CFC`s Connection Volume 2 Issue 2
July 6, 2015
Volume 2, Issue 2
Your Child and Family Centre Quarterly Newsletter
Children’s Mental Health Week
Headstrong Youth Summit
May 4th marked the beginning of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week across
Ontario. This initiative aims to increase awareness of the signs of mental health
issues in children and youth, decrease stigma and foster an understanding that help
is available, families are not alone in their struggle, and treatment can work.
One in five youth has a mental health problem but how many will seek help? The
issue of stigma surrounding mental health disorders is serious and requires the
utmost attention. This year Child and Family Centre partnered with the Canadian
Mental Health Association (CMHA), The Greater Sudbury Police Service, Sudbury
District Health Unit and the four Sudbury and District school boards to host a Youth
Summit. The purpose of the summit was to bring young leaders from the community
together in an effort to address the stigma related to mental health issues, and
discuss ways we as a community can talk about mental illness.
Inside This Issue
A Message from the Board ......... 2
MHM: Exercise ........................... 3
The Youth Summit was a part of the Headstrong campaign initiated by the Mental
Health Commission of Canada, and was attended by 57 enthusiastic youth leaders.
Held at Collège Boréal, the summit included CFC’s annual Proclamation Ceremony
led by the Honorable Mayor Bigger, and workshops led by CMHA, CFC clinical
facilitators and several guest speakers with lived experience.
Board BBQ ................................. 4
Child and Family Centre would like to extend a special thank you to all who
participated in the event including CFC board member Jaymi Hallows for presenting
a video detailing her own personal journey and triumphs with mental illness. The
video was inspiring and helped to remind those in attendance that strength and
courage can act as a guiding light to see you through the darkest of times.
Supervised Access Program ....... 8
Elder’s Circle .............................. 6
World Suicide Prevention Day .... 7
Youth Engagement ..................... 9
Pow-Wow Trail 2015 .................. 11
A Place for PACE ....................... 12
Special Needs Resourcing.......... 13
Events Calendar ......................... 17
Special Points of Interest
Beats for Blues
A Message From The President of the Board
Greetings and welcome on behalf of the Board of Directors to the second edition of the
second volume of CFC’s Connection. Much has happened since we last went to press
and as described herein, Agency personnel have been busier than ever, working hard to
provide quality services to the children, youth and families in our service area.
Since last time, the Board and it’s Committees have continued to meet in accordance with
their governance responsibilities and work plans for 2015/16. The Board has recently
approved some minor revisions to it’s governance policies to align them with accreditation
requirements, and the new CFC Charitable Fund Oversight Committee has held it’s first
meeting. Operationally speaking, the Executive Director and Senior Administrative Staff
submitted a proposed balanced budget for 2015/16 which was approved for forwarding on
to the Ministry. Staff have been moving forward with initiatives from the 2015/16
Operational Plan, which is pending final approval this month.
Things are progressing well with the Moving on Mental health Strategy (MOMH). The
Board received a presentation regarding the final report on the achievements of our year
one objectives at the end of March. The report received a positive response from the
Ministry and we have just recently been informed of their approval of our identified
priorities for year two. Guidelines, instructions, and target dates for year two project
deliverables have also been received.
Did you know?
Child and Family Centre has
five locations to service the
districts of Greater Sudbury
62 Frood Rd. Suite 100
319 Lasalle Blvd. Unit 4
34 Birch St. E
15 Manitowaning Rd.
Little Current, ON
90 Gray St. Unit 1
You can call us Toll Free at:
This year Children’s Mental Health Week activities were held across the province the
week of May 3rd and our Agency celebrated on May 5th by hosting a Youth Summit. The
Summit was held at Collège Boréal and was part of the Headstrong campaign initiated by
the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Thanks to all who organized and participated
in this successful event.
The Board was sad to hear that Norah Dougan would be retiring from the Board at the
end of June after almost 8 years of service. While we will miss the benefits of her
experience, expertise, and insightful contributions, we wish her well in her future
endeavors. With one current vacancy, the departure of Ms. Dougan, and the expiry of the
third term of the undersigned in September, we will have 3 vacancies to fill by that time.
On a final note, plans have already begun and we are looking forward to seeing you at
our Annual General Meeting in September.
Have a great summer and, until next time, thank you, merci beaucoup, miigwetch!
CFC Board President
From the Desk of
Our Executive Director
Summer is finally here! It is the time to
unwind from our busy schedules, soak in the
warm sun, and enjoy some quiet moments.
We have been very busy since our last issue.
In March, staff from the Children’s Community Network, the Children’s Treatment Centre,
Word Play and the Child and Family Centre moved to their new location on Manitowaning Road in Little Current. We are currently greeting clients in our new location.
An Open House for families, youth and community stakeholders is scheduled for the
Fall of 2015.
