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Investing in Children and Voices for Children are pleased to present this conference about how to building better communities for children.


Four Points Sheraton Hotel
1150 Wellington Rd. S.

May 18, 2004

Stephen Lewis: Building better communities for children
Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Africa and Canada's own tireless advocate for improving the human condition. Recently dubbed a "nation-builder," Stephen Lewis will inspire with his ideas for building communities for children right here in Ontario.
Response panel: Different approaches to building communities
Helen Connell, United Way of London, will address the role of funders;
Susan Pigott, St. Christopher House, Toronto, will address the role of neighbourhoods

Dr. Doug Willms: The vulnerable child
Canada Research Chair in Human Development & Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick. As editor of the outstanding book, Vulnerable Children, Dr. Willms will provide compelling research findings and advise on the critical changes needed for a family-enabling society.

Response panel: What are communities putting in place?
Suzanne O'Byrne, Success by Six, Ottawa;
Dr. Robin Williams, Early Years, Niagara;
Dr. Alan Leschied, University of Western Ontario, London

May 19, 2004

Sandra Griffin: Keeping the promises!
Executive Director of the Canadian Child Care Federation and President of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, Griffin was recently honoured for her unwavering commitment to "leave no child behind." Griffin will motivate us to do what we didn't even know was possible.

Dr. Sharon Rich: Technology: From knowledge dissemination to community building
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario. Dr. Rich is a specialist in knowledge dissemination and information technology. This session documents the ways in which the web can be used to re-define our notion of community, share knowledge across sectors and services, and mobilize action for children's well-being.


May 18, 2004

#1 Key factors predicting child protection
Dr. Alan Leschied, University of Western Ontario & Helen Connell, United Way of London

#2 Successful models for restorative justice
Mark Totten, Ottawa

#3 From stats to action
Dr. Doug Willms, Canada Research Chair in Human Development & Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick

#4 Building a community initiative for the early years
Niagara Early Years Group

#5 Building neighbourhood capacity
Susan Pigott, St. Christopher House, Toronto

May 19, 2004

#6 A new approach for community collaboration: Thinking and working outside the box
Investing in Children, London

#7 Research works! for child literacy
Dr. Kathleen Bloom, University of Waterloo, Director of Research Works! for Child Literacy, Kitchener

#8 Are the kids all right? Finding out how the children and youth are doing in your community
Sam Gardner, Offord Centre for Child Study, Hamilton & Cathy Vine, Voices for Children, Toronto

#9 Arts and culture: Building corporate involvement in Your community
Eric Avner, Associate Director of the Cincinnati Business Committee, Cincinnati

#10 Building community assets Dr. Jean Clinton, Voices for Children, Hamilton
Contact name: 
Sherry Brake, conference co-ordinator
Contact phone: 
519-433-8996 ext. 232
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