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CYSNetwork News Exchange – 02/12/16


APPLICATIONS FOR SENIORS COMMUNITY GRANTS NOW OPEN: Ontario is helping seniors across the province continue to connect with and contribute to their communities by supporting local programs that help them stay involved, learn new skills and lead active lives. Organizations can now apply for support for local projects through the Seniors Community Grant program. Please CLICK HERE. The deadline is March 3/17.

DON’T FORGET to celebrate your volunteers on International Volunteer Day – Monday, December 5, 2016.

JOB POSTINGS: To support child care and early years system planning and the implementation of the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres,  Hastings County will be actively engaging local community planning partners including school boards, child care service providers, parents and caregivers.

To initiate and support the planning  development which will include a local needs assessment, the County of Hastings is in the process of hiring a Community Planner and Data Analysis Coordinator.  We will be sharing additional information as we move forward through these exciting times for the Ontario Child Care and Early Years system.  (excerpt from a memo to child care service providers from Cathy Williams-Utman, Manager, Children’s Services, Hastings County Community and Human Services)  The deadline for applications is December 8/16.

NAME CHANGE:  The Aboriginal Family Literacy Circle (AFLC) has changed its name to Indigenous Family Literacy Circle. The organizers understand and support the use of “Indigenous” as an international term that frees Indigenous peoples to define who they are, what they want and where they want to be.  Please CLICK HERE to access their new brochure which provides a link to subscribe to Come Walk in My Moccasins, a monthly newsletter for early years professionals, teachers, parents, caregivers and those of us who wish to learn more about Indigenous culture and traditions.

NEW CHILD AND YOUTH NETWORKING GROUP:  On an early October morning a group of like-minded child and youth workers gathered at North Hastings Community Integration’s new building, the Rock Edge Center, to connect about their programs.  The vision for this gathering stemmed from the desire to know more about other child and youth services in the area to be better able to assist the families we support.  It was a fabulous meeting with some great light shed on various projects and visions for our local children and youth.

There was a consensus that a gathering like this would be beneficial to host once per month and be open to anyone in the community who works with children and youth. This could include agency personnel, sports or other activity facilitators, teachers, etc. This group is in the very early stages and will adapt to the desires of the attendees and the needs of our children and youth.   Feel free to share your ideas on how we can best meet the needs of the group.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 8:30am-10am.  RSVP to Laurie Oram – If you can’t attend the meeting but have ideas to share, please feel free to send them in an email and we can share on your behalf.

POVERTY ROUNDTABLE: The next Community Conversation will be in Picton with Food not Bombs in the Town Hall on December 7th. Dinner begins at 5:30 after which we’ll talk about what is happening around housing, incomes, food security and inequality in the County, while sharing ideas on what we can do together.  Contact Christine Durant at or 613-779-7477 for more info. 

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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