Mental Health Minute:
How exercise can benefit your
Exercising regularly helps
you take charge of anxiety
and reduce stress, anger,
and frustration. Exercise
can also serve as a distraction to your worries,
allowing you to find some
quiet time and break out of
the cycle of negative
thoughts that feed anxiety
Along with 14 other Lead Agencies across Ontario, CFC submitted its 2014-2015
deliverables on March 31st. Both the Core Service Delivery Plan and the Community
Mental Health Plan were developed in consultation with community stakeholders,
service providers, families, and youth through a series of discussions across the
Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin. The purpose of the planning was to gather
information from key stakeholders, youth and families about the current state of child
and youth mental health services across our districts for the identification of three
priorities for implementation in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The three priorities include:
streamline access and pathways to address service quality and responsiveness; the
development of brief services including the enhancement of the Walk-in service; and
the improvement of the response time to services. As we move closer to the
fundamental goal of the “Moving on Mental Health” strategy which is “building a
stronger, more coherent and accountable system of care that will ultimately support
improved mental health outcomes for children and youth in Ontario” the next year
promises to be an exciting one.
Exercise releases endorphins - powerful chemicals
in your brain that energize
your spirits and make you
The same endorphins that
make you feel better also
help you concentrate and
feel mentally sharp for
tasks at hand. Exercise
also stimulates the growth
of new brain cells and
helps prevent age-related
Regular activity is an investment in your mind,
body, and soul. When it
becomes habit, it can foster your sense of self-worth
and make you feel strong
In April, Clinical Manager, Heather Haynes and I had the pleasure of accompanying
Child and Youth Worker, Rose Haskin to receive her award as nominee for the Krista
Sepp Memorial Award in the Mentorship category for Child and Youth Counsellors.
The Krista Sepp Award is given each year, to honour the work of child and youth
workers/counsellors in Ontario (read more on page 7).
Even short bursts of exercise in the morning or afternoon can help regulate
your sleep patterns. If you
prefer to exercise at night,
relaxing exercises such as
yoga or gentle stretching
can help promote sleep.
From May 3rd to 9th CFC was joined by the Canadian Mental Heath Association
(CMHA) and its community partners to recognize Children’s Mental Health Week.
Children’s Mental Health Week is a provincial initiative aimed at increasing awareness
of the signs of child and youth mental health issues, decreasing stigma, and understanding help is available and treatment can work. This year CFC partnered with
CMHA in hosting “Headstrong” - a Youth Summit sponsored by the Mental Health
Commission of Canada. More than 100 youth attended the event at Collège Boréal.
The success of the event would not have been possible if it was not for the support of
the four local school boards, Collège Boréal and the Sudbury and District Health Unit.
Boosting energy! Increasing your heart rate several
times a week will give you
more get-up-and-go. Start
off with just a few minutes
of exercise a day, and
increase your workout as
you feel more energized.
When faced with mental or
emotional challenges in
life, exercise can help you
cope in a healthy way
instead of resorting to
negative behaviors that
ultimately only make your
Regular exercise can help
boost your immune system
and reduce the impact of
In June, we welcomed Will Morin, a local Ojibway artist, educator, and cultural practitioner and Winnie Pitawanakwat: Yupik Elder and Traditional Teacher to facilitate the
first in a series of four workshops. The June session focused on Spring teachings,
involving the medicine wheel, colonization and its ongoing impact. This was
complimented by a BBQ hosted by the Board of Directors.
I also want to remind everyone that the CFC Annual General Meeting will be held on
September 23rd. Details to follow.
I will end by thanking all CFC staff for their hard work and dedication providing mental
health services on a daily basis to children, youth and families. Have a wonderful
summer vacation and travel safely.
Use the summer weather to get
up, get out, and get active! Exercise is an important example
of self-care, not just for your
body, but for your mind!
Article credit: www.helpguide.org
Board BBQ 2015
The Annual Board Barbeque was held on Thursday June 18th. Thank you to our Chefs Board President Mr. Barry Sullivan, and Board Director Mr. René Quesnelle!
Q: Why should bananas wear
sunscreen to the beach?
A: Because they might peel!
Health and Safety
Hold your phone and tablet at
Looking at a tablet computer
puts 3 to 5 times more strain
on users’ neck muscles than
when the neck is not bent,
recent research from Washington State University indicates.
The extra strain on the neck
can result in pain and fatigue.
Researchers studied approximately 30 college students
and teachers who typed and
read on tablets for several
minutes. “Gravitational demand” on the neck was lowest
when the tablet computer was
held up high compared to laying it flat on a surface. The
“most flexed” position involved
holding the tablet low in the
lap, while the “least flexed”
position occurred when users
put the tablet high on a desk,
Continuous Quality Improvement:
Performance Indicators: More Than Just Numbers
In addition to rolling out a new Child and Youth Mental Health Service provincial
framework, the Ministry was also able to identify a set performance indicators that
must be reported by all Lead Agencies on a quarterly basis. Performance indicators
are measures that help agencies define and measure progress towards their
objectives. Put another way, performance indicators are the most important information
to understand whether an agency is on track or not. Considering that most mental
health agencies collect a vast sea of information, identifying the right set of
performance indicators was no small feat for the Ministry as it required scouring the
research, engaging stakeholders from various sectors (youth justice, child welfare,
etc.), examining what the field is already collecting, as well as additional indicators that
child and youth mental health agencies could or should collect. The results of this
exercise produced a set of performance indicators that assist the field with answering
the following questions: 1) Who are we serving?; 2) What are we providing?; 3) How
well are we serving children, youth and families?; and 4) How well is the system performing? As well as answering these questions, the data will also be used by the
ministry to inform changes to policy, strengthen transparency and accountability across
the sector, and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent effectively and efficiently.
