2017 Single Parenting For Success Symposium
The March 25th event has been cancelled
Thank you for your interest in the Symposium. We are in the process of modifying the format to better serve the single parenting community. The day will be segmented into smaller chunks.
Be sure to visit our Calendar of Events regularly for more details.
Looking for something special to do with your child(dren? Check out the Parent & Child Expo March 25th & 26th
MORE DETAILS TO COME!!
On March 19th of 2014 I was at my laptop Googling when I came across an article that totally distracted me from my task at hand. It read….
“March 21st Single Parents Day – a day set aside to honour and applaud the hard work single parents do each and every day in raising their children.” You can’t imagine what went racing through my mind! A day for single parents!! It was seconds when I grabbed my agenda and went flipping through the pages to see what day March 21st, 2015 fell on… Saturday!! Fabulous!! It didn’t take me any longer than that to decide I was going to bring this to Ottawa! And so the planning began!!
So here we have it, the stage is set Saturday, March 21, 2015. The venue is booked (Gloucester Senior Adults’ Centre 2020 Ogilvie Road, above the Earl Armstrong Arena). The planning TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) is in place and we are on fire!!
Our very own Katherine Dines, single mom, blogger and Majic 100 radio host has graciously accepted my invitation to be Master of Ceremonies for the day. I have been manifesting her participation for months!! Thank you Universe!
Our website is up and our Keynote Speaker is booked. We have five awesome speakers that on board to share their knowledge and expertise with our single parents and our team is excited and moving ahead to create the First Annual Single Parenting for Success Symposium. This year’s theme is “Just Ask” because it is all about celebration, education and empowering Ottawa Single Parents. This event is all about equipping you with knowledge you need to create awesome lives for you and your children. It is an event that is sure to change lives, and this is only the beginning!!
Would you like to know more about me and my WHY? Click HERE and have a listen
Liz M Raymond
I have read about how “it takes a village to raise a child” and I’m sure you have heard that phrase somewhere too. However, I believe that it really just takes a village, period.
In grade 7 I sat down with an elderly friend of my mom’s to interview her about the depression and how people managed and survived. The one important fact I learned from her sharing, was that back then everyone helped each other. It was the village taking care of the village.
When I became a single parent at 32, it became a very lonely world for me. Instead of neighbours stepping up to be there for me, even just to say “how are you doing today?”, they stepped back and I could see them as they gathered to whisper. They talked about what happened in my relationship. They whispered about the dirty little secrets my ex kept. Not one offered a helping hand. And because of the shame I felt and the embarrassment that I “chose” to let this happen to me (something I couldn’t believe I let happen), I became isolated . No village, just many days and evenings filled a lot of stress, sadness, bitterness and resentment. That went on for too long.
Then one day I saw a little bit of light through the crack of a window. My, now good friend and mentor, Penny Lee Prevost of the GradUit Network saw something, or knew something I didn’t. She was lovingly persistent and talked me into having a Dream Board Workshop. That was the day it became apparent to me that life did not have to continue the way it was. I could change my world, one step at a time.
Penny Lee became the leader of my village. You see, now I have more than a village, I have communities of loving individuals that inspire me as I am now able to inspire them. I knew I had to share what I found. I knew I had to help others either avoid challenges I encountered, or help them get through them easier – not alone.
And here, Single Parenting for Success was founded. Originally my granddaughter and I called it our “Dreams Come True Centre” because that was exactly what I wanted this centre to be. Where people who are parenting children on their own could come for support, education and training, not to mention a connection to the resources in the city, free of judgement. This is where I could make my dreams come true of helping other single parents. My vision, our vision, is one of a “home” filled with love and cozy furniture to hold workshops and get-togethers. Our children could come with us and participate in children’s programs that would help them develop. Children and parents can gain skills to embody self-confidence, empowerment and knowledge that will serve them well in every area of their lives.
This is only the beginning. What are your dreams? What would you like to see at the Centre? Would you like to be a member of our community/village?
Let your voice be heard, share your ideas, concerns and knowledge. Welcome!!
Liz M Raymond