Compassion Fatigue and Mindfulness: Wednesday, March 9 4-7 pm
This workshop will explore the subject of compassion fatigue, and how this affects both our personal and professional lives. Valerie will speak about the importance of mindfulness as a way to manage our work and life stress, and provide tools for introducing mindfulness into your life. Valerie is an engaging, warm speaker who shares her personal and professional experiences with humour and candor.
Crossing All Bridges Learning Centre with Paula Thomlison (Brantford, ON) and "Everyone is Able" with Aviva Rosenburg (ETFO sponsored workshop): Wednesday, April 13, 2016 4-7 pm
Established in 2003, Crossing All Bridges Learning Centre focuses on the needs of the developmentally challenged adult population. The organization’s mission is to provide dynamic programs and opportunities to maximize the potential of adults living with developmental challenges. Programming is designed to enhance or maintain academic abilities, the activities of daily living, and fitness and recreation. The programs foster independence, provide opportunities for social interaction with peers, and increases learning opportunities in a wide variety of life skills. Join Paula Thomlison, the Executive Director of Crossing All Bridges as she shares information about this organization and its mission to provide life-long opportunities for social, recreational and educational pursuits for the adult (18 years +) population living with developmental challenges.
Everyone Is Able
This workshop introduces members to the Everyone Is Able resource, which consists of a DVD and guidebook. The 30-minute DVD has been designed to use as an educational tool with both members and students. The workshop explores various ways to use this DVD as a professional development opportunity for staff to uncover their own assumptions/myths/stereotypes and increase sensitivity and awareness of issues around abilities/disabilities. The guidebook is a curriculum resource to use with students to help them develop an understanding and appreciation for the diversity in our schools. The workshop will spark conversation and ongoing dialogue amongst workshop participants.
An Evening with David Bouchard: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 4-7 pm
David Bouchard is a speaker, author and educator. He is a Metis author who originates from Saskatchewan and is now based in Victoria, BC. He has authored many books with one of his latest titles being 'The Great Law'. He will discuss the writing of the book as well as the impact of First Nations, Metis and Inuit identity, the importance of parent engagement and community support. David is one of Canada's foremost motivational speakers with a focus on Literacy, Human Rights and Aboriginal Challenges.