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)

Toronto Public Library: Tutor Conference 2017, Toronto, Ontario
Nov
25
9:00 AM09:00

Toronto Public Library: Tutor Conference 2017, Toronto, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Toronto Public Library's Tutor Conference 2017 (a professional development day for tutors volunteering with the Toronto Public Library system). She will be speaking on "The Power of Connection: A mental health toolkit for tutors working with child, youth, and adult learners."

Workshop description: Wondering what you can do to make a difference for a learner who is struggling with a mental health challenge? Eager to learn more about managing challenging behaviours? This thought-provoking and highly interactive session will provide you with the tools you need to forge powerful relationships—and in ways that support mental health. 

You’ll learn
• The importance of taking a “learner’s eye view” of the tutoring process as a means of better understanding and meeting the needs of each individual.
• The best ways to respond to challenging behaviours in learners and their family members (everything from missed appointments to angry outbursts to extreme anxiety). 
• The power of relationship (why relationships are fundamental to the success of the tutoring process—and how to seize the opportunity to make a difference for each learner).

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Parenting Through the Storm Book Club: Week Three - Reaching Out for Support
Nov
26
8:00 PM20:00

Parenting Through the Storm Book Club: Week Three - Reaching Out for Support

Ann Douglas is joining forces with VoicED Radio to host a four-week online book club focusing on her latest book, Parenting Through the Storm (a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge). Each week, she'll be zeroing on one of the key themes discussed in the book and inviting a special guest to chat with her. 

In Week Three (airing at 8 pm on Sunday, November 26), you'll hear Ann chatting with child and youth mental health advocate Michelle Sparling about the importance of reaching out for support when you're the parent of a child who is struggling. Mark your calendar so that you won't forget to listen in live via this link

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Parenting Through the Storm Book Club: Week Four - How to be a Strong Advocate for Your Child
Dec
3
8:00 PM20:00

Parenting Through the Storm Book Club: Week Four - How to be a Strong Advocate for Your Child

Ann Douglas is joining forces with VoicED Radio to host a four-week online book club focusing on her latest book, Parenting Through the Storm (a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge). Each week, she'll be zeroing on one of the key themes discussed in the book and inviting a special guest to chat with her. 

In the first segment (airing at 8 pm on Sunday, November 12), you'll hear Ann chatting with Kim Peterson, co-creator of the Ontario Special Needs Roadmap, about learning how to be an effective advocate for your child. Mark your calendar so that you won't forget to listen in live via this link

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Erin Public School, Erin, Ontario
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Erin Public School, Erin, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: 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.

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Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, Newmarket, Ontario
Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, Newmarket, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: 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.

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Peace Bridge Public School, Fort Erie, Ontario
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Peace Bridge Public School, Fort Erie, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking on the topic of Big-Picture Parenting at this Parents Reaching Out event.

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 child and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, using parenting strategies that bring out the best (as opposed to the worst) in your child, being mindful of your parenting decisions, creating a support network for yourself and your family, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker. 

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, Kitchener, Ontario
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

St. Kateri Tekakwitha School, Kitchener, Ontario

  • 560 Pioneer Drive Kitchener, ON, N2P 1P2 Canada (map)
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Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: 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.

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Parenting Through the Storm Book Club: Week Two - Parenting a Child Who is Struggling
Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

Parenting Through the Storm Book Club: Week Two - Parenting a Child Who is Struggling

Ann Douglas is joining forces with VoicED Radio to host a four-week online book club focusing on her latest book, Parenting Through the Storm (a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge). Each week, she'll be zeroing on one of the key themes discussed in the book and inviting a special guest to chat with her. 

In Week Two (airing at 8 pm on Sunday, November 19), you'll hear Ann chatting with Kim Moran, CEO of Children's Mental Health Ontario, about parenting a child who is struggling. Mark your calendar so that you won't forget to listen in live via this link

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York Region District School Board: The Quest for Well-Being: A Collective Commitment
Nov
17
10:45 AM10:45

York Region District School Board: The Quest for Well-Being: A Collective Commitment

Ann will be presenting at the 2017 York Region District School Board Quest Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "The Quest for Well-Being: A Collective Commitment." 

