Workshops

Packing Healthy School Lunches and Snacks

Date: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: *NEW* 215 Huron St., Room 610

In this workshop:

  • Find out how to maximize nutrients in your child's lunches and snacks.
  • Discover ways to increase the chances of your child eating what you packed.
  • Learn how to become more efficient with your lunch/snack packing and spend less time in the kitchen!
  • Explore different lunch/snack container options and find out which will work best for your child.

*Handouts will be provided.

Facilitator: Aviva Allen is a kids' nutritionist and mother of 2 school aged boys, specializing in helping parents address picky eating and other feeding challenges. Aviva is also the founder of Healthy Moms, a network of over 13,000 moms across the GTA with an interest in natural options for their families. Her Healthy Moms Discount Card makes healthy living more affordable by providing moms with access to savings at local businesses as well as through online shopping.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Planning for Pregnancy and Beyond

Date: Wednesday, September 13
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Join us to find out how to make healthy choices that lead to a healthy lifestyle and promote wellness during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and postpartum. The session, created by Dr. Yolanda Kirkham, will address participants' specific concerns on a range of topics including: questions around conceiving, health concerns and risks during pregnancy, health care provider options, antenatal care and screening tests, and post-partum issues. Participants will be able to access resources that support the information provided in the workshops.

Facilitators: Drs. Katie McLean and Dana Soroka, U of T Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities

Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Rm 5150

The Family Care Office welcomes new and current student parents to Orientation 2017!

Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others:

  • Meet other student parents and university staff
  • Learn about services and resources available on campus
  • Discover strategies and insights from current student parents on how to adjust to university life.

Childcare and lunch will be provided.

Registration required. To register, please call 416.978.0951 or email family.care@utoronto.ca.

All prospective, new and current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Online Chat for Student Families

Date Time
September 18 10:00 - 11:00 am
October 17, November 10 2:00 - 3:00 pm
December 8 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools & children programs
  • Integrating study and family (and work as well)
  • Any other questions about being a student parent and a student partner at U of T

All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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Athletic Centre Orientation & Class for Students with Family Responsibilities

Date: Tuesday, September 19
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Athletic Centre Lobby, 55 Harbord St.

Tour the Athletic Centre to learn about opportunities for you & your family to be physically active!  The tour will end with a 30 minute session led by a personal trainer.

What to wear/bring: T-Card, running shoes (closed toe), clothing you can move in, no jeans please. Bring a lock if you'd like to use the change rooms.

All current University of Toronto students with family responsibilities are welcome.

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Childcare Subsidy Information Session

Date: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 3:15 - 4:30 pm
Location: Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St. West, Rm 346

Learn what child care subsidy is and the eligibility requirements by the City of Toronto, including information about:

  • How the City of Toronto Children's Services manages its wait list
  • What if you don't find a childcare space after the subsidy interview meeting?
  • Looking for a job, self-employment and childcare subsidies
  • Recent changes and updates

Facilitator: City of Toronto Children's Services staff

Registration required. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Queer & Trans Family Planning

Date: Thursday, September 28
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Come with your questions about family planning, including fertility, home and clinic insemination, sperm banks, adoption, co-parenting, single parenting, non-biological and social parenting, surrogacy, family configurations and family recognition.

All community members are welcome including University of Toronto students, staff, and faculty. Register online, by email: family.care@utoronto.ca or by phone 416.978.0951.

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Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar

Session Date
Faculty Mondays, October 2, December 4
Staff Tuesdays, October 3* FULL, November 7, December 5

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm (*October 3rd session will run from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person's life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for maternity / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms - a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? - a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff and faculty are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Adoption Seminar

Date: Wednesday, October 4
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Are you thinking about adoption and not sure where to start? Learn about the adoption process:

  • Where to start
  • Options for Adoption
  • Ways to adopt – public, private, domestic, international
  • Procedures and Costs
  • The Home Study – what is involved, what to expect
  • Support Networks and Resources

Facilitator: Pat Convery, Executive Director of the Adoption Council of Ontario

Registration required. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Making Your Own Baby Food: Introducing Solids

Date: Wednesday, October 11
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Centre For International Experience (CIE), 33 St. George St., Baldwin Room

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable, and best of all you know exactly what's in it! Learn to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby's needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, FoodShare

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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UTSC Parenting: Encouragement and Self-Esteem (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: U of T Scarborough, AA160

Some children navigate life with confidence and ease, while others are anxious, full of self-doubt. In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to assess the state of your child's resilience, and gain ways to improve it.
  • Learn why not to say 'good job' and what to say instead.
  • Everyday tools that will help equip your child to withstand peer pressure, cliques, and bullying, while laying the groundwork for self-confidence, resilience and success.

