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World Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013

Hands Celebrates Autism Awareness at the Mall!

NORTH BAY, ONTARIO – Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca in partnership with Autism Ontario will be celebrating World Autism Awareness Day by hosting a booth at the Northgate Shopping Centre on Saturday March 30, 2013. The event will include information from both organizations, a chance to talk to Autism Services staff, free snacks and an autism Q&A game! Thank you to the Northgate Shopping Centre for their generosity in supporting this World Autism Awareness Day. Come on out and visit us!

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca provides autism services across Nipissing, Parry Sound and Muskoka. World Autism Awareness Day is officially celebrated worldwide on April 2nd.

Shine The Light on Bullying – contest now open!

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca has launched the 3rd annual Shine The Light video contest, this year with a focus on bullying! Students across Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts in grades 5-12 are asked to submit their original video that shines the light on bullying in our communities. The contest is in support of 2013′s Children’s Mental Health Week in May, which is when the winner of the contest will be announced.

Deadline for video submissions is April 29, 2013 at midnight. More information on the contest.

In addition to the video contest, Hands is pleased to offer an anti-bullying poster contest for students JK- grade 4, with colouring pages also available for the younger grades.

Bullying is in our schools and in our communities. Let’s work together and Shine The Light on Bullying through your videos!

Amazing prizes to be won!

For more information contact us at [email protected] or call 705-476-2293.

Emergent Literacy Symposium, April 6th, Huntsville

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013

Emergent Literacy Symposium
Saturday April 6, 2013
Huntsville Active Living Centre

  • FREE keynote addresses and workshops throughout the day for professionals and parents of children 0 to 8 years
  • Internationally renowned speakers (Dr. Jean Clinton, Dr. Allyssa McCabe and Jackie Van Lankveld) PLUS local professionals
  • FREE Refreshments, lunch and resources provided

For more information on the Symposium and to register click here.

The Emergent Literacy Symposium was made possible through a Parents Reaching Out Grant from the Ministry of Education, and brought to you by Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca and One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre.

Spread the Word to End the Word: R-Word

Posted on: March 18th, 2013


Spread the Word to End the Word is a world-wide campaign driven by young people who are taking a stand and raising awareness of the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word. The campaign aims to build awareness for society to stop and think about its’ use of the R-word and encourages people to think before they speak. Spread the Word to End the Word asks that you to change the conversation and help eliminate the demeaning use of the R-word from today’s popular youth vernacular and replace it with “respect”. It is a plea for your help is creating a more accepting world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and all those people who may appear different, but have unique gifts and talents to share with the world.

Visit www.r-word.org for more information on Spread the Word to End the Word.

Now JK-grade 12 can Shine The Light on Bullying!

Posted on: March 11th, 2013

Hands is pleased to announce that in addition to the video contest, students from JK through grade 4 can submit an original poster or complete a bullying colouring page for a chance to win great prizes! Downloadable colouring pages in both English and French are available for individual or classroom use. All information on the poster/colouring contest including rules can be found here.

Shine The Light on Bullying is an opportunity for local youth to demonstrate their creativity, while motivating other students to put an end to bullying in our towns. Students in grades 5-12 within the Districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound are invited to submit their original video in support of the “Shine The Light on Bullying” anti-bullying theme. Both contests run from February 1st to April 29, 2013.

Visit our contest YouTube channel: Hands ShineTheLight, to see previous winners as well as the new videos from this year as they are entered.

More information on Shine the Light on Bullying.

The Child Health Team at the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit is on facebook

Posted on: March 5th, 2013

The Child Health Team at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has joined Facebook!

Play Together—Grow Together will be like an online drop-in centre for parents and caregivers to find sound advice from public health nurses and to share their own experiences and ideas with other parents.

The page focuses on issues of growth and development in infants and preschoolers. It will cover everything from nutrition to the latest research in positive parent-child interaction, and from playtime to resolving behaviour problems. Along the way, parents will pick up information about developmental screening and surveillance – so crucial in those critical years when a baby’s brain is building the foundations that will support her through the rest of her life.

A group of public health nurses and a dietitian in the health unit’s Child Health Team will be regularly contributing messages, with links to videos and other websites on child care and development. Parents, healthcare providers and community partners are all invited to “like” the page and Join the Conversation!

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Survey – Resource Toolkit for Parents of Children with ASD

Posted on: March 5th, 2013

As part of its efforts to enhance the services available to parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Ontario, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) is developing a Resource Toolkit for parents of children with ASD. OPTIMUS | SBR, a firm contracted by the Ministry to assist in the development of this toolkit, is conducting a survey to learn from parents, researchers, service providers, educators and other professionals about what types of resources are most likely to prove useful and meaningful to parents. To participate in the survey, please go to:




DNSSAB wants to hear from you!

Posted on: March 5th, 2013

The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) is developing a 10 year plan for housing and homelessness. It’s important that we hear your thoughts and ideas around housing and homelessness needs for the next decade. To help you look towards the future, we will start the conversation off with the recent results of a review of local housing and homelessness in our District that spans the last 30 years.

Please join us. Everyone is welcome.
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30‐8:00 PM,
Council Chambers, 160 Water St., Mattawa
Thursday, March 7, 6:30‐8:00 PM,
Council Chambers, 225 Holditch Street, Sturgeon Falls
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 to‐8:00 PM,
Royal Canadian Legion, 150 First Ave W, North Bay

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