the National Senoirs Council meeting I attended was grand and well worth the time to
attend. The bonus included having supper with Lynda Palmer and a late
coffee on Friday with Kerry.
Here is the official news release
By next week The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors)
web site should have an update on the actual meeting and photo.
I spoke about the funding issues, denied laws, and how very little
govenment support we get. I took each person a information package on
CANGRANDS and did some grand networking too!
Betty Cornelius is President and Founder of Cangrands National Kinship Support, a Canadian organization. Tammy Brockhaus is 61 years of age, and widowed. She coordinates the Cangrands group in Huntsville, Ontario. They are both grandparent kinship carers. Among many tasks, they are activists for changes in law needed to establish grandparents’ rights relative to kinship caring. The explain kinship caring and why it’s needed, and describe their own family experiences to illustrate the value of kinship caring for grandchildren. They discuss the challenges faced by them and others like them, such as finances, getting support, and having their access to granchildren blocked. They explain the situations that cause grandparents to lose access to their grandchildren. They explore grandchildrens’ health problems like fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and explain why children with severe health problems do best when they are cared for by grandparents. They highlight things they want changed.
You can also listen to the one I did in May 2010 with Sherry at:
Friday night I got back from the 3 day pilot reseach project with a renewed sense of purpose and a promise to do even more for women’s health (especially kinship women) which was sponsored by the Ontario Women’s Health Network www.owhn.on.ca
The project was held at the Nottawasaga Inn which was 5 star all the way. The rooms were comfortable, the meals over the top (weight gained) plus the spa, pool and grounds awesome.
The best part was the unconditional support from the other 13 ladies taking part and that of the two profeeional faclitators. I have never spent so little time with folks yet come away feeling like I have so much in common with them. Despite a wide number of social deteriminants we realized we have far more in common than one would ever imagine. It was a true honor to met each and everyone of them.
I networked by handling out CANGRANDS kinship and denied issues information packages and secured commitments for them to share our information on websites and information meeting across the province.
The OWHN will be doing more of these workshops and still need women so if you are interested please call Julie or Christine 416-408-4840 to get your name on the list for the next one. The OWHN covers the transportation, hotel and all food and trust me it is well worth attending!
You can also order or down load for FREE a booklet on doing Womens Health Circles and Guide to Focus Groups plus Inclusion Research Handbook and Guide to Focus Groups are good guidelines for doing kinship circles!
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