Forever Recognizing Others’ Greatness
The Krista Sepp Memorial Awards 2015
Each year, the awards are held to honour the work of child and youth workers/
counsellors in Ontario and are a meaningful celebration for all child and youth service
agencies across the province. The Krista Sepp Memorial Awards were established in
1991 to honour the memory of Krista Sepp, who lost her life on February 3, 1989, while
performing her duties as a child and youth worker (CYW).
Congratulations to Rose Haskin for her award as nominee in the Mentorship category for
Child and Youth Councilors. Rose has been employed with the Child and Family Centre
for 10 years and working as a Child and Youth Worker for more than 30 years.
A colleague had this to say of Rose’s dedication to her work: “Rose is still passionate
and immensely dedicated to her clients and her field of work. Her supportive, caring and
non-judgmental ways, along with her amazing spirit allow her to build great rapport
with everyone she comes in contact with—be it clients, community partners or
co-workers… you feel supported and listened to…and always leave feeling better”.
Thank you to Heather Haynes for leading the nomination, and a special thank you to
everyone who contributed their input in the submission document.
Retiring July 31st after
25 years of service
Rod Bazinet was the successful candidate
for Lead Hand – Youth Engagement!
Basem Gohar was the successful
candidate for the Full-time permanent
(Left to right) Heather Haynes, Rose
Haskin, and Linda Dugas at the Krista
Sepp Memorial Awards in Richmond Hill
Clinician in Espanola
Lise Anne Longpre
Clinician in Chapleau
Years of Service Celebrations!
Debbie Somek - 15 years in June
Marcia Jessop - 25 years in August
Colette Graham - 10 years in September
Rod Bazinet - 15 years in September
National Aboriginal Day 2015
This year’s National Aboriginal Day was held at O’Connor Park in the Flour Mill. The
theme was “Honouring our Families”. Partnering agencies included Better Beginnings
Brighter Futures, Sudbury Best Start, Aboriginal Peoples’ Alliance Northern Ontario
(APANO), Metis Nation of Ontario, Shkagamik-kwe Health Centre, Child and Family
Centre, Greater City of Sudbury Police, The Greater City of Sudbury, Jubilee Day Care
Centre, and N.O.A.H’s Space.
The smudging ceremony can
take place anywhere and
anytime it is felt to be needed. Smudging will usually
take place before a meeting,
gathering or Grand Entry at
Pow Wows. Pipe carriers
and Elders recommend that
this ceremony be done if
negativity enters a discussion
or disagreements erupt at the
workplace or at home. The
sacred medicine is lit with a
match, and some will use
wood from a sacred fire. The
smoke from the sacred
medicine purifies and helps
focus the mind, body and
smudge when they hear bad
news, such as a death or
illness. Some may smudge
as a way to focus on problem
solving, or when struggling
with a personal issue. Some
also smudge daily as a
means of prayer. Most who
smudge use a shell (abalone
shell) as a smudge bowl, and
eagle feathers are used to
fan the medicines. If a
person does not have eagle
feathers, then other feathers
can be used, The ashes that
are left from the medicines
are never thrown away, they
are scattered by the entrance
of doorways to symbolize
that bad thoughts, words and
feelings are not welcome
The activities began with a welcoming ceremony at 8:30 a.m. by Elders Winnie and Bill
Pitawanakwat at the sacred fire, with smudge, prayers and Women’s hand drum song
which welcomed the morning and the participants. Afterwards everyone was invited to a
pancake breakfast, then participants enjoyed a variety of child and family focused
activities including face painting, hand drumming and singing, arts and crafts, and
traditional Aboriginal storytelling with Will Morin. A closing ceremony was held at noon
with prayers and smudge, the “Black Moose Singers” men’s drum honoured the day with
two songs and the Women’s hand drum circle closed off the morning’s activities with the
Travelling song. I would like to take this opportunity to thank CFC staff Connie
Caskanette, Jenna Guignard, John Armstrong, and CFC friends Kayla Maloney and Lise
Amazing photos by John Armstrong and Lise Armstrong.
The Native Skills Room
Have you seen the beautiful addition
to our Native Skills room at Frood?
Not only is it functional, but a great
teaching tool. On this rug we see
depicted the seven grandfather
teachings, the four directions, and
clan animals. It’s also a medicine
wheel with a dream catcher centre.
A fantastic find.
The agency is currently engaged in a yearlong accreditation process. The accreditation
process ensures that the agencies policies, practices, and outcomes are aligned with
Ministry and Accreditation standards, ensuring that community children, youth and
families receive effective mental health services. The accreditation focus over the past
few months has been on aligning agency policies with the new Ministry Child and Youth
Mental Health Service standards; Governance and Bylaws, Administration, Human
Resources, Health and Safety, Information Technology, and Clinical policies have been
reviewed and are in the process of being integrated into our current service delivery
To assist in the implementation of these newly reviewed policies, and to
prepare the agency for the on-site Accreditation visit set for January 27th, an
Accreditation Championship Team has been recruited and consists of the following
members: Chantal Francoeur, Frank Battaion, Holly Graham, Kelsey Weisner, Krista
Teeter, Melissa Cryderman, Nicole Vaillancourt, Rose Haskin, Sue Tassé, Alex
Clement, Julie Rainville, Hélène Démoré, Melissa Anderson and Mark Fraser.
