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Play & Parenting FRP Canada's newsletter
                               Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs December 2013  
In this issue
Clip-art Library
Board of Directors
FRP Canada Resources
Resource Sheet
Positive Discipline
Contact Us
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New clip-art library
Mothers and babiesWe invite you to check out FRP Canada's newest website
This site contains 60 watercolours from a collection commissioned from Claire Fletcher that can be used at no cost for non-commercial purposes.  Claire's artwork was used to illustrate our 2012-2013 Annual Report.  The database can be searched by many choices under Ethnicity, People and Topic, and images downloaded as high- or low-resolution files. Enjoy.
FRP Canada Board of Directors - 2013-2014 Executive
For the 2013-2014 Board, the new president is Sue Khazaie, from BC.  Sue assumes the chair responsibilities from Trish Plant from Ontario. Trish serves as past-president. The vice-president is Jackie Collins from Newfoundland. The secretary is Roxanne Manning from Nova Scotia and the treasurer is Stéphane Rivest from Ottawa.  The board also includes Bev Digout from Saskatchewan, Barb Fratesi from Alberta, Laura Graham from PEI and Marie Wotton from Manitoba.  Go to to see photos and bios of these fabulous volunteers.
FRP Canada Resources
Many more FRP Canada publications are now available to download, including Supporting Fathers and Tensions and Possibilities: Forging Better Links Between Family Resource Programs and Child Welfare.
Visit for a complete list.

Financial Literacy Resources
Watch for the release in January 2014 of an inventory of financial literacy websites as part of a project funded by the TD Financial Literacy Grant Fund. Attention has been given to selecting sources which meet the needs of low to modest income families and include resources for newcomers.
Parent Resource Sheet
Make-Believe Play         Make-Believe Play

"From the simple imitative play of the one year old to the complex scenarios imagined by a six year old, make-believe play helps children take their place in the social world and supports their later learning in school. Here are some of the benefits that . . . . ."
                                                                                 Download the Resource Sheet >
Positive DisciplinePositive Discipline in Everyday Parenting
Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting is an innovative and empowering approach to child discipline that was developed by Joan Durrant Ph.D. (University of Manitoba) for Save the Children Sweden. It is relevant to parents of all children from infancy to adolescence.
The final three-day facilitator training for Positive Discipline, sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will take place in Brantford, Ontario, January 21 to 23, 2014.

Deadline for registering: January 10, 2014
Fee: $160 for the first registrant from an organization, $80 for second person. For more information and registration forms, go to
To find out how you could bring Positive Discipline Facilitator training to your community, contact Christine Colbert,, 1-866-637-7226.
New Resources
How to Survive Morning Sickness Successfully
Developed by Motherisk ( with support from the Best Start Resource Centre.
How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development
An effective animated video from
Alberta Family Wellness, an initiative of the
Norlien Foundation, with input from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and the Frameworks Institute.
Online nutrition screening questionnaires on eating habits of preschoolers (3-5 years) and toddlers (18-35 months).
Developed by the Dietitians of Canada, and the staff of EatRight Ontario, working with the University of Guelph, this screening tool lets parents or caregivers receive immediate feedback on their child's eating habits and includes links to healthy eating resources and community services.
The Weather House, Living with a parent with borderline personality disorder
This illustrated book for school-aged children by Lise Laporte, Ph.D. and Ronald Fraser, M.D. provides, through its touching story, clinically sound and age-appropriate information for children, giving them clear answers to frequently asked questions about the borderline personality disorder of a parent, and suggesting ways to cope with the situation. $22.95  Search for the French version LA MAISON DES INTEMPÉRIES to see information about purchasing the English translation.
Upcoming Events
January 15, 2014, Five Good Ideas about Building Non-profit Communications Capacity, Maytree Toronto, ON, and Online. Free. More information
January 21-23, 2014, Positive Discipline Facilitator Training, Brantford ON. FRP Canada
January 23-24, 2014, The Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF) 6th Annual Conference Strengthening Today, Building Tomorrow, Edmonton, AB
January 30 - February 1, 2014, Early Years Conference 2014, Shaping Childhood: Factors that Matter, Vancouver BC.
February 5, 2014 , Getting Grounded: An experiential workshop for direct service providers who work with clients who are overwhelmed, helpless and scared, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto, ON. For details about this and other trainings see
February 20, 2014, Oakville and March 20, 2014 Ottawa
Welcoming and Celebrating Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in Families: From Preconception to Preschool  Best Start/Health Nexus.
February 21-22, 2014, Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies: New Research and Best Practice, hosted by Perinatal Services BC, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, BC
February 26-28, 2014, Best Start Resource Centre Annual Conference, Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, Mississauga ON
From Reaching IN . . . Reaching OUT
For Trainers
March 31 - April 4, 2014
, 5-day RIRO Intensive (for trainers who offer professional development training to service providers) Toronto, ON
May 7 - 9, 2014, 3-day BBT (Bounce Back and Thrive) Intensive (for trainers who offer training to parents) Toronto, Ontario (Pre-requisite: completion of RIRO 12-hour resiliency skills training)
For service providers
May 5 and 6, 2014
RIRO resiliency skills training for service providers who work with young children. Toronto, ON 
Toronto, Ontario. Youth Opportunities Fund, a new $5 million grant program to help community organizations improve outcomes for youth facing multiple barriers to economic and social well-being in the Greater Toronto area. Read about the Youth Opportunities Fund.