Friday, August 31st
Even though BHC's Rock the Block is happening in August, it's so important that we have to mention it in this, our September newsletter. We've even sent this issue to you a little early to give you one final reminder about the event. Bring your friends and family to hear performances by Molly Henderson, Grace Bakker, and Matt Chaffey of The Split. Hosted by Sam LaPrade of "An Hour to Give", the proceeds from this fundraiser will be going to BHC's Nourish Family Food Centre. We hope to see you there!

A real eye-opener

Join our Netflix Documentary Club

Once a month, over the next year, we'll be showing a series of important and informative documentaries. The first one will be screened on Thursday, September 13th from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Called  "FREIGHTENED - The Real Price of Shipping" , it reveals the mechanics and perils of cargo shipping and in doing so makes clear the hidden environmental and human cost of cheap clothes.

"90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilisation; without it, it would be impossible to fulfill the ever-increasing demands of our societies. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all. Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public's eye, behind barriers and check points. The film answers questions such as: 
  • Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business? 
  • To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? 
  • How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line? 
  • What is life like for modern seafarers? 
Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, FREIGHTENED reveals, in an audacious investigation, the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry."

Since space is limited to see this documentary, please  speak to Phil to reserve a spot for yourself. 

(This is the only one of our films that isn't available on Netflix. If you're interested, login to the Ottawa Public Library to stream it for free.)

A great activity for kids

Cooking with Kids at Bethany

Every Saturday the Nourish  "Friends with Food" program happens for kids 7-12 at Bethany Hope Centre. We cover many different topics such as healthy eating habits, seeds to stalks, and nutrition. There are always lots of activities including field trips, games, cooking classes and more. This program is generously funded by the Telus Community Foundation, and we are
very grateful for their support!

Our young chefs had a great month in the kitchen. We have been so impressed watching them become more comfortable with kitchen tools and following recipes. We celebrated their graduation from the program on August 25th! Our young grads went home with a certificate, apron and cookbook, and from  Ottawa Public Health - Healthy Kids promotion they received a lunchbox, water bottle, skip rope and many other items. Thank you, OPH! 

The chefs were very happy to receive these goodies that will help nourish their growing talents. We are very proud of everything they have accomplished. We hope they take the skills and tools they've learned and use them everyday. Way to go!

If your child is between 7-12 and is interested in our September program (beginning September 15th) , please talk to Tori at the front desk 613-725-1733.

Dental Screening coming to BHC

Need a dentist?

BHC's Dental Screening Clinic is on 
Friday Sept 28 from 9:00 - 11:30.

This is a great, FREE opportunity to find out what's going on with you and your children's teeth. This screening will give you some answers and provide you with information about next steps, should there be any. 

Children may already be eligible for free care through Healthy Smiles Ontario, and the  City of Ottawa offers many other dental clinics


If you haven't had regular dental care, or haven't had positive relationships with dentists, this is a great chance to change things for the better. This may be an important first step for you and your children to develop trust with dental health practitioners and start thinking about the importance of dental health.

Sign-up with BHC's Nurse Cathy in the Health Centre
613.725.1733 ext 201

Looking for work?

Getting Ready to Work - Prepare your Resume 

A résumé is all about getting your foot in the door by advertising yourself - who you are and why you're the best person for the job - to a potential employer. In order to stand out from other applicants, it is important to make a great first impression on paper. 

What and how should you tell employers about yourself?

To help you with this task, we've planned a resume writing workshop for you. Over the next few months, we've set aside four dates to offer this service to you:
  • Thursday, September 20th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 22nd from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 24th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 21st from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
To sign up for one of these workshops all you have to do is let Phil know you're interested.

(Childcare will be available during these times. Sign-up early to make sure there's space available for you.)

We're always available

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Lots of activities for pre-schoolers

Fall and Winter Activities for Preschoolers

The City of Ottawa Recreation Department has now announced its programs for preschoolers for the Fall and Winter.  Click here to read the recreation guide  for this group.

Financial Support - Ottawa Hand in Hand
Recreation & Culture Fee Support

The City of Ottawa offers help with program fees so that all residents can take part in recreation and culture activities regardless of their ability to pay. If you are already a participant in a community or social service agency program, or if you are an individual or family with a low-income, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program.  Click here for full details .

Dino Day was lots of fun

Lots of Interesting Activities in the Playroom

It's hard to believe that summer is already over, but August was a great month. During our spirit week we played pin the tail on Dinosaur, celebrated Disney Day and had a summer fun day. 

Good luck to all our school-aged kids on their first day back. We will miss you and we're thinking of you! 

Stay tuned for Music Day on September 26th. We can't wait!

Making friends with the computer

Helping you become a more effective computer user

Once a month over the next year, we'll be offering a workshop to clients interested in improving their computer skills. 

Our first workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 26th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. In order to give participants lots of one-on-one help, only a very small number of clients can be accommodated at any one session. To make sure there's space available for you, speak to Phil to let him know you'd like to attend.

The overall goal of these sessions is to increase the confidence of participants. Take a look at the topics we plan on covering in these sessions. To make these sessions as helpful as possible, we'll also take requests.

Here are the main topics we're planning on covering throughout the year:
  • Email Drives: How to use Google Drive and OneDrive to help you keep your schoolwork organized and accessible
  • MS Word Proficiency: Using spellcheck and grammar check, word count inserting tables, saving as .pdf files and using equation editor for your math course
  • How to Upload ILC Presentation Assignments to YouTube (useful for ENG4C students)
  • Research Strategies: How to find reliable sources and write citations
  • Typing Practice: Using online typing tests to build your skills
  • Introducing...the Ottawa Public Library! Using online resources to collect information from a variety of sources: video, articles, books etc.
  • Internet Safety: Password check, how and why to unsubscribe from your many, many mailing lists (if your inbox has over 500 unread emails, let's talk), understanding your digital footprint
  • Making effective posters, brochures and logos using MS Publisher and free online tools

Housing help is available here at Bethany

Are you in need of housing help or advice?

Housing Help  is a nonprofit charitable agency providing assistance to people in the City of Ottawa who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to access and maintain appropriate and affordable housing. Click here to connect to their web site for more details.

The Ottawa Police Service offers advice to parents

When your children reach the appropriate age, the Ottawa Police Service suggest you use the following list to help you explain to them how to stay safe.
  • Make sure your children knows their full name, age, address and telephone number with area code. Always have them carry identification in their pocket (i.e., not visible).
  • Be sure they know how to contact you in an emergency, as well as how and when to call 9-1-1 to reach emergency services (police, fire or ambulance).
  • Provide your children with a secret password and tell them never to accompany any stranger, to any place, unless the stranger provides them with this password. This will ensure that the stranger has acquired your permission to pick up the child.
  • Teach your child to view Police Officers as friends that they can rely on if they are in trouble. And teach your children to go to a store clerk, security guard or police officer if they are lost in a store or on the street.
  • Set a good example with your own actions - always lock doors and windows and see who's there before opening the door.
  • Listen carefully to your children's fears and feelings about places, people or experiences that make them feel scared or uneasy.
  • Encourage your children to trust their instincts.

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