Our Learning Coach Newsletter - Oct., 2016

Thanksgiving Lunch

On October 5th, join us for Bethany Hope Centre's annual Thanksgiving Lunch. This wonderful (and free) opportunity is available to all of our participants - you just have to sign up in advance.  Our dedicated volunteers will be cooking up a feast with eveyone's favourite Thanksgiving dishes. 

Since this event is coming up fast, please sign up soon. 
Call Bethany to register 613.725.1733 ext 101.

Interested in meeting some new four-legged friends?

Tag along with the Bethany Hope Playroom staff as they travel to Valleyview Little Animal Farm in Nepean. You can spend the morning at the Little Animal Barn, go for a nice walk in the country, visit the Old Farm Museum, or even take a train ride!

Kids love this place, and so will you! Every family will go home with a  FREE pumpkin!

On October 13th, we'll meet at Bethany Hope for 8:45 a.m., 
we'll leave shortly after, and return to BHC in time for lunch.

To sign up, visit the Playroom in person and bring a $2 deposit to secure your spot (and don't worry, you'll get your deposit back when we leave for the farm).

The Fall is a beautiful time of the year

Treat yourself to a new experience

Although Ottawa is a very attractive city all year round, in the Fall it is particularly enjoyable. With the heat and humidity over and the leaves changing colour, now's a perfect time to visit some of the city's major attractions. The National Gallery of Canada, just across the street from Major's Hill Park, is free for children under 11 years of age at all times and $12 for adults but free for everyone each Thursday from 5 pm until closing. 

If you've never been to the National Gallery, you'll be impressed with the building and sure to find some art there that appeals to you.

(The National Gallery of Canada as seen from Major's Hill Park)

A reliable source of information

It's easy to be overwhelmed when dealing with legal matters. However, there is help available to deal with all sorts of legal problems that is free and easy to access.

Since 1974, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Their work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario's legal aid system, they work in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.

If you, or someone you know, needs legal help, check here to see what help CLEO can provide you.

BHC's brand new Nourish Family Food Centre

Last month Bethany Hope Centre launched its new Nourish Family Food Centre. The purpose of Nourish is to increase access to healthy food options, including in-house breakfast and lunch-box programs. 

To find out more about Nourish, including volunteer opportunities, contact Dennise at dennise_yarema@can.salvationarmy.org 613-725-1733 ext 202

Your Child's Safety is Important

S.E.A.T.S. for Kids is a non-profit organization located here in Ottawa dedicated to increasing the appropriate and correct use of child restraint systems for children.

They offer a wide variety of services including (but not limited to) the following:
  • car seat inspection clinics
  • nationally recognized certification courses
  • information sessions and seminars
  • appearances at community events
Transport Canada reports that every year, 10,000 children under the age of 12 are injured in collisions. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children and youth according to the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program.

Visit their web site to see a list of their inspection clinicsThese clinics will show you how to successfully install your child's seat, and ensure they are properly restrained. Their clinics are not designed to "do it for you" but rather will try to  ensure you have the skills and confidence to install and use your seat properly.

Safety for Women
It's very important to be prepared

Ottawa is regarded by many as one of the safest cities in the world, but that's no reason for women to let their guard down. Common sense tells us that the streets of any city are not entirely safe. While the Ottawa Police Service is always available to respond to crime, the police can't do it alone. Get informed, get involved and make crime prevention part of your everyday life. 

Would you know what to do if...?
  • You were being followed?
  • You had car trouble while alone on the highway?
  • The actions of a spouse or partner left you feeling threatened?
  • You arrived home and found your door or window open?
  • You were sexually assaulted?
This is just a small sample of the concerns expressed by Ottawa women. While many crimes like break and enters or vandalism don't discriminate between the sexes, most will agree that women are particularly vulnerable to certain types of crime, including sexual assault. 

If you don't feel safe, consider taking one of the Safety for Women Workshops offered by the Ottawa Police Service.

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

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