In taking over the ED reins this summer, I immediately focused on how we ensure value and relevancy for members while engaging a broader array of stakeholders, all aimed at sharing knowledge, ideas and exploring partnership potential.
FRP Canada is your association; therefore as I review the goals set out in our draft strategic plan, I ask myself who benefits and who should care about outcomes. How we operationalize this plan and measure impact needs to answer both questions, as associations thrive when members are deeply engaged. If relevancy to members is at the heart of business planning, the relationship between members, the Board and association staff cannot be passive.
This leads to my next question, namely how to fully engage such a large member cohort. Surely the answer lies in maximizing our use of social media to promote and facilitate good networking, and to communicate and debate ideas among members. FRP Canada needs to enable collaboration and innovation to help you better support families in your corner of Canada.
I look forward to meeting many of you next March at our 40th Anniversary Conference but in the interim, let’s get this conversation going - send me your thoughts (firstname.lastname@example.org
Farewell to Christine Colbert who has left FRP Canada. Many of you had the privilege of getting to know Christine through her coast-to-coast trainings in mental health, financial literacy, Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting and other projects. Good bye, Christine, and good luck in your future endeavours. We will miss you.
Keep Calm to Think Straight
"Your toddler is having a tantrum in the grocery store. Your four year old won’t get dressed in the morning. Your fifth grader didn’t do his chores… again! The feeling in your body tells you you’re going to explode any minute. You’re going to start yelling, threatening, name calling, or worse. But then . . . . ."
Sept. 29, 2014 at 12 noon
This annual general meeting is very important for FRP Canada - as it will deal with motions required to continue our legal existence. A new corporations act is coming into force, and organizations must pass Articles of Continuance, or they will cease to be. More information on this, and copies of the motions are available on www.frp.ca/AGM2014
Following the business meeting, there will be a panel discussion "Family Resource Centres: Looking back, looking forward" with representatives from across Canada.
Join us for a light lunch to say good-bye to our retired Executive Director, Janice MacAulay, and to meet the new Executive Director of FRP Canada, Kelly Stone.
The meeting will be held in the KPMG offices on the 18th floor of the new office building at 150 Elgin Street in Ottawa.
Please RSVP by September 24
by emailing email@example.com
with the words ‘AGM 2014’ in the subject line, or by calling 1-866-637-7226 (1-866-6-FRPCAN), in Ottawa 613-237-7667. Lunch will be served at 12 noon - please let us know of any food allergies.
National Family Week October 6 – 12, 2014
Families and Finances – It just adds up!
This year’s theme focuses on financial literacy for the whole family. It embodies the knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation it takes for families to keep track of their finances, make ends meet and plan ahead.
Look on the website www.frp.ca/NFW
for more information and resources.
And, if you are planning an event, let us know. Send an email with the details
and we will post it.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family
), first declared by the United Nations in 1994. National Family Week 2014 is the ideal opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work being done around the world with respect to the role of families in development, recent trends in family policy development, good practices in family policy making, challenges faced by families worldwide and recommended solutions. Visit www.frp.ca/IYF2014
to see how Canadian organizations are working to make a difference in the lives of all families.
FRP Canada's 40th
There’s lots to look forward to at this conference in Hamilton, Ontario, March 10-12, 2015.
Tuesday, March 10
will feature a stand-alone conference sponsored by the Canadian Father Involvement Network. See more information at www.frp.ca/CFIN
Wednesday the FRP Canada conference will offer full-day or half-day workshops where topics can be covered in depth. Examplesinclude: infant mental health, financial literacy, two approaches by family resource centres on preventing childhood obesity, Nobody’s Perfect parenting program, FASD and more. This will be followed by a keynote presentation by Dr. Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry, and end with an afternoon tea, celebrating FRP Canada’s 40th anniversary and honouring some of our long-standing members.
Thursday morning, sponsored by the Norlien Foundation, will feature a keynote by Dr. Judith Cameron on early brain development and the impact of toxic stress. This will be followed by a panel of practitioners from Alberta on preventive programming ideas. Thursday afternoon will offer two workshop blocks on topics ranging from postpartum depression to how to get the ear of your provincial government.
On November 1
, registration will open for both conferences at www.onlineregistrations.ca/frp_conference/
. You can attend both conferences for $495, just the one-day Fathering Conference for $175, or the two-day FRP Canada conference for $375 (all member prices). Breakfast, breaks and lunch are included each day.
A block of rooms has been reserved for you at the conference hotel, Hamilton Sheraton, 116 Kings St W, at $139/night plus HST. This lovely hotel is right in downtown Hamilton, connected to the Jackson Square Mall, and across the street from the Hamilton Art Gallery. Look for the booking link on the conference website.
