Monday, January 25: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Building Connections: Supporting Community-Based Programs to Address Interpersonal Violence and Child Maltreatment Using Relational, Trauma-Informed Frameworks

Presented by Margaret Leslie, DipC.S., C.Psych. Assoc. et Mary Motz, Ph.D., C. Psych, the aim of Building Connections was to increase capacity of services providers in CAPC/CPNP/ AHSUNC community-based projects across Canada to identify and respond to interpersonal violence by enhancing trauma-informed and relational approaches. Participants will learn about significant research outcomes for community project staff, certified facilitators, and mothers related to implementation of the Connections group into community-based projects across Canada.

To read more or register, click here.

Tuesday, January 26: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Reframing inaccessibility as structural violence in the lives of mothers with disabilities
Virtual Presentation

Melanie Stone will present the findings of her Photovoice research project, located in London, Ontario. This project examined the experiences of mothers with disabilities with employment engagement. Through this research project which included narrative interviews, photovoice focus groups and semi-structured interviews over the course of 18 months, the women shared their experiences of community mobility, structural violence, the mother work of disability, and the structures which keep mothers in poverty.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will better understand the difference between “barriers” and structural violence
  • Understand better how ableism contributes to the continued surveillance of mothers with disabilities and child removal.
  • Provide tools to identify ableism in practices and to better understand the community violence that mothers with disabilities face
  • Learn how to support interventions, and advocate for improved opportunities for parents with disabilities in our communities.

Melanie Stone is currently the Accessibility Specialist for the City of London and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Western University.

Register here.

Friday, January 29: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Anti-Human Trafficking Prevention, Awareness & Strategy Workshop

Beendigen is hosting an Anti-Human Trafficking Prevention, Awareness & Strategy Workshop via Zoom. To register, please call Cindy: (807) 631-5274.

Thursday, February 4: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Income Benefits during COVID-19: Updates and review of provincial and federal benefits and how they interact
Virtual Presentation

The federal government introduced new and temporary income benefits last year to help people cope with the impact of COVID-19. At the same time, the provincial government introduced temporary financial supports, particularly for those on Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  

Join CLEO to understand which federal and provincial benefits are still available, how these benefits interact, and what you can do to address any issues that may arise as a result of accessing these benefits, such as dealing with an overpayment. Legal expert Liz Majic from Connecting Ottawa will share up-to-date and practical information for frontline workers to support their communities. 

Register here.