(In)Fertility Walk and Talk

Part of the FCO’s (In)Fertility Journeys series, (In)Fertility Walk and Talk events are lunch-hour walks that will be an opportunity to connect with others with intersecting journeys. Please email Natasja VanderBerg to indicate your interest in participating. If there is sufficient interest, walks will take place on each campus. All genders and sexual orientations are welcome!

General Rights of Women Experiencing Interpersonal Violence

Hosted by the Family Care Office and the Community Safety Office, 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 women experiencing interpersonal violence. The workshop will give attendees tools and knowledge to support others who are experiencing interpersonal violence and to seek supports if they are experiencing interpersonal violence. The workshop will cover: What are the general rights of women experiencing interpersonal violence, rights of women at work, getting help in court, protection orders, how police become involved, getting legal help, safety planning, supports/ resources that are available.

Riya Thomas is a Law student from the University of Toronto. Riya is doing a placement with Pro Bono Students Canada and METRAC. She will be present with her supervisors, lawyers Andrea Collins-Fitzpatrick and Estella Muyinda, who will be available to answer any questions.

Registration required. 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.


 (In)Fertility Journeys

The Family Care Office will be hosting a series of events and workshops related to fertility in the spring. The series is an opportunity for members of the U of T community who are on journeys, or considering journeys, that involve assisted reproductive technology and/or third-party reproduction to come together to learn and create connections.

All genders and sexual orientations are welcome!

The (In)Fertility Journeys series consists of:

Identities @ Work: Balancing Job Searching, Work & Caregiving

In this interactive dialogue, co-hosted by Career Exploration & Education and the Family Care Office, we will:

  • Acknowledge and identify systemic barriers caregivers face when seeking and maintaining employment
  • Explore how to identify employers that support the priorities and needs of caregivers
  • Learn how to honor caregiving skills on your resume, and how and when to address resume gaps
  • Develop structures of support and identify resources that can support you in finding balance between job-seeking, working and caregiving

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Managing Parenting Pressures During a Pandemic

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

Parenting is difficult in the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. In this webinar we will discuss some of the pressures parents are experiencing as families try to work, study, live and play in close quarters and constant company. We will validate struggles, reflect on shifting expectations during a pandemic and consider strategies for navigating this difficult time without adding additional pressures or lists to participants. Good enough is good enough, especially right now.

Facilitator: Rebecca Higgins has worked in community and social services for over 17 years, specializing in mental health education since 2010. Rebecca has been facilitating workshops on behalf of CMHA Toronto since 2015, and has produced and delivered curricula and resources for the CMHA Ottawa Branch and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

Introduction to Fertility

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor St W, Room OI 2286

Attend this workshop to get the facts on fertility from Dr. Marjorie Dixon, the CEO & Medical Director of Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health.

During the one-hour session, Dr. Dixon will cover:

  • An overview of fertility
  • Issues, symptoms and causes
  • Fertility myths
  • Treatments and costs
  • Supports and services in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Facilitator Bio:

Dr. Marjorie Dixon is the founder of Anova Fertility – Canada’s first full service fertility centre with a next generation embryology laboratory. Dr. Dixon is a graduate of the McGill University’s School of Medicine. Her initial postgraduate training was at the University of Toronto, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her passion for reproductive medicine continued during her postgraduate training with a 3-year subspecialty, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology accredited fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Vermont. Dr. Dixon is an active member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and holds the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, where she actively participates in medical student and resident education. She continues to be an invited speaker at both national and international conferences in her field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Internet Safety

Increase your awareness of how your kids are using the Internet and the issues they may encounter along the way with Dave Richards, a 30-year veteran with the Toronto Police force. Having worked in a variety of law enforcement areas, including Crime Analyst and the Youth Bureau Officer, he offers an expertise in the dos and don’ts of surfing the net.

International Spouses / Partners Support Group

An informal self-support group for all International faculty, staff and student spouses/partners. The group meets every other Friday to share information, to participate in fun activities, to practice English with each other and get professional advice on topics such as: health care, child care, immigration, career information, community services and volunteering. A group that will make your adjustment to life in Canada easier.

Intercultural & Interfaith Partnerships: How to Make Your Relationship Work

This panel discussion is an opportunity for individuals to reflect on the positive aspects and the challenges of interfaith and cross-cultural relationships. How do you negotiate differences? How could this impact on parenting? What about other family relationships?

Panellists will speak from a professional knowledge of conflict resolution, relationship counselling and also from personal experience. There will be an opportunity for questions and conversation amongst the panellists and the audience.


  • Garth Yarde, Coordinator of Conflict Resolution, St. Stephen’s Community House
  • Nancy Ross, MA, Member CAPT, Clinical Member OSP
  • Lisa Schlaich and Fisseha Belay, OISE graduate students

This workshop is sponsored by the Campus Chaplain Association, Family Care Office, and The Multi-Faith Centre.