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Who We Are

The Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy is a centre for arts and learning for persons with mild to moderate dementia and their families and care providers. Our goal is to inspire and support our participants to be their personal best.

A first in Canada, the Wellness Academy is an innovative and inspiring arts-based program informed by research and guided by our philosophy. In addition to engaging programming, the Wellness Academy offers activities for family members and care providers to share their experiences and support one another. The Wellness Academy provides participants with opportunities for personal growth and discovery through creative activities, learning, artistic expression, discussion, intergenerational interaction, exercise and enjoyment.

Initial program funding has been graciously donated by the Bitove family.

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Location

​​​The Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy is located at 1929 Bayview Avenue (near Eglinton Avenue) in the CNIB building, in unit G30. Free parking is available at the north end of the building.

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Contact Us

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Phone: 416 486 8731
Fax: 416 486 3860

Email: bwa@uhn.ca
Website: www.dotsabitove.com

​Participants can register for half-day or full-day sessions.

Half-day Sessions
Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fees: $50 (plus HST); lunch is included

Full-day Sessions
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fees: $80 (plus HST); lunch is included

​​You can register yourself or a family member in our program, or your doctor can refer you to become a participant, by calling 416 486 8731 or by sending an email to bwa@uhn.ca.

You can also fill in our participant registration formPDF Icon and fax it to us at 416 486 3860.

Services

​Designed to facilitate multiple, simultaneously running activities, our programming inspires and supports participants to connect while exploring possibilities for learning and growth. Each participant has the opportunity to take part in the activities they find most meaningful.

Activities are led by our caring and professional staff and include:

  • Discussions of current events
  • Debates
  • Yoga
  • Music appreciation
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Photography
  • Dance
  • Scrapbooking

Our Philosophy

  • Our philosophy is based on engagement, creativity and intergenerational learning. 
  • We are committed to helping change the way society views and speaks about persons with dementia in order to create a more compassionate, person-centred approach to dementia care.
  • We provide a safe, comfortable environment designed to help participants express their thoughts and feelings of who they are and what they care about. We focus on self-expression through movement and art.
  • Our arts programming is unique in bringing together practicing artists and participants to create projects that build understanding and new knowledge about wellness and living with dementia.
  • Relationships are fundamental to the work we do. We aim to support relationships among participants and their families and caregivers and to foster caring relationships among participants, with our staff and between people of all ages.
  • We focus on participant-centred care. We do not view participants as patients. We provide an environment free from assessment and judgement.
  • We practise a health-coaching approach and our RN health coach plays a key role in developing our program activities.
  • We are a centre for excellence in research and relational care that is affiliated with York University      .
  • We work with a broad range of researchers, educators, ethicists and artists from various disciplines, as well as students from the faculties of health, fine arts and philosophy.