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March 17, 2014: Parents and members of the community who work with youth are invited to register now for Resiliency: Facing Challenges and Change with Today's Youth, a one-day conference on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The conference will begin kick off with Canadian singer/songwriter Stacey Zegers performing her song "Sunflower" and sharing her story about being bullied and then becoming a bully.

Dr. Peter Jaffe, academic director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, professor in Western University's Faculty of Education and TVDSB Trustee, will deliver the keynote address: "Growing up in a world filled with violence: Challenges for parents, students and educators."

Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd - the teen from British Columbia who committed suicide in October 2012 after struggling with cyberbullying, will join Dr. Jaffe for a session open to all attendants.

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions facilitated by local experts who will address the following topics:

  • • Youth and the law, drug awareness, internet safety and cyberbullying with Middlesex OPP Constable Laurie Houghton;
  • • Raising resilient children by exploring the skills children need to positively cope with life's changes, facilitated by Middlesex-London Health Unit Public Health Nurses Susan Luciana and Anita Black
  • • How to support your anxious child, led by Lucy Gravelle, MSW, RSW
  • • Childhood anxiety disorters and how they affect students, with Dr. Anthony Folino, psychologist
  • • Critical media literacy skills to assist children in connecting and interacting safely online, facilitated by TVDSB teacher Katie Cole

What: Resiliency: Facing Challenges and Change with Today's Youth

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: Medway High School, 14405 Medway Road, Arva N0M 1C0

To register online:

The conference is free and snacks will be provided. Ample parking is available.

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