News & Notices

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

The 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 …Read More

Marking Black History Month

For 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 of 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 …Read More

Celebrating the lives of two influential Black leaders

Today 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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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