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									            Alliance for Children and Youth
                  of Waterloo Region
               Mid-Month Connection - January 2007
...your monthly e-bulletin of opportunities to enhance the well-being of children, youth and families
                                          in Waterloo Region

        For your convenience, information has been organized in five sections:
                  1) Alliance Business 2) Announcements / Requests
               3) Events / Time-Limited Opportunities (Dates in bold)
                4) Articles / Research 5) Ongoing Items / Resources

Alliance Business

Learn how (and why) to become a member of the Alliance at: We currently have
32 organizations and 12 individual members. Thank you to all who have joined our extensive network
in order to work together to make our community a great place for young people.

Our next forum meeting will be held Jan. 25 from 2-4pm at 150 Main St. Cambridge -
Corporate Board Room. Agenda to follow in January.

As you begin to fill in your 2007 schedule, don't forget to mark in the dates of Alliance Forum
meetings. The Alliance generally meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 2:00-4:00 at
various locations around Waterloo Region. We don't hold forum meetings in December, July or
August. Forum meetings from now until the summer will take place: January 25, February 22, March
22, Apr. 26, May 24 and June 28.

The best opportunity to share information with Alliance members is through the Mid-Month
Connection. If you would like to provide Alliance members with information of a brief nature for
any upcoming bulletin, please feel free to contact Christine. Please note that this email will be sent
out once a month so members are not receiving 'bits and pieces'; this is for everyone's convenience.
Information must be received by the 13th of the month to be included in the bulletin.

Announcements / Requests

"Tragic Loss of Director of Education - It is with extreme regret and sadness that the Board of
Trustees announce the death of Bill Gerth, Director of Education for the Waterloo Region District
School Board." To read more, go to: A Memorial Service has been planned
for Jan. 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Bingemans, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener. Anyone planning to
attend should e-mail
R.O.O.F. is pleased to announce that a permanent location will be built on the 242 Queen St. site,
with a view to completing this project by the end of the year. Drop-in services and supports are
now being provided out of St. John's Kitchen Monday to Friday Evening from 7pm until 10pm.
Frontline Youth Volunteers are needed to provide crisis support and referrals. Please contact Brian
Kamm, ROOF's Volunteer Manager at 742-2788, ext. 224 for more information.

The Working Centre will be hiring 7 youth (ages 16-30) to work for a number of different Youth
Skills Link positions. The positions begin Jan 22 and they will run 26 weeks until July 6. To meet the
qualifications of their Service Canada funding, youth must be facing significant barriers to finding
& keeping employment and cannot be in receipt of EI benefits. Pay is minimum wage, 30 hrs a
week. Applications were due Jan. 12, but will be accepted up until Jan. 19. An additional
three positions will be available in the early spring (applications due Mar. 16). Go to: and look under the "What's New" section to find Youth Skills Link Job
Postings. Please share this information widely.

The Laurier Student Public Interest Research Group (aka LSPIRG - is currently
looking for partners to share office space with us near uptown Waterloo. Their goal is to create a
shared office environment specifically designed for small non-profit organizations, charities, green
businesses, social entrepreneurs and artists. By sharing these resources, they hope that everyone
involved will benefit from lower costs through the sharing of space and office services. This space
will also be designed to foster collaborations between social ventures with varied purposes. If you
are interested in exploring the possibility of sharing office space with other small (1-3 staff
members) non-profits in the Kitchener-Waterloo area please contact Anthony Piscitelli at
or 519-581-6657.

The Social Planning Council Of Cambridge and North Dumfries is conducting research to assess
the wants and needs of local residents in regards to a possible Resource Centre for Women and
Girls in Cambridge. You are invited to take our survey, which you can download below. Your input will
have a significant influence in designing the purpose and resources available in the centre. Please
click the following link to download the survey: By completing this survey you can enter to
win a $50 Swiss Chalet Gift Certificate. Directions to enter are provided at the end of the survey.

Events / Time-Limited Opportunities

The Kitchener Public Library is hosting a Law Series presented by Michael David Lannan (Lannan
Law Office) and Heather Beckley (Onorta Law Office).
On Jan. 17 at 7:00 pm presenters will focus on Family Law (at the Pioneer Park Library). This
seminar will explore the issues of custody and access, child support, court processes, separation
agreements, and family property. Register in person or by phone (519-748-2740).

