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Workshop Descriptions and Presenters for WCDSB Spring Symposium May 4th 

Keynote Speaker:  Anthony McLean 

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity, bullying, and parenting.  He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across Canada, the U.S. and Australia, and, as a respected voice in his field, appeared on CBC News, Global Toronto’s Morning Show and Breakfast Television.  Delivering research-backed tools and actionable strategies, McLean Always leaves his audiences inspired to bring their best every day. 


How to Teach Your Kids About Money 

This session led by Vince Mayne, Chartered Professional Accountant will help parents learn information and tips to raise kids, who are financially independent and responsible, better understand the challenges of raising money-smart kids, and learn how to address age-appropriate money-related topics with young kids, pre-teens, teenagers and emerging adults.  This presentation is one of a financial literacy series sponsored by CPA Canada.  

Presenter:  Vincent Mayne 

Canadian Chartered Public Accountants 

Raising Resilient Teens 

Dr. Behnke –Cook is an inspirational a motivational speaker and a faculty member of The University of Guelph who understands parenting in this generation and the need to help our young people develop resiliency.  Sometimes we mistakenly believe that resiliency is a character trait, and that only some of us have it. This is not the case! Resiliency is a key component of mental well-being and is a skill that everyone can further develop. This illuminating and helpful talk details what resiliency is, why it matters, and provides a set of effective and easy-to-implement strategies for parents, educators and students so that young people learn how to help themselves. 


Presenter:  Dr. Deanna Behnke-Cook 

University of Guelph 

Cyberbullying – Supporting Parents, Supporting Kids 

Dr. Ryan Broll is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and an expert in the field of cyberbullying. Dr. Broll’s research examines the ways in which parents, teachers, school administrators, and police officers prevent and respond to cyberbullying on their own and collaboratively, and the causes and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. This presentation will explore young people's experiences with cyberbullying and how you, as parents, can support your children. 

Presenter:  Dr. Ryan Broll 

University of Guelph 

Coding With Your Kids 

Coding with your Kids provides parents with an introduction to the world of coding.  Basic programming skills are now becoming essential in this fast-changing knowledge economy. Some say it is as important as learning math or literacy.  Come learn about the ways in which our schools are introducing coding to students and learn about resources available to parents to nurture these skills at home.   

Jeff Cummings is a Technology Enabled Learning Coordinator with the Wellington Catholic District School Board.   

Presenter:  Jeff Cummings 

Technology Enabled Learning Coordinator 

​Wellington Catholic District School Board 

​Understanding the Dangers of Vaping and Marijuana Use 

With a recent increase in the number of youth vaping in our community and the legalization of marijuana, many parents have questions.  Come learn about the poten​tial hazards of vaping and marijuana use and be better prepared to have discussions with your children about their health and well-being. 

Presenters:  Kyley Alderson & Courtney bell 

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health 

Get Involved! Volunteering in your Community  ​   

Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington helps local families. Positive experiences shape children’s futures and helps break cycles of hardship. Together with our donors, volunteers and community partners we find opportunities to help kids grow and unleash potential. Come learn about our programs and how you can give back to your community. 

Presenter:  Anita McFarlane 

Program Director, Food & Friends 

Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington 

Developing Healthy Habits for the Future 

Lisa Tang is a Registered Dietitian, PhD student, and Lead Health Educator with the Guelph Family Health Study at the University of Guelph.  This long-term study works with families of preschool-aged children to create healthy routines around eating, physical activity, sleep, and screen time at home.  These habits can help kids live healthy now and in the future.  Come learn about the study and healthy routines for families!  

Presenter:  Lisa Tang 

University of Guelph 

Cyber Safety, Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking 

EPACT – Educating Parent and Children Together is a joint project with the O.P.P. and Crime Stoppers Come which aims to educate parents about the hazards facing students on-line and how parents can help protect young people from these dangers. 

Presenters:  Jennifer Tschanz & Sarah Bowers-Peter 

Ontario Provincial Police - EPACT 

Immunizations and Public Health – What Parents Need to Know 

Immunizations – This session led by Wellington-Dufferin– Guelph Public Health will provide information to parents about what they should know about vaccine preventable diseases, immunization reporting requirements for students in Ontario, and how to access and print their child’s digital yellow card online.   

Presenter:  Marlene Jantzi-Bauman 

Program Manager, Vaccine Preventable Disease Program 

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health 

Newcomers Experiences to Canada and Settlement Supports 

Come learn about the newcomer experience of coming to Canada with staff of Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington. Program Manager, Dayami Ramirez, and Settlement Worker in School Coordinator, Ali Zaid, will share information about some of the challenges faced, supports available for newcomers in our region about the many successful initiatives underway in your community. 

Presenter: Dayami Ramirez 

Program Manager 

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington 

Why Didn’t I Know This? 

Jan Sherman is an Anishnaabe mother, knowledge keeper, storyteller and educator who has developed a relationship with the Wellington Catholic District School Board over the past few years.  Jan will address the question Why didn't I know this? by sharing information about a traditional Anishnaabe worldview in relation to the history of First Nations' Peoples in Canada, including The Indian Act, Residential Schools, Treaties, and the Sixties Scoop.  This Circle is intended to increase awareness NOT to make anyone feel guilty or ashamed! 

Presenter:  Jan Sherman