October is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Prevention Through Partnership
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Windsor-Essex community for their incredible response to our 2013 'Go Purple for Prevention Campaign'. This year we more than doubled the number of participating organizations!
Not only did you participate, you truly embraced the theme of 'Prevention Through Partnership' by coming up with many creative, grass-roots ways to raise awareness, to open the lines of communication, to educate, and to inform. To each and every one of you who participated, we extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.
Here is a look back at some highlights of the month in pictures:
Windsor-Essex Goes Purple for Prevention 2013
Kingsville was one of the first stops on the Child Abuse Prevention Month tour. We visited the Youth & Family Resource Network's Keys Program for a parenting workshop and discussion, followed by a Kids on the Block puppet show for the little ones.
...from there we were off to Amherstburg to Little Buddies Preschool and School Age Centre, where we were greeted with a sea of purple! There were purple ribbon crafts, purple clothing and purple signs. They even held a Purple Parade, spreading the message of prevention message throughout the community.
It wouldn't be Child Abuse Prevention Month unless we spent some time visiting our friends in the Settlement Community!!
Our friends at Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women organized a special day of activities. It was great to see their staff decked out in purple and to be part of the vibrant goings-on at their wonderful centre!
College Boreal is another fine agency serving the needs of our newest Canadians.
We thank them for joining our campaign and for inviting us to do a presentation at their centre, where we had a great conversation about parenting in Canada!
Women's Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) again participated in the Go Purple campaign. Pictured here are their dedicated staff dressed in their finest purple! We also visited WEST during October, to deliver a presentation to some of the women who attend the center. Thanks WEST for all that you do!!
Our community is fortunate to have so many supports and helping professionals to assist and support families. Among these are our friends in public health, the City of Windsor Ontario Early Years and Social Services, Police and Fire Services, and many, many more! We thank all those that participated in our campaign.
The City of Windsor Ontario Early Years and Social Services held a great Go Purple Day and shared some wonderful photographs with us. We thank them for their ongoing support and partnership!
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit was a great supporter of the Go Purple Campaign, with widespread participation across the agency, including the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program and the Oral Health Team.
We made a presentation to the Oral Health Team, who demonstrated their expertise, passion and commitment for children throughout the conversation.
Here they are pictured below:
This year our purple ribbon magnets could be spotted on the vehicles of the Windsor Police Service, Lasalle Police, and Windsor Fire and Rescue. We thank all of these fine agencies for their support and for all that they do to keep our citizens safe!
We would also like to thank the wonderful professionals at Family Service of Windsor for participating in our campaign and for the great work they do all year long. And thanks for sharing your photographs with us!!
Thanks to the caring and committed staff at John McGivney Children's Centre for their fine work in the community and for sending in this great pic from their Go Purple Day.
Several groups from the University of Windsor and St. Clair College also contributed to our campaign. Some University of Windsor students organized themselves to distribute purple ribbons on campus and make short presentations to raise awareness about child abuse prevention in several classes. The Social Work Students Association (SWSA) organized its own event, inviting us to deliver a presentation to the group. By the end of the month, we had spoken to several classes and student groups on campus.
St. Clair College's Educational Support Program held a Go Purple Day and collected funds for our prevention efforts. Students in the Public Relations Program studied our grass roots campaign and then held an event in their media plex, raising awareness and funds throughout the day. Again, we were contacted by several students in individual programs throughout the month looking to help spread the message, to gain more information, or to book a presentation for their class.
We salute all of these students for their passionate commitment to the cause and we thank our institutions of higher learning for embracing the message of prevention in such meaningful ways!!
Pictured here are the St. Clair Educational Support Students:
Here are some wonderful pics from the St. Clair Public Relations program's
Go Purple Day:
We extend our thanks to the Children's House Montessori/Brightpath Early Learning and Child Care Group. The Children's House Montessori centres located in Lasalle, Lakeshore, and Windsor participated in Go Purple, holding professional development workshops for staff and collecting donations for our prevention efforts. We'd like to thank these first time partners for their participation!
This year also marked new levels of participation from the network of Home Daycare Providers. We thank Natasha Isley of Tiny Treasures Daycare for sending in these delightful photos of their Go Purple Day!
It was great to see that the message of prevention was truly out in the community. Here are just a few of the many signs, posters and flyers we encountered in our travels!!