KW Counselling's Positive Parenting Series at Kitchener Public Library (Main Branch) - On Jan.
18 at 6:30, come out to learn more about 'Rules for a Happy Home: Establishing Clear Boundaries' -
Create a happier more peaceful home environment by setting clear rules for the whole family.
Establish or maintain your authority as a parent and at the same time keep your children's self-
esteem intact. Please call 519-884-0000 or e-mail to register.

On Jan. 23 (11:30 am - 1:30 pm), Opportunities Waterloo Region presents 'Shifting the Focus
for Healthy Children' as part of its ongoing Community Conversation Series. Sandy Hoy, the Data
Analysis Coordinator for the Ontario Early Years initiative in Waterloo Region, will be the featured
speaker. Sandy collects and shares current research related to early child development as well as
to provide support to community efforts aimed at measuring child outcomes and community program
capacity in Waterloo Region. This Community Conversation will provide an opportunity to explore the
most recent data and various factors that influence poverty prevention for children. A $12.00
Session Fee (including lunch) will be collected at the door (cash only). Please register to confirm
your attendance - email: or phone: 519-883-2353 ext. 5985.

The Kitchener Public Library continues its Law Series presented by Michael David Lannan (Lannan
Law Office) and Heather Beckley (Onorta Law Office).
On Jan. 24 at 7:00 pm presenters will focus on Child Protection Law (at the Country Hills Library).
This seminar will discuss issues related to Child and Family Services (CAS) and their authority to
protect children, as well as the court process and time limits for CAS cases. Register in person or
by phone (519-743-3558).

R.O.O.F. is hosting a free workshop called 'Prevention & Intervention Workshop: Primary and
Secondary Traumatic Stress in High Risk Professions' The workshop will help participants to build
capacity, promote resiliency and increase coping skills for primary and secondary traumatic stress
(vicarious trauma). This event is taking place Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the WLU School of
Social Work (120 Duke St. W. Kitchener, Room 108). Lorna Grant, M.S.W. will be the Facilitator.
Pre-registration is required before January 19 as space is limited to 25 participants - see flyer for

The Learning Partnership is hosting an Early Years conference called 'Partnership in Action:
Building Our Children's Future' Jan. 25-26 in Toronto. Go to: for details.

The KW YMCA is seeking youth to participate in creating the 'See with my Eyes' photo diversity
exhibit on March 21 (the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination).
Participating youth will attend workshops and be given cameras and will have the opportunity to
photograph the meaning of diversity in their own lives. View poster at: or the brochure at: Please share this
information and encourage youth to participate. Registration deadline is Jan. 26 - call Sarah
Loewen at 519-741-8585 ext. 242 or

Family Literacy Day is Jan. 27. This is a day for Canadians to celebrate literacy and learning,
and for families to read together. The Kitchener Public Library needs your help to break their
reading record. Bring a book and a blanket and be prepared for an afternoon of fun and reading. Go
to the Salvation Army (75 Tillsley Drive, Kitchener) from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. to join MC Kyle
Christie from CKCO TV for free activities, celebrity readers, face painting, games, and much more.
Call Project READ at 570-3054 for more information.

KW Counselling's Positive Parenting Series at Kitchener Public Library (Grand River Stanley Park
Branch) - On Jan. 30 at 6:30, come out to learn more about 'Mom's House, Dad's House: Issues of
Separated Parents' - Separated parents face unique challenges. This workshop will provide parents
with effective strategies to deal with these many emotions, their child's feelings and transitions
between homes. Please call 519-884-0000 or e-mail to register.

Family and Children's Services invites you to come and learn more about the Provincial Child
Welfare Tranformation Agenda. You have three opportunities to be updated on key changes that
will improve our child welfare service delivery. Feb. 6 from 6:30-9 pm at the WLU School of Social
Work (120 Duke St. W. Kit.), Feb. 9 from 9-11:30 am in the Trillium Room behind the Cambridge
F&CS bldg (162 Hespeler Rd. Camb.) and Feb. 16 from 9-11:30 am at KW Counselling (480 Charles
St. E., Kit.). Please register with Shannon Shurrie by Jan. 31 at 519-576-1329 ext. 3325 or

