How to Unlock the Best in our Children and Ourselves

We all want to help our kids become caring, courageous, positive and principled people. But in today’s hectic, information-overdosed world there seem to be a thousand influences on them that we are not always happy about. And when they don’t act like the kind of people we hoped they would be, we often feel out of control, out of ideas and worried about how to turn things around.

Would you like to see your children:

  • Taking greater initiative at home and school?
  • Able to put themselves in others’ shoes?
  • Taking more responsibility for their actions?
  • Valuing togetherness as a family and wanting to spend more time with you?
  • Consistently treating peers, adults and themselves with respect?
  • Being honest even when the truth is difficult to share?
  • Courageously facing fears and persisting through challenges?
  • Less influenced by negative peer pressure and able to stand up for what they believe in?

Join Sara Dimerman for a one hour seminar (plus Q & A) on how to accomplish this.


Sara Dimerman has been a therapist and educator for over twenty years. She is one of North America’s most trusted parenting and relationship experts and the author of three books – ‘Am I A Normal Parent?’, ‘Character Is the Key’ and a book for couples – ‘How can I be your Lover when I’m too Busy being your Mother?’

A complimentary copy of Sara’s book ‘Character at the Key’ will be given to one of the seminar’s attendees as part of a draw. Everybody else can purchase Sara’s book after the workshop at a discounted rate of $20.00.

Visit or folllow Sara @helpmesara

How to Own Your Own Your Dream Home

Come out and learn first hand everything you need to know about buying and owning your own dream home.

  • Identify the major factors to be considered, and decide if home ownership is right for you
  • Identify resources available to first time home buyers
  • Assess your housing needs
  • Determine various costs of home ownership and what you can afford to buy

Presented by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation,Housing Services and the Family Care Office at U of T

How to Have Great Family Vacations on a Shoestring Budget

Join us for ideas on how to plan fun-filled vacations with your child/children without breaking the bank. This practical session will answer participants’ questions, such as:

  • Which attractions can my kids and I see for free?
  • How can I save money on accommodation and meals?
  • Which websites can help me find cheap plane tickets?
  • How can I take my kids to Disneyworld without blowing the family budget?

Facilitator: Robert Lynn, Portfolio Manager at U of T Rotman School of Management

How to Find Reliable & Quality HomeCare Services

This workshop will help you find a Nanny or a Caregiver who is the ‘right fit for your family’, who shares your values and has required qualifications and training for the job.

At the end of the workshop you will be familiar with:

  • The Live-in Caregiver Programme which brings foreign Nannys/Caregivers to Canada, or employs people already living in the GTA
  • Interview techniques, reference checks and preparing a contract
  • The costs of this type of child/elder/special needs care in your home
  • Experiences of other people who hired a Nanny on their own


  • Arlene Stein, Director of Events and Catering, Hart House
  • Samira Lall, Amacare Inc, Nanny Recruitment and Placement Agency
  • Kaye Francis, Manager of the Family Care Office, currently on maternity leave
  • A representative from Intercede, non-profit community based organization for the rights of domestic workers, caregivers and newcomers

How to Choose the Right Elementary School for Your Child with Special Needs

This session will help parents determine what factors should be taken into account when choosing an elementary school to enable children to reach their full learning potential.

In this session you will:

  • Learn about how the Toronto District School Board works to accommodate childrens special needs both in a variety of mainstream classroom environments and in Intensive Support programs;
  • Find out how to work with the school if your child has special needs or needs extra resource help.

Panelists: Karen Falconer, TDSB Superintendent; Cindy Jaques, TDSB Coordinator (Acting), Low Incidence Special Education; and Dr. Mary Pugh, U of T Faculty, Special Needs Parent and Member of the TCDSB Special Education Advisory Committee

How to Choose the Right Secondary School for your Child

This session will help parents determine what factors should be taken into account when choosing a secondary school. Parents will:

  • Learn about Toronto District School Board secondary schools including alternative & specialized schooling options;
  • Find out what questions you need to consider in your decisions and what resources are available to help you decide;
  • Find out how to work with the school if your child has special needs, needs extra resource help, or is interested in certain extracurricular activities.

Panelists: Karen Falconer, TDSB Superintendent and Sheryl Freeman, Principal at Central Technical School

How to Choose the Right School for Your Child

This session will help parents determine what factors should be taken into account when choosing an elementary and junior high school to enable children reach their full learning potential.

  • Learn about Toronto District School Board elementary, alternative and specialized schools, such as: French Immersion Schools, Alternative Schools or Afrocentric Alternative Schools
  • Find out how to work with the school if your child has special needs, needs extra resource help, or is interested in extracurricular activities

Discussion Panellists:

  • Karen Falconer, TDSB Superintendent
  • Angela Marsh, TDSB School Principal

How not to fall through the cracks — a Single Parents’ Guide to Financial Survival

Are you a single, undergraduate student parent? Having trouble staying afloat? Do you want to learn and exchange tips about financial survival? Come to the Single Parents’ Financial Survival Workshop organized for students by students to learn about:

  • money management and budgeting
  • credit and debt — how to manage it and what to do when things go wrong
  • access to scholarships, grants, bursaries, and community resources
  • transitioning from Ontario Works

This event is sponsored by a number of U of T Departments, including Admissions & Awards, Woodsworth College, and UTSU.

Homeschooling Information Session

Have you ever considered of homeschooling for your children? Are you looking for more information on one of the various education options available for kids in Ontario? If you answered yes to either of these questions, this workshop is for you. The Homeschooling Information Session will give you a chance to learn about homeschooling and get answers to all of your burning questions. Through this session you will:

  • Learn how homeschooling works in Ontario including related regulations and processes
  • Gain a better understanding of the benefits and potential challenges of homeschooling
  • Learn about creating a learning curriculum and finding resources and support
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and gain insight from a parent who homeschooled his child

Facilitator: Carlo Ricci is a Professor at the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, a representative with the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents and a parent who homeschooled his daughter. Professor Ricci founded and edits the Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning (JUAL). He has published a number of books and articles including, The Willed Curriculum, Unschooling, and Self-Direction: What Do Love, Trust, Respect, Care, and Compassion Have To Do With Learning? (2012) and Natural Born Learners: Unschooling and Autonomy in Education (co-edited with Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko (2014).His research interests include Unschooling; Homeschooling; Holistic Education; Self-determined Learning; Free Schools; Democratic Schools; Online Learning; Technology and Learning; Play; Natural Learning; Curiosity; Willed Learning; and the Willed Curriculum.”

Helping Your Child Succeed in School

  • Are you concerned about how your child is doing in school?
  • Are you unsure about how to approach a parent-teacher conference?
  • Join an experienced teacher and a principal to discuss topics including: choices of school programs, parent-teacher relationship, parent involvement, and LGBTQ concerns.

*This will be a general presentation and it is not necessary that your child attends this school.