I hope the New Year is off to a great start for you all. November and December provided us all with an opportunity to brainstorm, get creative and roll up our sleeves – thanks to the announcement of additional funding from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services.
This is a significant time for all of us. I am looking to working alongside you all in these busy final months our first year of collaboration together.
In recognition of everyone’s very busy schedules and the challenges which we will be facing in the next few months, we have postponed our Moving on Mental Health – Toronto (MOMH-TO) meeting previously scheduled on Jan. 27, 2016.
To keep you up to date, we have redesigned our monthly newsletter based on feedback received from our Communications Working Group. It is our hope that this new approach to our monthly communications will help this vehicle become a go-to resource for our entire community and support our transformation.
The new format now allows every member of our MOMH-TO team to share our collective news, events, training opportunities, and inspirational stories. You are encouraged to provide your feedback, story ideas and updates with the MOMH-TO Lead Agency team.
I know this is going to be a demanding final few months of our first year as a MOMH-TO working team. Your commitment, insights and capacity continue to inspire.
The work of Lead Agency staff , Working Groups and the Working Group chairs, each of whom I thank from the bottom of my heart, has really moved us forward.
Please join me once again in welcoming our two newest Working Group Chairs: Lise Marie Baudry, the Centre francophone de Toronto chairing our new French Language Services Working Group, and Debbie Schatia from Turning Point Youth Services, chairing for the Residential Treatment Working Group.
We are making good progress – and that’s thanks to all of the collective wisdom, generosity and collaboration of our MOMH-TO agency community.
Thanks to you all. Stay tuned for our monthly updates and all the very best in this New Year.
Event: Collective Impact – Community Leaders Conference 2016
Monday, May 9, 2016 – 17:00 to Thursday, May 12, 2016 – 17:00
United Way Worldwide
Vancouver Convention Centre
Tamarack Institute: Engagement Resources
For three signs your engagement efforts are mobile-friendly read Rachel Gainer’s article Anytime. Anywhere. Mobilizing Engagement with your Smartphone
To get the scoop on how technology has changed the way we engage community check out Lisa Attygalle’s How Technology Improves Community Engagement
Free Webinar: Youth Readiness: Mobilizing for Impact” with Alex Bezzina and Karen Pittman is now available online.
Upcoming Webinar: IMPACT: Advocating with Empathy delivered by Al Etmanski, community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. Al will be joined by Sean Moore, Founder and Principal of Advocacy School, for an intimate discussion as they explore the concept of strategic inquiry and what it means to advocate with empathy and how it can help spread your social innovation. Register here.
Call for Participation: Research Study on ADHD
Researchers at the University of Calgary are looking for assistance with a research project that will help to better understand the stigma that children with ADHD face in a number of capacities. Specifically, the research team is interested in how knowledge of ADHD influences the social-emotional well being of individuals with ADHD. They are looking for children WITH and WITHOUT ADHD (ages 8-12 years) and their parents to participate in our study to help us understand factors that impact the well-being of these children. The study will take approximately 1.5 hours and in appreciation of the time spent, families will receive a $25 gift card and children will select an age-appropriate prize. If you or your clients are interested in participating in this study contact the research team at 587-432-1438 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Youth Artists: Delisle Youth Gallery Delisle is now accepting submissions for the April 2016 Showcase, DYS Art Auction for Emerging Visual Artists 13-19. All mediums and formats are accepted. This is a chance for youth artists to sell their art. Drop off visual art submissions Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 40 Orchard View Bldv. Set. 255 (one street north of Eglinton Station)
Aboriginal Student Awards – RBC The RBC Aboriginal Student Awards Program was launched in 1992 to assist Aboriginal students to complete post-secondary education, and provide an opportunity for RBC to strengthen its relationship with the Aboriginal community. Selected students are awarded up to $4,000 each academic year for two to four years to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies and living expenses.
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Child and youth mental health is changing and the evidence base is always growing. The Centre’s growing collection of resources is designed to help service providers use the best available evidence to provide the best possible care.
Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) LeeAndra Miller was selected for the Elizabeth Manson Award for Clinical Excellence. This award, sponsored by the Hospital for Sick Children honors exceptional innovation across the province of Ontario. LeeAndra Miller was selected for her pioneering work with transgender youth. Congratulations LeeAndra! Read more
They always say time changes things, but you have to change them yourself.
~ Andy Warhol