Hello  Greetings!

Welcome to the latest issue of the Woodview News! Learn about our new Autism Camp in Halton, get a look-behind-the-scenes of our Hamilton Mental Health Programs, learn about Woodview becoming an Nonprofit Employer of Choice, free workshops, upcoming events, and more!
Program Profile:
Delta & Mountain
Did you know that the Mountain program evolved from its roots as the Canada House classroom, and that the Delta program addresses the social, emotional, and behavioural needs of elementary school aged youth? Dan Hunter gives us the history of these two long-standing children and youth mental health programs.
(L-R): Dan Hunter, Program Manager, Vanessa Fairhurst, Alex Blake, Tourell Casullo, Chris Lambert, Steve McDonald, Jay Hayes, Sue Wood and Mr. Woods (Teacher- Sr. Class). Absent: Mr. J (Teacher-Transitions Class) and Nick DiFlavio ( Teacher-Mountain Class)
Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award
We are thrilled to be a recipient of the 2018 Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award! Cindy I'Anson, Executive Director, says "I have always known that Woodview is a great place to work and it is exciting that we are now recognized as an Employer of Choice. It confirms that our employee engagement is very high and that we have a very positive culture at Woodview." Thank you to our amazing staff and leadership for making Woodview a great place to work!
New Autism Camp
We're offering a new autism camp in Halton ! Camp Care will offer children with ASD (5-12 years), a fun-filled recreational summer camp experience at our beautiful woodland location in Burlington, featuring exciting weekly themes and ABA-trained staff ! Space is limited, register today!


July 8 - August 30 | Mon-Fri | 9am-4pm
Coming Soon:
Brantford Expansion
Wo odview is expanding! We are very excited to announce that we are opening a new location in Brantford's downtown core at Harmony Square! Beginning this summer, we will be offering mental health programming and services at this new location, which will also be functioning as a youth wellness hub to bring multiple services under one roof. Want to know more? Call us at 519-752-5308.
Mental Health Week
Fortitude Youth View hosted Coffee House events in Brantford and Burlington to raise awareness of the importance of mental wellness to youth and their families. The MHW kick-off event in Brantford featured the STRIVE awards, music, crafts, agency booths, and performances by youth. FYV invited young musicians and community partners to the Burlington event.


