Category Archives: General News

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.

Merry Christmas, and all the best of the holidays to you!

On behalf of everyone at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! May the season bring you joy, peace, and happiness.

Our offices are closed on December 24 at noon, and will reopen on December 27 at 8:30 am. For child welfare emergencies, our after hours number will be answered throughout the holiday period, 24/7, at 905-522-8053.

Christmas Hamper generosity exceeds expectation!

Gifts and Christmas tree in a basket..OUR 2018 CHRISTMAS HAMPER PROGRAM IS COMING TO A CLOSE. We are delighted to announce that the community rallied around our families and independent youth, providing 540 Hampers! Thank you to everyone who contributed Hampers, gift cards, toys, labour, and goodwill for our Hamper Program.



Share your holiday cheer with a family in need!

Gifts and Christmas tree in a basket..Our Christmas Hamper program is in full swing! Every year, we ask the families and youth in our care what they both need and want at Christmastime. We then match them with an individual or group from the community who puts together a Christmas Hamper just for them. Our clients benefit greatly from the gifts they receive, and they also appreciate the love and compassion that goes into each Hamper. Please consider putting together a Hamper, or contributing toys and gift cards that can be included in a Hamper. Contact Lisa at 905-525-2012 x. 3256 or at Or visit our Hamper webpage, in the How To Help section.

It’s Serendipity Auction Day!

Our Serendipity Auction happens this evening, at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. Doors open at 6:00 pm. bidding starts at 6:30 pm. The weather forecast calls for snow this evening, so please drive carefully. For more event details, click here.

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