Stay tuned for more accreditation updates in the next CFC newsletter!
World Suicide Prevention Day:
Thursday September 10 2015
The North East Suicide Prevention Network (NESPN) is hosting the second annual
community butterfly release for World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday Sept. 10,
2015 from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm at the gazebo near the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre
located at Bell Park at 900 Paris Street. (Save the Date!)
What is World Suicide Prevention Day?
It is an opportunity for all sectors of the community - the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers,
volunteers, those bereaved by suicide, other interested groups and individuals - to join
with the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization to focus public attention on the unacceptable burden and costs of suicidal
behaviors with diverse activities to promote understanding about suicide and highlight
effective prevention activities.
To purchase your own butterfly to release in honour of the event, or for more
information about this special evening, please contact one of the following:
Eva Neufeld at [email protected]
Barbara Makela at [email protected]
Sue Tassé at [email protected]
Presence in Ontario
The Banquet des FrancoOntariens
opportunity for Sudbury's
francophone community to
celebrate its Journée des
Franco-Ontariennes et des
banquet will be held on
September 24th at Collège
Boréal; tickets are $100 per
person. The banquet will
feature a decor highlighting
the 400th Anniversary celebrations. This event will
close the 400th Anniversary
celebrations of the ACFO of
the Greater Sudbury Area.
In addition, ACFO's winner
of the franco-ontarian personality of the year award
for 2015 will be presented at
For more information, please
contact ACFO Sudbury's
For more events in your
Like NESPN on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NESPN
Supervised Access Program
Below are some of the
resources found in the
Supervised Access office
that could be of assistance to
any client that is involved
with Separation or Divorce:
Booklets (available in English
and French) include:
1. What Happens Next:
Information for Kids
about Separation and
2. Making Plans: A guide to
after Separation or
3. Because Life goes on:
Helping Children and
Youth Live with
Separation and Divorce
1. Divorce Me Not Our Kids
by Mary McNeil
2. The Visitation Handbook
by Brette McWhorter
Sember (One side for
Custodial Parents, One
side for Non-Custodial
3. Does Wednesday mean
Mom’s house or Dad’s?
by Marc J Ackerman
4. Making Divorce Easier
on Your Child: 50
Effective Ways to Help
Children Adjust by Long
The Sudbury Supervised Access Program (SAP) is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney
General’s Office (MAG) and it is the only Supervised Access program of its kind in the
Greater City of Sudbury. We also have a satellite site in Espanola. Since we do not have
colleagues in our cities, the Ministry pulls all coordinators from across the province
together once per year so that we can have the same opportunities to share and learn
from each other that most workers are afforded on a daily basis. We also participate in
many Ministry driven workshops. This spring the focus was on self-care and therefore we
received presentations such as “Burnout: Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care”, “Lighten
Up Your Day”, and “Self-care Strategies in Action”. The second workshop item concerned Succession and Knowledge Transfer planning, and lastly we heard about Making
SAP a Positive Space for LGBTQ Families. As usual it was an interesting and stimulating
action packed 3 days!
The Supervised Access Program has an Advisory Committee that is chaired by one of
CFC’s board members. Its members consist of many community partners from related
fields such as police, lawyers, Office of the Children’s lawyers, social workers, and Victim
Services to state a few. Recently an advisory meeting was held where personnel from
MAG SAP program participated as well as CFC’s Linda Dugas. The SAP Manager at the
Ministry level shared and explained the difference between our program and the Access
Program at Children’s Aid Society (CAS) with the members and provided clarity as to the
role of the Advisory Committee. Linda also explained the logic model that she has
produced on the Supervised Access Program.
* See left column for resources.
As an important part of the Ministry’s Move on Mental Health, Child and Family Centre
recognizes family engagement as an essential component in delivering services to our
children and youth. In partnership with the Centre of Excellence, Child and Family Centre
was able to give a voice to parents and caregivers by means of group consultations and
surveys. Over 63 family members, English and French speaking families as well as the
First Nations community were consulted. Families in the Sudbury region have identified
some very important emerging themes: wait times for services; need for continuous service; increased awareness of crisis services; need for culturally sensitive services, and
the continued opportunity to meet with other family members. These emerging themes
correspond with Child and Family Centre’s three identified priorities for service delivery:
access to services, brief service model and client wait times.
As we move forward in responding to these priorities we will again reach out to our
families, inform them of the results, and continue engaging. This is just the beginning for
Family Engagement and we look forward to consulting with them, hearing them, and
bringing them together to better serve the children and youth in our community.
Youth Engagement: Looking Forward
I’m pleased to announce that effective March 30th Clinician Rod Bazinet assumed the
position of Youth Engagement Lead Hand to further the agency’s commitment to elicit
the youth perspective on CFC services. With this important perspective we are better
able to address youth needs in ways that are more effective and meaningful to them.
Rod brings a wealth of experience to this position and has worked collaboratively with
community partners over the years to enhance youth access to structured and
supervised activities, groups and programs that foster youth interests and passions as
well as social inclusion and mental wellness.
