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 We believe thriving children create thriving communities. To that end, we focus on a community-wide response to childhood trauma that combines excellence in treatment, state-of-the-art education, and community oriented prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of child maltreatment and promoting the safe and healthy development of children.

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IMPORTANT ALERT – for Clients and Community Partners

RE: COVID-19 Business Continuity Planning

UPDATED: June 10th, 2020

As stated in the Thrive vision, “We believe thriving children create thriving communities”, so it goes without saying that community is at the heart of everything we do.  This extends beyond our staff, and clients and Hamilton community, to include the entire global population. Our community will be forever changed as a result of the COVID-19 emergency and the impacts it has had on our families, our work, and our city.  At Thrive, we have remained responsive and have taken steps at each interval to protect the health and safety of clients and staff.  We closed our offices, but have found, and continue to find, new and innovative ways to deliver modified services that allow our operations to continue wherever possible.  Trying times such as this also provide incredible opportunities for learning. Our next steps into this new future will be guided with new learnings and different ways of working to provide the best services and create a stronger Hamilton community that Thrives. 

 The COVID-19 pandemic is not over. This virus will continue in our community for many months to come.  As we begin to look ahead, we are establishing our own plan, one aligned with our government and public health partners, that outlines our steps to ensure the safety of all, as we gradually restart in this new landscape.  We are beginning to prepare our office space to be able to accept clients where virtual options are not available, that keep both staff and clients healthy and safe.

We will continue to update the Thrive website regularly with our plan, which will likely change as the COVID-19 emergency evolves.  Our plan is based on what we currently know of the COVID-19 virus and its behaviour.  Thus, our plan may change and evolve as more information becomes available. Staff are available and working from home, and can be reached by email should you require any support – contact information can be located on our webpage at www.thrivechildandyouth.ca/contact. Please be advised that all voicemails will be checked daily and responded to within 24 business hours.

In case of an emergency, or a serious concern regarding any child or youth, please contact any of the phone numbers listed below where you can reach someone who will assist you:

Some important telephone numbers you may require during this time:

  • Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST): (905) 972-8338
  • Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CAS): (905) 522-1121
  • Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS): (905) 525-2012
  • CAS and CCAS emergency after hours’ line: (905) 5228053
  • Kids Help Phone, a Canadian charitable organization that provides 24/7 free confidential professional online and telephone counselling and volunteer-led, text-based support in English and French to youth up to age 20 across Canada

 Additional Resources:

  • Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
  • Visit the City of Hamilton webpage for more information about Closures & Cancellations Due to COVID-19  - https://www.hamilton.ca/alert/98886
  • For more information from Public Health Hamilton on the steps beign taken to protect the Health and safety of our community, please visit - https://www.hamilton.ca/node/95791

Stay safe and healthy.

Stephanie Taylor and the Board of Directors at Thrive

HIPC Event

HIPC hosted the annual Service Provider Day for front line staff, on the topic of mental health, on February 21 at City Lab. Mental health is a complex topic to address. HIPC partnered with experts from City of Hamilton Public Health, Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services, and Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST), to introduce resources available in the community, and discuss pathways to care. Following the presentations, attendees had an opportunity to network, share current programs and consider next steps for collaboration to keep the learning going.


Happy Family Day long-weekend! A reminder that Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services will be closed on Monday, February 17th to observe. Looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Check out these events taking place all weekend long! https://www.todocanada.ca/things-weekend-hamilton/

Every February, people around the world are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honor the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. Below you will find a list of events happening this month in Hamilton and surrounding communities!

Event & Details

When & Where

1. Black History Month Lecture at Griffin House

A fascinating lecture that celebrates Black History month with guest speaker Kojo ‘Easy’ Damptey, an Afro-Soul musician and scholar-practitioner, with stories of existence, resilience and resistance.

Wednesday, February 12: 7:00 to 9:00pm

Ancaster Town Hall 310 Wilson Street E., Ancaster

2. Griffin House Stories

Learn about local early Black settler Enerals Griffin.