Several schools participated in our campaign, including St. Anne's High School. They collected donations for our prevention efforts and presented us with a cheque at their pep rally. Not only did they spread the message of prevention throughout the school, they raised an incredible $1255! Thank you St. Anne's!!
Ecole Secondaire L'Essor embraced the campaign by encouraging their entire student body to dress in purple. One of the special interest clubs baked and sold purple cupcakes to raise money for prevention, and we set up an interactive display during the lunch hour. Later in the day, we returned to do a professional development workshop for some of the caring, committed staff. As the pictures indicate, it was a wonderful event for all concerned!
(above) Thanks to all those who baked, sold and purchased purple cupcakes.
(below) Perhaps our favourite purple outfit of the entire month!
(left) Kids on the Block volunteer Heather Hillan and Joanne Spinoza at the display table
(centre) could this be our next French-language puppeteer recruit?
(right) our thanks to Rachelle St-Pierre for coordinating the activities of the day
The staff at the Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society work hard throughout the year to reduce incidences of abuse and neglect, and to try to ensure the very best outcomes for our children. Here are a few of the many WECAS staff who showed their spirit by wearing purple for prevention.
Purple ribbon cookies baked by our Public Education BSW intern Alma Balic.
Child Abuse Prevention Month 2013
Participants, Supporters and Presentation Sites
· ABC Day Nursery - Somme and Hanna St. Locations
· Advance Business Systems
· Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association
· Can Am Indian Friendship Centre
· Canadian Mental Health Association
· Children First
· Children’s House Montessori, Bright Path Kids: Lasalle, Windsor, and Lakeshore Locations
· City of Windsor Social Services and Ontario Early Years Centres
· Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence
· College Boreal
· Community Living Essex County
· Connections Early Years Family Centre (formerly St. Mary’s)
· Devonshire Mall
· Ecole Elementaire Catholique Monseigneur Jean Noel
· Everest College
· Family Respite Services
· Family Services Windsor-Essex
· Forest Glade Public School
· Foster Parent Association, Windsor-Essex
· Garderie Franco-Sol/St. Edmond Ontario Early Years Centre
· Greater Essex County District School Board
· Hospice of Windsor and Essex County
· Windsor Essex County Health Unit, including the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program and the Oral Health Team
· Holy Cross Catholic School
· Jennifer Bradford, Home Daycare Provider
· Kristina Dance, Home Daycare Provider
· Ms Taryn’s Daycare
· House of Sophrosyne
· Iona College
· John McGivney Children’s Centre
· Kingsville Keys Program (Ontario Early Years)
· Lasalle Police
· Ecole Secondaire Catholique L’Essor
· Little Buddies Preschool Centre
· Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services
· Multicultural Council of Windsor-Essex - Downtown and East end Offices
· New Beginnings Children & Youth Services
· Oaktree Montessori
· Olinda-Ruthven United Church, Ruthven
· Trinity United Church, New California
· Once Upon A Time Childcare - Essex and Cottam Locations
· Ontario Disability Support Program
· Pathways to Potential
· Parks and Recreation Department, City of Windsor
· Percy P McCallum School
· Ready Set Go
· Sexual Assault Treatment Centre/SafeKids Program, Windsor Regional Hospital
· St. Anne’s High School
· St Clair College, Educational Support Program
· St Clair College, Public Relations Program
· St. Clair College, various individual classes
· St. Denis Recreation Centre, University of Windsor
· St. Joseph’s High School
· Tecumseh Mall
· The Children’s Safety Village
· The Inn of Windsor
· Tiny Treasure’s Home Daycare
· Trinity United Church, New California
· Evan Laszlo, University of Guelph
· Social Work Students’ Association, University of Windsor
· St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
· Church of the Redeemer
· University of Windsor Students’ Association
· University of Windsor, Concurrent Education Program
· University of Windsor Social Work Staff/Faculty
· University of Windsor – Issues and Perspectives in Social Work
· Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society
· Welcome Centre Shelter for Women
· Windsor Family Health Team
· Windsor Fire and Rescue
· Windsor Police Service
· Windsor Residence Inc.
· Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women
· Women’s Enterprise Sills Training (WEST)
We would like to thank the local business sponsors who helped to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month throughout our community.
Advance Business Systems