Robin Taub, CPA, CA
Robin is an experienced Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) who uses her financial expertise and creativity to generate engaging and informative financial content and resources.
Robin is also a professional speaker, blogger, and the best-selling author of A Parent's Guide to Raising Money-Smart Kids (published by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, formerly the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants).
Robin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with High Distinction) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and earned her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation in 1989.
Robin is also passionate about improving opportunities for women CPAs to advance into positions of leadership. From 2008 until 2017, she was a member, and then Chair, of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Tia is a trained parenting consultant who provides parents with realistic tips on positive discipline tactics and an overall positive parenting approach. Tia covers everything from sleep to toddler power struggles to separation anxiety. Tia will also provide tips on how to ensure both parents are on the same page and approaching parenting with the same tactics.
Laura Armstrong, Sleep Consultant
Laura Armstrong is a certified Sleep Consultant and mother to her amazing daughter Norah, and wife to her wonderful husband Daniel. They live in the west end of Toronto.
While Norah started off as the perfect sleeper with time things regressed and she was no longer sleeping well, waking almost every 1-2 hours every night. Slowly the overtired cycle was created and Laura realized she needed help. Through her own research and with the help of her mom, a registered nurse (whose own children were all sleep trained), Laura and Dan created a plan that worked for her family and once again Norah was sleeping through the night and their family’s sleep debt was slowly chipped away.
This is what brought Laura to Alanna and Good Night Sleep Site. Laura never realized how much guidance and support one needs to get their child to sleep until she went through it herself. She understands the importance of sleep and wants to be able to help families in need. She knows the frustrations behind sleepless nights and overtired children and wants families to know that they’re not alone.
When Laura isn’t helping families sleep, she works as a Registered Massage Therapist at her own practice in Toronto located in Roncesvalles Village, specializing in infant and family massage. Laura and her family also enjoy spending time up north at the cottage or just exploring the great city they live in.
We will hear from educational speakers about:
- What is play-based learning?
- Common questions re play-based vs academic learning?
- Important skills for life that we learn in preschool (and can only successfully be learned before 5)
- Importance of Self-Directed play
- Strategies for parents to do at home (with examples)
- How to structure pretend play
- How to utilize sensory bins
- How to foster creativity and not just make nice-looking art
- How to make early literacy fun/interactive/play-based
- What are the outcomes we are striving for?
- How to work together and take turns
- Listening/following simple directions
- Principles of cause and effect
- Spatial awareness
Lynne Newman, OT
Do you want to learn how to be more present in your life and with your families? .....how to have more fun doing this mothering thing? ....how to take better care of yourself (sleep, me time etc...)? And learn about some of the benefits of mindfulness and mediation!
Then come hear Lynne Newman speak - occupational therapist and doula extraordinaire! https://lynnenewman.com/new-page/
Lynne believes there's more than one way to grow—babies, mothers and businesses. Heal from trauma, grief and illness and live a life full of possibilities, potential and purpose.
Confused as to how to take care of your girls? Melmira is a boutique bra shop that offers a wonderful shopping experience. The team will be coming in to talk to us about their line and how to wear our undergarments to enhance our beauty! See the story of their boutique here: https://melmira.com/the-melmira-story/
Ann Schnurr, RP
Ann Schnurr is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, has been practicing, in private practice, for the past 15 years. She works with a wide range of approaches and clients and is going to speak to our group about how to handle grief with your children.
Here is her bio:
As a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, I work with a wide range of approaches such as Emotional Bodywork, Dream Interpretation, Relaxation and Visualization, Myth, Narrative, Creative Art Expression, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and Focusing which enable a client to enter their individual process and gain a deeper sense of themselves. My approach is client-centered, respectful, confidential and empathic - this is the clients’ journey, to which I offer trained insight and guided exploration. In their exploration, the client gains new understanding of their past life patterns allowing them to grow and forge new life pathways. The therapeutic goal is for a client to enter into a life-long dialogue and awareness with themselves so that, after formal therapy has ended, they may continue to make healthy life choices.
I work with clients seeking to address depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, trauma, employment and relationship challenges, parenting, stress and anger issues.
