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Contribuez à un avenir meilleur comme membre de conseil d’administration bénévole de SAECH

La Société d’aide à l’enfance catholique de Hamilton est à la recherche de bénévoles dynamiques et dévoués pour contribuer à administrer notre organisme. Nous acceptons toutes les candidatures, et en particulier celles des personnes appartenant aux communautés des Premières Nations, métisses, inuites et francophones de Hamilton.

Le conseil d’administration est composé de membres de la communauté intéressés qui:

  • sont âgés de 18 ans ou plus et vivent ou travaillent à Hamilton;
  • pratiquent la foi catholique;
  • aiment le travail d’équipe et ont de solides capacités décisionnelles;
  • peuvent participer à entre 10 et 12 rencontres/an (habituellement le midi);
  • appuient la vision, la mission et les valeurs de la Société.

Diverses compétences, expériences, capacités et attitudes pour répondre aux attentes liées à cet important rôle seront prises en compte par le comité des candidatures. Les membres du conseil, qui pourront s’appuyer sur un plan stratégique clair et un modèle de gouvernance moderne et pertinent, auront l’occasion d’œuvrer avec des personnes qui partagent leur engagement envers les enfants et le renforcement de la communauté de Hamilton.

Pour plus de détails, veuillez communiquer avec :

ou par téléphone au 905 525-2012, poste 3323

*Certaines restrictions s’appliquent quant à l’admissibilité à siéger au conseil d’administration afin d’éviter les situations de conflit d’intérêts. Un employé ou un proche parent d’un employé de la Société, ou une personne ayant un lien direct avec elle (p. ex., parent d’accueil, client qui reçoit des services, etc.) ne peut pas siéger au conseil. Tous les candidats seront présélectionnés et rencontrés en entrevue. Les membres du conseil d’administration ne sont pas rémunérés, mais ils ont droit au remboursement des frais de déplacement et des autres dépenses approuvées engagées dans le cadre de leurs fonctions.

Contribute to brighter futures as a CCASH Board Member

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton is looking for dynamic, dedicated volunteers to help govern our organization.  All applicants are welcome, in particular, individuals from the First Nation, Metis or Inuit and Francophone communities of Hamilton.
Board members are concerned community members who are:

  • Age 18 or over and live or work in Hamilton
  • Communicant of the Catholic faith
  • Team oriented and have good decision-making skills
  • Able to attend 10-12 meetings/year (usually during lunch hour)
  • Supportive of the Society’s Vision, Mission and Values

Varied skills, experience, capacity and attitude to fulfill expectations of this important role will be considered by the Nominating Committee. Board members will have the benefit of a clear strategic plan, a current and relevant governance model, and the opportunity to serve with individuals who share in your commitment to children and to a stronger Hamilton community.

For more information please contact:

Or by telephone:  905-525-2012 X 3323

*There are some restrictions in who can serve on the Board of Directors in order to prevent conflict of interest situations.  Individuals cannot be an employee of the agency or immediately related to an employee or have a current connection to the agency (i.e. foster parent, client currently receiving services etc.).  All applicants will be pre-screened and interviewed for the position.  Board members are not paid, but are reimbursed for mileage and other approved expenses that they may incur in their work as a member of the board.

3Voices Conference at McMaster University

IMG_0301We are pleased to be participating in the 3Voices Conference today and tomorrow at McMaster University, which addresses emerging research and approaches in the field of child welfare, particularly developments that give voice to the children, families and communities receiving child welfare services.

This morning, our staff will be presenting our Fostering Rainbow Youth (FRY) program. FRY is a program created for LGBTQ2S+ youth in care. FRY exists as a direct result of youth advocacy demanding that their child welfare agency provide them with a program that met their specific needs of being both LGBTQ2S+ and a youth in care. The program was developed to focus on the four keys needs identified by the youth; building community connections, LGBTQ2S+ specific education, peer and social work support and safe social spaces. Congratulations and thanks to Heather MacKenzie (program creator) and Kelsey Williams, our staff who lead this program. And special thanks to Kailee and Maddy, current and former youth in care who are also part of the presentation.

Also thanks and congratulations to Kim Martin, who is presenting on the topic of Parenting Coordination in child welfare involved custody and access cases.

We are fortunate to have the McMaster School of Social Work in our community, doing such good work!

Article in The Spec on the increase in the age of protection

youmatterposterENOur Executive Director, Rocco Gizzarelli, is featured in The Hamilton Spectator online edition, sharing information about the recent increase in the age of protection from 16 to 18. This is a positive change for young people in Ontario, as it offers them access to a range of supports that can help them to avoid abuse and neglect. For more detailed information, click on the box on our homepage.

Welcome to our new Foster Parent/Adoption Recruitment Coordinator!

IMG_0221This is Niamh (pronounced Neeve) O’Flaherty, our new Foster Parent/Adoption Recruitment Coordinator. For anyone who is considering becoming a foster or adoptive parent, Niamh is the person to contact. She will happily talk with you about what’s involved in fostering or adopting a child, can answer your questions, and can help you to determine what the best next step might be for you. She can be reached at or (905) 525-2273.

February is Black History Month!

Hamilton_Black_History_Month_Launch_-_Feb_2,_2018___Super_Portrait Black History Month is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate African-Canadian culture and its contributions to Canadian society. The official launch of Hamilton’s celebration takes place on Friday, February 2, 2018 at City Hall. There will be special programs and events throughout Hamilton for the month. The Hamilton Public Library offers many different programs, and you can find a complete list at

Here at CCASH, Black History Month is an opportunity for staff learning and reflection about anti-black racism and how to mitigate its impacts in child welfare work. We are supported in this work by our Provincial Association, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS). They have just launched Phase 2 of the One Vision One Voice project, whose mandate is to address the over-representation and experiences of disparities faced by African Canadians after coming into contact with the child welfare system. Click here to find out more about this important project. We are proud to have participated in the development of One Vision, One Voice, and will be working to implement it in the coming months.

Ogwadeni:deo now providing all child welfare services for Six Nations

ogwadenideoIn the midst of national conversations about the need for changes in the way that Indigenous children, youth and families interact with the child welfare system, it’s wonderful to see that Ogwadeni:deo has successfully completed the child welfare designation process. This means that Six Nations will be served by an Indigenous agency, providing culturally appropriate child welfare services.

We were delighted to host 4 staff from Ogwadeni:deo in the fall for a month of learning and sharing, and look forward to working together with them to keep children and youth in our region safe. While much more needs to happen within the child welfare system to ensure that children are treated equitably and in a way that respects their heritage, this is a great move forward locally. Find out more about Ogwadeni:deo at their website,

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