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Canadian Arab Women Association IS HIRING!

The Canadian Arab Women Association (CAWA) is a non-profit organization established with the purpose of connecting, supporting and empowering Canadian Arab women in the Waterloo Region and Guelph in Ontario, Canada. We represent a group of women who self-identify as Arabs and come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, regardless of their religious beliefs, socio-economic status, and educational levels.


​CAWA is dedicated to becoming a bridge that connects Arab women and supports them with different resources and programs, so that they can be active members of the Waterloo Region community and in the larger Canadian society. For that, CAWA provides various programs in the fields of health, education, and social support.


Check out the job postings for CAWA below:

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Woolwich Counselling Centre-Fall Workshops & Small Group Therapy

Check out this fall calendar for the above organization.

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Lutherwood blogposts on Employment & Mental Health

Lutherwood Blog Updates:

Employment: Social Media Brand: What's your Label
This workshop was written to help us promote our workshop happening today at 1pm! It talks about the increasing number of employers who are looking up candidates in Google as part of their screening processes. 


Mental Health: Managing your Mental Health During the Pandemic
Self care is something that many of us could spend more time doing, and this article provides some great ideas to help with that. 

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Recreational Respite Programming

One to One Respite Support

We offer one to one respite services for children, youth and adults with disabilities and who might face isolation due to barriers to participation. Services are provided in-home and are person centred to promote inclusion, encourage participation, social health and connectivity.


September 2021 Group Programs


Virtual group programs have been developed in partnership with our participants to address a variety of interests, skill practice, goals and outcomes that promote inclusion, encourage community participation and nurture social connectivity with others.
Our Build It Workshops aim to provide independent skill mastery for youth and adults who want to acquire new skills with productive outcomes. These person centred workshops will cultivate life skills and promote self-care through various topics.

Ask us more at [email protected] or find our program calendars, here!
Please note summer camp support is available. 

Back to School! Tutoring

Recreational Respite offers in home (or virtual) school support specifically focused on personalized classroom and homework support for diverse learners. We’ll develop strategies that consider each students unique learning needs and support.

To inquire, please email us or call: 

Or to register, click here.

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Back to School Resiliency Building Package

Students in Canada may be facing new levels of stress as many will be returning to in-class learning after months of learning from home.


We are here to help you, the students you work with and the parents and caregivers who support your students at home.


With the help of educators, psychologists, and stress experts from across the country, we designed the Kids Have Stress Too! ® and Stress Lessons programs to help the important people in children’s lives promote resiliency by buffering the impact of stress and building positive coping strategies to deal with life’s inevitable stressors.


These research-based programs are built on an experiential asynchronous and synchronous learning approach. The aim is to help school staff create teachable moments to introduce stress management strategies and build emotional resiliency in students from preschool to high school.


Our approach emphasizes social-emotional learning, it is curriculum based and will help ensure you are better able to manage the challenges that the new school environment presents. In addition, the lessons provided will help educators fulfill the requirements of health and physical education curricula in Canada. 


If you are interested in BULK ORDERS for any of the training sessions or workshops below, please contact us directly.


a) Student Resilience Building Program

Our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs are designed to support the students in your school identify and manage stress while moving to resilience. They have all been evaluated with a demonstrated impact on a student’s ability to recognize stress in themselves (for more highlights from our research, please see below)


Student Resilience Building Courses:

  • 2.5 hour synchronous training session that provides an in-depth exploration of the program content, stress management activities for the classroom and beyond plus the full-length facilitation guide. Evaluated
  • Masterclass in Stress Management: 1.5 hour recording on the fundamentals of stress and resiliency, including how to identify it in yourself and your students, the physiology of stress, tips and strategies for managing stress and moving to resilience.
  • Live Q&A with Stress Management expert
  • Implementation tools for adapting and delivering lessons in the virtual classroom
  • Ongoing coaching and support through program delivery
  • Certificate of completion of specialization

Preschool, Kindergarten, Parent                                                      

Grades 1-3                                                                                            

Grades 4-6                                                                                            

Grades 7-9                                                                                          

Grades 9-12                       


RETAIL = $75-$100/course/per person


To see the fall training schedule, click below:

October calendar

November calendar


b) Parent & Caregiver Resilience Building Program

Engage parents in your school community in understanding how stress impacts their children and youth and strategies to support them at home. This program has been evaluated. Please see our research highlights below for more information.


Parent Masterclass in Stress Management                                                                

  • One live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
  • Up to 100 parents in your school community can participate
  • Parent Resources                                                                                              
  • Support the efforts your student’s parents are making during this difficult time with our series of parent’s guides, podcasts and articles on relevant issues.

RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources


c) School Staff Resiliency Building Program 

Everyone from administrators, to teachers, child & youth workers, EAs, psychologists, social workers, and custodians are facing uncertainty as we head back to school in September. Learn more about what you can do to support your school community while also taking care of you.


Taking Care of YOU! Workshop: Basics of Stress Management for Adults               

  • One live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
  • Up to 100 school staff and educators in your community can participate                             
  • School Staff Resources 
  • Support the mental wellbeing of all members of your school community with our Stress Strategies interactive tool, Workplace Resiliency booklets, teacher tips and more.        

RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources  



If the training schedule does not suit your organization's needs, please contact Pamela Sariyannis ([email protected]) to discuss other possible dates.

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LEG Up! Fall Programming news

Click here to watch a video about LEG Up! Fall programming.


Registration for Fall Session begins on Friday August 13, 2021.


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Women with ADHD

We want to hear from you!


CADDAC is very interested in learning more about the experiences of girls and women with ADHD in Canada. We will be publishing a policy paper on the topic this fall and would like to include some Canadian survey data, as well as personal comments, to the existing research data. Comments will be anonymous, but will help to add depth to our paper. 


To complete the survey, click here.

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March of Dimes virtual program registrations

March of Dimes now has two new registration forms for virtual programs- Connect & Share and Hi Tech.


Connect and Share

Social Connect matches participants with like-minded volunteers for social engagement, support, sharing of hobbies and other activities. The goal is to combat social isolation and loneliness. This program is completely virtual, and will take place remotely, either via telephone or an online platform like Zoom!


The sessions last for about 30 to 60 minutes and the schedule is entirely up to the volunteer and you!


Click HERE to register. 


Hi Tech!

Tech Connect has volunteers who provide remote tech support, to help solve any problems that you may have with understanding, accessing and using digital technology. You might want to join Facebook, play online scrabble, buy your groceries online or use Zoom to join a virtual program - you just don’t know how!  


Each support session is expected to last between 30 and 60 minutes. The volunteers can connect with you whenever it is convenient for both of you!


Click HERE to register. 

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Community of Heart Summer Virtual Learning

Check out what Community of Hearts is offering this summer for their virtual day programming.

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Lutherwood blogposts- Mental Health & Employment

Mental Health: Strategies and Resources for Youth to start normalizing the conversation about Mental Health
Employment: 10 Ways to stay motivated and healthy during COVID

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