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KCWA Family and Social Services is a non-profit organization established in 1985 by a group of women who were concerned with women and family issues and serves women, men, senior and youth all of them.

PALS (Preventing Abuse of Loving Seniors)

The PALS project falls under one of the KCWA main goal of engaging outside communities.

The KCWA Family and Social Services has continued to share knowledge and information to promote external cooperation with outside communities through the PALS (Preventing Abuse of Loving Seniors) project. As a leader in KCWA family and social services believes that assisting outside communities with KCWA’s prior experience and knowledge will help all Canadians.

Project Title

PALS (Preventing Abuse of Loving Seniors)
Elder Abuse Prevention among the Southeast Asian Communities New Horizons for Seniors

Project Funder

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Project Start Date

March 29, 2012

Project End Date

March 28, 2015

Partnership Agencies:

VWAT Family Services, Hong Fook Mental Health Association, KCWA Family and Social Services

Project Objectives

  • To increase senior empowerment as experts on elder abuse prevention through Peer Leadership Training

  • To form networks of safety and support through a “Seniors-Helping-Seniors Program”

  • Enhance the awareness of elder abuse among the Southeast Asian communities through an Elder Abuse Prevention Manual translated into 5 ethnic languages: Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), and Korean

  • Increase seniors’ community engagement in supporting for their needs at a social cultural level.
    Scope & Deliverables

Scope & Deliverables

  • Produce one peer leader training manual which will be translated into 5 ethnic languages (Vietnamese, Cambodian, traditional and simplified Chinese, and Korean)

  • Establish a Working Committee including 5 project coordinators

  • Deliver two series of workshops

    Level 1: Elder Abuse Prevention Information Sessions (March – June, 2013)

    • The first series consist of 4 information sessions and 1 follow-up session

    • Each workshop will be 2.5 hours long and will be delivered in Vietnamese, Cambodian, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean

    • Will recruit up to 100 older adults as participants (20 seniors/language group)

    Level 2: Elder Abuse Prevention Peer Leadership Training: September (October, 2013)

    • The second series consist of 4 training workshops and 1 follow-up session. These will be facilitated by staff.

    • Each workshop will be 2.5 hours long and will be delivered in Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, Mandarin and Cantonese

    • Will have a total of 50 older adults as peer leaders (10 seniors/ language group)


  • 100 seniors are attending the first series of Elder Abuse Prevention Information Sessions

  • Another 50 seniors are trained to be peer leaders in Elder Abuse Prevention after the second series of Peer Leadership training

  • h1Strong networks among the trained peer leaders in the community

  • Peer leaders will deliver 30 activities including workshops and meetings. Each activity will have approximately 10 participants

  • Produce a semi-annual project report at the beginning of October and April of each year on best Activities / practices led by peer leader seniors

  • h1Collect feedbacks from 75% of the project’s participants

Progressive Report (KCWA Family and Social Services / Nov., 2012 – June 2014)

(KCWA / Nov, 2012 - Jun, 2014)

Level 1 Training

54 people registered / 42 participants had completed all sessions

Level 2 Training

42 people from the level 1 registered / 31 participants had completed

Outreach Workshop

Totally 6 times / 77 attendances

Community Outreach Event

Totally 6 times (OKBA Trade Show, BF-Hub Open House Event, Dano Festival, Korean Thanksgiving Day Festival)

Monthly Meeting : Totally 11 times / 272 participants

Peer Leader’s Graduation Celebration

Nov 23, 2013

Southeast Asian Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event

June 14, 2014

Partnership and Networks

  • Monica Y. Kim CGA Professional Corporation

  • Park & Jung LLP Barristers

  • Korean Canadian Lawyers’ Association (KCLA)

  • Hong Fook Mental Health Association (Korean Community)

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

  • Young Nak Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto

  • Holy Mountain Presbyterian Church

  • R.S. Kane Funeral Home

  • Mugungwha Homes: Non-profit registered charity organization

  • The Rose of Sharon: Korean Long Term Care Centre


  • Ontario Korean Businessmen’s Association (OKBA)


NFF “We Care!”

Project Period

March 2011 – October 2012


The Province as Part of the Province-Wide NFF (Neighbours, Friends and Families) Campaign


The propose of the NFF campaign is to raise public awareness of the signs and risk factors of domestic violence against women, increasing the knowledge of the resources available for those abused women by supporting them and raising the sense of confidence. Ultimately, the project is to reduce the numbers of the repetitive incidents and to prevent these cases from spreading by executing ongoing and voluntary community campaign.


