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Thrive seeking volunteers for Street Reach program!
Thrive is currently looking for volunteers for our Street Reach program located
in Downtown St. John's.
Applicants interested in volunteering for the Street Reach program can forward their Resume to Youth Outreach Coordinator, Kristi Lavallee, at klavallee@thrivecyn.ca Please provide 3 references with your application.
For more information, contact Kristi Lavallee at klavallee@thrivecyn.ca or 754-0536 ext214.
We thank you for your application in advance.

Purposefulness as a Virtue

EPIC Enga ge™ is all about character, education and excellence at school work and community.  Our video posts are intended to dialogue, dare and deliver on virtues in the real world.  A few minutes at a time, exploring character on location. Today, we explore Purposefulness. Please click here to see more. We hope you engage and enjoy the videos as much as we love doing them.  Peace, passion and prosperity. 

Barry, Nicole and The EPIC Engage™ Team.

 Animal & Architectural Courses & Talent Show for Youth!!!

Spaces still available in the following City of St. John's, Recreation Division youth programs.

Here's how to register:  
  • Online www.stjohns.ca through RECconnect
  • In person at either H.G.R Mews Community Centre
  • Telephone at (709) 576-8499

Youth Learn To ... Animal Care
Learn about animal rescue, pet care, careers with animals and bite prevention.
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 6 to 8pm
Ages: 12 to 16 years
Location: Animal Care & Adoption Centre, 81 Higgins Line
Cost: $14

Youth Learn To ... Architectural Design
Learn how to build 3D graphical models of buildings using computer software. All necessary materials provided.
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 5 to 8pm
Ages: 12 to 16 years
Location: College of the North Atlantic, Ridge Road Campus
Cost: $21

9th Annual 'So You Think You've Got Talent?'
The Youth Talent Show is an annual event hosted by the City of St. John's, Recreation Division for youth aged 10 to 14 years. This is an opportunity for individuals or groups to display their artistic talents
(i.e., singing, dancing, drama, playing in a band, martial arts, poetry reading, etc.).

Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 2 to 5 PM
Location: LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria Street
Cost: FREE to all performers and audience members!
Deadline for applications: Monday, March 6, 2017.

Application forms can be dropped at the City of St. John's, Recreation Division main office:Crosbie Building, 1 Crosbie Place (Office Hours 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) OR send completed form via fax to (709) 576-8469 or e-mail recreation@stjohns.ca

 Housing First 101 Community Presentation
Please see invite to the Housing First 101 open session on Monday March 13. Other sessions during our training week are for a specific audience; this morning session is the most broad of the week and is appropriate for everyone from managers to front-line staff to students. The event can accommodate up to 200 people and light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by Tuesday March 7
 YWCA St. John's Women of Distinction 2017
2017 Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony
Gather your friends, colleagues and family members for the YWCA St. John's Women of Distinction Awards Celebration at The Bella Vista on Torbay Road on March 8th from 4:00-6:00pm.  YWCA St. John's proudly announces its 2017 Women of Distinction Awards which will take place on Wednesday, March 8 (International Women's Day). These prestigious awards celebrate the leadership and accomplishments of local women who contribute to the development and well-being of other women and to the overall improvement of the community.  This year we received 36 nominees and will be awarding recipients in eight categories as follows: Young Women of Distinction; Mentorship and Education; Arts and Culture; Wellness and Active Living; Community and Social Development; Public Affairs; Business; and Lifetime Achievement.  
The Awards Ceremony will include live music, cash bar, and refreshments served and will be emceed by Krysta Rudofsky (herself a former recipient of a Women of Distinction Award), and Her Honour Patricia Fagan, Honourary Patron of YWCA St. John's, will be presenting the awards.  For more information about the Women of Distinction Awards, full listing of nominees and past recipients, or to buy tickets, visit http://www.ywcastjohns.com/wod/.  Poster below with details. Please share!
Please note that award nominees receive two complimentary tickets (one for themselves and one for a guest), however nominators and additional guests will need to purchase tickets in order to attend.  We encourage you to promote the opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day with YWCA and with our amazing slate of nominees widely among your networks. 
Honour Her Campaign
The YWCA's in Atlantic Canada have joined forces for an Atlantic campaign to honour women and girls on International Women's Day. We are inviting the community to submit the name of an honouree who will be listed in a sponsored advertisement on IWD, for a $25 donation to YWCA. For more information visit http://www.ywcastjohns.com/honourher/. Poster below with details. Please share!


Mental Health Works program

CHANNAL's Hope Award application
CHANNAL's Hope Award application.
The HOPE Award will be given to an individual who has impacted someone's mental health recovery in an utmost supportive, understanding, and non-judgmental way. The individual is to be nominated by a peer in mental health recovery and they will have to agree to accept the award when presented at CHANNAL's Annual Stigma Awareness Week Variety Show on March 9, 2017.
Please submit applications by Friday, March 3, 2017.

SJNFC one-day Aboriginal Cultural Diversity Training Session
The St. John's Native Friendship Centre will be hosting a one-day Aboriginal Cultural Diversity Training Session on March 8, 2017. This is a great professional development opportunity which can help you and your organization in your awareness, as well as your work with the Aboriginal population we have here in our province. Registration is $100 per person. Please email training@sjnfc.com if you have any questions or would like to register!



CFUW's 2017 Great Big Book Sale



St. John's Women's Centre Calendar of Events
Volunteer with the NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre!
Volunteer with the NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre!

