Workshops

Baby and Toddler Talks: Cooking Your Own Baby Food

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable and, best of all, you know exactly what’s in it! At the end of this workshop the participants will be able to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby’s needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo has been working for FoodShare for many years as a facilitator for the Cooking Your Own Babyfood workshops.

Registration required. Students, staff, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and their partner are welcome to attend. 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.

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Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Session Dates (2022)
Faculty Monday, June 13

Monday, August 15

Monday, October 3

Monday, December 12

Staff Tuesday, June 14 (FULL)

Tuesday, August 16

Tuesday, October 4

Tuesday, November 1

Tuesday, December 13

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Online or other suitable arrangement. If your session is hosted online, you will receive a webinar link prior to the workshop.

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

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

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy/parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • 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!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff and faculty 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.

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

Date: Wednesday, July 6, 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.

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From Cohabitation to Divorce

Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This webinar (hosted by a family lawyer) is a must-attend event for anyone with questions about Family Law in Ontario. Whether you are separated from your spouse and seeking a divorce, or entering into a common-law relationship and considering getting a domestic contract, this webinar will answer your questions.

Participants will learn about the 5 main topics in family law: decision-making (“custody”), parenting schedule (“access”), property division, child support and spousal support. Alternatives to court will also be discussed (e.g. separation agreements, mediation, collaborative practice, mediation-arbitration, court).

Below are some common topics that will be covered:

  • How long do you have to live with someone before you are considered common-law partners?
  • How long do separated parents need to pay child support?
  • Am I guaranteed spousal support if I leave my spouse?
  • Do married persons and common-law partners have the same rights?

After the presentation, participants will be able to ask anything they want to know about family law. Participants can use the MS Teams chat box during the webinar and/or send in their questions in advance to the host: sasha@kpalawyers.ca.

Facilitator: An associate at KPA Lawyers, Sasha Faraone practises exclusively in the area of family law.

Sasha earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, she earned a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.) at the University of Toronto. She also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in Management and Organisational Studies, with a specialization in Human Resources. Sasha also received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from York University and aspires to be a mediator and educator in the not-so-distant future.

Sasha is passionate about family law and is known for her settlement-oriented approach to files. She is keen on resolving as many issues as possible out of court; which reduces both stress and costs for her clients.

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.

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Choosing Childcare that Works for your Family

Date: Friday, August 26, 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.

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Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities 2022

Date: Friday, September 23, 2022
Time: 10:00 am– 12:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The Family Care Office invites incoming and current students with family responsibilities to Orientation 2022!
Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others:

  • Meet university staff
  • Learn about services and resources on campus

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office by Thursday, September 15  and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities 2022 – Student Panel & Networking

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 om
Location: In person but if COVID restrictions apply then a webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for an opportunity to discover strategies and insights from current students with family responsibilities on how to adjust to university life. We will have a panel of three students who will talk about their experiences of being a student with family responsibilities.

After this panel, you are invited to join us for lunch at the OISE site of the U of T Early Learning Centre (ELC).

If you wish to bring your children some limited child care is available in the OISE ELC so please register your child as well! If your partner will be joining us for lunch, please register this individual.

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome.  Register by emailing your name, names and ages of your children if applicable, and if your partner will be joining us for lunch at family.care@utoronto.ca

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office by Thursday, September 15 and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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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.

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