Landscaping Services
The Green Grass Guys are adults with autism that provide seasonal lawn care services in Ancaster, Stoney Creek, and Hamilton. When you hire the Green Grass Guys, you are providing an employment opportunity to an individual with autism in your community! Woodview's Vocational Supports for individuals with ASD invite you to tell friends and family about this wonderful opportunity to make a difference!
PEERS® Social Skills Group for Teens Starts Fall 2019
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school (ages 12-18) who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. Find out if PEERS® is right for you, contact us at peers@woodview.ca
L.I.F.E. Adult Autism Day Program
L.I.F.E. (Learning, Independence, Friendship and Education) is a fee-for-service day program designed to support adult individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in a daily group setting. Adults with autism will learn academic, life, and recreational skills at L.I.F.E. We offer support in a 3:1 ratio and tailor our program to meeting individual and group needs. No referral is required.
School Registrations Now Open!
The Woodview Learning Centre is now taking registrations for the next school year! Woodview Learning Centre welcomes students from 6 to 17 years of age with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We keep class sizes small and programming is individualized to meet the unique needs of each student.
In the News
(L-R) Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Lorraine Jeffrey (Woodview's Director of Services, Children's Mental Health & Autism Halton), Laura Heimpel (Autism Ontario's Regional Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Central West Region) PHOTO: RENATA POLLOCK
On April 2nd, it was another great turnout to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day! Thank you Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Autism Ontario Halton Chapter, and to all the families, supporters, staff, children and youth for participating in the Raise the Flag ceremony at Burlington City Hall. Mayor Meed Ward presented the World Autism Awareness Day Proclamation 2019. We're grateful to Autism Ontario for the Raise The Flag campaign, for raising awareness to the needs, challenges and triumphs of people on the Autism Spectrum. 
(L-R) Lee Helmer, Board Chair, Jane McKenna, MPP Burlington, Cindy I'Anson, Executive Director, Ashley Silva, Ontario Autism Program Manager, Michelle Bake-Murphy, Communications and Fundraising. Not pictured: Wendy Caron, Program Manager, YODA, SBST, Dano, Mountaineer
On May 10th, Jane McKenna, Burlington's MPP, visited our head office. Jane came by to learn about our mental health and autism services, tour the classrooms at the Woodview Learning Centre, and the one-to-one autism supports that are provided at the Pathways House. We were delighted by Jane's genuine interest and support. Jane McKenna later tweeted , " It was incredible to see, firsthand, your passion and professionalism.  You are truly inspiration in your commitment to wrap around services for children, families, and educators working with children with mental health challenges."
Michael O'Riordan (left) of Camp Unity and Leo Maisano of Woodview at the Mental Health Week closing ceremony at Alexandra Park. PHOTO: VINCENT BALL / THE EXPOSITOR
On May 10th, the Brantford Expositor published an article to wrap up Mental Health Week that featured Michael O'Riordan of Camp Unity and Leo Maisano of Woodview. We are proud partners of the Canadian Mental Health Association Brant Haldimand Norfolk and the many agencies that made Brant's Mental Health Awareness Week such a success. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, partners, clients, and families that got involved in the many events around town to raise awareness for mental wellness.
Fundraising Corner
(L-R) Michael Harrington, Ray Petro, Flora Ennis of Woodview, and Trevor Cherewka PHOTO: JASON FREEZE
Brantford Bites Raises Over 11K for Woodview!
On April 12 - The Brant Business Builders  hosted the inaugural Brantford Bites Food Expo at the Hellenic Community Centre in support of Woodview. It was a sold-out crowd of 300 guests and 40 vendors that featured a variety of delicious treats, drinks and samples. The event was a huge success and raised over $11,000 for Woodview programs! We are grateful for the loyal support of the Brantford Business Builders!
On March 13, we had the opportunity to visit Utter Morris Insurance Brokers in Burlington! John Thorpe and the team presented a donation cheque of $500 to Woodview, which was received by Wendy Caron, Program Manager (R), and Melissa Koning from our School Based Support Team (L). This generous donation was raised during Utter Morris' casual dress down days!
In March, Dr. Terry Bennet from the McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART) gave an informative talk, “Learning from Children and Families Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder”. As part of their thank you to the speaker, a $500 donation is made to an organization of their choice and Dr. Bennett chose Woodview . We're grateful for this donation to our Hamilton Adult Autism Programs!
Upcoming Events
FREE In-Person Workshop:
Visual Strategies
Wednesday, May 15th
6 pm - 8pm
3385 Harvester Road, Unit 2, Burlington

Register for this free in-person workshop to learn a variety of visual options to use as antecedent, teaching, or consequence strategies. Some examples include: visual schedules, first/then boards, and task analyses. There will be an opportunity to make a sample and tailor it to your child.
Autism Speaks Walk
Sunday, May 26th
10 am - 12 pm
NEW LOCATION - Confederation Park

Join us at the annual Autism Speaks Walk! This family-friendly event raises funds to support family services programs and initiatives, and raises awareness about autism. If you are able, please support the staff that are walking by making a donation to Autism Speaks Canada! http://support.autismspeaks.ca/goto/woodviewmhas
FREE Webinar:
How to Keep on Track for Summer
Tuesday, June 11th
6 pm - 8 pm

Register for this free webinar about strategies you can use to keep your children on track between June and September. Topics will include visual schedules, chore charts, how to structure your day and how to access community resources throughout the summer.
Camp Care
Open House
Saturday, June 15th
Drop in between 9:30 am - 1 pm
69 Flatt Road, Burlington

Join us for coffee and light refreshments as we welcome you to Camp Care, our new autism camp!  Families are invited to meet with camp staff, take a tour, and complete registration. Camp Care t-shirts will be available for $15. Please click below to RSVP or call 905-689-4727 ext. 115
We invite you to save the date of September 17th for our Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be held at Woodview's head office, located at 69 Flatt Road in Burlington. Please stay tuned for more details!

Charitable Registration Number: 119303923RR0001