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  This year's PCMH Summit will feature presenters and workshops that will increase our capacity as family's to truly make a difference, and provide opportunities to build networks and supports.

Held at the beautiful Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre in London, Ontario it also provides a time for families to rest, relax, and rejuvinate as we come together to build a strong foundation upon which our children and youth can stand tall and reach their full capacity.



 Featuring Special Guest

Rod Black

Rod Black’s knowledge, versatility and enthusiasm have earned him a reputation as one of Canada’s most recognized and distinguished sportscasters.

In his 30 years as a sports journalist, Black has been involved with a variety of different events and competitions, fitting into each role with ease. Black’s extensive sports resume includes play-by-play announcing for the CFL on TSN, as well as hosting duties for golf, the NBA on TSN and international hockey.

Black received the 2005 Sports Media Canada Award as Outstanding Sports Broadcaster. He is a consummate professional who displays passion and excitement in all that he does.

Black’s broadcasting abilities aren’t limited to the sports world. The adaptable broadcaster is the former co-host of CTV’s Canada AM – Canada’s most-watched national morning show. The five-time Gemini Award nominee as Canada’s Best Sportscaster is also the host/narrator of a variety of prime time specials and the honorary spokesperson for Foster Parents Plan of Canada.


Friday, September 21, 2012

6:30 - 9:00 pm             Dinner and conversation with special guest Rod Black.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

(breakfast, lunch, and two nutrition breaks included in the program)

7:00 - 8:30     Buffet Breakfast served

8:45 - 10:00   Keynote Presentation by Dr. Kathy Short

A graduate of the Clinical Child Psychology program at The University of British Columbia (1995), Dr. Short currently coordinates the research service for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Under her leadership, and with critical contributions from representative stakeholders within the board and scientific community, the Evidence-Based Education and Services Team, or E-BEST, was developed and piloted over the past several years. Aligned to complement existing board structures, it was launched in Fall 2004, carrying a central mandate of translating empirical findings into actionable messages for educators and other school board professionals. In addition to facilitating research activities within this context, Dr. Short has a keen interest in stress and childhood anxiety/depression and is involved in several related projects, including a collaboration with UCLA exploring the value of a class-wide depression prevention program at the middle school level. Within her small private practice, Dr. Short sees children and adolescents with a range of psychological difficulties for both assessment and intervention.

10:00-10:15         Nutrition Break


Workshop A - Government Relations 101 - A grassroot's guide to effective Advocacy

Presented by: Lissa Regan, Staff member, Honorable Deb Matthews, Minister of Long Term Health

11:30 - 12:00         PCMH Check In - Where Are We, What is Coming, 

12:00 - 1:00           Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 

Workshop B - PCMH Speaker's Bureau Training, Becoming Part of a United Voice

Presented by: Parents for Children's Mental Health

2:15 - 2:30              Nutrition Break


Workshop C - Media Training, Tell Your Story to the Media Effectively to Get the Best Results for Local Capacity Building and Advocacy

Presented by: Suzanne Sherkin, Highborn Communications and Michele Sparling, Innovative HR

3:45-4:15                   Closing Remarks

There will also be presentations by PCMH about future plans and ways to get involved, as well as networking and connection space for families to meet and greet throughout the day.


This year's Summit is being offered at no cost to our Chapter and Community Leaders.  Registration will include your accommodations and dinner and guest speaker Friday evening, as well as breakfast, lunch, nutrition breaks and all presentations on Saturday.

If you are a Chapter Leader, volunteer, or Community Leader actively engaged with PCMH, please fill in the following to register for the 2012 Summit.

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
PCMH Affiliation
Postal Code
I will be attending Friday and Saturday Programming
Friday evening only
Saturday only
I require accommodation for Friday Evening Yes
My payment of $199 has been Made online
Cheque mailed
I am a PCMH Leader

If you are not a PCMH Volunteer or Chapter Leader and would still like to attend the Summit we welcome you!  The fee for the full Summit including accommodation is $199 (this fee includes accommodations Friday evening, and dinner with guest speaker Rod Black, full Summit programming Saturday including breakfast, lunch, and two nutrition breaks)

To Register please fill in form above(payments can be made online through our paypal button, or by cheque)

Cheques should be made out to PCMH and mailed to

45 Densgrove Drive

St. Catharines, Ontario

L2M 3M1



image family is coming through this with the support of PCMH and its members. I have drawn much of my strength from posts I read on this page every day. … Member, PCMH