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(A synopsis of information from the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy)

On March 24, reps. of the voluntary sector attended a dinner mtg in Ottawa with 13 federal Cabinet Ministers. "This unprecedented and, perhaps, even historic meeting may signal a turning point in the voluntary sector's relationship with the federal government." Members of the Voluntary Sector Roundtable have been working to strengthen the dialogue between the sector and the federal government. Policy development work is to happen through a series of "joint tables" that will include an equal number of voluntary & federal representatives. This "joint table process" is considered quite significant - a report of their work will go to a meeting of Ministers end of June and possibly a further submission to Cabinet in the fall.

For more information see:

ANTI-VIOLENCE, WORKSHOP offered by Best Start Barrie


Best Start Barrie can provide a half day workshop related to its anti-violence initiatives in any community in Ontario. The workshop covers building a community coalition, understanding the spectrum of woman abuse and raising awareness re: the impacts of violence during pregnancy. Written material is also available. For more information call Kim McEwen-Shadgett at 705 725 8352.

Breast Cancer Information and Support Think Tank: Sharing and Planning


The Ontario Breast Cancer Information Exchange Partnership (OBCIEP) is hosting a two-day, province-wide Think Tank conference on breast cancer information and support. The conference is being held in Toronto. The specific purpose is to provide a forum where a full range of stakeholder organizations can meet to:

gain first hand knowledge of current developments and gaps in breast cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis; rehabilitation and survivorship; treatment and treatment decision-making; celebrate successes as well as identify gaps in breast cancer information and supportive care; and craft a provincial Action Plan. The hope is to have in all 130 participants representative of breast cancer survivors, health service providers, voluntary agency and community representatives who reflect of the diversity of our province.

The conference dates are Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18.

A registration package can be obtained by calling 416.480.5899 or by

sending an e-mail request to



(these are all found on the Ontario HP Calendar of Events on the Internet at )

Cancer Month

Canadian Cancer Society

Tel.: (416) 961-7223 (or local offices)


April 2-4 Daffodil Days

Canadian Cancer Society

Tel.: (416) 961-7223 (or local offices)


Dental Health Month

Canadian Dental Association

Tel.: (613) 523-1770 (or provincial associations)


Parkinson Awareness Month

Parkinson Foundation of Canada

Toll-free: (800) 437-6464


Stay Alert...Stay Safe Month

Tel.: (416) 480-8225 Toll-free: (800) 301-7277


April 7 World Health Day

Theme for 1999: Healthy Aging

Canadian Society for International Health

Tel.: (613) 241-5785 WWW:

April 17 International Hemophilia Day

Canadian Hemophilia Society

Toll-free: (800) 668-2686

April 17-25 Earth Week

Earth Day Canada Tel.: (416) 599-1991


Education Grant Competition, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario


The Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce its third annual grant competition. To date, eleven grants totalling $ 91,385 have been awarded to community-based, breast cancer education projects.

For further information or to obtain an application for the 1999 competition, please call Joel Heitin at (416) 597-6773 or 1-800-387-9816, extension 241. Fax requests should be sent to (416) 596-7857. E-mail requests should be sent to

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., April 1, 1999.

Applications sent by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.


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