Fall AGM Training Event: Cultivating Resilience: Community Support and Families 

We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our Annual General Meeting and Training Event, “Cultivating Resilience: Community Support and Families,” happening on Thursday, September 26th, 2024. This event is set to inspire, enrich, and energize, featuring stellar keynote Dr. Kari Grain, engaging sessions with early years champions, exciting door prize giveaways and our inaugural Leslie & Burke Award presentation!  

Event Details: 

  • Date: Thursday, September 26th 
  • Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (Please note that full-day participation is a registration requirement for this event)
  • Location: Virtual  (Link to be provided upon registration)

Early registrants will have the chance to enter special prize draws! Find our tentative event schedule and more information on our speakers and training sessions below. 

Stay tuned for more details to be announced on our social media channels and future newsletters. 

Event Schedule: 

  • 8:30 – 9:30 am: Keynote Address: Cultivating Resilience through Critical Hope – Dr. Kari Grain 
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am: Collaborative Community Engagement Session – Tara Nargang & Delanie Austin 
  • 10:45 – 11:45 am: Choose one of the following sessions: 
  • FRPs: Supporting & Working Alongside Neurodiverse Families – Sarah Kift 
  • FRPs: Welcoming & Working Alongside Newcomer Families – Sangeeta Bhonsale 
  • 11:45 – 12:45 pm: Lunch Break 
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: Inaugural Leslie-Burke Award Presentation & AGM with Special Prize Draws! 
  • 1:45 – 3:30 pm: ABC’s of Early Years Resilience – Community Resilience Coalition, Guelph and Wellington  

Meet Our Speakers: 

Dr. Kari Grain is an esteemed educator and author, with extensive experience in critical pedagogy, adult education, and community engagement. She leads the Master’s of Education program in Adult Learning and Global Change (ALGC) at the University of British Columbia and is a research associate at the Community Engaged Research Initiative at Simon Fraser University. 

Sangeeta Bhonsale is a long-time early years advocate with extensive experience and passion for the pivotal role that Family Resource Programs (FRPs) play in the lives of diverse communities, including newcomer families. She will share effective strategies and real-life examples from her work as the Manager of Family Support Services & Moving Ahead Program at Burnaby Family Life. Her session will provide valuable insights into addressing the needs of varied demographics, best practices for creating inclusive and welcoming environments, strategies for recruiting staff who reflect the diverse families you serve & more! 

Sarah Kift is a dynamic educator, experienced facilitator, podcaster, and mother of three young children. With over 20 years in social services, mental health, and frontline service provision, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep appreciation for the crucial support Family Places provide, both in her professional and personal life. Sarah also recently led our 3-part Orientations, Impacts & Foundations course and is very excited to return to share her expertise and lived experiences working with neurodivergent families! 

The Community Resilience Coalition is committed to fostering and supporting resilient communities in Guelph and Wellington, Ontario and beyond that address and mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  They strive to raise broader awareness about ACEs and resilience, advocate for systemic change and provide education to support resilience-informed programs and services.  Their session will explore the science of early development, adversity, and resilience, while offering valuable insights and practical strategies to help you support and grow resilience in your community. 

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