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Cycle for Autism in North Bay on June 1st

Posted on: May 28th, 2013

Cycle for Autism is back!

On Saturday June 1st, 2013 join us as we walk, run, roll and bike for Autism! Lunch, Bag and T-Shirt are provided with a $30 donation or pledge. Proceeds go to the Autism Ontario North Bay and Area Chapter.

Waterfront Band Stand, Memorial Park Dr.
Registration: 9am

Additional information and flyer

Touch a Truck – June 1st and June 8th

Posted on: May 16th, 2013

Join our Early Literacy staff and community partners at the annual TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT to explore and learn about many different community vehicles.
You might see… 40 ton crane Dump truck, Back hoe, Ambulance, Rock Crusher, ATV’s, and many more
There will also be on site a YMCA Healthy Kids Day Celebrations.

Saturday June 1st – Parry Sound

Saturday June 8th – South River

Autism Services BBQ – May 24th in Parry Sound

Posted on: May 15th, 2013

Please join us on Friday May 24th for an Autism Services Community Living Month Open House and BBQ! The BBQ takes places from 11am – 2pm at 8 McNaughton St. The event is hosted by Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca and Community Living Parry Sound. Flyer

Clara Hughes at the Capitol Centre – Free Tickets Available

Posted on: May 15th, 2013

Hands has just received a handful of free tickets, from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nipissing Regional Branch, to see Clara Hughes at the Capitol Centre May 23rd at 7 PM.  Clara Hughes is a 6 time Olympic medalist in both the winter and summer games.  The Changing How We See Mental Illness presentation she will be giving speaks of her own experience with depression and her recovery.  This presentation is sponsored by the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nipissing Regional Branch.

These tickets are reserved for youth (14-19) and will be issued on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested in reserving a ticket please call us at 705-476-2293 x1210.

I’m With the B.A.N.D. wristbands: proceeds to Hands and Kids Help Phone

Posted on: May 14th, 2013
Susan Gilroy (Kids Help Phone), Jeffrey Hawkins (Hands), Mitch Belanger (102 FM the Fox)

Susan Gilroy (Kids Help Phone), Jeffrey Hawkins (Hands), Mitch Belanger (102 FM the Fox)

The latest anti bullying initiative in the area has been launched. A partnership has been formed between Rogers Radio North Bay, The Northgate Shopping Centre, Kids Help Phone and Hands The Family Help Network. Funds raised from sales of Band wristbands sold at the Northgate Shopping Centre will benefit Hands and Kids Help Phone. Jeffrey Hawkins is the Executive Director of Hands. He says the funds will help but this is about awareness too. He says 64 per cent of kids say they’re being bullied and all people have to stand up and say it’s not okay. Susan Gilroy of Kids Help Phone says they hear about bullying a lot from the youth that call in. She says the issues behind the bullying cover a wide range of things that often result in bullying. – Courtesy of Rogers Radio.

Wristbands can be purchased from the Customer Service Kiosk at the Northgate Shopping Centre for only $2.00 each! Show your support by wearing your wristband and starting the conversation!

Hands Opens New Family Therapeutic Residence!

Posted on: May 14th, 2013

Hands_Beverly Martin and Jeffrey HawkinsNORTH BAY, ONTARIO – On Friday, April 26th, 2013 in front of community partners, dignitaries and staff, Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca officially opened the new Hands Family Therapeutic Residence. With the groundbreaking of the facility last June, less than one year later, Hands is shedding light on their ongoing development of offering high-skilled services and programs to our community and all ages in a new state-of-the-art facility geared towards supporting youth in a safe learning environment.

The new Hands Family Therapeutic Residence is a single-storey, multi-unit therapeutic educational and learning facility located off John Street near Third Avenue. This facility will provide services to youth and teenagers along with assisting families.

“This is a day that has been highly anticipated, full of excitement and fulfillment.  It is the culmination of a lot of hard work from many people, years in the making from the ground level to executive staff of Hands, Ministry staff, past and current Board Members and all those who had a hand in the design and construction of this truly wonderful facility.  We should all be very proud of what has been achieved and need only look to the remarkable benefits that this Residential Treatment Centre will have for the Community and most importantly the kids and families that it will serve.” Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca Executive Director, Jeffrey Hawkins.

MP Jay Aspin, MPP Vic Fedeli, Mayor Al McDonald and Monique Legault, from the Ministry of Child and Youth Services were on hand to offer their support, and give interviews. Comments from Michael Mancari, Board Chair were read, “To me, this grand opening is more than just showing off a building.  It is making that difference in a child’s life that will help put them on the right track, helping to strengthen families as a whole and to me; there is nothing more rewarding.  This was the vision that I saw when I became involved with Hands and today proves that I made the right choice.” Michael Mancari, Board Chair.

Monique Legault, Regional Director of North East Ontario for the Ministry of Child and Youth Services read comments from Teresa Peruzza, Minister of Child and Youth Services and Ministry of Community and Social Social Services, “Our government has made it a priority to provide the best possible services to children and youth and their families when they need it, as close to home as possible. Ontario’s capital investment of $2.3 million in this new residence, along with $16.5 million in ongoing support to Hands, will help us stay focused on that goal of delivering a wide range of programs in world class environment.”

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