LEAP Day, 2012
Wed., May 15, 2013
Ottawa City Hall
Jean Pigott Hall
helping families in ottawa, canada become self-sufficient contributing members of society
On a very bright, warm, sunny spring day in May, the LEAP workers of Ontario Works brought fun, colour and useful information to their clients at Ottawa's City Hall in downtown Ottawa. Again this year, they organized a very successful day-long conference for all LEAP clients. Of course, many Youville Centre students and Learning Coach Clients, along with staff members, were in attendance, enjoying all the events and activities.
The focus for the day was on helping participants imagine their future, discover their options and believe in their potential. The keynote speaker was Dr. Neil Gottheil who spoke to clients on the subject of “Bullying". Dr. Gottheil is a clinical psychologist with CHEO’s inpatient mental health unit. He works with children and teens dealing with various mental health issues and has considerable experience in the areas of mood, anxiety, suicidality and bullying. He has lectured extensively in the community and to professional groups on the topic of bullying.
In addition, there were four interesting and informative workshops offered to clients as well:
o Tenant Rights
o Dress for Success
o Sexting Awareness
o Job Finding / Labour Market Information
In addition, school boards, local colleges and universities were on hand to showcase their programs and answer questions. Youville Centre, and many other organizations as well were present to answer clients' questions and hand out information brochures.
Excellent snacks, lunch, musical entertainment and prizes made for a very well-rounded and worthwhile day.