Details are added regularly to the conference website www.frp.ca/Conference2015
As mentioned in the September 2013 issue of Play & Parenting
, Smiling Mask donated $5 to FRP Canada for each Smiling Mask pendant sold. This money will go towards sponsoring a session on postpartum depression at the conference, and bringing in a delegate from a member organization that has done innovative work on this issue to be part of this session. If you would like to apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you looked at e-Valuation
lately? It is the online evaluation system developed by FRP Canada specifically for family resource centres. Research behind the methodology is available on the site.
With e-Valuation you can:
- Create your own survey adding pertinent pre-defined sections to the basic survey.
- Add your own custom questions
- Use it in English or French. Custom questions just need to be bilingual.
- Access a staff and volunteer survey as well.
- Get reports with a few clicks.
- Compare your results to those of similar organizations
- See the aggregated results for the whole country.
A webinar to demonstrate the e-Valuation system will be held on Wednesday, October 15 at 1 pm Eastern. Register by sending an email to email@example.com
From Best Start Resource Centre, Health Nexus, Ontario
Managing Depression: A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression
During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond - Workbook http://www.beststart.org/resources/ppmd/DepressionWorkbookFinal_14JL22.pdf
When Children Speak More Than One Language: Information for parents www.beststart.org/resources/hlthy_chld_dev/index.html Populations with Lower Rates of Breastfeeding: A Summary of Findings www.beststart.org/resources/breastfeeding/index.html
The Resilience Research Centre
, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University has developed an Evaluation Tool Basket. While the sample surveys mainly deal with resilience measures, the tool basket contains a lot of good information about conducting evaluations. Check it out at http://www.resilienceresearch.org/evaluation/toolbasket
The Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families
produces bulletins containing lots of useful information and links. The August 2014 issue was listed tech sites and resources to support you in developing vibrant presentations, event marketing, fund development, social media endeavours, websites and more and the September issue lauanched their Brain Builder video series. You can find them on http://www.aascf.com/cat_view/327-aascf-documents/328-aascf-newsletter-bulletins?dir=ASC&limit=100&limitstart=0&order=date
The Special Delivery Club kit
- resource to plan and run prenatal classes for teenage pregnant women. Purchase from Kingston Community Health Centres (www.kchc.ca) for $150 (plus $35 for shipping and handling). For more information email: Joan Vankoughnett at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone Joan at 613-542-2835 ext 4200.
The MotHERS Program
website, developed by Canadian obstetricians Dr. Graeme Smith and Dr. Susan Chamberlain, contains up-to-date, evidence-based information for mothers-to-be, pregnant women, and new moms. http://www.themothersprogram.ca/
Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit
designed by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit with resources to help educators effectively share information about nutrition and exercise with both parents and children. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/educ-comm/toolkit-trousse/index-eng.php
Centre of the Developing Child, Harvard University developingchild.harvard.edu
/ The mission of the Center is to leverage the rapidly growing knowledge about the developing brain and human genome to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. Add your name to their mailing list under NEWS & EVENTS.
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
(AFWI) is a program established by the Norlien Foundation, a pro-active private foundation with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. The AFWI's aim is to apply emerging research about experienced-based brain and biological development as it relates to early childhood development and children’s mental health, and its lifelong impact on addiction and other negative health outcomes. Explore the resources on the website http://www.albertafamilywellness.org
or subscribe to receive News & Updates, Current Literature and Research and/or Event information.
Recruiting families for Strongest Families program for parents of children with FASD
. Queen's University and NeuroDevNet (www.neurodevnet.ca
), the Canada-wide organization studying developmental disabilities in children, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is recruiting parents to participate in the parenting program from Strongest Families, a program is designed to help parents/caregivers deal with challenging behaviours that are present in children with FASD. They are currently looking for families who have children aged 4-12 years, living in Canada, and have a FASD diagnosis to take part in the study. Families are able to go straight to the website to see if they are eligible to participate in the study (http://mystudies.ca/studies/fasd
Working with Children and Youth with Complex Mental Health Needs
: An Integrated Training Project. Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario. Funded by the Ontario offers a series of free online and face-to-face training opportunities. See http://complexneeds.ca/
for: Training Inventory, 9-Part Webinar Series, Online Course, four two-day Trauma-Informed Care Workshops.
Fall 2014 Module Series
: Early Childhood Systems Renewal, Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in partnership with the School of Early Childhood Studies. www.ryerson.ca/ce/ecsmodules
Many dates throughout 2014-2015 The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre
(a children's mental health treatment, research, and teaching centre) in Toronto has many training events throughout the academic year. See http://www.hincksdellcrest.org/INSTITUTE/HIGHLIGHTS
for list of trainings and to download the full catalogue.