Rod currently sits at many community tables including the Police Chief’s Youth Advisory
Council, the Community Impact Coalition with the City of Greater Sudbury and the Arts
and Culture Roundtable with a focus on collaborative partnerships and an eye on shared
planning of future youth-focused events and activities. The Child and Family Centre has
already engaged in a “constellation model” of partnerships with Sudbury Youth Rocks,
Myths and Mirrors, N’Swokamok Friendship Centre, Noah’s Space, the SPOT Youth
Centre and Theatre Cambrian Youth Company, all of whom were instrumental in the
success of our February Youth Engagement event. In addition, Rod has helped facilitate
several youth events including “Courage to Stand” and “Headstrong” and represented
CFC at the “Youthink” symposium in early June.
In planning for the upcoming year we hope to host a Youth Engagement event in
Espanola, similar to the one held in Sudbury in February, and with enough youth
support, re-establish our YOUth Matter group through regular meetings and events.
Thank you Rod for your commitment to the youth of our community!
Human Resources: EAP
LifeWorks, your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is a free confidential resource
program available to help you and your dependents manage personal issues at work or
at home. Employees can call 1-877-207-8833 / TTY: 1-877-371-9978 or visit their website at www.lifeworks.com. LifeWorks consultants are available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, 365 days a year. LifeWorks also provides access to experienced, professional counsellors by phone, by video (live via Webcam) and in-person. No matter
where you're located or the type of challenge you're facing, their network of counsellors
can provide you with high-quality support. Please contact your manager or Human
Resources for your username and password.
Looking Good Lasalle!
Child and Family Centre’s site located at 319 Lasalle Blvd. saw a marked improvement
to its waiting room in March with new chairs and an updated bulletin board.
Going Forward Group
The Going Forward Group
has been diligently working
on developing the agency
Code of Conduct.
The agency Code of Conduct will reflect a condensed
version of areas of our
Polices and Procedures.
Presently, the draft form of
the Code of Conduct is
completed and in the
re-initiated the Pay It
Forward campaign this year
as it was a success last
year. This campaign promotes anonymous acts of
kindness amongst coworkers. This is an international
campaign which CFC has
adopted to implement over
the past year.
The general feedback from
staff is that the small token
of kindness warms their
heart and puts a smile on
LGBTQ2S: History of the Pride Flag
The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride
and LGBT social movements. It has been used since the 1970s. The colors reflect the
diversity of the LGBT community. As of 2008, the most common variant consists of six
stripes, with the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is most
commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top. The original gay pride flag flew
in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978 and was designed
by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker. Baker is said to have gotten the idea from the
“Flag of Races” (also called the Flag of the Human Race) in the 1960s which was
carried in demonstrations for world peace. It featured five horizontal stripes (from top
to bottom they were red, black, brown, yellow, and white). The first pride flag
consisted of eight stripes; Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors:
The CFC Walk In
awareness of the Walk In
Service, Child and Family
Centre placed an ad with
Outdoor Exposure for four
consecutive weeks on a revolving electronic billboard
on the Kingsway in Greater
Hot Pink: Sexuality
Thirty volunteers hand-dyed and stitched the first two flags for the first parade.
Sudbury. The electronic ad
has been followed up with
regular Facebook Posts and
magazine ads with Sudbury
Living Magazine (Parent and
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Sudbury Pride Week,
July 19-26th 2015!
For up-to-date information about the events, visit:
forward to further promoting
this service with radio ads
later in the year.
Take Some #MeTime
Child and Family Centre believes in the power of taking time to ones self to promote
positive mental health, so when Collège Boréal asked CFC to get involved with their
new hashtag campaign we jumped at the opportunity! Jean Cotnoir, Director of
Marketing with Collège Boréal will officially launch the #PourMoi (#MeTime) campaign
in September 2015 as a reminder to students entering college to take time for
This campaign is important and timely as schools across the country are beginning to
understand and implement mindfulness in the classroom. Collège Boréal and the
Child and Family Centre invite you all to share with us how you enjoy your #MeTime
using this hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!
Pow-Wow Trail 2015
The following is a listing of a few local
Pow-wows (Cultural Festivals). For a complete
listing of all Pow-wows in Ontario, visit
July 4 – 5
Sagamok First Nation (Massey)
July 11 – 12
July 24 – 26
August 1 – 3
August 15 – 16
September 5 - 6
Arbour – central area of the Pow-wow an Elder in his/her language. The Eagle
grounds where the drums and singers are Staffs and the flags are then placed by the
Bustles – made from feathers which are
arranged together in a radial manner. They
are now usually worn by men’s traditional
and fancy feather dancers. Fancy feather
dancers use turkey, hawk, or Eagle feathers, while men’s traditional dancers almost
always use Eagle feathers
Honour Songs - requested to honour a
person for almost any reason including a
deceased person. People are requested to
stand during honour songs.
Inter-Tribals – songs which belong to no
particular nation. Most inter-tribals are sung
with vocables instead of words. They have
Giveaways – a universal custom among become very popular because anyone can
the peoples of Turtle Island. Turtle Island dance to these songs, which results in
societies believe that a person who is being more people dancing.
honoured should provide gifts to other
Two-Step – the head men’s dancer and the
members of the society. Giveaways are
head women’s dancer dance together and
appropriate for the big events in a person’s
lead a long string of paired dancers. The
life, such as being head dancer or entering
women usually ask the men to dance, and
the dance area in regalia for the first time.
the men must dance when asked. The two
Giveaways by people being honoured or in
step can become very intricate, with the
honour of someone else are common at
pairs splitting apart for a time and then repow-wows.
joining later. People usually end up laughGrand Entry – the parade of dancers ing as they do the two-step!
which opens each pow-wow session. The
Eagle staffs are carried first into the circle,
followed by the national flag and any other
flags. The head dancers, along with
princesses or princes in attendance, and
invited dignitaries followed by the...
