Today is the day that child welfare agencies, schools, and other community partners across Ontario wear purple to raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support.
Everyone can show their support for child safety by wearing purple. Better yet, post a picture of yourself and your friends wearing purple and post it to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #IBreakTheSilence, and be sure to tag us @hamiltonccas. We will share!
Wear Purple on October 24 to raise awareness about the rights of children and youth to safety and well-being, and the responsibility of adults and community services to help children, youth, and families who need support. On Ontario Dress Purple Day, children’s aid societies across the province join together with our key partners, Boards of Education, schools, and child care centres and homes, to share this positive message that help is available and to celebrate the community that cares for kids and families. Many schools in Hamilton will be participating.
Take photos of yourself wearing purple, and post them to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #IBreakTheSilence, and be sure to tag us @hamiltonccas.
Sunday, October 21 at 4 pm, our agency’s 65th anniversary will be recognized at a special Anniversary Mass, led by Bishop Crosby, at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, at 714 King St. W. All are invited to attend.
A reception will follow the Mass, at which we will be launching a commemorative publication, entitled 65 Years of Brighter Futures. Click here to find out more about this special event.
Cannabis legalization arrives today, making it legal for individuals 19 years of age and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis in Ontario. As a child welfare organization, keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth, and keeping kids safe, is of utmost importance. Check out our webpage on this issue, for more information and resources.
The October edition of Brighter Futures is now available on our Recent Publications webpage at http://www.hamiltonccas.on.ca/info-and-events/recent-publications/. If you would like to receive this newsletter in your inbox, please click on this link and you will be taken to a sign-up page.
We always welcome feedback and input into our newsletter. Please contact Jennifer Kaye, Communications Coordinator, with any comments.
We recognize the inspiring contributions of our foster families during National Foster Family Appreciation Week. At our annual Foster Parent Recognition Dinner on Friday, October 19, all our foster families will be thanked, and special recognition will be given to those who have reached milestone years of service, including special recognition of foster parent Rita Mooney for 50 years of service! Rita received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foster Parents Society of Ontario earlier this year, in recognition of the excellence and duration of her service.
Be sure to check out the new video on our homepage about fostering with our agency. Some of our foster parents speak about the rewards of fostering, and information is provided about how to get involved in fostering.
This annual celebration of francophone culture in Ontario is meaningful for us, as we pursue designation under the French Language Services Act of Ontario, acknowledging our ongoing commitment to provide French-language service on an active, permanent basis. Click here to find out more about official celebrations in Hamilton.
Cette célébration annuelle de la culture francophone en Ontario nous tient à cœur, car nous sommes en voie d’obtenir notre désignation officielle en vertu de la Loi sur les services en français de l’Ontario, afin de témoigner de notre engagement à offrir des services en français de façon active et permanente. Cliquez-ici pour des informations sur la fête à Hamilton.