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April 29, 2014

Paulander Community Centre to host a Jane’s Walk  View the pdf.

January 10, 2014

Lesley Barraball, Director of Children’s Mental Health for Carizon was a guest on the Gary Doyle Show on 570 News.  Listen to the podcast.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Special Advertising Feature announcing Carizon’s Launch.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Todd Nutbrown speaks about Children’s Mental Health Week (audio)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Social Service Agencies to Merge (video)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Magdalena Stopinski, Child and Family Therapist, is honoured as Oktoberfest Woman of the Year for Health and Wellness–oktoberfest-women-of-the-year-honoured

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

SNAPKW writes about Gourmet Trail.  Video and pictures included.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Debbie Engel

School Program Teaches Children To Handle Emotions–school-program-teaches-children-to-handle-emotions

Friday, March 23, 2012

Magdalena Stopinski

Headline in the paper “Helping Children Cope with Big Change”

Headline online “Play therapy helps children in care cope with losing their biological family”

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lesley Barraball discussing Front Door


Media Releases




It’s National Family Week and We’re Launching Our New Look!

Kitchener, ON, October 10, 2013.  Thousands of Canadians have celebrated National Family Week every fall since 1985, when it was proclaimed an official week by the Government of Canada. “This year’s theme “Strong Families, Strong Communities” reminds us that communities are built by families and families are supported by communities,” says Carizon CEO Sue Gillespie. “What better week for Carizon to launch our new look.”

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Merger strengthens ability for social and mental health service delivery to Waterloo Region!Kitchener:  Mosaic Counselling and Family Services and kidsLINK (Notre Dame of St. Agatha Inc.) are pleased to announce today the amalgamation of these two long-standing and successful social and mental health service leaders. The Ministry of Government Services has approved the incorporation of the new organization that will operate as Carizon Family and Community Services as of April 1st, 2013.  Read more…
kidsLINK unveils approach with wellness, sustainability in mindSt. Agatha, Ontario, July 18, 2012 – Enabling children and youth to take charge of their own wellness not only results in healthier kids but a more sustainable healthcare system, kidsLINK CEO, Sonia Pouyat says.With shrinking resources and increasing pressure on mental health services, kidsLINK has carved out a new path for the future.kidsLINK unveils an approach to care that will ultimately help young people choose wellness, be resilient and heal from trauma.The organization is moving in the direction that positions wellness, resilience and the impact of psychological trauma as the lens through which all its operations, programs and services are delivered.  Read More…

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF KIDSLINK AND MOSAIC COUNSELLING AND FAMILY SERVICES ANNOUNCE RECOMMENDATION FOR AMALGAMATIONKitchener-Waterloo, ON: July 4, 2012- After assessing the potential benefits for the Region of Waterloo, and following a thorough collaboration and consultation process, the Board of Directors of Notre Dame of St. Agatha (operating as kidsLINK) and of Mosaic Counselling and Family Services are excited to announce a recommendation for the amalgamation of the two agencies.Both kidsLINK and Mosaic are recognized for their leadership in providing a multitude of services that strengthen individuals, families and neighbourhoods. The two organizations have similar histories and compatible values and beliefs. kidsLINK for 154 years and Mosaic for more than 50 years have been operating within Waterloo Region, responding to the changing needs of the community and the clients served.A merger of these two agencies would result in an even stronger, more comprehensive and integrated approach to providing community services in the area of child and youth mental health, professional services, respite care, youth engagement and development, family violence, individual and family counselling, credit counselling, settlement supports and community wellness.   Read More…
Unaddressed childhood trauma may lead to disease, disability or early deathST. AGATHA, Ontario, May 30, 2012 –Influential change-makers connected to child and youth services have called for service systems that address psychological trauma in young people, which is pervasive in Canada.
According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, failure to address childhood trauma may lead to disease, disability or early death. Dr Ann Jennings, Executive Director of the Anna Institute, a non-profit organization based in the United States, entwined her personal story with statistical data to explain the reality of adverse childhood experiences as the greatest health challenge faced by society. Read More…

Dr. Ann Jennings

kidsLINK to host historic conversation on trauma-informed service systemsSt. Agatha, Ontario, May 24, 2012 – Creating a caring system that understands psychological trauma, its impact and how to respond to it is the main focus of an Invitational Symposium that will be held on May 29, 2012 at kidsLINK in St Agatha, Ontario.Hosted by kidsLINK, the historic conversation between regional system leaders, policy makers, senior provincial officials and agency leaders will explore:  Why a Trauma-informed System of Care Ensures Better Outcomes for Children and Youth. The cost and consequences of un-addressed childhood trauma to the society and economy will be considered.  Read More
  Let the finest restaurants in Waterloo Region tantalize your taste buds  … on the14th Annual GOURMET TRAILWaterloo Region’s finest restaurants will be serving up a spectacular array of gourmet cuisine during kidsLINK’s 14th Annual Gourmet Trail on Saturday, May 5, 2012. This one-day gala event brings together more than 20 of the Region’s finest restaurants and chefs for a taste of their signature dishes, which are sure to put smiles on the faces of the more than 400 participants while contributing to a good cause.  Read More
  Beware of an impersonator in Paris, OntarioSt. Agatha, Ontario, November 3, 2011 – A man impersonating a kidsLINK employee is reported to be soliciting door-to-door donations in Paris, Ontario. A woman who encountered the impersonator at her front door informed kidsLINK of this incident on November 2, 2011. She said the man wore a kidsLINKcares badge and became “verbally aggressive” when she refused to give him a donation. Read More