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Join the Conversation on Well-Being, Routines and Talking Race with Your Children

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB, Great Things

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TDSB families are invited to join us for a series of engaging and informative conversations on topics we heard you want to learn more about.

Hear from leading experts and participate in question and answer sessions online.

These three conversations are jointly hosted by the TDSB's Parent and Community Engagement Office and PIAC.

  • Mental Health, Well-Being and Routines in the Early Years, Monday, June 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Mental Health, Well-Being and Routines in Adolescents and Teens, Wednesday, June 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Talking Race With Your Children, Friday, June 26, 6:30-8 p.m.

See below for more details about each session including speakers and how to join by phone or video.

Mental Health, Well-Being & Routines in the Early Years


  • Afroze Anjum, Psychologist, TDSB
    • Dr. Anjum’s expertise includes strengths-based, school-based interventions that incorporate character strengths, resilience, mindfulness and adaptive problem solving to cope with challenges such as depression, anxiety, bullying and lack of motivation in children.
  • Ann Douglas, Author Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm
    • A bestselling parenting author and the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio.
  • Karen Thornton, Clinical Socail Worker/Psychotherapist
    • Karen brings over 15 years’ experience in psychotherapy and is the clinical director of four mental health clinics across the GTA. Karen has worked with individuals, couples, groups and families of various racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Moderator: Heather Johnson, Mental Health Lead, TDSB

Monday, June 22, 2020
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Mental Health Well-Being and Routines in Adolescents & Teens


  • Dr. Amy Cheung, Psychiatrist Sunnybrook
    • Dr. Cheung's research focus includes adolescent depression and community-based service delivery models for youth with mental illness. 
  • Charmaine Lane, Registered Psychotherapist, B.A., M.Sc., RP
    • Charmaine specialize in Racialize Trauma and its contribution to other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and mental illness routed in internalized oppression and trauma.
  • Scott Ste Marie, Keynote Speaker, YouTuber & Podcast Host
    • Scott’s mission is to help people take control of their mental health. His presentations demystify mental health and reveal the connection between social media use and feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. 

Moderator: Saleem Haniff, Mental Health Lead, TDSB

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Talking Race With Your Children


  • Dr. Kang Lee, University of Toronto profession and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in developmental neuroscience
    • One area of Dr. Lee's research is the development of social perception with a specific focus on face processing. Currently, his lab is exploring how to reduce racial biases in childhood.

  • Vidya Shah, Associate Professor, York University
    • Dr. Shah is an educator, scholar and activist committed to issues of equity and racial justice. Her research explores anti-racist approaches to educational leadership and school district reform.
  • Dr. Sharon Smile, Developmental Paediatrician, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
    • Dr. Smile's research interest is in identifying new model of care to address feeding challenges in children/youth diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Moderator: Michelle Munroe, Co-ordinator Family Engagement, TDSB

Friday, June 26, 2020
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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