Upcoming Events

A calendar of upcoming events featuring Ann Douglas, author of Parenting Through the Storm -- a guide to parenting a child with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. 

Interested in having Ann speak to your group? Please get in touch. She'd love to brainstorm the possibilities and provide you with information about purchasing copies of her books at a significant discount. 

Looking for ideas and inspiration?
     Descriptions of Ann's most popular parenting presentations 
     List of recent speaking engagements (2015-2017)

Pleasant Public School, North York, Ontario, May 29, 2017
May
29
6:30 pm18:30

Pleasant Public School, North York, Ontario, May 29, 2017

Big-Picture Parenting: In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your children and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, being mindful of your parenting decisions, building relationships with other parents, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker.

Jean Vanier Catholic School, Richmond Hill, Ontario
May
30
6:00 pm18:00

Jean Vanier Catholic School, Richmond Hill, Ontario

In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your children and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, being mindful of your parenting decisions, building relationships with other parents, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker.


St. Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville, Ontario
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

St. Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville, Ontario

"May the Fourth be with you: Parenting through the Storm with CBC Radio Parenting Columnist Ann Douglas." Ann will be speaking about parenting strategies that promote children's mental health and how parents, teachers, and other caring adults can support a child who is struggling. 

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound: Parents Reaching Out
May
1
6:30 pm18:30

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound: Parents Reaching Out

  • Holy Trinity School

A community mental health forum hosted by Sarnia-Lambton Rebound and featuring keynote speaker Ann Douglas, author of Parenting Through the Storm. The first 50 people to register for this event will receive a copy of Ann's book. Event location: Holy Trinity School, 60 Lorne Crescent, Sarnia, Ontario. Event is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Register by calling Marian at 519-344-2841 or emailing Marian at marian@reboundonline.com.

Butterfly Walk, Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, Peterborough, Ontario
Apr
30
9:00 am09:00

Butterfly Walk, Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, Peterborough, Ontario

Ann Douglas is serving as the honorary ambassador for The Butterfly Run Peterborough, "a fun, family-friendly walk/run event in Peterborough in 2017, that is taking place to
Increase community awareness and encourage dialogue to support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive;
Provide an opportunity for connections and community support among families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive; and
Raise funds for local health and community services that support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive."

Cosburn Middle School, Toronto, Ontario
Apr
5
6:00 pm18:00

Cosburn Middle School, Toronto, Ontario

Big-Picture Parenting: Learn how important it is for parents to both model and guide their children’s behaviour. Guiding, or scaffolding, involves being aware of where a child is at developmentally right now and then asking them questions (or guiding actions) so that the child can master new skills. Those skills could include everything from dealing with challenging emotions to mastering the art of relationship repair (because things can and do go wrong in relationships!) The presentation also talks about how important it is for parents to remain calm, to treat themselves and their children with compassion, to have developmentally appropriate expectations of their children, and to keep their big-picture hopes and dreams for their child and their family at the forefront of all their parenting decisions. 

R. A. Riddell Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario
Mar
29
6:30 pm18:30

R. A. Riddell Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario

Parenting Through the Storm: Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between— a book for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun). This presentation is based on interviews with more than 50 parents who have walked this walk and who are eager to share their best advice with other parents.

 

AXS Chat Twitter Chat
Mar
28
3:00 pm15:00

AXS Chat Twitter Chat

Ann will be a guest speaker on #AXSChat -- an open online community of individuals dedicated to creating an inclusive world and who believe that accessibility is for everyone. Watch for more details about the chat, coming soon. 

Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat
Mar
8
12:00 pm12:00

Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat

Ann will be co-hosting this highly popular chat, which focuses on mental health and attentional issues. Her topic:  Creating a Support System (identifying friends and allies who care for your child and who would be willing to offer practical and/or emotional support to your child and your family). 

Children's Mental Health Ontario: Pink Shirt Day Twitter Chat
Feb
22
8:00 pm20:00

Children's Mental Health Ontario: Pink Shirt Day Twitter Chat

Ann Douglas will be co-hosting a Twitter Chat in honour of Pink Shirt Day. The chat is being organized and hosted by Children's Mental Health Ontario and will focus on bullying and mental health. Find out more here and join in by following the #kidscantwait hashtag on Twitter on Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00 pm ET. #pinkshirtday

Trent Students for Literacy Conference, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
Jan
21
10:45 am10:45

Trent Students for Literacy Conference, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario

Ann will be delivering the closing keynote address at this literacy conference at Trent University. She will be speaking on "The Power of Stories" -- why stories matter in our lives and how parents, teachers, and other caring adults can nurture a love of stories in the next generation of readers and writers. 

Life With A Baby, Toronto/GTA
Nov
25
10:00 am10:00

Life With A Baby, Toronto/GTA

Ann will be delivering the morning keynote address and an afternoon workshop for parents at this day-long professional development event for professionals and parents.

