Speaker Series

Free Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians

The OCDSB Speaker Series offers free presentations to the community and seeks to provide parents and educators with access to leading ideas in education that will allow us to work collaboratively to better support student learning.

The series is sponsored by the District's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) and supported through grant funding from the Ministry of Education.

Listed below you will find a list of upcoming and previous speakers.

SPEAKER SERIES — Winter/Spring 2018

Previous Events

Self-regulation for Children and Parents 
April 19, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Gloucester High School – 2060 Ogilvie Road

Dr. Hopkins will introduce you to Self-Regulation, a powerful method for understanding and responding to your children’s stress, energy and tension.

Speaker: Dr. Susan Hopkins — A passionate advocate for children, families and communities. She leads Dr. Stuart Shanker’s organization, The MEHRIT Centre. She brings her skills to Stuart’s self-regulation research centre as the lead researcher for the practice of Self-Regulation.

Equity in Action

April 5, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Woodroffe High School – 2410 Georgina Drive

Speaker: Chris D’souza – Motivational Speaker and Human Rights Strategist 

On Thursday, April 5 – We held a speaker series on Equity in Action. Our guest speaker Chris D'souza spoke about the importance of talking about Equity for both youth and adults.  Chair of our Parent Involvement Committee, Mr. Mostafizur Khan was in attendance and shared these reflections about his learning at the session. "Equity is the condition or state of fair, inclusive, and respectful treatment of people. Equity does not mean treating people the same without considering individual differences. In the workplace and in schools that are equitable, inclusive and respectful of diversity (and complex identities) equity is never a “one shot” deal. It is a continuous process and the goal is to create a “new normal” so that it becomes second nature to think about a range of possibilities, and to check on whom we are missing in our thinking, speaking behavior and attitudes. "

Understanding Mental Health and Addiction in Youth – Coping and Resilience
March 1, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sir Robert Borden High School – 131 Greenbank Road


On Thursday, March 1 – We held a speaker series on Understanding Mental Health and Addiction in Youth – Coping and Resilience.  Our guest speakers Mary Alexandrou from CHEO’s YouthNet and Natalie Markoff from PLEO both spoke about the importance of talking about mental health for both youth and adults. Did you know? The fear of stigma often delays diagnosis and treatment, yet early intervention can make a dramatic difference in quality of life. Common stress factors affecting youth at school are: test taking, pressure on excelling academically, friendships, lunch time, managing conflict in school, romantic relationships, gender identity and disclosures in school, bullying, cyberbullying, electronics and more. It is important to recognize the potential mental health concerns with your child. To learn more about our presentation last night, please see the presentation slides below:

YouthNet PowerPoint and Parent’s Lifelines PowerPoint 

Speakers: Mary Alexandrou - Program Coordinator for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s (CHEO) youth mental health program called YouthNet.

Natalie Markoff – Director of Communication & Partnerships for PLEO – Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario.

Susan Hopkins of The MEHRIT Centre - Self-Regulation for children and parents
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Paul Davis - Social Net
working Online Safety
October 5, 2017

Eva Olsson - Speaking out against Racism and Intolerance
April 12, 2017

Gender Identity and Gender Expression
May 4th, 2017

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Well-being
March 2, 2017 

 CHEO Panel on the Importance of Sleep in Children and Adolescents 
- Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput and Dr. Hilary Myron
Inspire and Motivate Learners to develop Resiliency and Advocacy Skills through 
December 12, 2016 

Technology - DJ Cunningham, Learnstyle
April 7, 2016

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds - Dr. Lloyd
November 26, 2015

Understanding Concussions — Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms - Dr. Michael Vassilyadi
October 29, 2015

Understanding Mental Health - Panel with CHEO and The Royal Mental Health Centre
September 30, 2015

Canadian Foundation for Economic Education - Talk With Our Kids About Money
April 15, 2015

CHEO Experts discuss Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia and Body Image
February 19, 2015

Dr.Rebecca J. Lloyd - Physical Literacy 
January 29, 2015

Dr. Oliver John University of California Berkeley Developing Social Emotional Skills in Children
November 11, 2014

Dr. Eva Olsson LLD (Hon.) — Holocaust Survivor
November 5, 2014

Developing Self-Regulation in Children- Stuart Shanker
March 27, 2014 

Raising 21st Century Kids; Creative and Critical Thinking in the Classroom - Garfield Gini-Newman
February 24, 2014

Talk About Assessment - What Parents Need to Understand - Damian Cooper
November 27, 2013

Bullying Prevention – Dr. Tina Daniels
November 21 2013

Engaging Tasks - Getting Your Child Engaged in Learning - John Antonetti
November 13, 2013 

Understanding Depression, Anxiety and Bullying - Parenting through challenging times
October 15, 2013

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