Choosing Childcare that Works for Your Family

Date: Friday, November 25, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

  • Find out what are the childcare options available
  • Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
  • Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
  • Learn about the latest changes in the system
  • Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

Registration required. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Elder Care: Understanding Caregiver Stress & Burnout

Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

In the presentation, you will learn about:
• the landscape of caregiving in Ontario.
• the difference between stress and burnout and common signs and symptoms of each.
• strategies to support you as a caregiver in identifying when you are feeling stressed or burned out.
• resources to support you at any step of your caregiving experience
• a brief overview of the resources and services you can receive from the Ontario Caregiver Organization

Facilitator: Shrid Dhungel works with The Ontario Caregiver Organization as the Regional Lead for Community Engagement, for the Central Ontario region, including the GTA. He has over 7 years’ experience in Canada in stakeholder and community engagement and in co-design work. He holds a Master in Public Health degree and has worked in global health initiatives in developing countries as well, all prior to him immigrating to Canada.

Registration required. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

How to Cope with Burnout

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Exhaustion. Overwhelm. Depletion. Stress. Mental health. These words have become common in our vocabulary over the last 3 years. And for good reason. Many of us are bursting at the seams, and cannot cope with what’s going on. If you can identify with anything mentioned, you may be experiencing burnout. We know that many people are experiencing this right now, in various forms. How do we navigate it effectively? Learning how to manage stress to be able to care for your kids, parents, and anyone in between is essential to stay out of burnout. Take time to invest in yourself today!

Facilitator: Tara Rhodes is a certified life and leadership coach, speaker and an award-winning facilitator and trainer. She is dedicated to helping people gain the clarity and confidence to advocate for the life they want to live, and then developing the healthy habits to make that a reality. She firmly believes that life is too short to live a life that makes you unhappy, and is on a mission to help her clients take control of their lives so they can share their unique gifts with the world. A wife and mom to two lively boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in her every day. You can find out more at on Tara Rhode’s website.

Let’s Talk About Childcare Subsidies

Date:Monday, November 21, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

While childcare costs in the GTA can be high, many families are eligible for government subsidies to help offset fees. In this webinar, City of Toronto staff will provide information on the subsidy process, from eligibility, to applying to finding a childcare centre where your subsidy can be used. Join us for more information on whether this is an option available to your family!

Facilitator: Peter Young, City of Toronto Children’s Services

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Student Caregivers Connect

Every Wednesday from 1 pm – 2 pm, student parents and caregivers are invited to come online for a virtual chat. This is a great opportunity to gain support and encouragement in a peer-to-peer environment. Family Care Office peer mentors will be present at all sessions. Drop in, starting November 23rd on MS Teams and get to know other student caregivers and parents like yourself!

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Webinar instructions will be emailed to you prior to the session

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for pregnancy and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Registration required. All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

PA Day Event: Family Fun at the Student Commons

Date: December 2nd, 2022
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Location: Student Commons, 230 College St. (event on the 4th floor, enter via the Huron St. doors)

Looking for an activity for the December 2nd PA Day? Bring your kiddos along for Family Fun at the Student Commons! From 12 pm – 4 pm, enjoy a free pizza lunch, cookie decorating, crafts and a visit from Toronto Wildlife. Please RSVP to family.care@utoronto.ca with number of attendees (adults and children) and any dietary needs. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Family Budgeting 101

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The Zoom link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

1+1 = 2. Most of the time. Sometimes it equals -3. Come to our webinar, Budgeting 101 and learn that math is the easy part of budgeting. The tough part is understanding your relationship with money (and acknowledging that you even have a relationship with money!). Like all relationships, some parts of it need work. Learn to identify those aspects of your money relationship that need improvement, how to make those improvements and to better understand your patterns of behaviour around money. Oh, and we will show you how to make a budget too, using a nifty easy to use excel file!

Facilitator: Tim St. Vincent is the Credit Counselling Society’s Financial Educator for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the GTA, he is based out of Winnipeg. Tim has over 25 years experience in Financial Services and is a retired Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Tim has also completed the Canadian Securities Course (Hons.) has achieved his Certificate in Management (C.I.M.) Hons. and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance. Tim believes strongly in the power of education, planning and acting on your plan.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and their family members – including children of appropriate ages – are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Dementia 101 for Caregivers

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

An Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias workshop for Family Caregivers

In this workshop, the agenda is as such:
• Differentiate between Alzheimer Disease and Dementia
• Understand characteristic brain changes in Alzheimer’s Disease, associated symptoms and remaining strengths
• Recognize the importance of self care
• Understand support services available in the community

Facilitator: Laura Smith-Baldi is a Public Education Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.
With over 25 years of experience in working with persons living with dementia and their care partners, she brings empathy and knowledge to her workshops and presentations. She is passionate about the topic and enjoys sharing her experiences in long term care, adult day programs, lived experience and other settings. Her background is unique in that she studied Recreation Therapy as well as Social Work and she taught at the College level and did many years of volunteer work in the community.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.