On Feb. 9 from 9:00-4:00, The OK2BME project (a partnership between KW Counselling
Services and Family and Children's Services) is hosting a workshop entitled: "Understanding and
Supporting Transgender Children and Youth" This varied, lively, and engaging workshop uses gentle
humour and lively debate to help service providers explore and begin to understand the lives of
transgender and gender-variant children and youth. In addition to providing a basic understanding
of the barriers encountered by these children and youth, the presenters will discuss ways in which
community-based service providers can better support, both individually and organizationally, these
young people. Newcomers to this work will find it a useful starting point, while those already
experienced will have a chance to deepen their understanding. Cost is $40 (with subsidy available)
at the WLU Faculty of Social Work (120 Duke St. W., Kitchener). To register, contact KW
Counselling Services at 519-884-000 or email See flyer for speaker

Region of Waterloo, Public Health is holding a free prenatal health fair on Feb. 20 at the
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (101 Father David Bauer Dr. Waterloo) from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.
Parents who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy will appreciate the displays, pamphlets, mini-
workshops and door prizes. For more information call: 519-883-2308 or go to Dads-to-be and support people welcome.

March 1-9, Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo's Social Work students will
be hosting its first annual Film Festival with all proceeds going to R.O.O.F. 8 films will be shown
(including a children's film) at 5 locations - WLU Faculty of Social Work, University of Waterloo,
Renision College, the Princess Twin Cinemas and the Kitchener Public Library. Admission will be a
suggested donation, so that everyone can attend. All venues are wheelchair accessible. More details
to follow in February. Contact Wendy Holm ( or Matt Riehl

Join the Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group for an evening with Stephen Lewis
one of Canada's most respected commentators on social affairs, international development and
human rights. The event will take place Mar. 9 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7) at the Athletic
Complex Gymnasium of Wilfrid Laurier University. For more information on this event and/or to
order tickets, visit

The first National Learning Summit on Middle Childhood will be held Apr. 22-24 in Ottawa. This
event is hosted by the National Alliance for Children and Youth. The Learning Summit will provide
and opportunity to share information, knowledge, and practice related to Middle Childhood and
bring forward solutions and experience from different communities and provinces to share on a Pan-
Canadian basis. For general information, click here: For
information about how to apply as a presenter, click here: -
applications are due Jan. 23. For questions, please call the National Alliance for Children and Youth
at 613-560-5843 ext. 230 or email

Articles / Research

"As young people embrace the Internet and other mobile communication technologies, bullying
has manifested itself in a new and potentially more dangerous way - through cyber bullying. Cyber
bullying can generally be defined as sending or posting harmful or malicious messages or images
through e-mail, instant messages, cell phones and websites. It is emerging as one of the more
challenging issues facing educators, since it has a direct impact on students but often occurs away
from school property." For more information about cyberbullying, including examples, tips on
internet safety and suggestions for victims, parents and schools, refer to the Ontario Principals'
Council bulleting available here:

Read the article "Never too late for early learning" by Margaret Norrie McCain and Charles
Pascal published in the Toronto Star, Dec. 16, 2006.

Neighbourhood Parks and Health Outcomes - Recent research from geography, epidemiology, and
public health suggests that "where you are" affects your health outcomes as much as "who you are".
Researchers are now studying everyday health-relevant features within the immediate
neighbourhood context, such as stores to purchase nutritious food, and facilities for exercise. To
read the full summary of this article, click here:

Ongoing Items / Resources

Published three times annually, Child & Family Journal was founded in 1996 to promote the work
done by direct service practitioners in the fields of social work, psychology, child protection,
education, therapeutic practice and community development. The journal invites articles and book
review for upcoming issues; click here to learn about topics for 2007: XXX Visit their website for
more information about the journal itself, or to access instructions for authors (under

Youth service providers continue to get together every two months for a 'Brown Bag Lunch'
session (12:00-1:00) to connect and share information among youth service-providers in Kitchener-
Waterloo. The gatherings are hosted at Lutherwood Youth Employment Centre (165 King. St. E,
Kitchener) and 2007 dates are as follows: Jan. 24, Mar. 21, May 23, Jul. 25, Sept. 26, Nov. 28.
Bring your own lunch. For more information or to RSVP, contact Michelle Jokic at or 519-743-2460 ext. 357.

         Our next forum meeting will be held January 25 at 2 pm at 150 Main St.
                                   Agenda to follow.

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Christine Bird
Alliance for Children and Youth
of Waterloo Region

Marsland Centre
20 Erb St. West, 11th floor
Waterloo, ON
N2L 1T2
Tel: 519.885.9562
Fax: 519.888.7737

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