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 .
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.
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
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.
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
Samantha Lewis, Speech and Language Pathologist
Let's talk, talk, talk. On November 7th, Samantha Lewis, a speech language pathologist from HearSay Speech and Hearing Centre will join our group to tell us more about:
- Milestones (focusing on birth-age 3) for speech, language, social communication and play
- Red flags in communication and when to seek help
- Ways parents can promote early language development
- Myths and facts about early exposure to 2 or more languages
Candra Reynolds, Food Blogger, Co-Owner Summerhill Market
Are you scrambling to make dinner every night? Are you wasting food? You're not alone! On Tuesday, Candra Reynolds, food blogger and Summerhill Market co-owner will provide tips on proper meal planning, meal suggestions that your kids will actually eat and how to make produce stretch the whole week!
Amanda Bassin, CPA, CA
Amanda is a Mom by night, day and everything in between! She's also an awesome recruiter, coach, friend and wife!
Amanda Bassin, CPA, CA, works to help companies find the right talent. With personal experience working in Audit, Advisory (KPMG LLP) and in Executive Search, she has sourced a broad range of talent for a variety of industries ranging from financial and professional services to telecommunications and insurance.
So what does this mean for us moms?
She coaches moms. She coaches husbands' of moms. She helps people clarify what they want to do, she inspires people, is spunky and known for being real. She DOESN'T find people jobs, she helps people figure out how to strategize and find meaningful work for themselves. She uses her knowledge of the industry to answer questions like "how do I have a career and still be a mom?" "Will I lose out on my job if I take four years off?' and so on.
Amanda is energetic and excited and likes to invent creative solutions for solving problems. She is jazzed to speak to all of us as a member of the group and respects that us moms do the Hardest Job In The World.
Catherine Ciardulli, RECE, Programming Director, North Toronto Early Years Learning Centre
Are you pulling at your hair trying to understand your child's "misbehaviour"?
Catherine Ciardulli will join us to lead a talk/workshop about Understanding the Goals of Misbehaviour. Catherine is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and Programming Director at the North Toronto Early Years Learning Centre. Her school implements a "Positive Education" approach, teaching social-emotional skills alongside academic skills, and is located in the Yonge/Lawrence area.
Misbehaviour is a strategy used by children to communicate that they are experiencing a social problem. Because young children do not have the life skills to communicate this, they use their body, words and behaviour. Once we understand what is motivating a child to misbehave we can start to help the child achieve their goal through a positive means. This workshop will explore the goals of misbehaviour and how to help children develop the intrinsic motivation to want to cooperate.
Dr. Nina Mafrici and Dr. Michelle Foster, Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group Clinic Co-Directors
Have you struggled emotionally or mentally after having a baby? What's the difference between the baby blues and post-partum depression? What about all those hormones?
Join us for some self-care that is all about you.
Dr. Nina Mafrici, Ph.D., C. Psych, Psychologist and Dr. Michele Foster, Ph.D., C. Psych Clinic Co-Director, Psychologist will lead a discussion on post-partum mental health in a judgement free space.
Are you desperate to get some advice from other Moms on how to have fun with your partner again, manage overbearing in-laws or stay connected with your single friends after you've had a baby?
Come join us for a break out session on "relationships"!
Bring your questions, concerns or grievances and be ready for lots of helpful hints and sympathetic ears from fellow moms.
Kim Sopman, Rest Easy Sleep Consulting.
Zzzzz.... many parents, both new and more experienced, have challenges getting their kids to sleep. Kim Sopman, a certified sleep consultant, a certified HUG Your Baby teacher and a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants will be come to discuss common concerns, and provide advice and strategies.
Toronto-born and raised, Erin Nadler has been around the fashion industry her entire life. As the third generation of a women’s apparel manufacturing family, Erin’s interest in fashion began during discussions on fabric, fit and finishing’s around the family dinner table. Recognizing her keen interest, her father encouraged Erin to learn about the family business. Through frequent visits, Erin became friends with the designers and seamstresses, learning the trade from the ground up.
Catherine Cowan is the founder of The Holistic Way, a yoga teacher, mindfulness guru, healer, coach, optimist and mama to 3 children (plus a dog). She will joing us to speak to us about the value of mindfulness and how it can help us adjust to the changes that motherhood brings, including self-identity, relationships and our bodies.
Pre and Post-Natal Chiropractic Care- Dr. Vanita Bali
Dr. Vanita Bali has been a chiropractor for the last 16 years. She went to the University of Western Ontario and graduated with a Bsc. in Biology with a minor in Zoology. She then attended the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, where she earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic and Health Sciences. Upon her return to Canada she worked in various clinical settings specializing in musculoskeletal issues, rehabilitation, acupuncture and pre and post natal care. Her company is called Bodyworks Physiotherapy and its locations are in the east end of the city.
