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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 19/02/16

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ASD RESPITE:  Please CLICK HERE for an application (corrected) for respite funding for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which includes a letter explaining the application process, a consent form, and information regarding where you can submit completed forms.  Please complete one application and sign a consent form for each child who may be eligible for funding.  All applications must be received by March 21, 2016 in order to qualify for this year’s allocation.

CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH:  Ontario Hiring More Mental Health Workers for Children and Youth – Investing $6 Million to Support Early Intervention.  Please CLICK HERE for the News Release issued by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services on January 22nd.

COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is working on a project which is bringing mental health workshops to Prince Edward County agencies and community members over the next few weeks.  Please pass the word!  These workshops are all FREE but space is limited so registration is necessary.

safeTALK is a three-hour workshop that prepares participants to identify people with thoughts of suicide in order to engage and connect them with further help and care.  Open to anyone age 15 and over who wants to help prevent suicide.  All participants will be provided a certificate and resources to keep.  Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 9am to noon, Bloomfield Town Hall.

Making Connections is a full-day workshop for frontline professionals who work with issues of domestic violence, mental illness and substance abuse.  This cross-sectoral training will help participants share their expertise and resources with those working in other sectors while developing an understanding that mental health and/or substance abuse problems are often present in domestic abuse situations.  Thursday, March 10, 2016, 9am to 3pm, Bloomfield Town Hall.

Mental Health First Aid is an intensive two-day program providing training to frontline professionals and the general public, imparting the skills and knowledge needed to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial help, and guide a person towards appropriate professional help.  Certificate awarded upon completion.  Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, 2016, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Hillier Town Hall. 

To register contact Sandie Sidsworth, Canadian Mental Health Association at or call 613-969-8874.

EQUAL EDUCATION FOR FIRST NATIONS was one of the key messages chanted by children, youth, Elders, parents, teachers and supporters at last week’s Have A Heart Day celebration on Parliament Hill which I attended with Tracey Gazely, First Nations Child and Youth Wellness Worker, Enyonkwa’nikonhriyohake’ (Good Minds) to deliver 287 letters toHave a Heart Crowd 2016 the Prime Minister, calling for equality for First Nations children across Canada.

This was a 100% child and youth-led ceremony, and the kids were terrific. I was so impressed by their optimism and their eagerness to speak their minds!

Tracey and I had the good fortune of speaking with Cindy Blackstock, child welfare advocate and Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, who has been working with the Assembly of First Nations and Canadian Human Rights Commission on a discrimination case against the Federal government for the past nine years.

This year’s Have A Heart Day celebration followed close on the heels of the January 26th announcement by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which ruled that the Federal government must stop the discriminatory practice of under-funding child welfare services to First Nations children living on reserves.

JOB POSTING:  Children’s Mental Health Services is in need of a Community Services Manager.  Please visit CHARITY VILLAGE.

QUINTE REFUGEE TASK FORUM, hosted by Quinte Immigration Services (QUIS), featuring speakers from our community on March 3rd, 8am-4pm in Trenton.  Spaces are limited.  Please click for FLYER and REGISTRATION FORM.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  United Way of Quinte partners with the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and other community-based organizations to host The Poverty Challenge Quinte annually, an experiential learning conference for secondary students.  We need your help!

On Wednesday April 27th, 2016 at Loyalist College in Belleville, over 120 students from public and catholic schools will be welcomed to learn more about the daily issues faced by those who live in poverty in this region. They are once again looking for volunteers to help make this year’s event possible.  Volunteers will interact with students by playing the role of workers in various local service agencies. All necessary information and training will be provided on the morning of the event, beginning at 8:15.  Volunteers would be free to leave at 11:45 am.

If you are able to support this year’s Poverty Challenge as a volunteer, simply respond to Brandi Hodge at and you will be added to the list of supporters. As well, if you know of other people in the community who would like to help with the Poverty Challenge, please feel free to share this information and invite them to contact Brandi directly.

As a volunteer, please know that you are helping to change perceptions about poverty. We are grateful for your support.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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