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Supporting Those Affected by the Crisis in the Middle East

We have watched with immense concern the attack on Israel, and the escalating conflict across the region. Toronto Film School supports our Israeli and Palestinian community members – students, faculty, and staff. We grieve for the victims of the atrocities committed and offer heartfelt condolences to all those suffering.

Horrific events of this magnitude can be overwhelming and impact everyone differently. During these incredibly difficult moments, we are at our strongest when we support one another. For members of our community who need support, please make use of the resources available:

  • TFS students can take advantage of My Student Support (MySSP) – our 24/7 online/phone mental health and well-being service. Access MySSP services today through the website at https://myssp.app/keepmesafe/ca/homeor by calling 1-844-451-9700. You can also make an appointment with a member our Wellness Team on each campus or online HERE.

  • Any staff or faculty who need assistance are encouraged to seek support via their TELUS Health benefits. Access services by calling 1-844-671-3327, online at https://login.lifeworks.com or download the app.

We condemn all acts of violence, discrimination and hate, as we commit to building inclusive communities and ensuring a welcoming and safe learning environment for all. In the days ahead, and as this intensely volatile crisis unfolds, Toronto Film School encourages us all to be especially mindful of how we treat one another. Together, let’s continue to prioritize respect, compassion, and empathy.

– Andrew Barnsley, President, Toronto Film School

Cynthia Reason

Cynthia Reason (she/her) is a former newspaper journalist turned communications professional who currently works as Toronto Film School’s Manager of Communications. Prior to joining TFS, she spent 13 years working as a reporter for Torstar/Metroland Media Toronto, writing for publications including Toronto.com, the Etobicoke Guardian, and the Toronto Star, among others. Her byline has also appeared in the National Post. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Humber College.


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