Community news

1.  Month of March

The Oasis in Kanata‘s Art Fundraiser has now been officially launched.  Click on this link to view the paintings which have been donated by local artists.  To purchase a painting, follow the instructions found on the above link.  To view the paintings in person, go to the Wild Oat Bakery, Café, and Farm, located at 819 Bank Street.  Paintings will be on display until the end of March.  All proceeds will go to support the program.

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2.  March 20

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) will offer a Webinar, entitled “Understanding ADHD’s Impact on Adult Relationships,” on Wednesday, March 20, from 7 to 8 pm.

ADHD can be a significant factor in a variety of relationship problems.  However, when those within the relationship understand how ADHD plays a role in the relationship, misinterpreted motives and hurt feelings can be mitigated.  Find out what to do, what not to do and how to use your new understanding of ADHD to improve your relationship.”

Free for members; $10 for non-members.  To register, click here.

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3.  March 21

The next presentation in the Conversations at The Royal series is entitled “To Be or Not to Be,” and will be held on Thursday, March 21, starting at 7 pm, in The Royal’s Auditorium.  Registration is required (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

This will be an open discussion of gender identity and mental health featuring a panel with lived experience and the medical perspective with Dr. Layman-Pleet.

Individuals who identify as transgender tend to experience higher rates of mental health issues than the general population.  At the interpersonal and community levels, transgender populations often experience high levels of both perceived and internalized social stigma, social isolation, discrimination, and victimization.  Extreme social exclusion and lack of acceptance of transgender populations in different settings diminishes their self-esteem and ability to participate in social events.  These situations often lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health difficulties among this population.

For more information, contact Sue Walton at sue.walton@theroyal.ca.

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4.  March 22

The Parents’ Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLE0) has partnered with Ottawa Public Health to host a dinner and discussion on Friday, March 22, from 6 – 8 pm, with Ottawa parents of children and youth facing mental health and addiction challenges. They’re seeking guidance about how these organizations can do their part to make accessing information, services, and resources better for parents and families.  This will be a confidential, small group event.  Dinner and an honorarium will be provided, as well as transportation support, as needed.  Space is limited.  To register, click here.  See the poster for full details.

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5.  March 26 – April 23

The Champlain Dementia Network and The Dementia Society is pleased to offer a free, five session (one session/week) learning and support series to family caregivers of people living with dementia.

This series is conducted online with a facilitator from the Teepa Snow Positive Approaches to Care program.  At the last session, a Dementia Care Coach will be present to discuss ongoing local support, education, and resources.

Family members may join the session starting on Tuesday, March 26, by entering the promo code “CHECK” to register for free.

  • Tuesday evening series, (for care partners of people with younger onset dementia), March 26 – April 23, 7 to 8:30 pm.

Participants only need access to a laptop that has video conferencing capabilities.  For more information on the series, ask a Dementia Care Coach or click on the highlighted link above.

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6.  March 27

The Ottawa Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA) has announced a free information session entitled “Anxiety in School-Aged Children” featuring guest speaker Dr. Jean Clinton.  Both parents and teachers are expressing increased concern about the number of children exhibiting anxiety.  This talk will explore what some of the causes may be and some strategies for helping.  The event will take place on Thursday, March 2, from 7 to 9 pm, at St. Paul High School, 2675 Draper Avenue, Ottawa.  All parents are invited, regardless of which school or school board their child attends.  To register, click here.

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7.  March 28 to May 30

The Partners for Planning Network (P4P), an Ontario network with over 100 partner organizations, offers free resources designed to empower people with disabilities, families, and caregivers to create meaningful lives and secure futures, firmly rooted in community.  The P4P has announced a series of upcoming Webinars:

  • March 28: Wills, Trusts, and Estates.
  • April 11: Introduction to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • May 6: Trustees: Roles and Responsibilities.
  • May 14: Introduction to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • May 23: Staying Strong and Resilient.
  • May 30: All about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

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8.  April 4

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre‘s (The Royal) Family Support Program – “Caring for Caregivers” – announced its Schizophrenia Education Series, which will run for four consecutive Thursdays, from 6 to 8 pm, at 1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa Conference room 1425.  All are welcome, family caregivers as well as the person they are supporting.  Pre-registration is not required.  These sessions will be held in English.

April 4, Introduction to Schizophrenia: a Psychiatrist from the Schizophrenia and Recovery Programs will provide an introduction to Schizophrenia and The Royal’s Schizophrenia Program.

April 11, Understanding the Mental Health Act and Community Treatment Orders:  Kelly Kilbreath, MSW, RSW, CTO Coordinator will demystify the legislation and inform family caregivers on what they need to know.

April 18, Questions about Medications and Treatment?: a member of the Schizophrenia and Recovery Program Team will describe various treatment approaches including medications and rationales.

April 25, Consumers share their stories: learn from a client’s lived experience of mental illness and journey through recovery.

Click here for a poster.

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9.  April 6

A free-will offering will be collected to support The Oasis in Kanata program at Glen Cairn United Church’s annual spring concert, “The Life of Brian,” to be held on Saturday, April 6, at 7 pm.  The concert will celebrate the career of Rev. Brian Copeland, retiring after a 40-year career in ministry, including 13 years serving Glen Cairn United.  Location: 140 Abbeyhill Drive in Kanata.  Refreshments will be served following the concert.  All are invited!  See the poster for details.

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10.  April 8

The Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre has opened registration for an open peer support group, on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 pm, at the McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy Street, Ottawa.  Email programcoordinator@hopewell.ca to register.

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11.  April 12

The Bruyère Research Institute will present the research findings of Dr. Andrew Frank, a cognitive and behavioural neurology researcher and Medical Director of Bruyere’s Memory Program, at a free presentation entitled “Can Alzheimer’s Disease Be Stopped” on Friday, April 12, from 10 am to noon, at the Stirling Park Retirement Community, 310 Titan Private, in Nepean.  Sponsored by Retire-at-Home Services.

RSVP at 613-325-7433 or click here to register online.

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12.  April 15

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) will offer a Webinar, entitled “ADHD and Marijuana,” on Monday, April 15, from 7 to 8 pm.   The presenter will be Dr. Michael Allan, a Psychologist in private practice.

This webinar will provide information about the relationship between ADHD and Marijuana [THC], what we know about the safety and concerns with Marijuana, and will present the most recent scientific evidence.

Cost $10 (free for members).   Click here to register.

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13.  April 16

Mood Disorders Ottawa’s (MDO) Speaker Nights are held on the third Tuesday of every month (September to May, excluding January and February) at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, 3rd Floor, from 7:30 to 9 pm and are open to the public.

On April 16, the presenter will be Sara Richardson-Brown, a Recreation Therapist with The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.  Her presentation is entitled Wellness Through Leisure, and will provide an overview of the concept of Wellness, the importance of Play, and how engagement in Leisure and Recreation can help increase overall health and well-being.  Benefits and recommendations from research literature will be discussed along with strategies to utilize leisure and recreation in one’s wellness plan.

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14.  April 30

Mood Disorders Ottawa (MDO) presents Meditative Drawing: “Did you know that the simple act of creating repetitive marks, shapes and lines is a great way to clear your mind, to be in the moment and let yourself relax?  That drawing can be an easy way to reduce stress because there is no right or wrong way…there is only your way.  This session will introduce you to the beauty and ease of putting pen to paper as a way to practice / experience mindfulness.  You will discover that through this process, you are creating intuitively and, like magic, a piece of art emerges that is as beautiful and unique as you, every time.  No previous drawing experience needed, just bring yourself and your curiosity.  Facilitated by Solange D. and peer support by Kim H.

Tuesday, April 30, 7 – 9 pm, 4th floor, 1355 Bank Street.  Register by Emailing mdogrp@gmail.com or calling 613-526-5406.  Maximum of 15 participants.  Fee: $3

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15.  May 1

The Plan Institute, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a non-profit social enterprise that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by collaborating on community-based projects, offering a suite of learning initiatives, and advocating for policy reform.  The Institute has announced a free tele-seminar to provide information on opening, managing, and benefiting from a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

The seminar can be attended from anywhere by telephone or computer on the following Wednesdays (NOTE: the time has been converted from Pacific to Eastern Time; click on the underlined date to register for this particular session):

  • May 1 (10 pm to midnight).

Call-in info will be Emailed upon registering.  For more information, Email info@rdsp.com.

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16.  May 4

The Centre for ADHD Canada and the University of Ottawa’s ADHD and Development Lab are hosting a workshop, “Understanding ADHD in the Home and at School,” on Saturday, May 4, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the University of Ottawa’s Desmarais Hall, DMS 12102, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa.   This workshop is geared to parents and educators, adults and adolescents with ADHD and their families, and health and medical professionals.

Cost: $30 (lunch is included)  Click here for full details and to register.

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17.  The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) offers a variety of family groups and learning opportunities:

  • Forensic Program Family Education:  whether or not a relative is involved in the Forensic System, material covered will be useful in a number of other situations.  This series is open to the public.
  • Forensic Family Support Group: this is a closed group specifically for families involved in the past or at present with forensic services.
  • Schizophrenia Education Series: this four-part series will be held in April, 2019, and is open to the public.
  • Geriatric Program Family Support: this program is open to the public, but registration is required.
  • Caring for Caregivers Family Information Group and Family Support Group: this program is open to the public and available at The Royal and in Pembroke.

For information about any of the above support programs or educational series, contact Juliet Haynes, Regional Family Support Program Coordinator, at juliet.haynes@TheRoyal.ca.

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18.  Project Trauma Support is a Canadian program based in Perth, Ontario, which addresses Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Operational Stress Injury, and Moral Injury in military personnel and first responders by providing a destination and a program where participants can convene in a safe community of their peers.

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19.  Changing CARE: Embrace, an initiative of The Change Foundation with Cornwall Hospital’s Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre and Cornwall & District Family Support Group, has produced a series of guides for caregivers to help them plan for their loved one’s discharge from an inpatient mental health facility: Discharge Implementation Guide, Discharge Checklist for the Family Caregiver pamphlet, and Discharge Checklist for the Family Caregiver.

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20.  Smart Home: Dementia Wandering Solutions

The Bruyère Research Institute, in collaboration with Champlain LHIN, Carleton University, The Dementia Society, and Carefor, is currently recruiting participants for a free trial to test an innovative in-home technology system to detect when a person with Dementia gets out of bed, guide them safely to a bathroom and back by turning on/off lights, coax them back to bed using verbal messages that tell them it’s night time, and notify their caregiver if they are about to open a door or leave the home.

The trial will test and evaluate the reliability and usefulness of the system, its impact on helping caregivers improve their quality of sleep and reduce their stress levels, and how the person with Dementia reacts to the system.

The experimental system is designed to be flexible and personalized: the researchers will work together with individual caregivers to design solutions that best meet their needs.

To learn more, telephone 613-562-6262, Ext. 1677, or Email tafeta@bruyere.org.

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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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