Our Crisis Line Volunteer Training is scheduled to take place in April and May! 
We have grown considerably in the past three years and now, more than ever, we need compassionate and dedicated individuals to listen, believe, and support the people who reach out to us.

 To receive more information about volunteering contact Janet at supportservices@endsexualviolence.com or 747-7757 ext. 3
Our volunteers are available 24/7 at 1-800-726-2743 to support anyone who has been impacted by sexual violence.

Public consultations on harassment and sexual violence
As some of you may know, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has been leading consultations on issues related to workplace harassment and sexual violence, which contributed to gathering valuable input so far to help ensure that federal workplaces are free from harassment and sexual violence.

ESDC is now entering the last phase of its consultations as the Department launches an online survey , which is open to all Canadians. Gathering the views of Canadians will help learn more about current issues and gain insight into personal experiences with these matters. 

We would like to ask you and your members to spread the word and encourage as many individuals as you can to participate in this online consultation.

You can follow @Labour_ESDC on Twitter and use the hashtag #ActionsMatter.

Thank you for your participation in this important consultation.

2017 Police and Peace Officer of the Year Awards (POYA)
March is here and the deadline for the 2017 Police and Peace Officer of the Year Awards (POYA) is fast approaching. Nominations are being accepted until March 20th 2017.
To nominate an officer for one of the three 2017 POYA awards, see the attached Call for Nominations. Nominations are being accepted in confidence for:

- Police Officer of the Year - Royal Canadian Mounted Police

- Police Officer of the Year - Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

- Peace Officer of the Year - employed for the preservation and maintenance
of the public peace or for the service or execution of civil processes.

Your help in distributing the attached information, nominating and/or
encouraging nominations of deserving officers would be greatly appreciated.
The 2017 POYA event is being planned for May 19th, 2017 at the Manuels
River Hibernia Interpretation Centre, Conception Bay South, NL.

Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council help to improve literacy skills!
Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council is offering an opportunity for literacy learners across Newfoundland and Labrador to improve reading, speaking and comprehension (in English) in a confidential and convenient way from home! We have purchased a licence for literacy learners to use the TOTI Virtual Teaching program! Registration is open across Newfoundland and Labrador but spots are limited. See the attached documents for requirement information and a registration form.

* This program is good for those who choose or are in need of independent distance learning. 
* It provides access for persons with disabilities.
* It provides access to those who live in rural and remote communities. 
* It can be accessed by employees in the workplace wishing to increase their literacy skills.
* It provides access by English as Second language learners.
* It provides access to learners already being served by one on one tutoring who wish to supplement their learning online.

Canada 150 Celebration - Youth Video Festival


Launch of PRS consultations and call for nominations
Call for Nominations for People Who Have Experienced Poverty
Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty


The Government of Canada is launching a call for nominations to select members for a ministerial advisory committee on poverty. The committee will complement other public consultation activities related to the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
The committee will be a forum for information sharing and independent discussion on poverty and poverty reduction. Committee members will advise the Minister on a range of poverty-related issues. The views gathered through committee discussions will play an important role in informing the development and implementation of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.
We firmly believe that it is important that people who have experienced poverty should be part of the committee. That is why we are reaching out to you for your help to identify potential candidates who have lived in poverty and who meet the following criteria:
  • currently living or having lived in poverty for at least three consecutive years over the last ten years and having been in receipt of government or private programs and services that help to reduce poverty (e.g. food banks, thrift stores, social assistance or welfare, disability benefits);
  • having the ability to participate in discussions, including ability to clearly present ideas, listen to others and suggest ways to find solutions;
  • available and willing to participate as a committee member for a 12-month period;
  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Please submit a letter of nomination in which you briefly describe how the candidate you are nominating meets the requirements above by providing examples for each requirement. Before submitting your letter of nomination, please ensure that: your candidate is interested in participating in the committee; they were informed of and provided with the privacy statement; they agree to be nominated; and they agree to be contacted by Employment and Social Development Canada for the purposes of the selection process for this committee.
You may submit your letter of nomination by:

Email:             povertyreduction@canada.gc.ca
Mail:                Social Policy Directorate
                        Advisory Committee on Poverty
                        140 Promenade du Portage, 3rd floor
                        Gatineau, QC  K1A 0J9

The deadline to submit your letter of nomination is Thursday, March 13, 2017, at 23:59 PST. Only letters received by this time will be considered.
Other committee members will include leaders, practitioners and experts in poverty reduction from areas such as academia, service delivery, business, and international academics or researchers on poverty. These individuals will be selected through a separate online public call for nominations.
For more information on the committee, we invite you to consult the attached Terms of Reference as well as the committee webpage .

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Annual Tax Clinics
Annual Tax Clinics will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel located at 25 Adams Avenue on:
Wednesday, March 15th - 2 pm - 4pm
Wednesday, April 12th - 2pm - 4pm 
For further information contact:
Jane Coombs
Program Director
New Hope Community Centre
Phone: 739-5806
   12th Annual Provincial Child and Youth Care Conference

The Child and Youth Care Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting its 12th Annual Provincial Child and Youth Care Conference:
Moments that Matter
The Conference will be in St. John's, NL on May 25 - 26, 2017 with Keynote Speakers: John Digney and Max Smart
We are requesting proposals for Workshop Presentations: please visit www.cycanl.ca to download the call for proposals and get more information about the Conference
This will be an opportunity for child and youth care practitioners and other professionals who work with children, youth and families to come together to network, share experiences, and participate in a dynamic and exciting educational event.  

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