RNAO Smoking Cessation workshops
to help pregnant women and new mothers become smoke-free http://rnao.ca/news/new-smoking-cessation-workshops-target-pregnant-and-postpartum-women
• Haliburton – Sept. 25, 2014
• New Liskeard – Oct. 20, 2014
• Sudbury – Oct. 22, 2014
• Owen Sound – Nov. 12, 2014
• Barrie – Nov. 14, 2014
• Cornwall – Jan. 14, 2015
• Kingston – Jan. 16, 2015
• Toronto – Feb. 18, 2015
Oct. 1-4, 2014
Birth and Beyond Conference London, Ontario on. Walk-in registrations, space permitting. Cost to $425. www.birthandbeyondconference.ca
Oct. 6-10, 2014
Collective Impact Summit 2014 Toronto, ON http://events.tamarackcommunity.org/
Oct. 8, 2014
Helping Children Soar, highlighting the basic principles related to infant mental health, Kingston ON $65. KFL&A Public Health. 1-800-267-7875 ext 1552, www.kflapublichealth.ca
Oct. 8, 2014, 2 - 3 pm EST or Oct. 9, 10 - 11 am EST
Webinar Populations with Lower Rates of Breastfeeding: Using a Logic Model to Design an Effective Evaluation Strategy with Dr. Brian Rush. Best Start Resource Centre http://beststart.org/index_eng.html
Oct. 17, 2014
Your Grandma and My Grandma: Connecting Cultures through the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, for anyone who has previously taken a 2-day Teacher Training Workshop. Toronto, ON $170 www.parentchildmothergoose.com
Oct. 27, 2014
Self-Regulation in Children: Keeping the Mind, Body & Emotions on Task With Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders, presented by Solutions On Site, London, Ontario, $185 + hst, http://www.SOSWorkshops.ca
Oct. 27-28, 2014
Make the Connection 0-3 ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES & TODDLERS Training Workshop Toronto ON $375/pp Register by Oct. 13, 2014 email@example.com
Nov. 3 -5, 2014
Train the Trainer – Traditional Family Parenting, Mahkesis Consulting with Janet Fox, Hamilton ON, $495/per person. Register by Oct. 24. Anyone working with Aboriginal families is welcome. Contact Janet Fox: 1-780-870-6599 or Roberta 1-780-361-6733, firstname.lastname@example.org
Infant Mental Health Community Training Institute
15 part training to raise the awareness and understanding of the unique needs of infants and toddlers. Three-hour sessions, Nov. 3 – March 23, 2015
. accessible via the web and archived for viewing at ones convenience if the participant cannot join the live event. IMHP member agency: $1,600, others $2,000. Information email@example.com
Nov. 14, 2014
Life with a Baby Conference. Mpower: Changing the world – one Mom at a time. Thornhill Golf and Country Club, Professional or Non-member price $130. http://www.lifewithababy.com/FallConference2014
Nov. 13-15, 2014
ChildCare 2020 National Conference, Winnipeg, MB Organized by the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada, the Canadian Child Care Federation and the Childcare Resource and Research Unit http://childcare2020.ca/
Nov. 17, 2014
Using the Piccolo tm
Tool to work more effectively with parents of young children. The Hospital for Sick Children,Toronto. IMPH Members $120, Non-Members $150 Also available by webcast: Members$ 500, Non-Members $ 625. firstname.lastname@example.org
Obesity in Preconception and Pregnancy
& Its Downstream Effects on Childhood Obesity www.beststart.org/events/upcoming.html
Nov. 18, 2014, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Nov. 27, 2014, Kingston, ON
Dec. 11, 2014, Timmins ON
Jan. 15, 2015 Toronto ON
Nov 21, 2014 My Daddy Matters 2.0: Welcoming Dads Toolkit Training, Ottawa ON
Nobody’s Perfect Facilitator Training
sponsored by the BC Council for Families Dec. 1-4, 2014: Burnaby, B.C. http://www.bccf.ca/professionals/events/info?id=113&reset=1
Feb. 23-26, 2015: Burnaby, B.C http://www.bccf.ca/professionals/events/info?id=115&reset=1
Jan. 29 and 30, 2015
– Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF) STRENGTHENING TODAY, BUILDING TOMORROW 7TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Edmonton Alberta/Fantasyland Hotel http://www.aascf.com/
Feb. 25-27, 2015
Best Start Resource Centre’s 2015 Annual Conference, Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites www.beststart.org/events
March 4–7, 2015 The 6th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
, Vancouver, BC. See the Advance Notice at http://www.interprofessional.ubc.ca/FASD2015/AdvanceNotice.pdf
March 10, 2015 Canaidian Father Involvement Network Conference
, Hamilton ON, FRP Canada www.frp.ca/CFIN
March 10-12, 2015 40th Anniversary National Conference
, Hamilton ON, FRP Canada www.frp.ca/Conference2015
April 21-22, 2015
Expanding Horizons for the Early Years: Looking Back to Transform the Future National Institute on Infant Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario. http://www.imhpromotion.ca/Events/ExpandingHorizonsfortheEarlyYears2015.aspx