Pow Wow Etiquette
Pow-wows are fun events, but
they are also sacred events.
Ceremonial songs and dances, which are sacred, are
performed from time to time
throughout the pow-wow.
People should stand during all
ceremonial songs and dances. These include the Grand
Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran
Songs, Honour Songs.
Do not take any photos or
video or sound recordings of
ceremonies without asking
permission from the person or
group you are recording.
Some areas of Turtle Island
do not allow the recording of
ceremonies at all.
The dancers wear regalia
while they are dancing, not
“costumes”. People should not
Do not hold children while
dancing in the dance area.
The child may be construed
as a gift to the Creator.
Do not run around the dance
area. Always walk in a clockwise direction when you are in
Do not bring any alcohol or
drugs to a pow-wow. Do not
come to a pow-wow while
Dogs are not allowed around
the pow-wow area.
Bring your own chairs.
Remember that you are a
guest. Be respectful, have fun,
ask questions, and meet
A Place for PACE
‘There are no known treatments or training materials that will achieve their goals in the
absence of trained and committed staff with adequate resources and managerial support.’
- McGuire 2001
June is filled with more SFBT training! Module 3: Solution Focused Approaches for
Anxiety has been rescheduled to June 11 and 12. This will be followed by Module 4
training set for June 25 and 26. Staff participating in these trainings are encouraged to
review the refresher of Module 1 located on the Shared Drive under ‘SFBT.’
Visit Us on Facebook
The Child and Family Centre
is entering a new and exciting time in social media! The
number of individuals who
follow our Facebook page is
at an all-time high and we
hope to increase our numbers throughout the year.
Our goal in using social media is to further engage our
youth and to inform our clients of interesting local programs or mental health related tips and information.
If you have an article related
to child and youth mental
health that you would love to
Marketing Intern Melissa by
email at [email protected]
Don’t forget to ’like’ our page
As training proceeds, the PACE project has moved through Year 1 Planning and Year 2
Implementation; and is now in Year 3 of Sustainability. The project is utilizing the Walk in
Service to gather data and evaluate single session solution focused brief therapy (SFBT).
We look forward to sharing our results as we move through this project with all of you!
The CFC PACE team thanks you for your interest in the program and encourages you to
contact them with any questions and feedback you may have.
School Based Mental Health
The Child and Family Centre launched its School-Based Mental Health Program (SBMH)
in September 2011 with the goals of increasing youth access to mental health supports,
decreasing barriers such as transportation and location of services, and increasing
student’s overall functioning. In partnership with Sudbury’s four school boards, SBMH
was initiated in six secondary schools offering mental health treatment to youth ages 12
In a typical school year 87 students are serviced by two full-time Clinicians with the ability
to continue treatment during school holidays. About two-thirds of students accessing
SBMH are female with most referrals being made due to anxiety/worry, motivation and
mood. Social withdrawal, tendency to gravitate toward negative peers and preference to
be alone are also cited as significant concerns. The primary treatment modalities utilized
are Cognitive Behavioural Therepy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) (eg.
emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness) - based,
with about 6 sessions provided per student on average. Students are also able to access
additional services internal to CFC such as psychological and psychiatric assessment and
The School-Based Mental Health Program utilizes the Children’s Hope Scale (C.R.
Snyder) as a pre- and post- self-assessment measure of youth’s ability to problem-solve
and cope. At closure, youth are shown their initial and final ratings and most recognize the
significant improvements achieved in these areas. The CAFAS is also completed, demonstrating lower total scores overall by the end of treatment.
With a significant return rate on Client Satisfaction Questionnaires, SBMH has
demonstrated itself to be overwhelmingly successful by students themselves, with 97%
confirming satisfaction with the services received. Convenience of location and times of
service availability, being treated with respect, having someone to talk to when troubled
and helping to choose services and treatment goals were also highly rated.
Thank you to Holly Graham, Valerie Lariviere and Sue Tasse for another successful
Special Needs Resourcing Program
Family Fun Day
The Special Needs Resource Services,
in collaboration with the Manitoulin
Service Provider Network, planned a
Free Family Fun day! The event was
held at Manitoulin Secondary School in
M’Chigeeng on Saturday April 18th from
10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Service
Providers set up information booths to
share information with families regarding
services in their communities. The Child and Family Centre was represented by Cora
Caibaiosai along with Greg Lockeyer who also provided information about Triple P.
Other service providers present were the Children’s Community Network, the Sudbury
and District Health Unit, the Gore Bay Child Care Centre, Manitoulin Family Resources,
Manitoulin Supervised Access Centre, Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board,
Rainbow District School Board and Mnamodzawin Health Services Inc.
Free transportation was provided to families across Manitoulin Island to participate in
the event, and over 200 participants enjoyed the day! Families enjoyed a variety of free
activities including pick-up hockey, Karate, Hula Hoop Dancing, Yoga, Zumba, Story
Telling, face painting, and crafts. A free lunch was also provided to families, and they
had a chance of winning several door prizes. Many families expressed how much they
enjoyed the day and would like to see this as an annual event!