Outside of the office Dr Bali has a passion for sports, traveling and yoga. Most of the time though she is running around chasing her 2.5 and 5 year old kids, and her hubby!
Boost your Energy Naturally What would your life be like with an abundance of energy and vitality? What simple lifestyle habits can you implement to feel better, look better and show up as your best? Join Monica Bodurka, Certified International Health Coach, for a discussion about how to boost your energy naturally; learn questions to ask your doctor, and receive a simple guide to kick mommy fatigue for good. Bio Monica Bodurka, MBA, Certified International Health Coach As a holistic health enthusiast and leadership & executive development specialist, Monica provides health & wellness workshops and coaching for both individuals and organizations. She specializes in helping busy individuals prioritize their health and wellness in the face of today’s hyper-scheduled, 24/7, competitive work environment. Using a highly personalized approach, combined with a curriculum of nutrition, lifestyle adjustments and mindfulness, Monica enables her clients to create sustainable habits that translate to greater health, productivity and overall happiness. To learn more please visit Monica’s Web site: www.healthytothrive.com
Kelsey Gallagher is a Registered Dietitian (RD) at SickKids Hospital. She graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences and completed her dietetic internship at SickKids Hospital in 2011. For the past 6 years Kelsey has been working in a variety of areas throughout the hospital including: General Pediatrics, Haematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Hepatology & Nutrition and most recently in the obesity management program (STOMP program). Through her work, Kelsey has developed a keen interest in promoting the formation of healthy nutrition habits in children from birth to adulthood
WHAT IS MONTESSORI EDUCATION?- ISABELLE CARTER
Curious about the Montessori education and the difference between it and formal/traditional teaching methods? Isabelle Carter will join us from Forest Hill Montessori School to discuss the Montessori approach. http://www.foresthillmontessorischool.com/
MATH LITERACY- SARAH HUNTER
From Moms & Money last week to Newborns & Numbers this week! Sarah Hunter, OCT and TDSB Educator will join us for a discussion on helping develop numeracy skills in our children from an early age. She will highlight some of her favourite math picture books, share some games and activities you could be playing with your kids, discuss the importance of math talk and numbers in the everyday environment.
Elaine has well over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry. She has held positions in portfolio management, wealth management, mutual fund wholesaling, full service brokerage, and personal banking. As an Investment Counselor she is responsible for the investment management needs of high net worth individuals in the Greater Toronto North area.
Prior to joining BMO Private Bank, Elaine worked with UBS Wealth Management as an Associate Director and AGF Funds as a Business Development Manager. She also previously held positions at HSBC Securities as an investment associate and Scotiabank as a personal banker. Elaine graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree concentrating in Finance. She is a CFA charter holder and currently a member of the Toronto CFA Society. Elaine also holds a CFP designation (Certified Financial Planner). She lives in North Toronto with her husband and two young kids.
From Maternity Leave to Meetings: Life After Year 1
From Mat Leave to Meetings - whether we are going back to work for an employer, working for ourselves, or working for our baby bosses, the shift from maternity leave to this next phase can be a challenging one. Mamas do a fantastic job of transitioning their children for the change, but often forget to work on a transition plan for themselves. In this interactive talk, transformational leadership coach, Ashleigh Frankel, will be sharing strategies to ease the transition and identify the opportunities around the obstacles. Ashleigh Frankel is a life leadership coach and applied mindfulness specialist whose practice focuses on supporting women to develop the internal resources to thrive and be their brilliance. Ashleigh is an Adler International trained coach, a certified positive psychology coach. She has received her certificate in Applied Mindfulness & Mindfulness Meditation from the University of Toronto.
TURNING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CHAOS INTO KEEPSAKE YEARBOOKS YOUR KIDS WILL TREASURE- EMILY D PHOTOGRAPHY
I’m Emily. A Toronto-based portrait photographer who spends a great deal of time capturing families and businesses.
When I photograph families, they often tell me that my images are the only images that will ever make it into print – because they’re simply too overwhelmed by the volume and backlog of their personal photos to do anything with them. Luckily, I'm in the same boat. I'm a Mom to two small kids and have an iphone at the ready for alllllllllllllll of those sweet moments.
Back in our parents’ day, photographs were taken sparingly and treated carefully, because they were expensive to produce. But now, we take SO many photos of our kids… with zero plan for what to do with them. So they end up in an ever-growing online abyss – and nobody gets to enjoy them.
What I know is that it’s not as hard as you think it is to make sense of your photos and use them to create meaningful keepsake albums for your children. So I’m going to teach you how to do it – whether you’ve got a newborn, or a 10 year-old and a decade worth of photos to tackle.
During our session I will bring lots of book examples and a handy guide that will allow you to make your books at home. I"ll discuss ways to cull your images and help you cut to the chase and finally get those books made and printed once and for all.