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Serendipity Auction going strong at 30!

Our 30th Serendipity Auction was one of the best ever! Over 400 guests joined us in saying “Cheers to 30 Years!”, while they enjoyed friends, food, silent auctions, raffles, and an overall atmosphere of fun and festivity . Emceed by Sunni Genesco, and with music by Damin Starr and Jason Scozzari, the event raised funds to support the children, youth, and families we serve in Hamilton.

Special thanks to the many people who supported the event. Please scroll to the bottom so you can see the many corporations and individuals who contributed, and thank them when you get the chance. And there are some photos at the bottom of this post. To see a more complete album, check out our facebook page at @hamiltonccas.

Presenting Sponsor – Diocese of Hamilton

Wine Fountain Sponsor – The DiNardo Family

Grand Prize Tickets Sponsor – Leland Industries Inc.

Raffle Ticket Sponsor – White Rabbit Treatment Homes

Dinner Sponsor – Rocco Gizzarelli and Ken Coit

Dessert Sponsor – 860 Dental

Wine Sponsor – Carmen’s Banquet Centre

Show Stopper Sponsor – Taylor Chrysler Dodge Inc.

Table Favours Sponsor – Hamilton Halton General Contractors Association

Entertainment Sponsor – Johnston Motor Sales

Volunteer Sponsor – Pearson Dunn – A Jones Brown Corporation

Silent Auction Sponsor – Desjardins

Silent Auction Sponsor – Hutch’s

Silent Auction Sponsor – HGK Partners LLP

Décor Sponsor – LiUNA! 837

WestJet Jackie Bajus Combined Insurance Stephen J. Dunn Insurance Agency Ltd.
Children’s Fund Karen Perry Jackson Square Choose Wellness
De Ville Group of Companies Gile Loranger Hamilton Police Service Senior Officers Association IF Design
Tepperman’s Rankin Construction Inc. DecorRestore Filomena Tassi, MP Hamilton West, Ancaster, Dundas
Athens Printing Roque Roofing Vineland Estates Winery Monique Taylor, MPP Hamilton Mountain
K.Lite 102.9 Milestone Foster Homes Youth Connections Andrea Horwath, MPP Hamilton Centre
RBC Royal Bank Project Concern Alectra Utilities Nrinder Nann, City Councillor Ward 3
Ferrero Rocher Tweedle Productions Inc. Karma Candy Chad Collins, City Councillor Ward 5
Catholic Youth Organization Aryzta Pearle Hospitality Sam Merulla, City Councillor Ward 4
Alliance Electrical Supply Inc. United Trophy Manufacturing Ltd. P.X. Dermody Funeral Homes Damin Starr and Jason Scozzari
Anna Ventresca Smith’s Funeral Home




Today is the day – our 30th annual Serendipity Auction!

It’s amazing that this major event has had 30 years of success in raising funds to support the work we do with children, youth and families in Hamilton. The Auction starts today, November 21, at 6 pm at Carmen’s Banquet Hall. Our emcee will be Sunni Genesco, much-loved host of the K-Lite FM morning show. Over 400 guests will enjoy an evening of dining, socializing, and shopping; there are over 200 silent auction items, raffles, grand prizes, and more.

We are so grateful to our many sponsors and donors, and especially to the Diocese of Hamilton, our presenting sponsor. They are all listed in our event program, which you can access by clicking here.

Cheers to 30 years!

Province-wide consultation on “Duty to Report”

Did you know that everyone in Ontario has a “duty to report” any reasonable concerns about child abuse and neglect – whether they have been proven or not – to a children’s aid society? This duty applies especially to professionals who work in fields where they may hear stories of child abuse and neglect as part of their work.

Both the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton and the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton are working together with the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) to launch a province-wide consultation on “Duty to Report”, which refers to the legal requirement under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act to report child safety and well-being concerns to Children’s Aid Societies. The mandatory reporting of child safety concerns has been legislated for almost forty years.

Here is the survey link:

The goal of the Duty to Report consultation is for us to learn about your organization’s experience with duty to report, including identifying concerns and challenges so that we can improve supports and services around duty to report across the province.

The feedback we receive from our consultations will help to ensure that Duty to Report is implemented in a way that reflects child welfare’s strategic vision of a system that is based on equity, respect and empowerment, consistent and excellent services, and ultimately, child safety and well-being.

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your organization’s experience with Duty to Report. Please answer the survey questions based on this experience. Where possible, we encourage you to complete the survey as a group or team, to ensure the most comprehensive, inclusive responses. If you need to identify a specific Children’s Aid Society, please do so in the comments section.

Please respond to the survey by November 30, 2019.

Today is Ontario Dress Purple Day

Today is the day when children’s aid societies, school boards and schools, child care centres, and other key partners wear purple to build 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.

Here is a photo of some of our staff gathered to show their support and appreciation for the efforts of everyone who helps to ensure the safety of children in our community.

Take photos of yourself wearing purple, and post them to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #IBREAKthesilence, and be sure to tag us @hamiltonccas.

October 24 is Ontario Dress Purple Day

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.

Foster Family Appreciation Week, October 21 – 25

Every year at this time, we thank our foster families for their outstanding commitments and contributions to the well-being of children and youth in Hamilton. You can learn more about fostering, and about our amazing foster parents, on our Foster Care page. In the meantime, if you run into someone who is a foster parent next week, thank them. In fact, if you run into a foster parent at any time, let them know how much you appreciate the difference they make in lives of children and youth.

Our staff affirm that Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day, September 30, is an annual day to remember the children who were sent to residential schools – both the survivors and those who perished. By wearing orange shirts, we demonstrate our commitment to improve our child welfare practices to ensure that indigenous children, youth and families are treated fairly and equitably by our agency.

We are part of a collaborative that includes local indigenous agencies and the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton. This collaborative is working to develop protocols for the handling of child welfare concerns involving indigenous children in a way that is in the best interests of the children and respects their indigeneity. We expect to finalize and sign these protocols this fall.

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