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May 2019

From the Executive Director's Desk

It is a pleasure to write my first message to the Hamilton community as the new Executive Director for The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. I am honoured to lead the Society in working in partnership with families and the community to promote safety, well-being and permanency for at-risk children and youth. READ MORE
Bryan Shone, Executive Director, The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton
Agency Celebrates Success of Field Instruction Program
On April 12th2019, McMaster University’s School of Social Work hosted its annual Field Instruction Recognition Breakfast and the Society was delighted to not only have representatives in attendance, but to also have a number of the agency’s placement instructors recognized for their contributions to field education.
The Society has a long-standing partnership with post-secondary schools to offer hands-on, practical learning opportunities for students, with a significant number of placement students coming to the agency from McMaster University’s School of Social Work Program. READ MORE
Asian F.O.C.U.S. Group Donates to CAS
In early April, Lucia Fong and Andy Kwok, presidents of the McMaster Asian F.O.C.U.S. Group stopped by the agency to present a $500 contribution on behalf of the university student group.

The group exists to encourage charitable contributions from students and the community at large through a variety of athletic, social, cultural and volunteering events. 
READ MORE
Anti-Bullying Day of Pink
On April 10th, agency staff donned pink in recognition of the International Day of Pink. The day sees communities worldwide unit together to celebrate diversity and raise awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny and all forms of bullying. Learn more about the International Day of Pink.
Baby Depot Helps Support Young Moms
Moms of all ages and backgrounds know that caring for and nurturing an infant is a tough job. For a young mom without supports, and with her own challenges, the task can seem near impossible. However, early intervention and support from community organizations continues to prove that it’s possible for at-risk young moms to raise their babies in a safe and nurturing environment where they can both thrive. READ MORE
Summer Camp Opportunities for Kids
The Society extends thanks for the tremendous support received to date for our 2019 Summer Camp Campaign. Studies have shown summer camp participation can improve social skills and confidence, ignite new interests, develop teamwork, enhance emotional learning and the list goes on. Through the community's contributions, the agency provides summer camp opportunities to children who are living in a kinship service home while their family receives agency support.
Special thanks to the CHML/Y108 Children's Fund for generously providing funding to support summer camp opportunities for kids. This organization continues to provide recreational opportunities to disadvantaged children and youth throughout Hamilton/Burlington region and we are grateful for their ongoing support of the Society. 
Agency Pays Tribute to Former Executive Director
In the spring of 2018, after a lengthy illness, the agency lost its long-time Executive Director, Dominic Verticchio. This spring, staff, Board, foster parents and volunteers took the opportunity to pay tribute to Mr. Verticchio for the tremendous mark he left on The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton and the Hamilton community as a strong advocate for children and youth.
Like most social workers, Dominic began his career in child welfare with the strong desire to make a difference. He truly wanted to 
improve the lives of vulnerable children, youth and families. It was this unrelenting desire to be a voice for those who needed protection that propelled Dominic during his 42 year career, first as a front-line child protection worker then as supervisor and director of services before taking on the leadership of the Society as executive director in 2000. A role he filled for 18 years, remaining committed to the agency and child welfare even whilst faced with a grave illness. As a tribute to Dominic, a serviceberry tree has been planted at the agency to symbolize Dominic’s leadership in that it continues to grow, develop and adapt to change, while always holding steadfast in its roots.
Agency Implementation of Province-Wide Child Protection Database Nears Completion
May 14th, 2019 marked the one-year anniversary of The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton’s “go-live” on the Child Protection Information Network (CPIN). By the end of the month, the Ministry's goal of on-boarding all of Ontario's child protection agencies will be achieved. READ MORE
Better to Give Than Receive
When most children think about celebrating a birthday party, they typically think about the great presents they’re going to receive. Nine-year-old Patrick is no different. But what is different is that Patrick wasn’t thinking about enjoying those gifts, instead he told his friends he was going to donate them. Patrick’s toy donation to the agency will be distributed through child protection workers via the agency’s Donation Depot to children working with the agency. Such gifts are provided on special occasions, as well as during difficult times when a child could use something to help make them smile. The agency extends a huge thank you to Patrick and his family!
Children and Youth In Care Day 2019
May 14th was Children and Youth In Care Day - a day to recognize current and former youth in care for the enormous contributions they make, as well as to acknowledge the strength, bravery and resilience they demonstrate in the face of adversity.
This year, the Society celebrated with children, youth, foster families, volunteers and staff at a special Children & Youth Fun Fair. 
The event featured inflatables, a live animal experience, outdoor games, arts and crafts, a photo booth and much more. It was a fun, family event that was enjoyed by all, particularly the children and youth.

Through Children and Youth In Care Day we continue to acknowledge the unique experiences of children and youth in care and recognize the value of this special group of young people. This annual day of recognition highlights the province’s ongoing commitment to support and assist all children and youth in care to reach their full potential.
National Volunteer Week Celebrated
During the week of April 7th, the agency joined with Volunteer Canada and thousands of service organizations across the country to celebrate the 12.7 million volunteers in Canada who, day after day, give of their time and energy to make a positive difference in their communities.

As an independent, community-based organization with limited resources, volunteers play a tremendous role in providing support to the children, youth and families served by The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. The agency is fortunate to have a team of 195 volunteers who provide valuable support through a variety of roles including volunteer drives, child care, mentoring, tutoring, and special event assistance. Visit our website to learn more.
Staff Spotlight: Manager and Director Set to Retire
As the summer months near, the agency will be saying farewell to two long-time members of the agency's management team who have become well-known child welfare advocates within the community. The Society extends best wishes to Sandra May, Director of Intake Services and Shawn Chisholm, Manager Professional Standards as they retire from the agency and begin new chapters in their lives. 
Sandra has been with the agency for 32 years and Shawn has been with the agency for almost 30 years.
Read more about Sandra's reflections on her time at the agency
and plans for the future. 
Read more about Shawn's reflections on his time at the agency
and plans for the future. 
The next issue of the Care Update E-News will be distributed in September 2019.
Your support makes a difference

Contributions to The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton can be made
ONLINE, by MAIL, or by calling 905-522-1121, ext. 6414.
You can direct your support to the agency's Bursary & Educational Fund, Children's Fund, Summer Camp Fund, Holiday Fund or Wherever Needed Most. 
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The Children's Aid Society of Hamilton
P.O. Box 1170, Depot 1, Hamilton, Ontario  L8B 0E1

Phone: 905-522-1121     French Language: 1-855-550-3571    Emergency After Hours: 905-522-8053

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