2017 - Off to a very good start

There sure were a great many people at Marion Dewar Plaza on New Year's Eve for the lighting of the city's sesquicentennial flame - or maybe they were there for the free hot dogs. At any rate, the monument is now well and truly lit and everyone seemed to have a good time. It was a great way to start our year long celebration of this special year.

Chris L. - Big Winner!

Just before the Christmas Break, Chris L. was selected as the winner of Bethany's Christmas Door Decorating Contest.  Chris created an impressive poster for our classroom door, complete with Grinch, sleigh, and Whoville sing-a-long.

Great work!  Well done, Chris.

BHC's Christmas party

Just before the holidays, Bethany Hope Centre held its annual Christmas party for everyone - especially the kids. The Christmas music, the food and, of course, Santa were all great hits. It was an excellent way to begin the Christmas celebration.

Huge thanks to all the staff and volunteers who made this event such a great success.

There's lots of help to get you started

Quitting smoking is a process that takes practice. It's about finding what works for you and putting those tools to work to help you reach your goal of becoming smoke-free. Numerous services, programs and agencies in Ottawa provide assistance when you are ready to quit smoking.

You might find "MyQuit" a helpful resource if you've decided to quit. Check here to see what this program has to offer.

We need to know

Being able to reach you by phone or text message is critical for us. If you've changed your phone number - or are planning to do so in the near future - please keep us informed. Call or text your new phone number to us at 613-799-2668 or email us if that's more convenient.

February 1st is Algonquin College's "Equal Consideration" Date

If you're planning on attending college in September, January is the best time to apply. Since there are a lot of students looking to take programs in the fall,   Ontario Colleges.ca designates February 1st as it's "Equal Consideration" deadline. This means that anyone who applies to a program before this date will have a better chance of getting into the program of their choice.

If you're interested in one of Algonquin's more competitive programs, then you'll want to be sure to apply before this date.

During the online application process you'll be asked to identify your current school. If you're working on school at Bethany Hope, chances are you'll need to select Continuing Education. To do this, search for "cont ed 440", and it'll show up. I've attached a screenshot below to give you an idea of what it will look like. 

If you have any questions, give me a call or drop by!
Get out an enjoy the Winter

The City of Ottawa has an extensive program of recreation and cultural activities for all ages and abilities.

Don't veg this winter. Resolve to be active this year. Get out and enjoy yourself. To see what the city has to offer, check here.

There's 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 an individual or family with a low-income, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program.

To apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand, Recreation and Culture Fee Support:

You can pick up an application form at any recreation or cultural facility or at a Client Service Centre. 
Just fill it out, bring it back and hand it in. 

It's that time of year again

It's very important that you complete and send in your income tax forms especially if you want  to apply for the GST/HST credit, and  to begin or continue receiving Canada child tax benefit payments.

All Bethany Hope clients are invited to the  Owl's Perch Learning Centre for free tax help. Check the BHC calendar starting in February for details.

Help is readily available

211 is the information and referral service that provides the people of Ontario with reliable information on community and social services.  When you dial the 211 hotline, you are connected with a Certified Information and Referral Specialist who has been trained to assess your needs, answer your questions accurately, and advise you about the services and programs that are best for you and your family .

It's quick and easy

Any time your child gets a vaccination or booster shot you need to update their record with Ottawa Public Health by:

* Completing the Online Immunization Reporting to Ottawa Public Health
Fax: 613-580-9660

* Mail: Immunization Program, 100 Constellation Dr., Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J8, mail code 26-44

* Phone 613-580-6744 Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
ImmunizeCA App: appottawa.immunize.ca

The Learning Coach - (613) 799-2668 (voice or text)

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