Parenting Through the Storm: Helping families to weather the storm (Professional session: keynote)
Wondering what you can do to make a difference for a child or a family who is struggling? Eager to learn how you can communicate your caring and support in a way that recognizes and builds upon the strengths of that family? In this practical and inspiring presentation, Ann Douglas will connect the dots between the growing body of research about family support and engagement and the real-world needs of children and families. After all, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support that child’s parent. Here’s how to be that village…. 
Learning objectives:
•    Learn strategies for helping parents navigate difficult parenting challenges that can directly impact mental health outcomes in parent and baby.
•    Understand your role in supporting a child with a mental health challenges—and the importance of supporting other family members at the same time.
•    Discover best practices for creating circles of support for families.
•    Discover how attachment and healthy brain development lead to enhanced mental health during childhood and over the life course.

The Umbrella Workshop: Keeping family relationships on track when a family member is struggling (Parent session: afternoon workshop)
A family member is struggling. It could be your child. It could be your partner. It might even be you. In this practical and empowering workshop, Ann Douglas will share strategies for keeping family relationships on track during times of struggle.  Expect to be inspired and encouraged by the mix of real-world stories and workable solutions offered by this popular and engaging speaker. 

Workshop times and locations and other registration details available from Life With A Baby.

Ajax Public Library - Ask the Experts - Ajax, Ontario
Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

Ajax Public Library - Ask the Experts - Ajax, Ontario

  • Ajax Public Library

Ann Douglas is coming to the Ajax Public Library to speak about Big-Picture Parenting.

Workshop description: In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting—in other words, parenting with your hopes and dreams for your children and your family in mind. She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, being mindful of your parenting decisions, building relationships with other parents, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker. 

Bio: Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about parenting including The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and Parenting Through the Storm. She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio. 

 

Thames Valley District School Board
Nov
12
8:30 am08:30

Thames Valley District School Board

  • Clarke Road Secondary School

Ann Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Thames Valley District School Board Parent Involvement Committee's 2016 Fall Symposium. She will be speaking about "Big-Picture Parenting" (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your child in mind). The first 200 parents to register for the conference will receive a free copy of Ann's book. More details here

Mindful Parenting Conference, Whitby, Ontario
Oct
29
9:00 am09:00

Mindful Parenting Conference, Whitby, Ontario

Ann will be back at the Mindful Parenting Conference this fall, after helping to launch the conference with her opening keynote address in 2015. This year, she'll be talking about "The Power of Stories." More here: Stories are the threads that make up the fabric of our lives, weaving together a tapestry of past experiences. They help us understand who we are and give us the courage to dream about who we hope to become. Making sense of our stories allows us to make conscious and deliberate parenting choices: to be mindful about our actions and intentions, and to treat ourselves and our children with kindness and compassion. In this personal yet practical workshop, you’ll discover how stories can inform and inspire your parenting while positively transforming your family and community. 
 
 “Each of us has the power to change the world. That change is sparked when we dare to share the contents of our hearts with other people. Sharing your story can be life changing — for you and for everyone else whose lives you touch.”
– Ann Douglas

Ticket and registration info.

Leadership Shine Twitter Chat
Oct
26
7:30 pm19:30

Leadership Shine Twitter Chat

Ann will be co-hosting a Twitter chat with Jim Grieve, Executive Director of Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO/ERO). The focus? Creating a culture of self-care at school, at home, and in the community — how educators need to practice self-care so that they have something left to give back to the children/communities they care so much about — and how they can, in turn, become self-care ambassadors by carrying this important message to others. Just follow the #leadershipshine hashtag and join us for what should be a fun and lively conversation.

The Baby Show, Toronto, Ontario
Oct
1
Oct 2

The Baby Show, Toronto, Ontario

  • Exhibition Place

Ann will be speaking at 2:15 pm on both Saturday and Sunday at this popular Toronto-area parenting show. Drop by if you would like to hear some reassuring words regarding Your Top Ten Pregnancy- and Birth-Related Worries.

Workshop description: "Let bestselling pregnancy book author Ann Douglas, author of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, chase away some of your biggest pregnancy and birth-related worries so that you can worry less and enjoy pregnancy more." Tickets and other show details to follow on The Baby Show website.

Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation, Cornwall, Ontario
Sep
22
6:00 pm18:00

Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation, Cornwall, Ontario

  • Cornwall, Ontario Canada

Ann will be sharing her family's story at this Moms for Mental Health Girls Night Out Fundraising Event in support of community mental health services. The event is being hosted by Esca Gourmet Pizza and Bar and is being sponsored by Bell Let's Talk. For tickets and other event information, please contact the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation

Jun
8
6:30 pm18:30

Beckwith Public School, Beckwith, Ontario

Parents can make a difference when it comes to children’s mental health. That’s a powerful and reassuring message if you’re a parent and you’ve been alarmed by recent newspaper headlines about anxiety, depression, and other mental health difficulties in children and adolescents. In this practical and idea-packed workshop, parenting author Ann Douglas will share some highlights from her latest book Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle The Highs, The Lows, and Everything In-Between.  The workshop focuses on parenting strategies, advocacy skills, and stress management and coping skills. Topics to be discussed include self-care, self-compassion, creating your own support network, and lifestyle matters (nutrition, fitness, sleep, and making time for fun).