I am a mother of two children. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, gardening and great repartee!
Samara Stein & Kate McLaird, Footprints Therapy
Are you curious to know more about Naturopathy and Osteopathy? When are they good alternatives or compliments to your pediatrician? Come and join us on Tuesday to find out!
Samara Stein is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner with over 15 years experience. Samara has taken numerous courses in advanced paediatrics, obstetrics, advanced cranial therapy, and courses on the linkage between body structure and emotions. She specializes in treating infants with latching and feeding issues, traumatic birth, colic, plagiocephaly, constipation, torticollis, and a variety of other special needs. She also specializes in treating woman with pre and postpartum issues. Samara has a particular interest in children and adults with mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
Dr. Kate McLaird is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a passion to help people solve their complex health problems and live the vibrant and vital life they deserve. While she maintains a general practice, Dr. McLaird focuses on the Autism spectrum in the pediatric population as well hormonal health (including diabetes, thyroid and fertility issues), adrenal fatigue, autoimmune conditions and anti-aging medicine in prevention of neuro-degeneration and neuro-optimization.
Nashly Matthews, Stylist & Personal Shopper
Feel like you're in a fashion rut? No idea how to transition from your workout clothes to an easy momiform? How on earth do you nurse in anything but a buttondown?
Nashly Matthews, stylist and personal shopper will provide us with realistic tips on how to dress that mom bod, no matter what stage of life you're in.
Jelena Pinto, Dental Hygienist
This talk is designed for moms who are interested in dental prevention strategies and tips for their newborn to toddler. Jelena will cover many dental topics such as how fermentable carbohydrates can increase the risk of dental decay to the best brushing and flossing positions for your child. We will also review which foods to eat and avoid in preventing dental decay. Strategies will also be discussed on how to discontinue thumb sucking and the pacifier habit at preferable ages. Lastly, we will talk about the first dental visit, what to expect, and how to make it a success.
Jelena Pinto is a registered dental hygienist and a guest lecturer at various dental hygiene schools and mommy groups. She has been exclusively practicing pediatrics for the past ten years. Jelena is currently practicing at Kidcrew Medical and Dental - a multidisciplinary approach to health care for children. Jelena collaborates dental hygiene treatment with Dr Lori Goldenberg and Dr Sabrina Ramjii. Jelena loves working with kids because she is a big kid at heart. Jelena enjoys chatting with her patients and listening to their stories and adventures. Jelena is also a new mom. Her little man has taught her to be more attentive, understanding, and patient. These skills have also helped in clinical practice, and have made Jelena more empathetic and understanding to her patients and their families needs. In Jelena’s spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, and the great outdoors with her loving husband and son.
Janis Lempara, Photographer janislempera.com
Capturing your kids on camera is a serious feat, what about mom actually being in the photo? Join us on Tuesday to hear from experienced family photographer Janis Lempara. Janis will provide tips on how to capture the best photos, how to display those family treasures and when it is time to call in the photography professionals!
Robyne L. Hanley-Dafoe, Education Developer, Centre for Teaching & Learning, Trent University
Are we coddling our children too much? Why is it necessary to let our kids fail? How do we raise our children to be resilient? Come find the answers to these questions and lots more from one of the experts in the field - Robyne Hanley-Dafoe! Robyne will give practical advice, tips and strategies for fostering resiliency in our children!
Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is an award-winning Psychology and Education Instructor who has taught 50 + courses over the past decade at Trent University. Robyne also holds the role of Trent's Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching & Learning. Robyne’s interests and research focuses on innovative pedagogy, resiliency and advanced assessment and evaluation practices. Robyne continues to work within the teaching community bringing best practices for professional development and student engagement for learners of all ages. She is a former varsity athlete and anchors her teaching practices in the principles of optimal challenge, health and wellness. Robyne is a proud mom of three children, Hunter (13), Ava (11) and Jaxson (9) who remind her daily that parenting is the most important role in the world.
See more of Robyne’s work on resiliency here: TEDX Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43adV3m5w3M
Debbie Garshon, RSW
Debbie is a registered Social Worker providing Psychotherapy services with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also pursuing a designation (RMFT) with the Ontario Association of Marital and Family Therapists.