Multiple dates & locations:

  • Tuesday, February 4: 2:30 – 3:30pm

Ancaster Library, 300 Wilson St E., Ancaster

  • Wednesday, February 12: 2:30 - 3:30pm

Dundas Library, 18 Ogilvie St., Dundas

  • Tuesday, February 18: 3:00 - 4:00pm

              Red Hill Library, 695 Queenston Rd., Hamilton

  • Wednesday, February 19: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Rd E., Hamilton

3. Black History Month Launch

Hamilton Black History Council hosting free event with speakers, vendor pop-up, artists, spotlight on local history makers and shapers

Saturday, Jan 31: 4:00 – 7:00pm

Central Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

4. Underground Railroad paper quilt

Learn about the Underground Railroad Quilt codes and make a paper quilt.

Multiple dates & locations:

  • Saturday, February 1:2-3:00pm

Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Rd E., Hamilton

  • Friday, February 7: 3:30 – 4:30pm

Westdale Library, 955 King St W., Hamilton

5. Black History of Flamborough

Learn about the contributions of Black people in Flamborough’s past.

Thursday, February 6: 7:00 – 8:00pm

Waterdown Library, 163 Dundas St E., Dundas

6. Holiday Crafts – Peace Wreath

Ages 4-8 yrs. Create a peace wreath in honour of Black History Month.

Thursday, February 13: 3:30 – 5:00pm

Terry Berry Library, 100 Mohawk Road W., Hamilton

7. Lecture by Anne Jarvis

In recognition of Black History Month, join us for a talk by Anne Jarvis, who will tell the Griffin family story and their connection to Ancaster.

Tuesday, February 11: 7:30 to 9:00pm

Battlefield House Museum & Park, 77 King St W., Hamilton

Cost: Free for members. $2 for non-members.

8. Black Youth Pathways to Success

Together We Rise / S'Élever Ensemble (TWR-SEE) is pleased to hold its annual Black history event. This year’s event is centered on Black youth. A moderated panel discussion on the challenges and realities faced by Black youth in their journey to success. Prior to the event, TWR will reveal its new logo and provide a summary of our projects in the past year. The event will also have a celebratory component highlighting youth. Admission is free of charge and light refreshment/ snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, February 5: 5:00 – 8:00pm

Hamilton Central Library, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton

9. Movie - Honour before Glory (2002, PG)

Docudrama about Canada's only all-Black military battalion that was formed during World War I. Above all, the film pays homage to the black soldiers of the Number Two Construction Battalion who showed that the measure of a man is made through the courage in his heart and not by the colour of his skin. Program includes a talk by director Anthony Sherwood.

Multiple dates:

  • Wednesday, February 19: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Ancaster Library, 300 Wilson St E., Ancaster

  • Friday, February 21: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Rd E., Hamilton

  • Saturday, February 22 from 1-2:30pm

Turner Park Library, 352 Rymal Rd E., Hamilton

  • Sunday, February 23 from 2:00 - 5:00pm

Central Library, 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton

10. Movie - Queen and Slim (14A)

In partnership with Ancaster 2020 Film Fest, Griffin House National Historic Site is pleased, a recently released film in celebration of Black History Month. While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

Multiple times:

Monday February 10

1:00 to 3:30pm or 7:15 to 9:15pm

Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster, 771 Golf Links Rd

Cost: $10

11. Movie – Toni Morrison: The pieces I am (PG)

In partnership with Ancaster 2020 Film Fest, Griffin House National Historic Site, a recently released film in celebration of Black History Month. This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary story- teller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.

Monday, February 10: 4:00 to 6:15pm

Cineplex Cinemas Ancaster, 771 Golf Links Rd

      Cost: $10

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The CHML/Y108 Children’s Fund is respected in the community for providing vital funding to, and of ongoing awareness of, children’s causes, programs and services in the Hamilton/Burlington area.


The CHML/Y108 Children’s Fund has been a generous supporter of Thrive for many years, donating over $40,000 to our programs and services. This year, we are hoping to receive additional funds to go towards treatment of the children and youth we serve in our community.

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