Events and Information Sessions

YSSN hosts several events and information sessions throughout the year for individuals living with a developmental disability and their families, and for those living with a mental illness and/or addiction.  

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Developmental Services 

Sibshops

Are action-packed workshops that celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.

The Children’s Treatment Network and YSSN have partnered up to offer 8 to 18 year olds, who have a sibling with special needs, a 1-day Sibshop that will mix information and discussion activities with new and fun games, and great food/snacks!

Upcoming Session: Join our e-newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on upcoming sessions.

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 Group Information Sessions

These group sessions, led by a guest speaker, provide information on a variety topics to families and individuals living with a developmental disability. 

Upcoming Sessions:  

November 28, 2018—Financial Planning
Presentation 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: YSSN, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora, Ellen Lanaus Meeting Room

This session will help families of individuals with a developmental disability better understand the financial choices available to assist them with the care and future planning for their loved one. 

Graeme Treeby, Founder of The Special Needs Planning Group, will review various programs and plans such as, RDSP, Henson Trusts, and recent changes and updates to the ODSP program. 

Register by November 21, 2018!

Click here to register.

Alternatively you may leave your name, number of attendees, phone number and the name of the session at dsinfosessions@yssn.ca or at 905.898.6455 ext. 2750.  

Mindfulness Workshops

These workshops teach parents and caregivers of individuals living with a developmental disability how to reduce stress, increase resiliency, improve relationships and regulate emotions. 

Core concepts of mindfulness will be explored through meditation and mindful exercises. Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Sessions:

Dates: October, 2, 16, 23, 30, 2018 (4-day workshop)
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: York Support Services Network, 240 Edward St., Unit 3, Aurora

Register by September 25, 2018!

Click here to register.

For more information about the workshops, contact Esther Kearney at 905.898.6455 x. 2227 or via email at ekearney@yssn.ca.

 

Join our e-newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on upcoming sessions.

 

Resource Days—One-on-One Meetings

Image of a Resource Day Information Session with a YSSN Case Manager and a family member

Resource Days offer an opportunity for families and individuals to meet one-on-one with a Case Manager to discuss and ask important questions related to the developmental services system. The meetings are 60 to 90 minutes in length and are offered in Aurora (240 Edward St., Unit 3), Markham (50 McIntosh Dr., Suite 239) and Vaughan (9401 Jane St., 3rd Floor, Suite 301). Case Managers can assist families with:

Need Help with Transition Planning?

Several times a month families can book a 60 minute appointment to meet with a Transition Planning Case Manager so that they can help them with:

Upcoming Sessions:

Location 2018 Dates Time
Markham
(50 McIntosh Dr.,
Suite 239)

Thurs., Aug. 9

Mon., Aug 13*

Thurs., Sept. 6

Wed., Oct. 10

Mon., Nov. 5*

Wed., Nov. 14

Tues., Dec. 4

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Aurora
(240 Edward St.,
Unit 3)


Thurs., Jul. 19

Thurs., Aug. 30

Thurs., Sept. 27

Mon., Oct. 15*

Thurs., Oct. 18

Thurs., Nov. 29

Thurs., Dec. 20


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Vaughan
(9401 Jane St., 3rd Floor, Suite 301)

Thurs., Aug. 23

Mon., Sept. 10*

Thurs., Sept. 20

Tues., Oct. 23

Thurs., Nov. 8

Mon., Dec. 3*

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(for all sessions)

* Transition Planning Resource Days.

Download our Resource Days or Transition Planning Resource Days flyer for a complete list of upcoming meeting dates, times, and locations.

Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. To arrange an appointment for Resource Days, or to find out more, please call 905.898.6455 or 1.866.257.9776, ext. 2574 or ext. 2274 for Transition Planning.

Why Wait? A Learning and Collaboration Series

These events are guided by the concept of Person Directed Planning and instigated by the reality of limited funded resources. Person Directed Planning embraces using informal supports, creative options, partnerships and collaborations to build and maintain a community of support for the individual. Agencies within the partnership provide their expertize, as professionals in this field, to support questions and guide families in the discussions regarding creating their own residential supports. 

The purpose of Why Wait? is to:

• Support planning for individuals future housing needs
• Provide ideas and information to support individual planning
• Provide an opportunity to meet other families and individuals 
• Provide opportunities to collaborate and share ideas, including promising practices
• Find potential housemates with similar “Visions” for the future

Each event provides the families and individuals an opportunity to meet each other, share their Vision for the future and exchange contact information to begin collaborating and planning together.

