Upcoming Events

A calendar of upcoming events featuring Ann Douglas, author of Happy Parents, Happy Kids — a guide to thriving alongside your child — and 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. 

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     Descriptions of Ann's most popular parenting presentations 
     List of recent speaking engagements (2015-2019)

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Resource and Education Centre, Surrey School District, Surrey, BC

  • 14123 92 Avenue Surrey, BC, V3V 1J5 Canada (map)

Ann Douglas will be speaking on “Happy Parents Raising Happy Kids: A Call to Action for Communities” — a community conversation hosted by psychologist and author Dr. Vanessa Lapointe.

Event details:

For children to grow in the best possible way, they need to exist in an environment that works for them. That environment is created primarily by parents. This means that parents need to be at their best in order for kids to get what they need. As it turns out “the village” has a significant role to play in ensuring this is the case. At this special community event, celebrated parenting educator Ann Douglas and Registered Psychologist Dr. Vanessa Lapointe present a personal and up-front perspective of the role of community in the raising of children. Drawing from key areas of research and Ann’s work for her latest book where she interviewed dozens of Canadian parents, a path forward will be presented, with solutions that can be tackled at the individual, family, and community level.

About Ann Douglas:

Ann Douglas is a bestselling parenting author and the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio. She is the creator of The Mother of All Book series and the author of Parenting Through the Storm. In February 2019, HarperCollins Canada will publish her latest book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids. A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country. She also hosts online conversations about parenting and mental health (for Understood.org's highly popular #LDchat and Children's Mental Health Ontario #kidscantwait mental health advocacy campaign). Ann is an active volunteer and frequent commentator on all things parenting. She has received awards for both her writing and her volunteer work. In June 2013, she became the second person to be awarded a Lifetime Membership by the Professional Writers Association of Canada (in recognition of her contributions to the freelance writing profession). And in April 2012, she was one of 16 Canadians invited to Rideau Hall to discuss family policy with Canadian Governor-General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston.

About Vanessa Lapointe:

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting expert, and registered psychologist (British Columbia #1856) who has been supporting families and children for more than fifteen years. Author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up and Parenting Right From The Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler Years, regularly invited media guest and contributor, educator and speaker, a Huffington Post Parent blogger, and a consultant to research projects and various organizations promoting emotional health and development, Dr. Vanessa is known for bringing a sense of nurturing understanding and humanity to all of her work. She presently works in private practice and has previous experience in a variety of settings, including the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development and the school system. Dr. Vanessa’s passion is in walking alongside parents, teachers, care providers, and other big people to really see the world through the child’s eyes. She believes that if we can do this, we are beautifully positioned to grow up our children in the best possible way. As a mother to 2 growing children, Dr. Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally, to view the world through the child’s eyes.