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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 13/02/15

FATHERING CONFERENCE:  The Canadian Father Involvement Network ( is pleased to provide a full-day conference, in conjunction with FRP Canada’s National conference, on March 10th in Hamilton – “Connect.  Inform. Mobilize”.

This will be a full day of networking, learning, and strategizing for ways to engage fathers in your communities.  Many topics will be addressed, including:

  • domestic violence
  • health mentoring for fathers and children
  • dealing with barriers to engaging fathers in perinatal health services
  • aboriginal father involvement
  • connecting with fathers over social media
  • gender equity
  • and more!!

Keynote presenters are Dr Kyle Pruett and Dalton Higgins.

Highlight:  There’s a Program for That!  Spend time networking and strategizing with people around unique issues we all face reaching out to dads.

Registration is filling up fast.  Check out all the details HERE.  Contact Brian Russell for more details (

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.  Our goal is to collect 1200 items.  The clothing is provided free-of-charge.  Please help promote this campaign – CLICK HERE FOR FLYER. Prom Project will run from February to March, with schools hosting their Prom Project events in April.

REMINDER:  Harry Leslie Smith will be presenting his book, “Harry’s Last Stand” at the Travelodge Hotel Belleville on Tuesday, February 24th, 11:30am-1pm.  “I’ve lived through nearly a hundred years of history. I have felt the sting of poverty, as well as the sweetness of security and success and I don’t want to see everything we’ve worked for fall apart. I will not go gently into that good night. I want to tell you what the world looks like through my eyes so that you can help to change it.”  Admission is free and a light lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Ruth Ingersoll by February 16th or 613-968-2466.  CLICK HERE to read and share the flyer.

TRAUMA CONFERENCE:  Hosted by CAST Canada on May 6 & 7 at the Nottawasaga Inn and Resort in Alliston.  Themes for this year’s “Grounding Trauma” conference are birth, infancy and parenting, youth engagement, ethical dilemmas, and trauma work with First Nations.

Keynote Speaker Alexander Bezzina is the Deputy Minister of Ontario for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Dr. Chaya Kulkarni Director of Infant Mental Health, Sick Kids Hospital

Dr Ian Manion Executive Director, The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Exploring the Ethics and Ethical Dilemma’s of Human Services

Tim McConnell Direct Personal Experience, Trauma and Addiction Developing Addiction Treatment by and for Trans-LGBTQ youth.

Please CLICK HERE for details and registration.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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