The Why Wait? project is a partnership between KC Professional Solutions and the following agencies: Christian Horizons, Community Living York South,  META, REENA, VITA and York Support Services Network. For more information, please contact: whywaitstartplanning@gmail.com.

 

Community DS Events and Info Sessions

Kerry’s Place Autism Services

A wide range of free, professional and educational workshops are available through Kerry’s Place Autism Services. To register for their upcoming workshops visit https://secure.kerrysplace.org/respitetraining, for more information or to volunteer, call 905.841.6611 Ext. 371 or fundraising@kerrysplace.org.

 


Mental Health 

Expressive Arts Wellness for Seniors (55+)

Invite your creative spirit out to play and connect with other seniors (55+) in an inclusive and social community.

Some of the art activities you will participate in include; collage, drawing, pop-up poetry, storytelling, movement, and art journaling.

Discover how making art with others combined with Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Skills will help you cope with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression and self-worth.

All are welcome, no previous art experience is necessary!

Upcoming 2018 Sessions:

September 4 and 18, October 2 and 16
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
York Support Services Network
3-240 Edward St., Aurora

November 8 and 22, December 6 and 13
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Keswick Gardens
43 The Queensway North, Keswick

To register contact:
Lindsay Cowan
905-898-6455 ext. 2219
lcowan@yssn.ca

Download a pdf version of the Expressive Arts Wellness for Seniors (55+) flyer. Program funded by the Government of Ontario.

Mental Health Awareness Week Event

For the last eight years, York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, have been celebrating the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Join our newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on this year's event.

For the last seven years, York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, have been celebrating the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

- See more at: http://www.yssn.ca/Support#sthash.lPUwuRQZ.dpuf

For the last seven years, York Support Services Network (YSSN) along with its partners LOFT/Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe, (CMHA), Addiction Services of York Region (ASYR) and the Krasman Centre, have been celebrating the recovery efforts of individuals living with a mental illness and/or addiction by providing them with a venue to celebrate their recovery success, share knowledge and raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

This year’s event, entitled The Power of Peers, will celebrate the impact that peer support workers (individuals who have lived experience) have had on client recovery, and recognize individuals for their recovery efforts. The event is set to take place on October 5, at Seton Hall, in Newmarket, and will bring together over 100 individuals along with case workers, and peer support workers.

- See more at: http://www.yssn.ca/Support#sthash.lPUwuRQZ.dpuf

Community MH Events and Information Sessions

CMHA York Region—Support for Depression Meetings
These meetings offer individuals who are experiencing depression or have experienced depression an opportunity to share experiences in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, so that they can support each other and develop coping skills.
Meetings take place in Aurora, Bradford, Keswick, Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. Call 905.841.3977 or 1.866.208.5509 ext. 4255 for more information.

Family Services York Region
FSYR offers counselling for children, youth, women, men and their families.For more information on their current programs, please visit their Group Program Calendar or call Janice Cook, Group and Cultural Services Coordinator at 905.895.2371 ext. 226

Women’s Centre of York Region
Women’s Centre of York Region offers unique programming and services for women that address a range of circumstances. For a listing of their current programs, visit their Events Calendar or call 905.853.9270.

York Region Public Health and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health—STOP on the Road (Stop Smoking Therapy for Ontario Patients)
This program is for individuals who would like to stop smoking. It will provide participants with five weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches at no cost to them and helpful information on quitting smoking.
For upcoming dates, times and locations and to register please call: 1.877.464.9675 ext. 73052

Tobacco Addiction Recovery Program (TARP) is a free smoking cessation program for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. It is offered for eleven weeks in a group setting at various locations and includes free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

For upcoming dates, times and locations, and to register, please call or email Rebecka for information at 905.967.0357 ext. 245, or rmayne@loftcsorg.

 

Other Community Events and Information Sessions

Community Legal Clinic (in partnership with LAO)—Family Law Advice Service
Date and Time: Every Tuesday afternoon
Location: 21 Dunlop St., Suite 200, Richmond Hill
Individuals can call to book an appointment to see a lawyer for a half-an-hour consultation. Space is limited.
For more information or to book an appointment, please call 905.508.5018 or 1.888.365.5226.

Tax Preparation Clinics For eligible individuals who have a modest income and a simple tax situation, there are tax clinics run by volunteers from February to April throughout the region who can help you prepare income tax and benefit returns. Find a Tax Preparation Clinic in your neighbourhood.

 

Please email clepiane@yssn.ca to have your community event listed.