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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 26/08/16

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IS YOUR DATABASE LISTING UP-TO-DATE?  With September just around the corner, does the Volunteer and Information Quinte (VIQ) database of community services have your organization’s most current program and service listings?  Does it still contain information about programs and services that are no longer running?  Keeping your information current will help make it easier for children, youth and families to find you on the VIQ database and through 211.  If you’re not sure how to update your listing, please CLICK HERE.


Highland Shores Annual General Meeting, September 8, 2016 – Cobourg

The Board of Directors of Highland Shores Children’s Aid is pleased to announce that it will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Cobourg.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Council Chambers of The Corporation of the County of Northumberland, 555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg.  Registration and refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:00 p.m.

One of the most important steps the Society has taken is to implement a major shift in how it works with children, youth and families which puts the focus on better understanding the strengths that exist within all families and provides each family member with a greater voice in decision-making.  Over the past two years, staff at Highland Shores has been implementing a new service model called the Signs of Safety approach.  This approach, which was developed during the 1990’s in Western Australia and is now utilized in jurisdictions around the world, is grounded in partnership and collaboration.  It identifies the needs and wishes of the child and family as the leader of the plans and puts ownership back in the hands of the family, while still taking risk and/or child safety into consideration.

The AGM will feature guest speaker, Rosina Harvey-Keeping, a full-time licensed Signs of Safety Trainer and Consultant.  Rosina has presented her work both from the front-line and supervisory perspective at international Signs of Safety gatherings as well as to other organizations and implementation agencies in North America.  She has also assisted staff at Highland Shores with their implementation of the approach.  Rosina will speak to the impact for families and staff when this approach to service is utilized, and will rely on a local family’s experience to highlight key elements of the model.

Please confirm your attendance to Colleen Thompson, Highland Shores Children’s Aid, 613-962-9291, ext. 2336 by August 31.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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