The George Issue 4
The George
Issue 4January 17, 2017
GHC Received Top Honours!
We are very proud to announce that The George Hull Centre was named one of the top children's charities in Canada by The Financial Post!
Program Spotlight: Steps to Success

While other little boys are vrooming cars around and building block towers, three-year old Jack sits back. He struggles to connect with other children, to play and to make friends. He doesn't talk very much. He has difficulty communicating what he wants and repeats words over and over. Jack doesn't like it when things change or happen unexpectedly, and he has a lot of tantrums. His parents were very concerned and didn't know what to do. Then Jack and his mom started attending The George Hull Centre's Steps to Success program.

Steps to Success (STS) is a social play group for young children with developmental concerns, and for their parents. It is a unique collaboration between GHC's Early Years Program and our Preschool Speech and Language Service. With both a Registered Early Childhood Educator and a Communicative Disorders Assistant, STS provides effective learning in a small-group, play environment. Children learn different communication strategies, how to follow simple routines, to share with other children and to transition from one activity to another, all through play-based learning. Parents are supported by the staff's practical parenting strategies to use at home and weekly professional guidance, as well as by each other: they see they are not alone.

Jack enjoys coming to Steps to Success and his parents see the difference in him! He's engaging in circle time, starting to share with others, and beginning to transition more smoothly between activities. His tantrums are less frequent. Jack's mom better understands his developmental needs, feels more confident in her parenting, and has effective strategies to communicate with her son. Steps to Success helps children and parents take a giant step forward on their path to happiness.
Laugh Out Loud 2017 - May 10th

Mark your calendars for the 10th anniversary edition of our highly anticipated comedy fundraiser Laugh Out Loud! It promises to be our most hilarious yet with comedic greats Jessica Holmes as Host (last year's show stealer!), Steve Patterson as Headliner (of CBC Radio One "The Debaters" and award winning stand up comic) plus Guest Improv Patrick McKenna ("The Red Green Show") and a surprise musical guest. Stay tuned for the big reveal!

Get the scoop and book your tickets before LOL 2017 is sold out!

GHC Shines in the Community

GHC took to the stage at the annual Children's Mental Health Ontario Conference in November. Four of our staff did us proud as they presented on the Centre's implementation of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) including the development of our highly successful Nurturing Attachment groups. The GHC is one of the only children's mental health facilities in Canada with certified DDP practitioners offering this form of therapy. The workshop was sold out and there was overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The Centre's Executive Director Susan Chamberlain also co-presented at the conference on the challenges between child welfare and children's mental health as it pertains to access to residential treatment. Way to go GHC!

Maximizing Our Success Symposium                                       Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a strategy to streamline court processes and encourage alternatives to resolve child welfare issues such as care and custody. In November 2016, the Ontario Provincial ADR Advisory Committee, of which our own Kim Curran (Director of Prevention and Early Intervention) is Chair, hosted the 2016 Child Protection ADR Maximizing Our Success Symposium with over 160 members attending the two day event. Congratulations to the symposium team!

An Evening of Fashion, Cocktails and Music
The style factor was running high on September 26th at Kleinburg's Avenue Cibi e Vini restaurant as Saks Fifth Avenue presented a fashion show with the hottest Fall looks while guests enjoyed delicious cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Generously hosted by Sardo Foods and the team at Arti & Mestieri, "An Evening of Fashion, Cocktails and Music" raised $20,000 for the Centre! Many thanks to the sponsors, hosts and fashion-statement guests for making it such a huge success.
How to Beat the "Winter Blues"
  • EXERCISE: Physical activity is a very effective way to beat down the blues. Time to get off the devices and get active.
  • HELP OTHERS: It has been demonstrated that helping others significantly improves your outlook on life.
  • BRIGHTEN YOUR ENVIRONMENT: During these days of shortened daylight, opening blinds and curtains, sitting closer to the window or using a "light box" will help boost your mood.
  • GET OUTSIDE: It may be chilly out there but spending time outside can improve focus, reduce symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder and lower stress levels.