She is a therapist with 20 + years experience working with individuals, couples and families. A large focus of her work is Relationship Counselling and Sex Therapy. She works with individuals, as well as with couples, and her work includes affair recovery, relationship enhancement, but also includes relationship breakdown and ending of marriages. Debbie can help you move away from a relationship that is no longer functioning in a constructive and healthy way. Separation and divorce is never easy, but a growing trend is a “good divorce”. With guidance and patience, Debbie can help you achieve this should a workable and civil divorce be possible and a goal of yours.
Moving on and rebuilding post-divorce is an area of practice that is expanding for Debbie. There is ‘life after divorce’ and Debbie will help you figure out what that means for you and assist you in finding your way to that new reality.
Debbie works at your pace and with your readiness. Her services are non-judgmental, discreet and completely confidential. Debbie works from a strengths-based perspective realizing the potential in all people.
Mary Dempster, Broker, ReMax Hallmark Realty Ltd.
Mary Dempster, former MOMS group member and experienced realtor will be coming in to share her tricks of the trade when it comes to buying and selling in this crazy market. Is there ever a right time? Do buyers or sellers have all the power? Does staging matter?
Lori Fabrizio, Co-Founder Two Chicks & Some Lipstick
Two Chicks and Some Lipstick celebrate women by bringing out the best version of you. Founders, Lori Fabrizio and Valeria Nova, are hair and makeup artists, beauty experts and spokeswomen, who have a passion for unforgettable makeovers and teaching women how to look and feel their best.
Dr. Sophia Awadia, Yonge Eyes Optometry
Dr. Sophia Awadia and Vision Therapist April Ferreira will talk about how vision can affect behaviour and success in the classroom. There are many more visual skills than seeing 20/20!
Dr. Sophia Awadia, a native of the Maritimes, grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick. After obtaining an IB diploma from Saint John High, she studied biochemistry and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with first class distinction at the University of New Brunswick in 1998. Upon graduation she entered the University of Waterloo, graduating with a Masters degree in Vision Science and Biology in 2002 and Doctor of Optometry degree in 2004. She worked in B.C. until 2007, after which she moved to Ontario. In 2013 she opened Yonge Eyes Optometry. Dr. Awadia is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitiation Association, an associate of Optometry Extension Program Foundation and College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She runs a concurrent Vision Rehabilitiation practice for kids and adults with learning related visual issues, concussions, amblyopia and strabismus. She spends her time with her two children, Aydin and Saira, ages 9 and 6.5 .
David Goodman, Heaven Can Wait Emergency First Aid Training
David Goodman will talk about CPR and First Aid with a focus on children and infants. He'll specifically talk about:
- 9-1-1, when to call, how it works
- Being prepared to handle medical emergencies
- Choking for all ages (infant-adult)
- Head injuries
David Goodman completed his BSc. from the University of Western Ontario. He continued his education with a Diploma in Paramedicine from Centennial College in Toronto. David worked as a paramedic in Ontario and worked as a clinical instructor and programme coordinator at a Paramedic College in Ontario.
David started Heaven Can Wait Emergency First Aid Training in 2004. David and his staff educate all over Ontario teaching life-saving First Aid and CPR skills.
Davd Page, Macaulay Child Development Centre
We all know how important it is for children to develop early literacy skills. If you'd like to learn more, join us on Tuesday when Dave Page, an Early Literacy Specialist at the Macaulay Child Development Centre will be speaking to our group. He will cover supporting children’s language development, bilingualism, research on the impacts of tv/media and choosing and using children’s books.
Lianne Phillipson-Webb, Sprout Right
Lianne is a Registered Nutritionist, bestselling author, engaging speaker and nutrition expert featured weekly on Toronto’s NewsTalk1010 radio. She’s an approachable and sought after media contributor and go-to for nutrition quotes, interviews, ideas, tips and articles. She consults with clients both in person and online. She has also written countless articles on nutrition, online and in print.