  • The project targets Korean and Thai communities

  • Peer Leader Training Workshops

  • Community Outreach Workshop

  • Community Outreach Event

  • Monthly Meeting

Partnership and Networks

  • NFF Ontario

  • NFF Thunder Bay

  • Royal Thai Consulate-Office of Commercial Affairs Toronto

  • Thai Society of Ontario (TSO)

  • Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS)

  • Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (BSCC)

  • HongFook Mental Health Association

  • SUCCESS Seoul Office

  • Wat Yanviriyaram 2 Thai Temple

  • Wat Ramrajadham 2 Thai Temple

  • Thai Christian Church of Canada

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

  • Nobel Academy

  • Siam No. 1 Thai Boxing Academy

  • Shivaga Thai Massage Toronto

Free and Empower Me (FEM) Project

Project period

April 2010 – March 2012


Status of Women Canada


To empower young women between the ages of 16 to 24 with a focus on education on violence against women.

  • To educate the general public about the strength of women through historical examples and lessons

  • To reach out to young women and provide them with opportunities to positively contribute to their community as a role model

  • To prevent young women from becoming victims of violence


  • Peer leader training workshops

  • Outreach program

  • Educational arts program

  • Essay contest

  • Dissemination conference


NABI Women’s Network

The Strengthening Newcomer Families to Respond to Settlement Challenges Project

Project period

January 2009 – December 2009


United Way


  • The project aims to facilitate individual family members

  • To understand other members of their family in terms of their unique settlement challenges,

  • To decrease their settlement predicament and isolation caused from their new environment

  • As an end result, it is the goal of the project to assist all the family members to have a joyful settlement in Canada.


  • A monthly newcomer family network meeting

  • Cooking classes for male newcomers

  • Youth mentoring

  • Cultural activities

  • On-going informational support (individual or group)

  • Workshops and Seminars


Toronto Korean Canadian Association

Nothing Inferior About Being a Senior Project

Project period

December 2008 –November 2009


Human Resources and Social Development Canada


This project is promoting Korean Canadian senior residents at Calvary Manor (Markham, Ontario) to age at home through a peer support model that includes itinerant social, recreational, and educational services.

  • To empower seniors to lead an independent and active lifestyle

  • To utilize the seniors’ energy, enthusiasm and volunteerism to mutually support each other to age at home

  • To increase physical and recreational activities to stimulate their minds to prevent early dementia

  • To reduce the risk of social isolation of seniors

  • To provide culturally and linguistically appropriate social and support services for seniors and their families

  • To enable seniors to actively participate and contribute their experience and wisdom in the community for social integration


  • Peer support program

  • Recreational program

  • Educational program

  • Brunch program

  • Group grocery shopping


Calvary Manor

Hand in Hand – Breast Health Promotion Project

Project period

September 2007 – May 2009


Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation


This project has a peer leader training program for Korean immigrant women to increase their awareness of breast health and it will educate women on how to do breast self-examinations and to distinguish between medical facts and myths about breast cancer. Women gain knowledge to detect breast cancer early and get adequate treatment. As a result, we can build a supportive social network for Korean immigrant women to have healthy and beautiful lives.


  • Peer leader training

  • Community outreach workshop

  • Mobile clinic services

  • Support group

Raising Sexually Healthy Children Project

Project period

March 2006 – April 2009


Ontario Trillium Foundation


The project objective is to create healthy and safer environments for children in seven ethnolinguistic communities by increasing the capacities within these communities to provide family-centered sexual health education. Seven ethnolinguistic communities were Bengali, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Vietnamese.


  • Peer parent leadership training

  • Workshops for parents group in the community


Asian Community AIDS Services, Toronto Public Health, Bloor Life & Information Skills Centre, KCWA 한인여성회, Queen West Community Health Centre, St. Stephen’s Community House, St. Joseph’s Health Centre-Women’s Health Centre, Vietnamese Association Toronto

Domestic Violence Prevention Project

Project period

June 2007 – May 2008


Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General


The goal of this project is to prevent domestic violence in the Korean community by focusing on enhanced education on domestic violence issues through various workshops in community groups.


  • Peer leader training

  • Community outreach workshop