The art and science of relationships with kids on May 7: National Child & Youth Mental Health Day

CONNECTING WITH KIDS: We know that having caring, connected conversations can
significantly impact the mental health of children and youth. Join us to listen to Kim Barthel talk about having more self-compassion, self-awareness and knowledge about the art and science of relationships.

Our kids mean so much to us, and yet disconnection, dissociation and even the potential for self-harm is very real. A holistic and engaging story-teller, Kim will introduce the basics of


-attachment theory

-trauma-sensitive practice

-sustainable self-care and above all…

-the power of connection and inclusion.

Kim Barthel is a Canadian occupational therapist, speaker, multi-disciplinary teacher, mentor and best-selling author who is active in supporting people in many contexts globally. Kim is passionate about understanding mental health, complex behaviour, neurobiology, movement, trauma-sensitive practice, attachment, sensory processing and learning.

DATE: Tuesday, May 7, 2024  FamilySmart Kim Barthel Event May 7 2024
TIME: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (PST)

Please See Poster Attached

This event is part of Family Smart’s National Child & Youth Mental Health Day celebrations, for more info and resources go to:

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Workshop: May 7th: Collaborative and Proactive Solutions with Dr. Ross Greene

Hello Gilmore Families,

This looks like a great presentation by Dr. Ross Greene through FamilySmart for building skills for collaboration and implementing proactive solutions with kids:

Join us online for a presentation and Q & A with Dr. Ross Greene as he speaks about how Collaborative and Proactive Solutions can help us show our kids we care about them. Solving problems together creates connection and allows our children and youth to be a part of finding solutions to what is causing their concerning behaviour. Dr. Greene’s work reminds us that things go better for everyone, when we solve problems together and that kids do well if they can.

For more info and to register go to this link:

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JANUARY: Burnaby Family Life: Family Education Training and Groups

Hello everyone,

Burnaby Family Life is running a large number of in-person and online groups for many different issues and topics. There is free childcare during the groups for up 18 months to 10 years old with pre-registration.

Some of the topics include:

  • Anger management
  • Parenting
  • Parenting for Immigrants
  • Support for Parents of 2SLGBTQ+ children and youth
  • Single Mother’s support group

Please see the links and flyers below for information on registration.

Fathers’ group jan 2023

Understanding Your Anger (AMM) Jan 2023

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2023 Winter In the Know Series

Hello Gilmore Families,

Registration is now open for the 2023 Winter In the Know Series from Family Smart.

There is a great line up for topics:

January 2023: Self Harm: There is Always Help, There is Always Hope 
February 2023: For Families: A Conversation About Eating Disorders
March 2023: A Conversation for Families About Digital Wellbeing & Mental Health

Here are the posters for these events:

JANUARY 2023 ItK Event Poster – PST

FEBRUARY 2023 ItK Event Poster – PST

MARCH 2023 ItK Event Poster – PST

If you are interested, learn more and register at this link.

Ms. Hawkins

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The Holidays and LGBTQ+ Youth

Hello everyone,

With the holidays coming up, I am reminded that while it is a time for gathering and connection, it can also be different year to year as changes happen with individuals and families.  These changes can sometimes be tricky for us to navigate.

The holidays can be challenging for some of the LGBTQ+ youth in our community with new social situations, interactions with unsupportive others, or disconnection from supportive communities as everyone is off for the holidays.

Here are some videos to raise awareness about the potential difficulties for LGBTQ+ members of our community around the holidays:



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Free Video Presentation: ADHD – The Real Deal

Hello Gilmore Families!

Please see the message below from FamilySmart about their December Video Presentation, “ADHD – The Real Deal” December In the Know

While you are curled up and cozy this month, we would love ot see you at our December In the Know.

Join us in watching a video by Dr. Duncan, who will dispel the many myths surrounding ADHD by presenting up to date scientific facts about cause, prevalence, diagnosis and treatment. He will explain how and why the ADHD brain works the way it does.

Come together with other families to watch this video presentation and stay for a facilitated discussion by a FamilySmart Parent Peer Support Worker.

Register here for one of the five sessions.

And, as always, please feel free to pass this email along to anyone you think might be interested.


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Welcome to the blog!

Hello Gilmore Community!

This blog is a place where resources for mental and emotional wellness and parent events and workshops will be posted over time.

Please check back regularly to see the latest posts!


Ms. Hawkins

School Counsellor

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