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Break the Silence for Child Abuse Prevention Month
On Wednesday, October 19th, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) and key partners will mark Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) with a provincial GO PURPLE DAY to raise awareness about how it takes a community working together to prevent child abuse. The provincial hashtag for the campaign is #iBREAKthesilence.
This year boards of education and schools across the province are joining the GO PURPLE DAYinitiative by dressing in purple and participating in various “iBREAKthesilence” activities. Participating boards of education are tracked on this interactive map. Both the Halton District School Board and Halton Catholic District School Board are participating.
“Schools have a unique window into the lives of children and youth and so play an important role in keeping children safe,” says Mary Ballantyne, CEO of the OACAS. “We are excited to see the GO PURPLE DAYinitiative spread to schools across the province.”
‘Skid Row CEO’ to arrive in Halton this month in walk across Canada
It’s late afternoon on September 26, Day 149 for Joe Roberts. He has just trekked past the majestic Parliament buildings in the nation’s capital, to reach the 3,000-km mark of his cross-Canada journey. Six thousand kilometres to go.
“Every single day since we got into Ontario has been extraordinary,” said Roberts, the driven man behind The Push for Change, a grassroots initiative that is slowly making its way across the country, literally one step at a time.
It will take Roberts, known as the Skid Row CEO, 17 months to complete his walk, but much longer to accomplish his mission to end youth homelessness; he admits, it may not happen in his lifetime.
His goal is to immerse all stakeholders – law enforcement, educators, governments, all Canadians – in a conversation as a means to end the crisis of youth homelessness.