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Supporting Community Health & Wellness

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JCAN

At JCAN, we aim to make a lasting impact in the GTA and beyond. Our initiatives and activities are designed to catalyze true transformation. But above all, passion is at the heart and soul of everything that we do.

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Get Involved!

Make a difference today! Donate, become a member, or sign up as a volunteer - your actions create lasting impact!

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Donations to the JCAN are crucial for supporting health for underserved communities. As a charity dedicated to social equity, JCAN focuses on empowering seniors and other vulnerable populations. Your contributions help fund vital programs that provide these communities with resources for support health and wellbeing. Donate today and be a catalyst for positive change.

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Become a member of JCAN and join us in supporting a healthy community. As a member, you play a vital role in motivating, and empowering others to support good health and community values. Your membership helps fund essential programs such as Social Connect for Seniors. By joining JCAN, you become part of a community dedicated to fostering healthier, more resilient communities. Make a difference today—become a JCAN member!

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JCAN is always looking for volunteers to help support our programs and initiatives. By joining our community, you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of seniors and other underserved populations. Email executivedirector@jcan.life to learn more about how you can get involved!

About Us

Supporting Community, Addressing Needs

The Jamaican Canadian Association of Nurses (JCAN) emerged from the rebranding of the University Hospital of the West Indies Association in 2013, aiming to broaden its membership base to include Jamaican nurses. Achieving charity status in 2014, JCAN extended its reach both provincially in Canada and internationally in Jamaica, serving as a professional and social network while offering support, mentorship, and educational opportunities.

Beyond its nursing focus, JCAN has expanded its mission to address health disparities among Black and underserved communities, particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transitioning to a governance board model in 2021, with the appointment of an Executive Director and a new President, JCAN has rebranded once again, positioning itself to respond effectively to evolving community needs, emphasizing culturally relevant approaches in healthcare delivery. This transformation reflects a commitment to serving and empowering marginalized populations.

Ways We Help

The Focus of Our Efforts

Furthering our cause is the most important goal of our organization. We seek to support, empower, and provide high quality resources to underserved communities the GTA. Our success isn’t measured in terms of wealth or profit margin, but by the value we provide to those we serve. Learn more about what we do below.

Community Outreach

Reaching Out To Those Who Need Us Most

JCAN is committed to grassroots engagement, ensuring that local needs and priorities are addressed. Through our community outreach efforts, we provide a valuable opportunity for individuals to connect, unwind, and foster community bonds. Join us in building a brighter future together.

Capacity Building

Empowering Others

JCAN's programming offers guest speakers and educational activities aimed at empowering participants with knowledge about their health and strategies to address social isolation. These sessions are designed to enhance participants' ability to proactively manage their health and well-being, fostering tangible and beneficial transformations.

Education

Transforming Lives

At JCAN, we firmly believe in the transformative power of education. Our commitment lies in prioritizing the well-being of our GTA community. Through our grant and scholarship program, we aim to empower aspiring young people, to pursue educational pathways in the healthcare sector.

Fundraising

Making Change Possible

We view each obstacle as a chance for growth, and our fundraising endeavors play a vital role in empowering JCAN to equip our community with the tools to enhance their health and overall wellness through our various programs. Our yearly fundraising events comprise the Annual Walk-A-Thon, Annual Fundraising Gala, and our recently launched GoFundMe page.

Strategic Plan

JCAN 5-Year Strategic Priorities 2023-2028

JCAN is proud to present our 5-year strategic plan, a comprehensive roadmap that reflects our commitment to enhancing the lives of seniors and other underserved communities through culturally relevant care and the provision of secure community spaces. With a deep understanding of the unique needs and challenges faced by seniors, JCAN has developed a targeted approach to ensure their well-being, inclusivity, and empowerment.

Equity & Inclusion

Support Culturally Relevant Approach to Blacks and other underserved groups

Programs & Services

Expand Seniors Programming

Securing Real Estate

Investing in Community Space to support Community Engagement

Education

Support Student Bursaries

Fundraising

Secure Financial Resources to Support our Programs, Services, and Initiatives

Membership

Expand JCAN's Membership

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