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WRFN Family Pulse - August 2019

Inside the August issue of Family Pulse you will find information about:

  • What's Happening at WRFN 
    • A New Chapter
    • Find Your Passion
    • a school workshop with WCDSB & WRDSB
    • The 'Exceptional Swings' golf tournament
    • Camp Day
  • Coffee Club updates
  • "Navigating Periods of Transition" by WRFN Self-Advocacy Liaison, Cristina Stanger
  • Upcoming community events

Read the online version of Family Pulse or download a pdf copy.  

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WRFN Family Pulse - July 2019

In the July issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

  • SEAC updates
  • The WRFN Family Resource Coach role
  • What's happening at WRFN
    • A New Chapter
    • Find Your Passion
    • What Does the 2019/2020 School Year Look Like? (information session)
    • The "Exceptional Swings" Golf Tournament 
    • Camp Day! 
  • Coffee Club update
  • Upcoming events in the community and beyond

Read the online version of Family Pulse here or download the pdf version

 

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WRFN Family Pulse - June 2019

This month in Family Pulse we are discussing how to keep your child safe online. This is a hot-button issue for all children. Many of us did not have Internet when we were children, or were introduced as teenagers. The consequences of unsupervised Internet usage can be severe.

 

In this issue of Family Pulse you will also find:

  • SEAC Updates
  • Coffee Club update
  • What's happening at WRFN
  • Keeping your child safe online
  • Upcoming community events

You can read the June 2019 issue of Family Pulse online or download a pdf copy.

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WRFN Newsletter - May 2019

This issue of Family Pulse focuses on Self-Advocacy. Cristina, WRFN Self-Advocacy Liaison, shares her personal definition of self-advocacy and the 'selfs' that pave the way toward learning this skill. 


In this issue, we are also excited to share a recap from our Evening of Elegance fundraiser! We are grateful to our sponsors, donors and guests for making it such a successful night. 

 

Inside this issue:

  • SEAC Updates
  • WRFN's 5th annual Evening of Elegance
  • What's Happening at WRFN
  • Coffee Club Updates
  • The 'Selfs' that Pave the Way Toward Self-Advocacy
  • Upcoming Community Events

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WRFN's Evening of Elegance 2019

On April 26 we journeyed back to our roots at our 5th annual signature fundraising event, Evening of Elegance. Hosted at Luther Village on the Park, our guests enjoyed an elegant evening of mixing and mingling while tasting delicious wine, beer and cider – all paired with appetizing food selections.


Celebrating our 10th year as an organization, we took time to reflect on why we came to be, enjoying stories from some of our founding parents, Trish Coupal, Bobbi Holte, Monique Kaptein and Sue Simpson. We also experienced a captivating performance from Guelph Spoken Word artist, Danielle Workman. Danielle connected with WRFN families to learn of their journeys and from there wrote and performed an emotional piece, “Blessings Perceived.” You can watch Danielle’s performance at https://youtu.be/-n1VDZIt8k0.

 

Each year, at this time, WRFN is excited to honour an outstanding volunteer. This year is no exception as we honour Sue Furey – an amazing volunteer who has committed her time to WRFN for almost 10 years.


Sue began her involvement as one of our first Parent Mentor volunteers and continues to connect with parents traveling a similar journey today. She has been actively involved on our Governance and Nominations Committee, participates on parent panels sharing insight and experience with others, and attends forums and focus groups where she shares input, creative ideas and solutions beneficial to our community.


Sue is an outstanding WRFN volunteer – someone who listens, understands, and willingly and graciously walks alongside others, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience each and every day, so that they too can thrive.        


Our Master of Ceremonies, Mike Farwell, helped make the evening a success. With so many fantastic silent auction items it was easy to keep the excitement and competition alive! Guests were eager to buy raffle tickets for a two-hour Niagara Falls Scenic Flight Tour with Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre. Raffle tickets will be on sale until May 17. If you would like to support WRFN and have a chance to win this great prize please contact Krista.     


We would like to thank Heffner Lexus Toyota for their generous contribution as our event sponsor. A warm thank you to Luther Village on the Park for being our venue sponsor and the staff for all their hard work. Thank you to our corporate sponsors, Coupal Markou Commercial Real Estate Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Melloul-Blamey Construction. Thank you to all our silent auction sponsors. The night would not have been possible without all of your generous contributions!  


You can see pictures from the evening on the snapd Kitchener Waterloo website.   

 

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WRFN Newsletter - April 2019

The April 2019 issue of Family Pulse is now available.

 

In this issue:

  • WRFN's Evening of Elegance
  • SEAC updates
  • What if We All Said Congratulations?
  • What's happing at WRFN
    • Focus Group - Peer-Led FASD Caregivers Support Group
    • A New Chapter
  • Coffee Club update
  • Upcoming events in the community and beyond

Read the April issue of Family Pulse online here or download a pdf copy.

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WRFN Family Pulse - March 2019

In this issue of Family Pulse we are excited to share information about Evening of Elegance! Join us as we journey back to our roots for our 5th annual signature fundraising event. Enjoy an elegant evening of mixing and mingling while tasting delicious wine, beer and cider - all paired with appetizing food selections. 

 

Our spectacular silent auction includes a number of exciting items for you to bid on. We will also have a raffle you won't want to miss! All proceeds go directly to providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections for families, just like yours, of children with special needs. Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE

 

We also share lots of great information and events happening at WRFN and the community.

 

Inside this issue:

  • WRFN's 5th annual Evening of Elegance
  • SEAC Updates
  • Helping Your CHild Socially
  • What's Happening at WRFN
  • Coffee Club update
  • Upcoming Community Events

Read the March newsletter online here. Or, download a PDF copy.

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WRFN Newsletter - February 2019

We have lots going on this month! From events, to workshops and training opportunities make sure you check out the "What's Happening at WRFN" section.

 

We also have a fantastic article by Cristina, our Self-Advocacy Liaison. Cristina shares some of her insights on grieving a diagnosis through different life stages.

 

In this issue of Family Pulse you will find information about:

  • SEAC updates
  • Our annual fundraiser, Evening of Elegance
  • What's Happening at WRFN
    • "Supporting students with Learning Disabilities in Waterloo Region" workshop
    • 2019 Summer Camp & Recreation Fair
    • "Supporting Caregivers - Success For All" FASD workshop for Service Providers
    • "Nourishing the Caregiver - The Importance of Self-Care" workshop for Caregivers living with FASD
    • Ask A Self-Advocate
    • School-Issues Parent Support Group
    • WRFN Outreach at EarlyON Centres
    • Kaleidoscope Kids
    • Communication My Way
  • Coffee Club
  • The Cycle of Grief and Acceptance Across One’s Life Stages

  • Upcoming Community Events

 

Read the February issue of Family Pulse online here or download a PDF copy.

 

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WRFN Newsletter - January 2019

We hope you all have an enjoyable holiday and are ready to take on 2019! In this issue of Family Pulse you will find information about:

  • the WRFN Annual Appeal
  • SEAC Updates
  • What's Happening at WRFN
  • Smart WR Wants to Hear from You!
  • Coffee Club Update
  • Upcoming Community Events

Read the January issue online here or download a PDF copy.

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WRFN Newsletter - December 2018

Just like that it's December! In this edition of Family Pulse you will find information about:

  • SEAC
  • the WRFN Annual Appeal
  • WRFN E.D. Recognized for Leadership
  • What's happening at WRFN
  • Coffee Club updates
  • Perfect Pitch
  • Reducing Holiday Stress
  • Upcoming community events

Read the online version of Family Pulse here.

Down a PDF copy here.

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