As a veteran volunteer in the psychosocial group at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, 96-year-old Naomi Weiss (centre)—the oldest volunteer at the JGH—makes good use of her knitting skills to instruct and help members of the group. The group is led by Occupational Therapist Allana Goodman (standing).
March 2020Spotlight feature

Determination to give of herself spurs Naomi Weiss to keep volunteering at age 96

At 96, Naomi Weiss has been volunteering for over 33 years in a psychosocial group at the JGH’s Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry. She has loved giving of herself, ever since she began volunteering as a teenager at a hospital in Israel.

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Backpack
Health tipsOctober 2018

Don’t let your backpack backstab you!

Your backpack shouldn’t feel like a stab in the back! Get some insight from an occupational therapist on what makes a backpack comfortable.

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Gale “Goldie” Ostroff (right) discusses her artistic technique with JGH Occupational Therapist Andrea Blanar.
Feature articlesSeptember 2015

Rediscovering life’s skills
with brushes, paint and pens

Art has been removed from the clinical setting and turned into a catalyst for developing skills—such as problem-solving, organizing one’s work and being open to criticism—that help in grappling with the day-to-day demands of life.

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Dr. Karl Looper
MilestonesSpring 2015

New chiefs

Dr. Karl Looper has been named Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the JGH.

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