Family Violence: Laws & Supports

This workshop is led by METRAC: Action on Violence. The workshop is open to all U of T community members who are interested in learning more about laws and supports for those experiencing family violence. The workshop will give attendees tools and knowledge to support others who are experiencing family violence and to seek supports if they are experiencing family violence. The workshop will cover: New definition in the law that applies to both married spouses and common-law partners, what it means, including financial abuse and emotional abuse, who it applies to, and what they can do. Special rules about children, how does it apply in family law court cases, family violence and CAS, and supports/resources that are available.

Facilitator:METRAC’s Legal Director, Andrea Collins-Fitzpatrick. Andrea is a lawyer who was called to the Bar in Ontario and Manitoba and has a particular interest in access to justice and providing legal information in plain language.

University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are welcome. Partners and family members (including chosen family members) who are co-caregivers with U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are also 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.

See Metrac’s website for internet safety tips as well as Community Safety’s safety tips. Your activities on the internet can be tracked by somebody who wants to control you or find out what you’ve been doing online. The suggestions on Metrac’s site can help you cover your tracks as you use the internet. Please remember that none of these suggestions can protect you completely and you may want to use more than one suggestion.

 

Sharing (In)Fertility Journeys: A panel discussion

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: In-person 215 Huron St, 6th floor; joining the session virtually is possible – please email Natasja VanderBerg to indicate you need to join online

This discussion is an opportunity for members of the U of T community who are currently on a journey using assisted reproductive technology or considering one. We come together to share and create connections. Three members of the U of T community will share their experience using third party gametes (eggs or sperm) and surrogacy journeys. Please join us to learn more from those who have generously offered to share their experience and to meet others on fertility/family planning journeys. All genders and sexual orientations are welcome!

The event is primarily in-person, but an option is available to join online. For those joining in person, light refreshments will be available. Feel welcome to bring your lunch. The session is meant to be casual and social. Please email Natasja VanderBerg with any questions you hope will be addressed during the discussion at least one week in advance.

Family Budgeting 101

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.

Family Picnic for Students with Family Responsibilities & their Families

Location: Ramsden Park (Yonge Street, across from the Rosedale Subway Station)

The Family Care Office is hosting a family picnic! Come out with your family to meet other students and their families. Bring a blanket (if you can) and lunch for your family. The FCO will provide snacks and drinks, and arrange for fun activities for the children!

Self-Care for Caregivers

Date: Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The last thing caregivers need is another item to add to the to-do list and another thing to feel guilty about. In this interactive session, we will consider the complex experience of caregiving and all the feelings that come with that. Together we will discuss and practice simple strategies that don’t take much time at all and that can be easily incorporated into everyday life. We will reframe self-care and affirm what participants are already doing to cope with caregiving, already a uniquely difficult journey, now made even harder by the pandemic.

Facilitator: For two decades, Rebecca Higgins has worked in community and social services in a variety of capacities. Since 2010, she has specialized in mental health education. Rebecca has designed and facilitated workshops and webinars for a wide range of groups, including library staff, helping professionals, security guards, customer service professionals, children, youth, educators, and parents.

Rebecca has served as a panelist and presenter at many conferences and has provided consultation support to various community mental health initiatives. She worked for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Canadian Mental Health Association in both Ottawa and Toronto before starting her own business in 2018.

Rebecca has a Master’s degree in Social Work and a BA in English. Her first book, a collection of short stories called The Colours of Birds, was published by Tightrope Books in 2018 and re-released by Iguana Books in 2020.

Find Rebecca at www.mentalhealthworkshopstoronto.com.

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.

Fatherhood Under Pressure

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

What happens when the pressures of life seem to come from every direction?  Let’s talk about some strategies for caring for the relationships that matter most in the midst of the stresses life brings. This session will discuss:

  • Understanding our values
  • Living within our priorities
  • Developing stress management habits

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a marriage and family therapist focusing on men’s and couple’s issues, as well as, the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families 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.

Find Your Inner Hero – Online workshop for parents and children

During this one-hour webinar children and their parents will spend time together thinking about what makes someone a hero.  They will explore the hero-like characteristics of imaginary and real-life heroes while thinking about their strengths and personal power to make a difference in the lives of others. Children and parents will become heroes by engaging in an act of kindness whereby and will make a card for somebody they feel needs encouragement or support. For this activity, participants will need a piece of paper (A4 format, regular or construction), a pencil/pen and markers/crayons/coloured pencils. Participants can also prepare any other optional materials they might want to use to create a card they design.

Recommended for children 6 to 10 year and an adult family member.

Facilitator:  Nana Gulic is an Education Doctorate student at OISE’s Social Justice Education Department. She is a Child and Youth Worker with 16 years of experience in working with youth in Canada and internationally. With youth empowerment and engagement as the guiding premise, she worked in residential group homes, community development programs, elementary schools and international organizations. Her academic and professional passions are social and emotional skill development and democratic education. Nana is also a mother to a 9-year old boy for whom she wishes to become a caring, empathic and engaged citizen.

Fatherhood: A Father’s Guide to Building Character in Children (Webinar)

Date:  Friday, April 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The job of a parent is to help our children figure out how to live productive lives as they grow.  Too often we fall into the trap of focusing on behaviour and we miss the opportunity to encourage and teach them to build good character.  This workshop will give us some ideas of the importance of character over behaviour and how to instill good character as a pattern for our children’s growth.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a marriage and family therapist focusing on men’s and couple’s issues, as well as, the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario.

Family Event: U Can Move & Swim Meet

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 2:30 – 6:00 pm (please arrive by 2:15 pm at the turnstiles)
Location: U of T Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. (at Spadina)

Join Varsity Blues and Junior Blues for a fun-filled afternoon of activity!

Families will participate in the physical literacy activity then cheer on the Varsity Blues swim meet afterward!

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Multi Sport – Physical Literacy (children 4+ years of age)
3:30 pm Free pizza for families who participated in the multi sport – physical literacy
4:00 pm Varsity Blues swim meet at the Varsity pool

Family Swim Meet is free for U of T students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners and children!

To register for swim meet and pizza:
E-mail family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, status with U of T, ages of all participating children, and any dietary restrictions by Wednesday, November 13th.

Faculty Relocation Service Information Session (Staff only)

Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Centre for Learning, Leadership & Culture (LLC) formerly Organizational Development Learning Centre (ODLC), 215 Huron Street, 6th floor, Room 610

In this session, you will receive:

  • An overview of the service provided by the Faculty Relocation Service including how to arrange for appointments for prospective tenure and teaching stream faculty, and how to order faculty recruitment booklets
  • Information from guest speakers who will review Faculty Housing, Dual Career Connection, immigration, and recruitment

A light vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements