Past Events

2015/2016 workshops, presentations, webinars, webcasts, keynote addresses, and other mental health and parenting events featuring Ann Douglas, author of Parenting Through the Storm.

Interested in attending an upcoming event? Here's what Ann has in the works.

Looking for descriptions of Ann's most popular presentation topics? You'll find them here.

2017 Workshops and Presentations

York Region District School Board: The Quest for Learning Conference, November 17, 2017
Ann Douglas delivered a workshop called "Let's Spark a Revolution of Caring" (on self-compassion and self-care).

Conestogo Public School, Conestogo, Ontario, November 14, 2017
Ann Douglas spoke about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Child Bright Network: Brain-Child Partners Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 8, 2017
Ann Douglas acted as a responder for the "Making Research Understandable: New Channels of Communication" workshop. Panelists included Christine Chambers, Louise Kinross, and Rachel Maartens. Moderated by Kate Robson.

The Baby Show, Ottawa, Ontario, November 4 and 5, 2017
Ann Douglas spoke on "Your Top Ten Pregnancy and Birth-Related Worries" at this popular parenting show.

Hillcrest Public School, Mississauga, Ontario, November 2, 2017
Ann Douglas spoke about Big-Picture Parenting at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 2, 2017
Ann Douglas delivered the keynote address ("Supporting Families Through the Storm") and a self-care workshop ("Let's Start a Self-Care Revolution") at this conference for early childhood educators and other professionals working with young children and their families.

Catholic Principals' Council Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, October 21, 2017
Ann Douglas delivered a keynote presentation on "Supporting Families Through the Storm" (what principals and vice-principals need to know about supporting children and families who are struggling). 

Attachment Parenting Canada: 20th Anniversary Conference, October 20, 2017
Ann Douglas spoke about the transition to parenthood in a webinar entitled "This is Your Soon-to-be Life: A Sneak Peek at Life After Baby." 

St. Ann's Catholic High School, Penetanguishene, Ontario, October 12, 2017
Ann Douglas spoke about Parenting Through the Storm at this Parents Reaching Out event. 

UNICEF Canada and Canadian Index of Child and Youth Well-being, October 3, 2017
Ann participated in a day-long Canadian Index of Child and Youth Wellbeing Advisory Group Design Lab in Toronto. (The index is a joint project of UNICEF Canada and the University of Waterloo. (More background about the initiative here.)

Waterloo Region Family Network, Kitchener, Ontario, September 16, 2017
Ann Douglas was the keynote speaker at this parenting conference in Waterloo Region. She spoke about Parenting Through the Storm: strategies that allow parents and children to thrive while living with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. She also participated in a panel on self-care strategies for parents.

Children's Mental Health Ontario: Back to School Twitter Chat, September 7, 2017
Ann Douglas co-hosted this Twitter chat on child and youth mental health and back-to-school parenting (part of the #kidscantwait series of Twitter chats).

Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat, September 6, 2017
Ann Douglas co-hosted this highly popular chat, which focuses on learning and attentional issues. The chat focused on "Building Parent Teacher Relationships."

Indigo Parenting Panel, Indigo Books, Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto, June 14, 2017
Ann Douglas joined Kathy Buckworth, Alyson Schafer, Jennifer Reynolds, Julie Cole, Maureen Dennis, and Heather Greenwood Davis for a chat about all things summer parenting.

Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat, June 7, 2017
Ann Douglas co-hosted this highly popular chat, which focuses on learning and attentional issues. The chat focused on "Avoiding the Summer Slide" (strategies for minimizing summer learning loss). 

Jean Vanier Catholic High School, Richmond Hill, Ontario, May 30, 2017
Big-PIcture Parenting presentation for parents.

Pleasant Public School, North York, Ontario, May 29, 2017
Big-PIcture Parenting presentation for parents.

Briarwood Public School, Mississauga, Ontario, May 9, 2017
Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents.

TD Bank Group, Toronto, Ontario, May 9, 2017
Employee lunch and learn on parenting and mental health. Private workplace event.

St. Michael Catholic High School, Kemptville, Ontario, May 4, 2017
May the Fourth be with you: Parenting through the Storm with CBC Radio Parenting Columnist Ann Douglas. Presentation for parents and community members.

Burnhamthorpe Public School, Mississauga, Ontario, May 2, 2017
Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents.

Sarnia-Lambton Rebound: Parents Reaching Out, Sarnia, Ontario, May 1, 2017
Parenting Through the Storm presentation for parents and community members.

Mnaadmodzawin Health Services Parenting Conference, Little Current, Ontario, April 24 and 25, 2017
Big-Picture Parenting and Parenting Through the Storm presentations for a group of parents and community support workers on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Toronto Public Health: Early Abilities, Toronto, Ontario, April 6, 2017
Journeying Together: The Why and How of Family Engagement. A presentation for speech and language pathologists in the City of Toronto.

Cosburn Middle School, Toronto, April 5, 2017
Big-Picture Parenting presentation for parents. This graphic recording by Tanya Gerber captures some of the key ideas and concepts. 

R.A. Riddell Elementary School, Hamilton, March 29, 2017
Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

AXS Chat Twitter Chat, March 28, 2017
Ann Douglas was 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. 

Understood.org #LDChat Twitter Chat, March 8, 2017
Ann Douglas co-hosted this highly popular chat, which focuses on learning and attentional issues. The chat focused on "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). 

Green Acres Public School, Stoney Creek, Ontario, March 2, 2017
Ann Douglas spoke about Big-Picture Parenting: parenting with your hopes and dreams for your child in mind.

Queen Elizabeth Public School, Mississauga, Ontario, February 28, 2017
Ann Douglas spoke about parenting strategies that promote children's mental health and offering advice on how parents, teachers, and other community members can offer support to a child is struggling.

Children's Mental Health Ontario: Pink Shirt Day Twitter Chat, February 22, 2017
Ann Douglas co-hosted a Twitter chat on bullying prevention and mental health.

Gravenhurst Public School: Parenting Through the Storm Book Club, February 16, 2017
Ann Douglas was the guest of honour at this special wrap-up event for the school's Parenting Through the Storm Book Club.

TD Bank Group: Diversity and Inclusion Month, Toronto, Ontario, February 8, 2017
Ann Douglas was the keynote speaker at this kick-off event for TD Bank Group employees. Her topic was Parenting Through the Storm.

Trent University: Trent Literacy Conference, Peterborough, Ontario, January 21, 2017
Ann Douglas presented the closing keynote address (The Power of Stories) at this literacy conference for Trent University students and community members. 

2016 Workshops and Presentations

Ann has that rare gift of being able to put a smile on your face while opening your mind. She was able to connect with the audience in such a meaningful way.
— Sandy MacDonald, Bell Let's Talk


Children's Mental Health Ontario Twitter Chat, December 15, 2016
Ann Douglas co-hosted a Twitter chat on children's mental health with Kim Moran, CEO of Children's Mental Health Ontario.

J.M. Deynes Public School, Milton, Ontario, December 1, 2016
The Big Picture: A Mindful Approach to Parenting presentation followed by a Q&A with parents.

Life With A Baby Conference for Parents and Professionals, Thornhill, Ontario, November 25, 2016
Parenting Through the Storm: Helping Families to Weather the Storm (keynote address on family engagement and parent involvement)
The Umbrella Workshop: Keeping Relationships on Track When a Family Member is Struggling (workshop for parents)

Ask the Experts: Ajax Public Library, Ajax, Ontario. November 17, 2016
The Big Picture: A Mindful Approach to Parenting presentation followed by a Q&A with parents.

Understood.org #LDchat: Self Care for Parents and Educators. November 16, 2016
A lively and informative Twitter chat hosted by Understood.org, a national organization that seeks to support parents who have children with learning differences.

Thames Valley District School Board, London, Ontario, Saturday, November 12, 2016
The Big Picture: A Mindful Approach to Parenting keynote address for parents and educators.

Adoption Society of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, November 4, 2016
Operation Rejuvenation workshop for adoptive and foster parents raising children with special needs. 

Mindful Parenting Conference, Whitby, Ontario, Saturday, October 29, 2016
The Power of Stories workshop for parents.

Creating a Culture of Self-Care
#LeadershipShine Twitter Chat hosted by the Retired Teachers of Ontario, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why self-care matters and how educators can become ambassadors when it comes to creating a culture of self-care in families, schools, and communities. Co-hosted with Jim Grieve, Executive Director, Retired Teachers of Ontario.

Women's Business Network of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario, Wednesday, October 5, 2016
The Courage to Change presentation on self-compassion, self-care, and living the happiest, healthiest life possible.

Cornwall Hospital Foundation, Cornwall, Ontario: Moms for Mental Health: Girls Night Out, Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Keynote speaker for mental health fundraising event in support of community mental health services. Sponsored by Bell Let's Talk.

Beckwith Public School, Beckwith, Ontario, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Parenting Through the Storm presentation for parents.

Glen Ames Senior Public School, Toronto, Ontario, Monday, May 30, 2016, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Big-Picture Parenting presentation for parents.

Clarksdale Public School, Burlington, Ontario, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Big-Picture Parenting presentation for parents.

St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School, Toronto, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 7:00 pm  9:00 pm
Parenting Through the Storm presentation for parents.

St. John Elementary Catholic School, Kirkfield, Ontario, Monday, May 9, 2016, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Parenting Through the Storm presentation for parents.

St. Wilfrid Catholic School, Pickering, Ontario, Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Parenting Through the Storm presentation for parents.

Spencer Avenue Elementary School, Orangeville, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Big-Picture Parenting presentation for parents.

Arthur Voaden Secondary School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Big-Picture Parenting presentation for parents.

Supportive Housing In Peel, Mississauga, Ontario, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Parenting Through the Storm presentation for parents.

The Baby Show, Ottawa, Saturday, Mar 19, 2016, 9:00 am to Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 5:00 pm
The Truth About Parenthood presentation for parents.

Ann Douglas delivers workshops and keynote addresses that focus on mindful parenting. These notes were created by graphic recording artist Tanya Gerber at a May 2016 parenting event. 

Ann Douglas delivers workshops and keynote addresses that focus on mindful parenting. These notes were created by graphic recording artist Tanya Gerber at a May 2016 parenting event. 

R.H. McGregor Public School, Toronto: Fifth Annual Parenting Conference, Saturday, February 27, 2016, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Big Picture: A Mindful Approach to Parenting presentation for parents.

Durham Catholic District School Board: Parents As Partners Conference, Thursday, February 25, 2016, 5:15 pm to 9:00 pm
Big-Picture Parenting presentation for parents.

Rare Disease Foundation Parent Support Group At SickKids, Toronto, Thursday, January 28, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

St. Angela Merici Catholic Elementary School, Brampton, Ontario, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Parenting Through the Storm presentation for parents.

Bell Let's Talk Event: Mississauga, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Private event for Bell Canada employees as part of the lead-up to Bell Let's Talk Day 2016. Interview with Ann Douglas on motherhood and mental health advocacy.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Friday, January 22, 2016, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Moms for Mental Health fundraising breakfast in support of the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa. 

Centre For Mental Health And Addiction (CAMH), Thursday, January 21, 2016, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Presentation at special Bell Let's Talk event to announce the launch of the CAMH Portico Network. Special

Toronto Parents Of Multiple Births Association, Thursday, January 14, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents of multiples.

2015 Workshops and Presentations

Morneau Shepell Webinar: Bullying SOS: Support And Strategies For Parents, Thursday, November 26, 2015, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Webinar focusing on anti-bullying strategies for parents, teachers, and others who work with or care about children.

Children's Mental Health Ontario, Monday, November 23, 2015, 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Parent panelist for workshop on family engagement in mental health services.

