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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 07/02/14

Hello CYSN Members and Community Partners,

FOOD SECURITY:  Please share with clients.  Drop by the Picton Library on Fridays at noon for a bowl of delicious homemade soup and fresh bread.  Families, or anyone who would like to share a free meal and meet people in the community are welcome.  CLICK HERE for details.  To get involved, contact Christine at or go to facebook: FoodNotBombsPec.

Food Not Bombs, the library’s Social Justice Group and their allies also invite you to the Really, Really Free Market on the last Friday and Saturday of each month.   Welcome to the gift economy, where our collective abundance is shared – bring stuff if you can and take what you need.  The next Free Market will be held on February 28th and March 1st, and will focus on items for families, especially children.  Please contact Christine (above) for more information.

FREE WEBINAR:  “Children’s Mental Health – Defusing the Time Bomb” on February 12th, 12:30-1:30pm, presented by LJ Bartle, Director of the HIGH FIVE National Standard at Parks and Recreation Ontario.

Participants will • Identify their critical role in fostering children’s mental health in sport and recreation • Gain knowledge about children’s common mental health distress and disorders • Experience easy to implement engagement strategies • Use a Strength-Based Decision Making Model to engage children • Gain communication strategies for discussing sensitive topics with children and parents.  For more information, please contact the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association at or CLICK HERE to register.

HI-HO MISTAHEY!  A film by Alanis Obomsawin. Free streaming on NFB.CA for three days only! (February 14-16 2014) on the occasion of the Have a Heart Day.  This film takes us into the heart of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide fair access to education for First Nations youth.  WATCH THE TRAILER

INDIGENOUS CULTURAL SENSITIVITY/SAFETY TRAINING: Friday, February 21st, 9am-4pm at CORE Centre, 223 Pinacle Street, Belleville. Who should attend?  Anyone working with the Indigenous Population – including health care professionals, counsellors, service providers, front line staff, funding decision makers at all levels – and anyone else who has an interest in learning about the richness of Indigenous Cultures. For poster, CLICK HERE.  For more information and to register, please contact Kate Brant at 613 354-8937 x163 or email  This event is free! Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

MORE ON FOOD SECURITY:  “Household Food Security in Canada 2011” by Tarasuk, V, Mitchell, A, Dachner, N. reports on research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity.  Please CLICK HERE to view in pdf.

ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION INFORMATION SESSION:  Time Sensitive – presented by Bay of Quinte Tourism on Monday, February 10th, 9:30am-noon at Loyalist College, Belleville, and led by Stephanie Attwood, Program Manager with the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).  If you are considering applying to the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2014 or are interested in learning more about OTF funding, please visit EVENTBRITE for more information and to register.

PROM PROJECT:  “Own it, rock it, share it”  Donate your gently-used formal wear to elementary and secondary students who plan to go to the prom/formal, graduation ceremony or other school celebratory events.  The clothing is provided free of charge.  Please help promote this campaign – CLICK HERE FOR POSTER.

SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM:  Please share with clients. The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is offering a summer school program for students with developmental disabilities and autism in Kingston from Monday to Thursday from July 7th to July 24th inclusive.  For details and registration form, please CLICK HERE or contact Lori Bryden, Coordinator of Student Services at 613-354-6257 x434, or email

WOMEN AND THE PRESCRIPTION OPIOID EPIDEMIC:  You are invited to attend a free half-day workshop in Belleville on March 20th, 1-4:30pm or in Kingston on March 21st, 9-12:30am.   Opioid addiction is a large and growing problem affecting our community, especially our young people, woman and their families.  To register, email or call 613 766-3285.

YOUTH:  Help the Quinte West Youth Centre by supporting two upcoming fundraising events.  Quinte Corporate Challenge – Friday, June 20th and Quinte Zombie Zone – Saturday, August 16th.  Find us on Facebook.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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