Statement regarding allegations against one of SRCHC’s peer support workers

Statement from SRCHC CEO, Lynne Raskin:

“We take the safety and well-being of our community very seriously and do not tolerate violence from any of our staff – on or off the job. 

 We are deeply concerned and saddened by the allegations that one of our harm reduction peer support workers has been allegedly involved in an assault. Upon learning this news, we took immediate steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients and community members.  We notified our staff and partners of the incident and launched our own internal investigation.  The individual will not be working during this investigation.

 South Riverdale Community Health Centre has offered health services in Toronto for more than 40 years and harm reduction services for more than 20. We know how valuable peer support workers are to our programs’ effectiveness for vulnerable people.  That is why our peer support workers are provided with intensive training, one-on-one supervision, and are held to a high standard of personal integrity. 

The alleged acts in this incident do not reflect our values; we are committed to building a community where all people are safe and treated with dignity.”  Lynne Raskin, CEO, South Riverdale Community Health Centre

About South Riverdale Community Health Centre

South Riverdale Community Health Centre has been providing healthcare services to the community of south east Toronto for over 40 years.  SRCHC has acquired an outstanding reputation for community inclusion and programming, innovation, and excellent clinical services. The Centre has been invited to present and engage in presentations, planning, and research regarding harm reduction locally, nationally, and internationally.