White Oaks Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

Mindful Parenting Conference, Whitby, Ontario, Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
The Big Picture: A Mindful Approach to Parenting keynote address.

Alberta Children's Hospital: Community Education Service, Child And Adolescent Mental Health, Tuesday, October 27, 2015,
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents. Live event that was also webcast across the province.

Early Childhood Development Support Services, Monday, October 26, 2015, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Workshop for family support workers and early childhood educators on engaging with families who have one or more children who are struggling.

Edmonton Literacy and Learning Day, Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Keynote speaker and workshop leader for this day-long symposium of learning for parents.

Autism Ontario Peel, Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

Family Association For Mental Health Everywhere (FAME), Toronto, Ontario, Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Keynote speaker at Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala. During the event, Ann was inducted into the organization's mental health advocacy Hall of Fame.

VOICE For Hearing Impaired Children, Family Camp Presentation, Haliburton, Ontario, Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

Queen Mary Public School, Peterborough, Ontario, Thursday, June 4, 2015, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

Partners For Mental Health, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Parenting Through the Storm webinar hosted by this national mental health non-profit organization.

WeeHands Twitter Chat, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Online conversation about supporting a child with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge.

    Anne Frank Public School, Maple, Ontario, 
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

    Child Development Resource Connection Peel, Mississauga, Ontario, Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
    Keynote speaker at Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP) annual general meeting. 

    Ottawa Writers' Festival, Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Parenting Exceptional Children with Ann Douglas and Kristine Barnett.

    Ontario Ministry Of Education: Early Years Division, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Parents and Educators Working Together #leadershipshine Twitter chat.

    International Bipolar Foundation, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Parenting Through the Storm webinar for parents hosted by this mental health non-profit organization.

    Morneau Shepell Webinar, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Parenting Through the Storm webinar for parents hosted by EAP provider Morneau Shepell. 

    Durham Catholic District School Board Parent Involvement Committee, Saturday, April 18, 2015: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Keynote speaker for the Demystifying Youth Mental Health Mini-Conference.

    Peterborough Speakers Series, Peterborough, Ontario, Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7:00 pm to  10:00 pm
    Speaker for this community mental health fundraising event.

    Spur Festival: Toronto, Sunday, April 12, 2015, 10:00 am to 11:15 am
    Moderator of a panel on risk and resilience in youth at the Toronto Spur Festival,  "a national festival of politics, art, and ideas" designed to spark important conversations between Canadians.

    Bartimaeus Family Service, Toronto, Wed, Apr 8, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
    Coping strategies for parents who have a child (or and for professionals who are supporting families with children) who are struggling with a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioral challenge. Workshop for parents and child-youth professionals.

    North Hastings Children's Services, Bancroft, Ontario, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Happy, Healthy Parents, Happy, Healthy Kids workshop for parents.

    Ann Douglas chats with a parent at The Baby Show, Toronto.

    Ann Douglas chats with a parent at The Baby Show, Toronto.

    The Baby Show, Toronto, Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 9:00 am to Sun, Mar 29, 2015 6:00 pm
    Big-Picture Parenting workshop for parents.

    St. Monica Catholic School, Pickering, Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    Keynote speaker for child and youth mental and wellness event.

    Hincks Dellcrest Centre SOS ("Strength, Optimism, Strategies") Parenting Workshop Series, Young People's Theatre, Toronto, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    Coping strategies for parents who have a child who is struggling with a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. 

    The Baby Show, Ottawa, Sat, Mar 21, 2015, 9:00 am to Sun, Mar 22, 2015 5:00 pm
    Big-Picture Parenting workshop for parents.

    Parent Education Network, Toronto, Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

    John Ross Robertson Junior Public School, Toronto, Ontario, Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

    Westminster Woods Public School, Guelph, Ontario, Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Parenting Through the Storm workshop for parents.

    Employee Assistance Association Of Toronto, Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:30 am to 10:30 am
    Supporting a parent who has a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge. A professional development workshop for EAP providers.

    Additional parenting presentations: 2002 to 2014