Liben Gebremikael, Agnes Browne, and Lenora Cayenne from TAIBU Community Health Centre

In recognition of Black History Month, February’s Healthy Ageing 101 session featured guest speakers from TAIBU Community Health Centre – a not-for-profit community health centre based in Scarborough’s Malvern neighbourhood. TAIBU is a Kiswahili word used by well-wishers as a greeting that means, “Be in Good Health.”

The talk, organized by Sinai’s Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics department and Human Rights & Health Equity department, centred on the health and wellness of older Black adults, using a ‘village’ model of community connectedness and engagement to break down barriers to care and health promotion. Liben Gebremikael, TAIBU’s Executive Director, spoke along with Agnes Browne and Lenora Cayenne, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Elder Council that lead the varied community initiatives.

“It’s a wonderful partnership that we have with TAIBU, and I’m so glad that attendees got to learn more about this great organization. They have an innovative model that empowers seniors and we’re glad to be able to share our knowledge and resources with each other,” said Marylin Kanee, Director, Human Rights and Health Equity Office for Sinai Health System.

To learn more about TAIBU, including its innovative exercise classes, men’s and women’s programs, and writing group, visit