January 2024

Focus on Families - Virtual Series

Join the Community and Family Coordinators as they explore topics related to the caregiver and family experience! Each information session will be followed by an informal coffee chat to debrief, share experiences and explore the topics covered. Download the flyer here.

Upcoming Sessions

Supporting Quality Participation in Physical Activity for Kids and Youth with Disabilities

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Playgrounds and sports programs are two of the many fun activities for children to participate in within their communities. Join Kelly Arbour- Nicitopolous, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, as she shares research and tangible strategies on how to support quality participation in physical activity for kids and youth with disabilities.  

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A Caregiver’s Guide to Summer Camps

Friday, March 1, 2024 from 12 to 1 p.m.

Learn about the summer camp opportunities and funding in both Simcoe County and York Region. We will also share practical tips and experiences related to summer camps from a parent perspective. 

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Quaker Product Recall Notice – January 2024

From Nov. 2023 to Jan. 2024, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars and Quaker Chewy Fruity Fun Granola Bars were made available to families at the three CTN locations below and have been discarded. 

  • The Common Roof - Simcoe Resource Centre - (165 Ferris Lane, Barrie, ON L4M 2Y1) 
  • Richmond Hill Multi-Service Hub - (13175 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, ON L4E 0G6) 
  • The Common Roof - Orillia Local Team Site - (169 Front Street South, Orillia, ON L3V 4S8) 

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your healthcare provider. If you have any of the recalled products at home, Health Canada is advising people to throw them out or return them to the location where they were purchased. For more info about the Quaker recall, visit the Government of Canada website for recalls and safety alerts here.

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Bell Let's Talk 2024 at CTN: Enhancing Resilience Workshop

On January 25th, continue the conversation around Bell Let's Talk Day and join CTN for a free virtual workshop led by Dr. Mary Louise Ireland from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Receive tools, strategies and coping mechanisms to help build resilience and manage stress in your life. This workshop will take place virtually on January 25th from 12 to 1 p.m. Download the flyer here.

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CTN's Winter Recreation Day at Blue Mountain

On January 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join CTN for some winter fun at Blue Mountain! Kids, youth and families can try out a variety of activities, including skating, tubing, adapted skiing and more. Blue Mountain will offer the following discounts to CTN families:

  • 40% off the price of a lift ticket for those participating in tubing, skating and skiing.
  • 40% off the price of a ticket for those participating in tubing and skating only.
  • Two tickets for family members/friends/caregivers will be included.

Payment will be made upon arrival. Download the flyer here.

Register here

York Region PA Day SibTeen Hangout!

Come bowling, mini putting and hang out with other teens on February 2nd from 12 to 3 p.m.! SibTeen is designed for siblings of kids and youth with disabilities and developmental needs aged 13 to 17 years old.

Meet peers in a recreational group setting where you can gain support, make friends and connect with other sibs in your community! Download the flyer here.

Register here

Winter Recreation Equipment Available Through CTN's Equipment Loan Program

The CTN Equipment Loan Program (ELP) has equipment that supports participation in a variety of winter activities for kids and youth with disabilities and developmental needs. Some of the winter equipment available includes a snow coach, sledges for adapted skating and hockey and Polar Ski sets. Our winter recreation equipment can be borrowed for up to two weeks by families of kids and youth with disabilities and developmental needs who live in Simcoe County or York Region.

Learn more about the ELP

Upcoming January Events

There are some great events this month for kids, youth and families. Check out the ones below and visit the calendar on our website for more events!

Our network calendar features events hosted by CTN, our partner organizations and other local community agencies that may be of interest to your family. New workshops, programs and events are added each week.

Check out all Network Events
Mental Health Resources and Support
CTN's Equipment Loan Program
CanChild's F-Words Winter Colouring Pages

CTN supports kids, youth and families by focusing on CanChild's framework of the F-words for Child Development. Every child with varying abilities has the right to have fun, enjoy friends, function as they are, access fitness, plan for their future and join in on family activities.

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