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Best Start Resource Centre annual conference

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Best Start: Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Child Development Resource Centre is holding their annual conference.<return><return>


The Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre
801 Dixon Road
The Best Start Resource Centre team is pleased to announce this year's annual conference. In this comprehensive program addressing preconception through to child health, you will find sessions relevant to your work and areas of interest.

Workshops include:

Ending Child Poverty in Ontario: Where are we at and what can we do?
Jacquie Maund, Ontario Campaign 2000

This presentation will provide the latest statistics on child and family poverty in Ontario. It will address some of the reasons why the Ontario child poverty rate remains high. The speaker will summarize what Campaign 2000 is calling for from federal and provincial Government to address child and family poverty, and will give an update on the Poverty Reduction Strategy promised by Ontario Liberal Government. The presentation will talk about public advocacy to end child poverty - challenges and successes - and will provide some examples of actions that the audience (service providers) can take in their communities, with the media, and with politicians. Campaign 2000 hopes to achieve increased understanding of the role that service providers can play in advocating for change, and commitment by the audience to follow through and take action.

Work / Life Balance – A Personal Issue and a Public Concern
Dr. Donna Lero, Centre for Families, Work and Well-being at the University of Guelph

This concurrent session will provide new research information and perspectives on work-life balance, particularly focusing on challenges for parents and the impacts on children. An overview of some effective strategies for achieving work-life integration will be provided at the personal, organizational, and societal levels. The session will include discussion of how service providers can support families and address some of their own needs.
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