Canadian Children’s Grief Symposium

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Canadian Alliance for Grieving Children & Youth (CAGCY)
Virtual Symposium – November 18, 2021

As part of the Canadian Alliance for Grieving Children & Youth (CAGCY) Symposium Committee, Seasons Centre is elated to share that the first Canadian Children’s Grief Symposium will be held on Children’s Grief Awareness Day – November 18, 2021. The Symposium will be virtual to accommodate all time zones in Canada. Speakers are from across Canada.

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Keynote Speaker – Will Petschenig was born in Manotick Ontario. His father died from a pulmonary emboli when Will was 18. Will was a professional hockey player at the time and recently became a police constable in Durham Region, Ontario.  Will has volunteered 100’s of hours in Children’s Grief Centers across the United States. He is currently a certified children’s grief specialist. In 2015, Will created a foundation called “A Heart Like Mine”. A program for grieving children and their families.

We are also pleased to have Natasha Manzone – Seasons Center Program Services Manager as a guest speaker. Her workshop will focus on children who have had a family member die by suicide. She will discuss the significance of having a group specific to suicide loss for children and coping with the stigma associated with suicide. Various tools and skills will be shared that have been the most successful with our Child Survivors of Suicide group.

We are pleased to have Christy Hamill – a member of Seasons Centre Board of Directors as a guest speaker.  Christy Hamill MSW, RSW is the Mental Health and Multidisciplinary Lead at the Protestant Separate School Board Penetanguishene. She has worked with adults, children, and families for over 25 years. She just celebrated her 25th year as a volunteer with Seasons Centre for Grieving Children. She has worked as a group facilitator, and presently is the Chair of the Program Committee & Board Member. Her journey into understanding bereavement and working with grieving families began at King’s College while taking a course on Thanatology with John Morgan. She is a wife and mom of 2 boys. She lives on the traditional lands of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

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