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1.  January 15, 22, & 29

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) has announced a Strengthening Families Together Program to be held on four consecutive Wednesday evenings in January (8, 15, 22, & 29) from 6 to 8 pm at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, 1145 Carling Avenue, in Room 1420.  The fee is $50.

For more information, see the flyer, visit the registration link, or contact Sheila Deighton, Family Service Coordinator, at 613-722-6521, Ext. 7775.

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2.  The Friendship Support Group (FSG), a peer support group of adults living with mental illness sponsored by the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA), announced its Activity Calendar for January.  The Group meets on Wednesdays for an evening of friendship and engagement at the Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Road.  For more information, contact Crystal and Sara at 613-860-7800 or Email fsg@micaontario.com.

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3.  The Family Peer Support Group in Carleton Place has published a flyer listing its monthly meetings from January to June for caregivers with loved ones facing mental health challenges.  For further information, contact Linda Camponi (camponi@storm.ca) or Ed McEwen (edmcewen51@gmail.com), or call Lanark County Mental Health at 613-257-5915 or 613-283-2170.

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4.  The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre has released its Family Information Group and Family Support Group 2020 Schedule.  Due to the growing popularity of this free programming, preregistration is required for each session.  Open the flyer or visit The Royal’s Website to register using the links provided.

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5.  January 20

The first free information session of 2020 at The Oasis in Kanata will feature two speakers who will provide important information for caregivers about strategic financial planning and debt avoidance.

Barb Gladwish, a Personal Financial Planner, will provide an overview of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and will cover requirements to qualify, contribution limits, age limits, the RDSP Grant and Bond, and details about accessing funds.  Barb will also cover other tax credits for caregivers and people living with mental illness.

Maureen Parent, a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional, Licensed Insolvency Trustee and Consumer Proposal Administrator, will offer information on budgets, financial power of attorney, and debt and credit management.  Maureen will provide strategies and tips to help caregivers to manage their own finances and provide support to their loved ones.

Date: Monday, January 20.   Time: 7 pm.   Location: Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata.

See poster or Email info@TheOasisKanata.ca for details.

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6.  January 22

Partners for Planning (P4P) has announced a free Webcast entitled Clarifying the Ontario Disability Support Program for 2020 to take place on Wednesday, January 22, at 7 pm.
In this new Webcast, disability expert and advocate Graeme Treeby clarifies changes to the program while providing an overview of how to qualify for ODSP and the application process.  This Webcast will provide an overview of:
  • The state of ODSP under the current government
  • How to qualify and apply for ODSP
  • Definition of disability under ODSP
  • Employment Supports and how work impacts ODSP.

If your loved one with a disability requires financial help with basic living expenses, including medical expenses, they could be eligible for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  Understanding how this program works and how to maintain it alongside other financial resources will ensure your loved one continues to receive this support for as long as he or she may need it need it.

Following this presentation, Graeme will be available for a live Q & A. 

To register, click here.

Partners for Planning has also produced an Action Guide: Figuring Out Funding and Support which outlines the different funding and supports a person with a disability can qualify for, including information on ODSP.

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7.  March 21 – June 20

For the fifth consecutive year, The Oasis in Kanata will partner with the Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder (ON-BPD) to offer the very popular 12-week Family Connections course.  This year’s course will run on Saturday mornings, from 9:30 to noon, from March 21 to June 20.  This course is free.  You may find more information about the course on the ON-BPD Website and in the Family Connections course brochure.  If interested, register by clicking here.  The course fills up quickly, so register soon if you wish to experience all the benefits this very effective course has to offer.

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NOTE: The Oasis in Kanata does not endorse the above sessions, programs, research projects, or their content, nor does it derive any benefit from the organizations or individuals involved, but merely wishes to bring the above to your attention.

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