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The Niagara Catholic District School Board is hosting a free”FamJam 4 Wellness” family event on Thursday, May 2 at Saint Michael Catholic High School (8699 McLeod Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S5). Space is limited and you must register here to participate. This is a family event, so children are welcome. You are able to choose activities to participate in, and you will be asked to make those selections below. You are able to register up to 2 adults and 4 children. If you require additional participants, they will also need to register at this link.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jean Clinton is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She has a special interest in the connection between relationships and brain development, and has been a consultant to children and mental health programs across Ontario for the past 30 years. Dr. Clinton served as an education advisor to the Government of Ontario from 2014-2018. We are excited to welcome her to our FamJam 4 Wellness.


Presented by: Alfonso Monachino and Rose Gentilcore, Niagara Catholic District School Board

The workshop outlines the mindfulness mornings that have been taking place across Niagara Catholic at targeted schools to support children in the domain of social-emotional learning.  Teaching students about their brain and how to respond lovingly to their brain in crisis is the foundation of our mindfulness mornings.  Our goal is to free every child of the guilt and shame related to how they are thinking and feeling and replace it with empathy, strategies, tools and new pathways that will empower them to move forward with greater self-love and a greater joy for learning and living.  This evening’s session will focus on the creation of mindful tools.  Come and create your own family tool kit with your children.

Presented by: Erin Amadio, Itinerant Arts Teacher – Niagara Catholic District School Board

In the Self-Expression Through the Arts -Emotion Monster Mash Up participants will explore emotions through various drama and dance activities.  Come ready to move and let your inner monster out!

Presented by: Willow Shawanoo & Dawn Moughtin, Niagara Regional Native Centre

Drumming has been an essential component to the Indigenous way of life for centuries. It is because of this that it is embedded in the Niagara Regional Native Centre’s holistic approach to services. Join us in the Drumming for Health and Wellness workshop to learn more about how Drumming plays a key role in Indigenous Culture and peoples development.

Presented by: Andrea Bozza, Mental Health Lead – Niagara Catholic District School Board

In this workshop, we will review strategies that we as parents, can use to positively impact our children’s mental health. This will include the importance of active listening, empathy and prevention strategies.

Presented by: April Shaw, Emergent Literacy Consultant – Niagara Children’s Centre

Books are a perfect conversation-starter to begin talking with your child about how they feel, and appropriate ways to deal with those feelings. The Way I Feel by Janan Cain introduces emotions children have from day to day.Reading and writing (emergent literacy) development begins in the early years of child’s life and is linked to positive experiences with books and stories. The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, and crayons, and with caring adults in their lives, are the building blocks for language, reading, and writing development. Join in the conversation and strategies on how books can support emotional development and emergent literacy skills for your child.

Presented by: Sandy Toth and Karen Belcastro – Strive Niagara

Niagara is a community that recognizes infancy to 6 years as a critical period of opportunity and essential nee for early screening. Join us as we share resources, strategies, and services available in our community to support healthy development and well-being for families and children.

Come and find out what Niagara’s commitment to healthy development for young children is and how you can make a difference in your child’s life.

Presented by: Krista Wood, Board Chaplaincy Leader – Niagara Catholic District School Board

This workshop will share tips and tricks to help make prayer an interactive experience to grow in faith together. Throughout the workshop participants will discover a variety of prayer styles and will have the opportunity to create their own “Interactive Family Prayer Kit” to take home.

Thank you for your interest in Niagara Catholic’s FamJam 4 Wellness Event. Due to overwhelming demand, registration is now closed.

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