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2010 Conference

PREVNet’s 5th Annual Conference “Healthy Relationships, Healthy Development, Healthy Communities”was hosted in partnership with the Community-University Research Alliance for the Prevention of Bullying (mac-cura.ca) at McMaster University in May. We thank Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt and her MAC-CURA team for their amazing strengths and contributions that made this conference such a great success. 

We gratefully acknowledge our conference sponsors: Queen’s, York and McMaster Universities; Tourism Hamilton; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Networks of Centres of Excellence. We also extend a heartfelt thank you to Dee Gordon (from www.procameragirl.com) who did an incredible job of capturing the excitement and energy from our conference so beautifully in photographs.

Here are a few highlights of our conference! 

  • Hands-on learning experiences offered in 24 workshops specializing in Children’s Mental Health & Healthy Relationships, Best Practices for Dealing with Challenging Behaviour in the Early Years, Aboriginal Children and Youth, Bullying and Clinical Practice, Neurobiology of Abuse, Working with Aggressive and Delinquent Youth, The Role of Adults in Promoting Healthy Relationships, and Building Healthy Communities
  • Networking Opportunities for our Graduate Students and National Partners to share their work
  • A distinguished expert international panel on violence prevention. Thank you for generously sharing with our network and for the seeds of change you planted at our conference. Dr. Rowell Huesmann, University of Michigan, Dr. Marion Underwood, University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Charles Cunningham, McMaster University, Dr. Debra Pepler, York University 

Nina Jetha from Public Health Agency of Canada provided an overview of the Canadian Best Practices Portal. The Portal is a virtual front door to community and population health interventions related to chronic disease prevention and health promotion. We encourage everyone to visit this site http://cbpp-pcpe.phac-aspc.gc.ca/

  • Keynote Address by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada who encouraged all of us to help ensure First Nations children receive equitable child welfare services on reserves. Here's how you can help http://www.fncaringsociety.ca/i-am-witness
  • Special appearance by Nico Archambault (winner of CTV's So You Think You Can Dance Canada) and Katia Piccolino from Montreal clothing company TXT Carbon. They presented a generous donation to PREVNet from the sales of the "Stand Up, Rise Above" bullying prevention t-shirt designed by TXT Carbon and Nico to raise awareness about bullying and to raise funds for PREVNet.
  • Heartfelt and moving presentations by Rory Butler and Cindy Wesley from Your Life Counts. For more information about the important work they do, please visit http://www.yourlifecounts.org/

We are grateful to the three local youth musical performance groups for sharing their time, talents and enthusiasm

  • Ancaster Senior Public Concert Band
  • Father Henry Carr Drum Line Band
  • Barton Secondary School Drum Band

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