawn bowling, food, entertainment and a silent auction.  Contributions to the silent auction please contact

lawn bowling with a goal

Free Community Lunch

This program is closed at this time.  Will keep you posted.

Engaging discussions happen at our Community Lunch.

Engaging discussions happen at our Community Lunch.