Lianne will be answering MOMS questions on everything related to kids and food! Picky eaters will be taken on, as well as when to really start solids, if hiding food is "right" and how to keep everyone healthy... and happy when it comes to meals.
Kick back and relax with your fellow MOMS for an hour or so and take a well-deserved break from prepping and planning for the upcoming holiday season. It's a great chance to enjoy a hot coffee or cup of tea, while your wee one plays happily with friends supervised by our amazing babysitting team.
You deserve a break and some adult conversation. Come and join us!
Karen Brown, ECE
Parents envision independent, self-assured children, but then reality sets in and our kids cling to our pant legs and cry when we leave the room. Do you want to learn how to deal with separation anxiety?
Karen Brown is an Early Childhood Educator with training in Assistance to Infancy and the Montessori method, and has over 20 years experience working with young children. Karen will be leading a discussion related to separation anxiety and teaching independence. She will provide advice on how parents can help build trust so that their child feels confident and secure in their environment without fear of abandonment.
Cam Collyer, Executive Director of Programs, Evergreen Brick Works
Where do our kids play today? The same places as their parents did as children? Do they roam freely? Are you worried about the trends? Childhood is swiftly moving indoors, supervised, sedentary and with a strong dose of screen time – it's an international phenomena and a cause of great concern to the health, education and planning fields. Come and hear some inspired examples of what communities, schools and parents are doing in response, to create places and programs that are nurturing for children and good for their communities.
Cam Collyer is the Executive Director of Programs at Evergreen, developing Evergreen’s evolving national suite of programs that connect people, natural and the built world to make cities flourish. Since joining Evergreen in 1997, Cam developed Evergreen’s national award-winning school ground greening program into an international leader in the field and developed the award-winning suite of children’s programs at Evergreen Brick Works.
Lily Ma, Speaker, Coach, and TEDx Presenter
Your One Word is your single most important core value defined by you, once you discover what that core value is, you know what you stand for as a human being, then you can engineer a life with meaning and purpose. With thought-provoking questions and inspiring, instructive examples, this talk will help you nail down your personal motto - the word that captures your purpose and passion. You will also learn how to apply Your One Word to the following areas: Family & Motherhood, Daily Routine, Work. With this operating philosophy in hand, you will then learn how to leverage this powerful tool to create the life of your dreams. - Lily Ma
Lily Ma is a high performance coach specializing in entrepreneurship and personal development through one-on- one coaching, live events, and workshops. She has helped companies worldwide in implementing value-based leadership strategies. Lily also brings over a decade of merchandising and e-commerce experience. She currently works with Evan Carmichael as a business consultant helping entrepreneurs build #Extraordinary businesses and is a featured thought leader on his YouTube Channel which gets almost 6 million views per month. She resides in Toronto, Canada with her husband, Michael.
Meg MacPherson Morine, BScKin, MScPT, Owner Phit Physiotherapy
Having trouble recognizing your postpartum body? Why does everything hurt when you run around the block? Will you ever jump again? Join us on Tuesday, November 21 and find out how to treat your postpartum body with the care it deserves. Meg MacPherson Morine, MOMS member, mom of three and owner of Phit Physiotherapy will lead an interactive discussion on postpartum fitness / rehabilitation.
Meg MacPherson Morine is the owner of Phit Physiotherapy. She has the highest qualification as an orthopaedic physiotherapist, neurofunctional acupuncturist and Pilates instructor. She focused her career on Sports Medicine rehabilitation, specifically working with endurance athletes - being a triathlete and marathon runner herself. However, she was completely humbled by the experience of becoming a mother. Having three children in less than two years, she was blown away by the toll it took on her body and the incredible rehabilitation experience to follow. The lack of support and proper information about the process was shocking and she took it on as a personal mission to spread the word about functional recovery following pregnancy and delivery. She feels passionate about women's health, especially getting new moms back to activity safely and effectively.
Meg loves connecting with other Moms and creating a supportive environment for all women to feel empowered to regain connection and control of their bodies. She looks forward to chatting with you and answering all of your postpartum questions!
You can find out more about Meg on Instagram: @phitphysiomeg or on her website: www.phitphysiotherapy.com