Friday, October 30, 2009

Upcoming Events sponsored by the Beaumont FCSS

Beaumont FCSS has been a flurry of activity (sorry about the reference to snow). On October 20th students in Beaumont from grade 5-11 participated in the Search Institute's Developmental Asset Survey. While participation rates were somewhat lower than expected, we are looking forward to getting the results from these surveys to see how youth in our community rate themselves in terms of the 40 developmental assets. This information will help our FCSS team develop and deliver programming to specifically meet the needs of the youth within our community and ensure our work provides the most impact.

October 27th was the Meditation for Parents workshop, the attendance to this event was much lower than anticipated as calls into the FCSS office were numerous and community members seemed extremely interested in learning how meditation can help them as parents and their children. If you are interested in this topic please call Jenny at the FCSS office and she will be able to direct you to the facilitator for this informative workshop.

Kids and Drugs: The Power of Parents began this week at the Beaumont Community Church. Jenny and I (Linda) are co-facilitating this group and our first session was informative, and sparked much conversation. If you are interested in learning how you as a parent, or caregiver can help prevent the use of drugs in your children please come out to the next three sessions. November 4th, 18th, and 25th. Space is still available in these sessions. On November 25th our group will be lead by Cpl. Dave Wilkinson from the Beaumont RCMP detatchment to help us learn to spot the warning signs of specific drug use, drug paraphenalia, and what kinds of drugs are most prevalent in our Beaumont and surrounding community. This session is essential for parents to attend in order to be better informed about drug scene here in Beaumont, Alberta.

Our next Parent Workshop Series has been set: Sibling Rivalry, on November 16th at 7pm at the Beaumont Community Youth Centre. This informative workshop will be lead by psychologist Joanne Koopmans of Karunia Counselling and co-facilitated by myself, Linda Mix-Kondratski. We will touch on the causes of sibling rivalry, tips on prevention and what to do if sibling rivalry is getting out of hand in your home. Please join us for an informal evening of learning, discussion and ideas on how to deal with this important and sometimes volatile situation.

For questions about these or any other FCSS programs or services, please post here or email me at or phone 780 504-5969

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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