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Date(s) - February 13, 2014
All Day

St. Gregory the Great

We all know that relationships are one of the most crucial parts of life. Indeed research has shown that relationships significantly contribute to a person’s wellbeing even to the point of increasing life span. For persons who have been marginalized and devalued by society, developing relationships is a critical issue.

Often in an effort to assist people to make connections and build relationships with typical people in community all kinds of “programs” are developed and processes that are unnatural. While these programs may bring some benefits, there is nothing like using the natural, time tested, and effective ways of connecting, developing and sustaining relationships with one another.

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn, think and brainstorm together about the following topics:

  •   Practices, which lead to exclusion and profound loneliness of people who are societally devalued.
  •   The natural pathways for developing relationships that exist in our society and how to effectively use them.
  •   Dealing with the challenges that present themselves when working to facilitate contacts and relationships between persons whohave been excluded and those who are part of the mainstream.Who should attend?Anyone who is thinking about and working on developing supports for people who are vulnerable, marginalized to have a true home. This would include persons with disabilities, family members, advocates, human service workers etc..

    Workshop leader

    The workshop will be conducted by Darcy Elks. Darcy has been a human service provider, trainer, consultant, evaluator and advocate on behalf of people who are societally devalued for over 25 years. She has traveled extensively and worked with many different people including persons who have themselves been marginalized by society, advocates, family members, and human service providers. Darcy has three children, one of whom has a disability. Her passion and focus has been and continues to be working on inclusion on behalf of people with disabilities.

Date: February 13, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Registration at 8:30 am

Where: St. Gregory the Great 125 Centennial Parkway

Hamilton ON L8E 1H8

Cost: $99 per person includes lunch, refreshments and materials. (Discount on multiple registrations – see attached fee schedule)

Please email Joanne Cimini to secure a spot(s) for your agency at jcimini@rygiel.ca or call 905-525-4747 extension 211.