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KIND - October 19, 2017

The KIND Event (Knowledge, Information & Networking Day) offers professional development, networking and knowledge sharing geared to those in the residential care and the child welfare sectors.  For more details or to register,  scroll down or click the links below.

Venue & Accommodations

Edward Village Markham (formerly the Delta Markham)
50 East Valhalla Drive
Markham, Ontario 
Truffle Ballroom!markham/cz62

Special Venue Rate for KIND Delegates
Delegates can book accommodations at the group rate of $119 per night (plus taxes) - please ensure you book your room on or before October 5th.  

To reserve your room call the venue directly at 905-477-2010 and indicate that you are a delegate with the OARTY Event.  Please ensure you book  on or before October 9th.


9:00 AM
Breakfast & Registration

9:30 AM – 12:45 PM
Training to Better Support African Canadian Youth in Care
Kike Ojo, Project Lead, One Vision, One Voice Project, Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies

Kike will lead delegates through a learning opportunity to enhance the understanding of equity and anti-oppressive practice.  Kike is the Project Manager for One Vision One Voice with the Ontario Association of Children’s Aids Societies.  One Vision One Voice is a province-wide project working to address child welfare service to African Canadian families, as well as a leader in the field with regard to equity, anti-oppression, and organizational change. 

Qualitative and quantitative data shows us that some people who are marginalized are having disparate outcomes (e.g. educational outcomes), and are over-represented in referrals, investigations, apprehensions and Crown-wardship. The One Vision One Voice Project seeks to understand how and why this over-representation occurs. This interactive workshop will explore the following questions:  What are the practices that lead to this outcome? What are the powerful, unexamined beliefs?   What practical tools and responses can residential providers employ to ensure the principles of equity are part of caring and supporting African descent youth in care?

11:00 AM
Networking Break

11:15 AM
Training to Better Support African Canadian Youth in Care Resumes            

12:45 PM

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Vulnerable Youth and Human Trafficking
Julie Neubauer, Manager of Human Trafficking Services, Covenant House Toronto

Often described as a modern form of slavery, trafficking is the control and use of threats or violence to exploit another for financial gain. Sex trafficking throughout Canada is a growing public issue. At risk and homeless youth are among the most vulnerable to exploitation, however unsuspecting girls are also ensnared online, in malls and in school yards. The majority of sex trafficking victims in our country are young, Canadian girls. The average age is estimated to be 17.

Covenant House Toronto has been providing support and services to vulnerable youth for over 34 years. They have made sex trafficking a major focus of our work. Since collecting formal data in 2015, they have provided direct care to over 124 youth. This presentation will:  develop an increased awareness of the issue of sex trafficking as in exists in our local and national communities; discuss the intersections of vulnerable youth, sex trafficking and social service systems; assist service providers with identification of youth at risk and youth engaged in sex trafficking; provide strategies to front line service providers and other care givers to support youth and their families; and review and provide resources related to sex trafficking (housing, substance mis-use, counselling, legal).

2:15 PM             

2:25 PM 
OARTY Update (Members Only)
OARTY Board of Directors’ Representatives, OARTY Executive Director

Updates will be provided regarding OARTY’s recent initiatives and projects.  An overview of meetings with government and other stakeholders will also be outlined, with questions welcomed throughout the presentation. 

Program & speakers are subject to change.

Thank you to our KIND Event Sponsors

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 Registration & Rates

The regular rate is $75 per person. 

Full members of OARTY can access one complimentary registration per agency (to access vial online registration, please enter your coupon code).  For additional delegates and associate member delegates, the member rate of $35 is available. 

To register now, download the manual registration form (pdf)