What’s New in Rural?
New Location in Little Current
The CFC site in Manitoulin has re-located to a new site in Little Current. We are very
pleased to announce this move for staff and for our clients across Manitoulin Island.
The Child and Family Centre shares space with various service providers in the area
including Children’s Community Network (CCN), Wordplay, and Children’s Treatment
Centre (CTC). Pictures have been included to showcase our new office space!
(and general good advice)
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The Manitoulin site also welcomes Ed Didur back to the Child and Family Centre as a
Clinician. Ed is presently working in both the Intensive and Counselling and Therapy
services. Welcome back Ed!
Little Current Address
15 Manitowaning Road
P.O. Box 269
Little Current, ON P0P 1K0
Tel: 705 368-2002
Community Drum Feast
This year’s CFC’s community drum is coming to an end for the summer. As is tradition,
CFC provided a final feast for our drums and community on Tuesday July 28 th. This year
the Drum Circle requested “Indian Tacos” for the final feast. The feast was prepared and
served by the Anishnaabe Staff. The community drum circle ran from September 2014 to
June 2015 and was a huge success with over 30 community members attending the
CFC’s Bev Maloney wishes to acknowledge and express our gratitude to the following
individuals who helped to make the Community Drum a success this term: Connie
Caskanette, Debbie Lemieux, Genevieve Solomon-Dubois, Luc Lefevre, Claude
Chenette, Tammy Gordon, Jenna Guignard, Elder Winnie Pitawanakwat and Traditional
Teacher Jim Eshkawgogan.
We’ll see everyone back in the Circle on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Be Safe App
For many teens their life revolves around the information
they receive from their cellphone. Now, they can access
key health information there
too through a mobile app
called, Be Safe.
Be Safe was created by a
dedicated team of youth with
lived experience in partnership with mindyourmind, the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Systems
Improvement Through Service
Collaboratives Initiative in
London, Ontario and surrounding areas.
The purpose behind the app is
to improve access and coordination of mental health and
addictions services for children, youth and families. The
mobile app is paired with a
paper-based “pocket guide”
companion and is designed to
help youth manage mental
health and addiction crises, as
well as identify services available in their area.
The app now offers available
services in the Greater Sudbury, Chapleau and Manitoulin districts. It is a free download available on both Android
and Apple devices.
For more information about
the app visit:
Aboriginal Cultural Sharing
On Thursday June 18 2015 Child and Family Centre held its first session in a series of
four sessions of Aboriginal Cultural Sharing. This session’s topic centered on
Anishnaabe Spring teachings and Canada’s history of colonization.
The morning and afternoon sessions were equally powerful in the positive response from
the CFC staff to the presentations of our facilitators, Will Morin and Elder Winnie Pitawanakwat. We look forward to the next session in September.
CFC wishes to say Chi-Miigwetch to Traditional Anishnaabe teacher Jim Eshkawgogan
for his presence and support, and the helpers Connie Caskanette, Jenna Guignard and
Second Annual Triple P Conference
During the first week of May, CFC employees, Cora Caibaiosai, Nicole ChretienShamess, Rose Haskin, Lynn Belair and Greg Lockeyer, attended the 2 nd Annual Ontario
Triple P Conference in Sault Ste. Marie. This three-day event was hosted by Sault Ste.
Marie and area social service agencies and was packed with great speakers, plenty of
information, resources and networking opportunities. It was a huge boost to the
knowledge base of those attending in regard to the Triple P Program and how it is working worldwide.
The main attraction of the Conference was the opportunity for everyone to meet, in
person, the world famous parenting guru and founder of the Triple P Program, Dr. Matt
Sanders, of Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Sanders is a Clinical Psychologist and is Director of
the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. Dr. Sanders
has also consulted with governments at senior policy levels around the world. Dr.
Sanders’ presentation highlighted that the Triple P Program is now in use in 25
countries, has been translated into 18 languages, has just over 60,000 practitioners and
has been delivered to over 7 million families worldwide. In Ontario, the Triple P Program
is being delivered by 2000 practitioners representing 100 agencies.
Also presenting was Dr. Ron Prinz, Professor of Psychology at the University of South
Carolina. His presentation focused on parenting and family issues as well as population
based prevention of child abuse. Dr. Michael Ungar, therapist and scientist at Dalhousie
University, delivered an inspiring presentation on identifying the most important factors
that influence the resiliency of children, youth and families. Dr. Ungar’s message
reinforced why we need to work just as hard at changing the environment that surrounds
children as we do at changing children themselves. The final presenter was Mr. Ron
Morrish, educator and behavioural specialist from Southern Ontario. His two part
presentation entitled Positive Discipline at Home and School, and With All Due Respect.
Mr. Morrish challenged everyone to look at their past discipline practices and how we
adapt to the new wave in life.
Participants came away from this conference with many new ideas, resources and appreciation for the tremendous influence that the Triple P Program has not only locally, or
at CFC but also around the world. Cora, Nicole, Rose, Lynn and Greg would like to thank
Melissa Anderson and CFC for the opportunity to attend this fantastic conference!
