2017 Conference


Gary Anaka

What Ties Us Together? – Our Precious Brain

The most valuable thing that everyone owns is their brain. The brain ties children, teens, adults and seniors together at home, in the school and in the community. Learning about the brain and discovering its operation and purpose is the most important thing that we can all do. In terms of educational neuroscience, what is the most critical, essential skill that sustains everyone in everyday life? Working memory. There are strong links between working memory performance and success in life. This practical keynote will demonstrate how to build working memory skills.


Session Descriptions

Gary Anaka

1.  How to Grow a Child’s Brain

Is it possible to grow a child’s brain?

Definitely YES! Active living and learning builds the best brain. With the right conditions and appropriate support, the brain can grow to its fullest potential setting the path for life long learning. However, it takes years of well chosen experiences interacting with teachers, parents, elders and the community to wire the billions of complex neural circuits needed for -- language, emotions, math, logic, etc.

This optimistic presentation will demonstrate how to do this in a fun and interactive way. Learn priceless leading techniques and information from Neuroscience. Teachers, caregivers, parents and children need to know - “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it, EARLY!”


Brad Buie

2.  Building Habits for Excellence

Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Recent research confirms Aristotle's statement on the power of habits. This talk will provide insights on habit formation to improve your performance in all areas of your life: health, career, relationships and personal development.


Jennifer Gibson

3.  E3: Educated, Empowered, and Engaged

A workshop that will encourage and equip parents, caregivers, and allies in conversations that will support positive sexuality with the youth in their lives. 


Lyndze Harvey

4.  Praxis of Letting Go

Over the last few years, as a parent, educator, and researcher, I have spent countless hours engaged in the question of how to avoid interacting with kids in a way that teaches them to be docile, obedient, individualistic, and disconnected. Also problematic is that, despite ongoing efforts of the 'progressive education' movement, parents and teachers remain preoccupied with compliance and uncomfortable with child/student empowerment.

In this presentation, I propose that what needs to occur before taking on pedagogical change (because aren’t parents teachers too?) is a transformation through a Praxis of 'Letting Go'. By examining barriers that keep us working within a system that relies on the belief that without control of children, chaos would ensue, as well as the need to perform a specific concept of the role of 'responsible adult,' I aim to speak to the simple, yet seeming insurmountable, act of ‘letting go’ and reveal its empowering qualities.


Kathy Lynn

5.  Vacuums Suck

If it takes a village to raise a child, why are we raising today’s children in vacuums? Increasingly today’s children are isolated, over-protected and coddled. Why is this happening and why should you care?

Children are our future, and we need kids who are ready to take over the reins of power. They need to be creative, good problem-solvers in a quickly changing world, able to assess reasonable risk-taking ventures and have a good sense of their strengths and weaknesses.

Kids who are raised in vacuums will not be ready for adulthood. They need you. Whether you are a parent, extended family member, friend or neighbour; our kids need to be connected to a supportive and child-friendly community.

Using stories and examples, Kathy will talk about how we all need to be accountable to our kids and welcome them as part of their and our community.


6.  Twixt Twelve and Twenty

One day a carefree child heads off to bed and the next morning a young teen with attitude has taken his place. Or so it seems to parents. We know they will reach puberty and become teens but it often comes suddenly and as a surprise.

This seminar will help parents negotiate the minefield of puberty.

In this presentation you will learn:

    • the developmental goals of teens and how they differ from younger children
    • why they wear weird clothes and listen to strange music
    • how your age and stage has a effect on your response to your teens.
    • hints on how to help your kids become responsible young adults.

This presentation is appropriate for parents of children between the ages of 10 and 16


Rich McCue

7.  SmartPhones and Tablets: Research and Homework Tools for Students?

Can SmartPhones and Tablets be more than just distractions, but actually help with homework and research? This session will look at different strategies and applications that can help turn your SmartPhone or Tablet into a serious research tools. Talk is intended for non-technical users.


Dr. Tim Pelton - cancelled

8.  Math Apps and Basic Skills in Identifying a Good App

Mobile devices provide unique opportunities for parents to engage their children in anytime, anywhere, micro-tutoring activities — we'll look at some apps and strategies.


Colleen Politano

9.  Possibilities to Help Children Build Confidence and Deal With Stress and Anxiety

Colleen will share possibilities to help children and their families deal with stress and anxiety. We know that when kids are anxious and highly stressed their ‘issues’ can make it difficult for them and everyone in their family. Colleen will demonstrate ways to help all students build confidence. and show you simple, easily incorporated ideas to help kids self regulate, deal with stress, anxiety and anger.