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RBC Extends Funding for Hands’ Storytelling Project

Posted on: October 25th, 2013

On Friday October 25th at South River Public School, The Royal Bank of Canada Foundation presented a cheque for $20,000 to the mental health storytelling project, “Difficult Lives, Inspiring Stories”, coordinated by Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca and Jim MacLachlan Presentations.

The storytelling project is one of 231 initiatives across Canada supported under the new RBC “Believe in Kids Pledge”, which is a formal 5-year, $100 million commitment.
“Difficult Lives, Inspiring Stories” is a mental health storytelling project which creates and presents current mental health stories for elementary and secondary students as well as adults.

To date six stories have been written and presented to over 14,000 students across 7 Ontario school boards since 2008. The staff and students of both the Near North District School Board and the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board have been instrumental in supporting and encouraging this local project.

With the support of RBC, “Difficult Lives, Inspiring Stories” has launched a website called StoriesConnect.ca, which allows all educators to access the scripts and videos. This past year, the story HERO, about bipolar disorder and teen depression, was filmed at Widdifield Secondary School and this video can now be found on StoriesConnect.ca.

Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca acknowledges and greatly appreciates the continuing support from the RBC Foundation and their continuing commitment to improving the well-being of Canadian youth.

October 25 - Storytelling

Back row: Paul Laperriere, Leah Toth, Derek Tutt, Jim MacLachlan
Front row: Wynter Barry, Katrina Maki, Corben Cyopeck, Griffin Fagen-Martens, Keith Coombs

What’s New in the Parry Sound/Muskoka Ontario Early Years System

Posted on: October 24th, 2013

For information on what’s new with with the Parry Sound/Muskoka Ontario Early Years System check out the document below!

What’s New in Early Years Parry Sound/Muskoka

Let the Learning Begin another Success!

Posted on: October 15th, 2013

Hands participated in another successful Let The Learning Begin event on October 19th. Families with Children Birth to Age Six joined in for the many free and fun early learning activities. Hands hosted the following events:

Visit our Photo Booth where a Superhero teaches us not to bully.

Presentation: Even Superheroes Need to Relax – Parents learned how to recognize stress in their children and in themselves. Superheroes taught relaxation skills and activities.

Make time for play and discovery! You are your child’s first and best teacher!


Let the Learning Begin Poster

Man with a Pan Charity Fundraiser – October 26th

Posted on: October 15th, 2013

This event, put on by Community Living North Bay, the Rotary Club of North Bay-Nipissing and Canadore College invites all to welcome celebrity chef Anna Olson to North Bay. It will be an evening of great food, entertainment, prizes and a fabulous auction. Community chefs will be providing appetizers and desserts throughout the evening.

Man with a Pan takes place Sat. October 26th at the Elk’s Lodge.

For more information see full flyer.

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