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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 13/09/13

Hello CYSN Members and Community Partners,

The Community Action Research – Innovation Fund is intended to support community groups who wish to pursue cutting edge strategies that contribute to the integration of services for children and their families.  I am pleased to advise that we were successful in our application to the Innovation Fund for $25,000 to study parent engagement and develop a regional parent engagement strategy.  More than 53 applications were submitted to the selection panel, comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Education.  A hearty thank you goes out to members of the proposal review working group:  Terry Swift, Tamara Kleinschmidt and Pam Kent and to our CYSN Co-Chairs:  Kelly Mathieson and Theresa Kennedy.  A copy of our application can be found in the “Member Area” above. 

The following news items may be of interest to you:

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT FUNDING:  The East Central Ontario Training Board (ECOTB) invites you to a Service Coordination meeting to discuss the Youth Employment Funding (YEF) on Wednesday, September 18th, Belleville Room, Travelodge Hotel, 8:30-11:30am.  The “official” YEF launch will occur on September 23rd.  For more information and to register, contact

SAVE THE DATE:  The Prince Edward County Community Foundation will be presenting its Vital Signs report on the morning of October 1st.  Details to follow.

WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH:  The City of Belleville’s Accessibility and Advisory Committee and community partners are offering an information session on Friday, October 4th, 8:30am-1:30pm, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, Belleville.  Ann Morgan, Workplace Solution Specialist, will discuss the challenges and solutions to mental health in the workplace.  CLICK HERE for details.

CELEBRATE WORLD BREASTFEEDING IN CANADA from OCTOBER 1-7, 2013.  To support and encourage breastfeeding, please include this FLYER in your communications to co-workers and parents.  Find out what supports exist in your area.  For more information, call the Child Health CARELine at 613-966-5500 x223 / 1-800-267-2803 x223.

COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPO on NOVEMBER 7, 2013:  For more information, download the INVITATION, FLYER and REGISTRATION FORM.

LOW INCOME DATA FOR HPE:  Beverley Bell-Rowbotham, Data Analysis Coordinator for Hastings-Prince Edward, has asked me to distribute new LOW INCOME DATA for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (in comparison to Canada and Ontario).  She has highlighted the prevalence of low income for children less than 6: Prince Edward’s rate is actually lower than the Ontario and Canada averages, but in Hastings County, more than a quarter of children under 6 are living in low income, and more than one in three children in Belleville, and Tyendinaga Township are living in low income.  Beverley has agreed to elaborate on this for us in a future CYSN blog.

CYSNETWORK NEWS EXCHANGE:  At the recommendation of our Communication Team, my weekly emails are now available on the CYSN website.  A newsletter category has been set up on our blog.  This should make it easier for members and partners to refer back to information about professional development, networking opportunities, etc.  Please visit

NEXT WEEK’S CYSN BLOG will include a copy of the Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) research report, presented to the Network by Lily Lee, Transition Facilitator with Youthab, in February 2013.  The TAY report contains recommendations to improve access to care for youth aged 15 – 19 with mental health and/or addictions issues.  Please visit

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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