Facilitator: Doone Estey, BA, MA. Doone is a Principal at Parenting Network Inc. and an Adlerian Parent Educator. She is in demand as an international expert on parenting, giving keynotes, school and corporate talks and media appearances at leading organizations.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Baby & Toddler Talks: Your child's mind: From infancy to Preschool

Date: Tuesday, October 24
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Lunch & learn series designed to help parents of young children develop or enhance their parenting skills.

From birth, your baby is the recipient of much sensory information from the world. There are new sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and touches. Your child's brain absorbs much of this information, creating new mind maps that will help with future interactions and learning environments. But what exactly is happening in that fast-developing brain? And how do the changes in your child's brain affect his/her overall course of development?

Your child's mind takes you into the inner workings of your child's psychological development from infancy to toddlerhood. With a focus on cerebral (neuroanatomical), cognitive, social and emotional development, this workshop will help you understand the trajectory of changes that your child will go through during his or her first 5 years of life. You will walk away from this workshop with a broadened capacity to take your child's perspective, and with a new set of techniques you can use during play to actively facilitate your child's rapid development.

3 Learning Goals:

  • Understand the ways that your child's brain changes from infancy to toddlerhood
  • Understand how your child's cognitive and social capacities develop with these cerebral changes
  • Learn techniques of play to assist your child's natural course of cognitive and social development

Facilitator: Hali Kil is a PhD Student in the Department of Psychology. She is studying various aspects of developmental psychology, including parent-child relationships, emotion regulation and coping, and mindful parenting.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: Healthy Caregiving

Date: Thursday, October 26
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Caregiving is very special. Watching someone you love become ill and gradually lose his/her memory and abilities can be very hard on you as well as your family. You need to take care of yourself and make sure that you stay healthy.

This workshop will focus on:

  • What are some of the risks of caregiving?
  • What are some of the dangers of caregiving?
  • What are some of the rewards and joys of caregiving?
  • We will also address resources and navigating the system.

Facilitator: Elaine Kohn, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, and Susana Braslavski, MSW RSW, Social Worker in Seniors Counselling and Referral Services at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Faculty Relocation Service Information Session (Staff only)

Date: Monday, November 6
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Location:ODLC, 6th Floor, Seminar Room

In this session, you will receive:

  • An overview of the service provided by the Faculty Relocation Service including how to arrange for appointments for prospective tenure and teaching stream faculty, and how to order faculty recruitment booklets
  • Information from guest speakers who will review Faculty Housing, Dual Career Connection, immigration, recruitment and banking services

A light vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff are welcome.  Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Choosing Childcare That Works for Your Family

Date: Friday, November 10
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

A practical session to help you choose the child care option that will best meet the needs of your family. At this session you will:

  • Find out what are the childcare options available
  • Learn what factors to consider when looking at options, choices, and caregivers
  • Learn how to find a childcare centre and individual caregivers
  • Learn about the latest changes in the system
  • Find out about the financial assistance available and waiting lists

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Finding Joy and Humour in Caregiving (University of Toronto Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Instructional Centre, IC 318

This interactive workshop facilitated by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is for caregivers of people who have dementia.

Topics:

  • Creating opportunities for joy and looking at the lighter side of caregiving
  • The benefits of using humour and having a positive outlook
  • Strategies and approaches for incorporating joy and humour into caregiving 

Facilitator:  Risa Kim, Social Worker, Alzheimer Society Toronto

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, November 16
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: UTM, Council Chambers, Davis Building Room 3130

Please join Cecile Ko Brock, a lawyer with Pallett Valo LLP for a workshop on estate planning.

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Maternity and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Thursday, November 23
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person's life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for maternity and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms - a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? - a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome.   Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: New Approaches to Alzheimer's Disease Prevention and Early Treatment

Date: Thursday, November 30
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Rm 5250

In this presentation Dr. Ian Cohen will discuss the current symptomatic treatments and the new medication approaches in clinical trials  at Toronto Memory Program to prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease.

The Toronto Memory Program is a multidisciplinary, community based, medical facility specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Dr. Ian Cohen works along-side his wife, Dr. Sharon Cohen, a behavioural & cognitive neurologist specializing in neurodegenerative diseases and the Medical Director of Toronto Memory Program.

Facilitator:  Dr. Ian Cohen is a physician and research investigator at Toronto Memory Program.  He has been involved in over 100 studies evaluating new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Maternity/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: HR Conference Room BV540, U of T Scarborough

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person's life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for maternity / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms - a guide to government maternity / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? - a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) staff and faculty are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Understanding Estate Planning and the Importance of a Will

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: St. George Campus, 214 College St., Room TBD

Please join Lisa Sticht-Maksymec, a lawyer with Pallett Valo LLP for a workshop on estate planning.

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning and will answer your questions about Will planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Whether you are a new parent, recently married, in a blended family or you are caring for an aging relative, take this opportunity to learn more about estate planning and what you need to consider.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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