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Focus Group Participants Needed – MCSS

Posted on: June 27th, 2016

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is holding focus groups with individuals and families that take part in ministry-funded services and supports.

We want to better understand what things in life you would like developmental services to help you or your family member achieve.

Individuals and families who receive/take part in developmental services and supports are invited to participate in a focus group. Your feedback will have no impact on your services, and will be confidential and voluntary. Your individual responses or information will not be published.

The ministry values feedback from individuals and their families on their experiences and we recognize that ongoing engagement is key to making meaningful improvements to the developmental services system.

In mid-July focus groups will be held in:

  • London
  • Ottawa
  • Toronto
  • Thunder Bay
  • Video-conference for people living in remote and isolated areas

For specific dates and times of each focus group, please refer to the online registration form.

If you’re interested and you live within 100 kilometres of any of these locations, please reply to the ministry before Sunday July 3rd by completing an online registration form using this URL/link: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/DS_focusgroup_registration

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Students Art Donation Unveiled at Hands

Posted on: June 20th, 2016

(North Bay, ON) Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca unveiled a one-of-a-kind art display this week, which was created, designed and donated by Widdifield Secondary School students. The artwork was a semester long project for the grade 11 students and was donated to Hands to help create a welcoming space for children, youth and families receiving services.

Photo of art donation

One-of-a-kind artwork designed and created by Widdifield Secondary School students, donated to Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca to help make children, youth and families feel welcome and comfortable.

It took a lot of dedication, creativity and careful planning by everyone involved at Widdifield to produce such a large awe-inspiring piece. The artwork covers a space spanning two walls, one 15 ft tall, the other 18 ft wide, and has already made quite the impression on Hands’ staff and clients.

“Receiving help is not always easy, but this art has helped us create a bright and welcoming space that I know will leave a lasting impression for many years to come. Widdifield Secondary School has always been a terrific community partner and we are so grateful for their continued support,” said Jeffrey Hawkins, Executive Director of Hands ThFamilyHelpNetwork.ca.

The students’ artwork has helped create a bright and comfortable space for those accessing support and resources from Hands, often at a difficult time. It incorporates words of inspiration such as strength, hope and kindness, while visually representing the many helping hands that work together to support families in our community.

The students, volunteers and teachers from Widdifield have been recognized by a commemorative plaque acknowledging each and every person who helped create the meaningful display. Hands gives special thanks to volunteer Amy Johnston, and teachers Samara Paleczny and Kirsten Smith for going above and beyond to make this project such a success.

One-of-a-kind artwork designed and created by Widdifield Secondary School students, donated to Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca to help make children, youth and families feel welcome and comfortable.

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