Workshop description: "Let’s Spark a Revolution of Caring"

In this inspiring and story-rich workshop, Ann Douglas will talk about ways to spark a revolution of caring in our classrooms and communities. She will talk about how practicing self-care and self-compassion create the foundation for a healthy community (a critical message for students, teachers, parents, support staff and other community members). She will also talk about ways to make caring contagious by offering support to others.

Conference registration details here.

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Conestogo Public School, Conestogo, Ontario
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Conestogo Public School, Conestogo, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this event for Conestogo Public School parents and community members.

Presentation description: 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.

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Parenting Through the Storm Book Club: Week One - Self-Compassion and Self-Care
Nov
12
8:00 PM20:00

Parenting Through the Storm Book Club: Week One - Self-Compassion and Self-Care

Ann Douglas is joining forces with VoicED Radio to host a four-week online book club focusing on her latest book, Parenting Through the Storm (a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge). Each week, she'll be zeroing on one of the key themes discussed in the book and inviting a special guest to chat with her. 

In Week One (airing at 8 pm on Sunday, November 12), you'll hear Ann chatting with Claire Kerr-Zlobin, Founder and Program Director of Life With a Baby (a non-profit focused on parent support and mental health) about self-compassion and self-care. Mark your calendar so that you won't forget to listen in live via this link

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Child Bright Network: Brain-Child-Partners Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Nov
6
to Nov 8

Child Bright Network: Brain-Child-Partners Conference, Toronto, Ontario

Ann will be acting as a responder for the "Making Research Understandable: New Channels of Communication" workshop (Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm) at the Child Bright Network's Brain-Child-Partners Conference in Toronto. Workshop description: "Research (both its process and its results) has often been opaque to non-researchers, sometimes, it seems, deliberately so. In this session we will learn from three people who in different roles and mainly through the use of various social media, including YouTube videos, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, have succeeded in helping families understand research, engage in it as partners, and apply its results. And with so much misinformation and context-free information floating about, especially on social media, our experts will discuss ways of ensuring that what they convey is accurate and sufficiently nuanced while still engagingly and effectively presented." 

Moderator: Kate Robson, Louise Kinross, Rachel Maartens
Speakers: Christine Chambers
Responder: Ann Douglas

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Hillcrest Middle School, Mississauga, Ontario
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Hillcrest Middle School, Mississauga, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be speaking on the topic of Big-Picture Parenting at this Parents Reaching Out event.

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 child and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child’s needs, using parenting strategies that bring out the best (as opposed to the worst) in your child, being mindful of your parenting decisions, creating a support network for yourself and your family, and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker. 

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Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition, Toronto, Ontario
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition, Toronto, Ontario

Ann will be giving the lunchtime keynote address ("Helping Families to Weather the Storm") and delivering an afternoon workshop ("Let's Start a Self-Care Revolution!") at this day-long conference for professionals who work with families. For full conference details, please contact the Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition.

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St. Ann's Catholic High School, Penetanguishene, Ontario
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

St. Ann's Catholic High School, Penetanguishene, Ontario

  • 5 Dunlop Street Penetanguishene, Ontario (map)
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Ann Douglas will be speaking about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Presentation description: 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.

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Waterloo Region Family Network, Kitchener, Ontario
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Waterloo Region Family Network, Kitchener, Ontario

Ann Douglas will be the keynote speaker at this parenting conference at St. Mary's Catholic High School in Kitchener, Ontario. Her topic will be Parenting Through the Storm.

Presentation description: 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.

For more information about this event, please contact the Waterloo Region Family Network.

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Understood.org Twitter Chat: #LDChat on Building Parent-Teacher Relationships
Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

Understood.org Twitter Chat: #LDChat on Building Parent-Teacher Relationships

Eager to get the new school year off to the best possible start with your child's teachers? That's what we'll be talking about when I return for another #LDChat hosted by Understood.org. Just follow the #LDChat hashtag on Twitter at 12:00 pm ET on Wednesday, September 6th to join in the conversation. 

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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.

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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.

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Sarnia-Lambton Rebound: Parents Reaching Out
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound: Parents Reaching Out

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.

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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."

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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. 

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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.

 

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