Beats For Blues
Child and Family Centre is excited to announce this year’s Beats for Blues 2015
concert event entitled No One Deserves to Hurt. Proceeds from this event will be
generously donated to CFC. For more information on how you can purchase tickets or
become a volunteer please visit their website
CFC’s Triple P:
Fall Line Up 2015
Triple P Group 0-11
Date: Tuesday September
15 to November 3
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: CFC Frood
Facilitator: Rick B. (CFC)
Date: Thursday October 15
to December 3
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00
Location: CFC Frood
Facilitator: Nicole C-S (CFC)
Triple P Group 0-11
Date: Wednesday October
21 to December 9
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00
Location: Child and Family
Centre (Frood Site)
Facilitator: Debbie S. (CFC)
If you have questions about
these, or other Positive Parenting Programs, please contact
Triple P Sudbury at 705-5663416 or visit our website at
Recognizing Our Friends and Donors
In the Community
On May 20 2015 Cora
Caibaiosai, Keileigh BarettHarvey, and Greg Lockeyer
provided a community information
LaCloche Service Provider
Network in Espanola as they
Children’s Mental Health Week
CFC would like to thank all the community agencies who assisted in making this year’s
Children’s Mental Health Week a great success. We value your support in promoting
child and youth mental health, and we look forward to continued partnerships!
Lively Heritage Arts Guild
CFC is honored to announce that the Lively
Quilting Guild has chosen to donate the
proceeds from their yearly Quilt Raffle to the
Child and Family Centre Charitable Fund! The
Child and Family Centre is very grateful to the
Guild for making such a wonderful donation.
Paying It Forward
The Pay It Forward initiative
was given a boost on Friday
May 29th at the 319 Lasalle
site office. Coffee and treats
were left anonymously for
staff to enjoy along with
copies of the Pay It Forward
card so that they may in turn
‘pay it forward’ to someone
What a lovely treat on a Friday! Thank you for your
The quilt (see photo left) is Queen sized and
tickets are $1 each. If you are interested in the
raffle please contact Marketing Intern Melissa at
For more information
about donating to
Fund or sponsoring our
next event please visit
our website or call us
We’ll be happy to
opportunities with you!
Event Calendar: July 1 - November 1
Holidays, Events, Observances, and Staff Calendar
Wednesday July 1
July 19 - 26
Sudbury Pride Week
Thursday July 30
International Day of Friendship
Child and Family
September 23 2015
Wednesday August 12
International Youth Day
Monday September 7
Tuesday September 8
Back to School
Thursday September 10
World Suicide Prevention Day
Wednesday September 23
Annual General Meeting
Saturday October 10
World Mental Health Day
Monday October 12
Saturday October 31
Thank you for reading!
We’ll be testing new release
dates for CFC’s Connection
over the next few issues. We
want to ensure that we are
covering all of the events we
can and that our contributors
have the time to write and
publish the best possible
articles to keep our community informed.
Our next issue will be available on November 2 2015.
In the meantime, enjoy the
recharge, and don’t forget to
subscribe to CFC’s Connection online so that you never
miss an issue!
Sunday November 1
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Make a difference in a child’s life by becoming a member of CFC’s Board of Directors!
Composition of the Board
The Child and Family Centre (CFC) Board is composted of 11 directors who are providing governance to the Centre. The
Directors represent the English, Francophone, and Aboriginal communities as well as the community at large in the Districts of
Sudbury and Manitoulin.
The Board seeks individuals with the following mix of skills or experience:
Board governance, Senior management, Social or mental health or public education services, A former client whose client
relationship with the Centre terminated at least two years prior to appointment to the Board, Financial management, Labour
relations, Law, Other.
Exclusion: The following persons are disqualified from being a Director of the Corporation:
A person who is under 18 years of age, A non-member of the corporation as of the record date, Anyone in a direct relationship with
another director, An employee of the Corporation, A former employee or client with less than 24 months separation from the Corporation Current clients of the Centre, Anyone having a criminal record that may adversely affect the Centre’s public image or would
be viewed as unacceptable to the Board, Anyone acting for the Corporation or for any party adverse in interest to the
Corporation, A person who has the status of ‘bankrupt’, A person who has been found under the Substitute Decision Act 1992 or
under the Mental Health Act to be incapable of managing property, A person who’s been found to be incapable by any court in
Canada or elsewhere.
Successful candidates will be nominated and appointed to the Board on an interim basis during the year, pending a formal
election at the Annual General Meeting which takes place in September.
Roles and Responsibilities: Applicants will demonstrate the following:
A genuine concern for, and interest in, the mental health of children and youth, A commitment to dedicate the time required to
attend Board meetings, participate on various committees and attend annual events, An understanding of Board governance,
principles, and policies, The knowledge to participate in informed and critical discussions about policy issues, and the ability to offer
expertise in specific areas, An absence of a real or perceived conflict of interest.
Applicants will be required to submit a brief resume along with a completed Board member application/profile form. The Board
Member Nomination Committee will screen all applications for prospective candidates and interview those to be considered
further. Successful candidates will require completion of a Canadian Police Check (CPIC) prior to becoming a member of the Board
To submit an application, or for further information, please contact the Executive Assistant at the Child and Family Centre by
calling 705-566-5866 ext. 2503 or by sending an email to [email protected]
Vision: Healthy children, youth and families in a responsive, culturally sensitive and caring community.