Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fundraiser for the Centre for the Arts in Human Development

 Stars shine at 
“An Inspiring Evening of Song and Dance”

By Cindy Davis

It’s not uncommon these days to see a Leanord Cohen song performed in tribute to the remarkable late artist. But on the evening of November 15, guests at a benefit concert held at the Shaare Zion Congregation in Montreal were treated to a very special rendition of Hallelujah.

The concert, held in support of The Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University, featured performances by past and present students of the program, all with special needs. Cohen’s Hallelujah was performed by Robbie Zunenshine and Joshua Benlolo, accompanied by guest musician Jason Rosenblatt on keyboard, and it was not only sung perfectly, but had everyone in the crowd singing along and visibly moved.  

A unique program in Canada, The Centre for the Arts in Human Development is an educational, clinical, training and research centre for individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs, that promotes personal development through creative art therapy programs. Through art, drama, music and dance, students learn how to better express themselves creatively to enable them to reach their full potential. The program is in high demand, admitting only 20 students every two years and currently has a waiting list.

If the performances at the November 15 concert are any indication, the talent pool at the Centre is overflowing. Performances included an interpretive dance number to Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling, a performance of an original composition called Never Want to Let You Go, an homage to the Beatles and more.  Special guest performers included Cantors Adam Stotland and Daniel Benlolo.

The collaboration between the Shaare Zion and the Centre formed several years ago when Eleanor Diamond, president of the Shaare Zion Sisterhood, attended a performance by the Centre at another venue and wanted to get involved. The synagogue Sisterhood has been sponsoring this event ever since. In an emotional speech, Diamond said that this is a cause about which she is passionate, and that throughout the years, she has seen major changes in the participants’ lives through the Centre. 
Lenore Vosberg presents a gift to Eleanor Diamond
at Shaare Zion Congregation.

“This is a great community outreach event,” said Lenore Vosberg, co-founder and director of Clinical Services and Public Outreach for the Centre. “It’s a wonderful way for us to put out our message that everybody has gifts and something to share.”

“We are educating, demystifying, and showcasing their abilities,” added Miranda D’Amico, co-founder of the Centre. 

Miranda D’Amico, Lenore Vosberg and Stephen Snow, co-directors of the Centre – Miranda and Stephen are co-directors of research at the Shaare Zion Congregation in Montreal.

It was a wonderful evening in celebration of a very special centre. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Opening doors for accessibility / Assistive Technology Giveaway

Opening Doors for Accessibility: Aging at home

November 17, 2017
Ruby Foo's Hotel, 7655 Decarie
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This event is free, includes a free lunch, 
and parking on site is free
RSVP is a must to Emily: ezimmermann@marchofdimes.ca

This year's Opening Doors for Accessibility will enlighten on the board topic of "Aging at home". It's a great opportunity to learn and network. This seminar will be helpful for seniors, those caring for seniors, those interested in learning what is available in our community, professionals (social workers, therapists of all kinds, administrators), etc.

We have an amazing roster of experienced and talented speakers. After introductory remarks by Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather, we'll delve into a variety of topics:

The Journey from aging well to loss of autonomy: What your CIUSSS can do for you
Presented by Joanne Besner, Program Manager,
Support Program for the Autonomy Of Seniors (SAPA)

The importance of recreation and leisure 
in optimal aging
Presented by Erica Botner, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at the Cummings Centre for Seniors

Introducing the new Caregiver Network "Huddol"
Mark Stolow, President and CEO of Huddol, describes Huddol as the largest online learning network in Canada in support of family caregivers. He will share his perspective on the individual, social, and system challenges facing family caregivers, and share a new innovative breakthrough in how we can solve these challenges together. Care better, together!

Resilience through balance, ownership, and positivity
Presented by Jay Jones-DoyleCo-Founder, Legal Lighthouse, President, Confidence Driven Coaching, President, BioBalance Inc, VP Finance and Strategy, Myko Social Score Platform.

Laughter for the health of it
Interactive presentation with Wendy Singer, Laughter Yoga Leader, Managing Editor, Inspirations News

Adapted physical activity for seniors post-stroke
Presented by Maria Fragapane, Co-program manager, The Wellness Centre at the Cummings Centre for Seniors

Stroke recovery​ and MODC accessible services
Presented by Donna Mackay, Associate Director, Community Engagement and Integrated Services, March of Dimes Canada

Wheelchair clinic​

* Every attendee will receive a certificate of attendance. 

** Event will include lunch and networking opportunities.  

For more information, visit The March of Dimes website here.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dr. Neufeld visits Montreal

Help your children and youth flourish at home and school

Dr. Gordon Neufeld speaks in Montreal, November 6 

By Wendy Singer

We all want our children and students to thrive. But how do we accomplish this? What conditions are required for a child to reach his or her full potential? What experiences are essential to the unfolding of human potential regardless of the challenges a child may face?

Join The Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities and The Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management on November 5, 2017 as they welcome Dr. Gordon Neufeld. 

In his presentation, Dr. Neufeld will put the pieces together to reveal rather surprising answers to these basic yet important questions regarding human development. When children are facing special challenges, whether at home or at school, it is even more critical for parents and teachers to keep such information in mind.

Dr. Neufeld is a Vancouver-based psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, he is an international speaker, bestselling author of
 Hold On To Your Kids and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. 
He has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. Formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now teaches and trains educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children, Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. 

This talk is relevant to parents, grandparents, childcare providers, teachers, youth workers, and other professionals who work with children and youth.
To reserve your space click here!
Tickets are required for admission.

November 6, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ruby Foo’s Hotel, 7655 Decarie Blvd.

General admission: $35
Registration discount is available for current members of the MCLD.

Free parking is available at the hotel.

Doors open at 6 p.m.