Category Archives: General News

March 20 is International Francophonie Day!

This is the flag of La Francophonie, posted here to mark International Francophonie Day on March 20. Our agency is pursuing designation as a French Language Services agency, and is moving towards making all information available in both English and French. During 2019, we will be launching a French version of our website. If you require service or information from us in French, just ask and we will be happy to provide it to you. Bonne journée de la Francophonie!

Remembering Paul Phoenix

Paul Phoenix passed away on March 10, 2019. He was a member of our Board of Directors from 1972-74, while in the midst of a 41-year career at Dofasco, which ended with his retirement in 1992 as Chairman and CEO. We are grateful for his contributions to our organization, and send sincere condolences to his family. Details can be found at

Team Week and Social Work Week, March 4-10

Social Work WeekThe Week of March 4 to 10, 2019 marks this year’s Social Work Week. Social Work Week is celebrated annually across Canada during the month of March. This year’s theme: “From everyday issues to complex needs: Social Workers, it’s what we do” provides an important vehicle to celebrate the profession’s accomplishments. It also affords a significant opportunity to raise the profile of the profession, especially with members of the public who have never used social work services.

We incorporate the celebration of the whole CCAS of Hamilton team in recognition of the various staff whom all play a role in ensuring we provide quality child protection services. The majority of our staff are social workers; however, the CCAS team includes accounting, IT, legal, administrative support, and maintenance staff. Throughout the week, we will hold a series of events promoting and recognizing the vital role each staff person plays in our organization.

Marking Black History Month

Picture of staff for Wear It Proud WednesdayWear It Proud photoFor the month of February, our African-Canadian Employee Resource Group sponsored a number of activities to build knowledge and awareness for our staff. Wear It Proud Wednesdays was a hit last year, so we did it again this year, inviting our staff to wear clothing that reflects their cultural heritage. Here are just a couple of pictures from this year.

The passing of a champion for youth education

We are saddened to learn oRon and Nancy Clarkf the passing of Ron Clark. With his wife Nancy, Ron made a generous donation in 1989 to establish the Clark Bursary Fund. It was created to assist youth in care and former crown wards in Ontario to achieve their academic and career goals. The Fund provided 20 one-time grants and 25 multi-year grants each year.

A memorial celebration will be held at Grace United Church, Caledonia, on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grace United Church, the Juravinski Cancer Centre C/O Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

This photo from 2016 shows Nancy and Ron Clark, surrounded by just a few of the recipients of a Clark Bursary.

Celebrating the lives of two influential Black leaders

Picture of MLKPicture of Lincoln AlexanderToday is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, which is celebrated around the globe, and marked with a official holiday in the United States on Monday, January 21. On that day, Canadians also remember the life of Hamilton’s own Lincoln Alexander. He was Canada’s first Black Member of Parliament, the first Black Minister of the Crown, and the first visible minority appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. But here in Hamilton, he is best known as Linc, a friend to many.

There will be a free celebration of the Honourable Lincoln Alexander’s life on Monday, January 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Lincoln Alexander Centre. You can find more details at this link.

Be part of a child’s story through fostering or adoption

We are hosting two information sessions next week about fostering and adoption. There is a high need for foster and adoptive parents who are ready, willing, and able to meet the needs of older children, large sibling groups, or those with complex medical, developmental, and behavioural needs.

Foster and Adoption Webinar Adoption Information Session
Online session on January 15, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm In-Person session on January 16, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, 735 King St. E., Hamilton, L8M 1A1
Anyone interested in fostering or adopting can join this online information session to learn more about the opportunities to foster and adopt through the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. This will be an interactive webinar where you can join the conversation and ask questions, either online from your computer or by phoning in. Please join us for an information session to learn more about adopting with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. The information night is a great opportunity to learn more about the process and to have any adoption questions answered.
Please contact Niamh O’Flaherty, Foster and Adoption Recruitment Coordinator, to pre-register for this no-cost webinar at 905-525-2273 or To register, please call 905-525-2012 and ask for the Adoption Unit.

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