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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.

 


 

Family Pulse-December 2019

Welcome to December! 

 

Inside the December issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

SEAC Updates 
WRFN Annual Appeal
What's Happening at WRFN
Coffee Club Update
Upcoming Community Events

 

You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy. 

 

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Fundraising & Communications Officer Waterloo Region Family Network Full Time; 35 hours/week

Since 2009, WRFN has supported families of children with special needs, both with and without a diagnosis, in Waterloo Region by providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections in all life stages. As a peer-developed and peer-driven network, WRFN is uniquely able to understand how to serve the needs of exceptional families, so they can thrive.

 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, passionate and respectful person for the position of


Fundraising & Communications Officer
to work as part of the WRFN team to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals, revenue targets and communications strategy objectives.


Qualifications:

  •  A passion to support families and individuals living with special needs through respectful storytelling, fundraising & community engagement
  •  Post-secondary education in either fundraising management or communications
  •  3 – 5 years’ experience in a non-profit environment
  •  Strong understanding of fundraising principles and practices
  •  Ability to grow relations & manage a range of relationships with prospects & donors
  •  Exceptional written & verbal communication skills with attention to detail & accuracy
  •  Ability to articulate a strong organizational case for support & call to action in fundraising materials prepared for foundations, corporations & individual donors
  •  Experience developing & writing for communications materials – brochures, gratitude reports, newsletters, websites, social media, stewardship materials, donor appeals, etc.
  •  Exceptional organizational skills with ability to effectively meet deadlines & set priorities
  •  Demonstrated ability to work independently & collaboratively as part of a team
  •  Creative & adaptive to change

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
Communications

  •  Working closely with the WRFN team to support organizational objectives related to fundraising & communications
  •  Communications for different audiences
  •  Expanding on existing positive organizational reputation
  •  Content development for gratitude reports, donor stewardship communications, monthly newsletters, weekly social media presence & annual fundraising appeals
  •  Website updates & management

Fundraising

  •  Implementation of a development plan which focuses on building authentic & strong relationships with individuals, foundations & corporate donors
  •  Researching & evaluating prospective donors to develop personalized approaches in order to build long-lasting donor relationships
  •  Working closely with the Executive Director to prepare donor stewardship materials
  •  Tracking of the development plan results
  •  Development & execution of the annual appeal
  •  Donation processing, receipting & tracking
  •  Assisting with the annual Signature Fundraising Event

Compensation
$48,000 - $55,000 (depending on experience)


To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to:
Sue Simpson
Executive Director
Waterloo Region Family Network
65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener ON N2C 2H6
Or by email to: sue.simpson@wrfn.info


Application Deadline: Wednesday December 18, 2019


Waterloo Region Family Network welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


We thank all applicants for your interest in this position and regret that we are able to contact only those invited for an interview.

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KidsAbility Program & Activity Guide Winter 2019-2020

Check out the KidsAbility Winter Activity Guide.

 

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Nursing Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

It is based on a review of literature and was supported by a Faculty of Health Minor Research Grant.  

 

The project is a collaboration between the Office of Women's Mental Health Research in Mental Health (Dr. Nazilla Khanlou, Chair) and Nursing at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (Dr. Rani Srivastava, Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice at CAMH). 

Citation information:  Khanlou N, Khan A, Vazquez LM, Srivastava R, & Karunakaran A. (2019) 

Information Sheet 13: Nursing Care for People with Developmental Disabilities. Toronto: York University.  Available url:  https://nkhanlou.info.yorku.ca/files/2019/11/Final-Info-Sheet-Nursing-NKhanlou-Nov-2019.pdf

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Positive Parenting Program

We are pleased to offer a Positive Parenting Program Group for parents of youth ages 12 to 16 years (Teen Triple P Level 4) at the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment this winter. 

 

Triple P Positive Parenting Program is an evidence-based 8-week group intervention that offers parents simple and practical parenting skills and strategies. The program can be helpful for parents who have tweens and teens with challenging behaviors and who would like to learn new ideas and to gain support from other parents in a similar situation. It can also be helpful for parents who simply want to gain confidence and new ideas in parenting. 

 

We are currently accepting referrals for the Teen Triple P group (parents of youth ages 12 to 16 years).  The group will run on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm, beginning on Jan 21 2020 and ending on March 10, 2020. I will be facilitating the group with 2 graduate students as co-leaders.

 

I have attached a flyer and an information sheet, if you have any clients or know of families who may be interested. The 8 week group costs $200. Clients are welcome to contact the CMHRT if they are interested. I will chat with each potential group participant in a short phone screen to determine ‘goodness of fit’. 

 

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Friendship & Dating Program

Our "Friendships and Dating" program was such a success this semester, we are running it again!
This program supports you to build on social skills to create and maintain friendships and relationships.
This spring, we have put together a curriculum to support youth, adults and seniors with developmental exceptionalities to identify, develop and practice creating friendships and relationships.
In this program you will learn and practice:
✅ Identifying potential friends and partners
✅ Starting and ending conversations
✅ Phone calls, social media and texting
✅ Planning and enjoying get togethers
✅ Handling disagreements
✅ Planning a date
✅ Asking someone out on a date
✅ Dating etiquette

Saturdays: April 18th – June 13th, 2020
1pm- 3pm (no program May 16th) 

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Brunch Club

BRUNCH CLUB 

Gives you the tools and freedom to create brunch meals independently for yourself or friends. With the support of a Life Skills Educator, visual cookbook and colour coded measuring tools, making brunch has never been easier! Learn to make brunch meals with the group, enjoy the meal with friends and gain kitchen confidence to cook for yourself!

��VISUAL / COLOUR CODED COOKBOOK & TOOLS
��STEP BY STEP RECIPES
��BUDGET AND NUTRITION CONVERSATIONS
��HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES IN THE KITCHEN
��PARTICIPATION IN MAKING THE ENTIRE MEAL FROM START TO FINISH
��SHARING A MEAL WITH FRIENDS

Wednesdays: Apr 8th - Jun 3rd 
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly)

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Survival Cooking 3.0

Survival Cooking 3.0
Many of the people we support want to learn how to safely make meals from start to finish entirely on their own. Prior to participating in this program participants have said, "I want to be free to choose what I eat and make it without any help." We make the next steps possible, check out how!

��VISUAL / COLOUR CODED COOKBOOK & TOOLS
��STEP BY STEP RECIPES
��BUDGET AND NUTRITION CONVERSATIONS
��HEALTH AND SAFETY PRACTICES IN THE KITCHEN
��PARTICIPATION IN MAKING THE ENTIRE MEAL FROM START TO FINISH
��SHARING A MEAL WITH FRIENDS

Wednesdays: Jan 22nd – Mar 11th
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly)

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Safety for Independent Living

Safety For Independent Living
This program was created to help people with developmental disabilities feel safe in all their usual places: home, work, school, online, and in the community.
Through games, digital media, video, lessons and visual aids, we will empower participants with the tools they need to make confident choices and live a safe life. — at Community of Hearts.

Saturdays: Feb 1st, 8th, and 15th
1pm – 3pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly)

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Share Your Voice-Recording Workshop

Share your Voice - Recording Workshop
Come on out to share your stories, and listen to the stories of others! During these workshops we’ll use a small recording studio to learn how to record each others’ voices, while learning good strategies for asking questions, and listening."  Build on skills for communication in social and professional settings!

 

Fridays: Jan 17th – Mar 6th (No class Feb 21st)
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly)

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