ARCHIVED - The Rural Think Tank 2005 - Understanding issues families face living in rural and remote communities

 


This project has been made possible through the financial contribution of the CAPC/CPNP National Projects Fund of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

PROJECT SPONSORED BY:

Catholic Family Counselling Centre
(Region of Waterloo)
400 Queen St. S.
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 1W7
www.cfcchelps.ca

Catholic Family Counselling Centre exists so that people find the strength, skills and confidence to deal with lifes's challenges and opportunities.

PROJECT COMPLETED BY:

Community Action Program for
Children of Waterloo Region
400 Queen St. S.
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 1W7

Telephone (519) 749-1229
E-mail capc@cfcchelps.ca

Community Action Program for Children of Waterloo Region is a community based partnership of parents, volunteers and service providers who believe:

  • Children are an important priority and
  • Raising healthy children is a shared responsibility of the community.

©2005 Catholic Family Counselling Centre (Region of Waterloo)
ISBN # 0-9738780-0-2

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Our sincere thanks to:

National Advisory Committee whose support and contibutions contributed significantly to this project:

  • Marlee Christiansen, Executive Director, North Island Community Services, Port McNeil, British Columbia
  • Irene Szabla, Executive Director, Child Development Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Linda Sirko-Moyles, Program Coordinator, Families First, Peace River, Alberta
  • Julie Landry, CAPC Program Coordinator, Le P’tit Bonheur, Maria, Quebec
  • Colleen Parker, Program Coordinator, Kids West Inc., Alberton, Prince Edward Island
  • Carol Stringer, CPNP Coordinator, Métis Nation Eastern Region II, Archerwill, Saskatchewan
  • Lynda Stewart, Program Manager, Waterloo Region CAPC, Kitchener, Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada staff who offered guidance and encouragement:

  • Anne Stenhouse, Program Consultant, CAPC/CPNP National Project Fund, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sylvie Pâlin, Program Officer, CAPC/CPNP National Project Fund, Ottawa, Ontario

Key Informants who willingly shared their expertise and opinions:

  • Lori Duncan, Director Health Programs, Council of Yukon First Nations, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • George Green, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities of Yukon, Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Dianne McNeil, Community Services Manager, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Campbell River, British Columbia
  • Joerg Hannes, Research & Analysis, Rural Secretariat - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Lynne Kover, Health Promotion Facilitator, Peace Country Health, Manning, Alberta
  • Helene Johnson, Regional Director and CEO, Métis Nation Eastern Region II, Archerwill, Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Beverly B. Leipert, Chair, Rural Women’s Health Research, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  • Douglas G. Graham, Executive Director, West Elgin Community Health Centre, West Lorne, Ontario
  • Bruce Wafer, Educator and Municipal Councillor, Escuminac, Quebec
  • Rita Arsenault, Community Dietician and Lactation Consultant, West Prince County Public Health, O’Leary, Prince Edward Island

Thank you to all the CAPC and CPNP Projects across Canada who supported this project by completing the on-line survey.

The Rural Think Tank project benefited from the administrative support and expertise of the following individuals and organizations:

Cathy Brothers, Executive Director, Catholic Family Counselling Centre (Region of Waterloo), for sponsoring this project; and

Rich Janzen, Senior Researcher and Maria Hatzipantelis, Researcher, Centre for Research and Education in Human Services, for evaluation services.

Most importantly, a very special thank you, to all the individuals who shared their personal experiences and stories about living and raising children in rural and remote Canada. In each community we visited, many people assisted in the arrangements of the focus groups and showed us tremendous hospitality - thank you to everyone!

Kristine Allison and Nancy Kyle
Rural Think Tank Project Staff
Waterloo Region Community Action Program for Children

Kitchener, Ontario
June 2005

 

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