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York Region Children's Aid Society supports and coordinates events and campaigns, which provide an opportunity for community education and involvement.

5th ANNUAL MULTIMEDIA FILM FESTIVAL OF YORK REGION MAY 6-18, 2014

York Region CAS founded the Film Festival in 2009 and worked towards its establishment in collaboration with a number of community partners. The festival explores, showcases, and celebrates the many diverse voices across York Region, as well as highlights social challenges and issues. The festival has grown significantly over the past four years and will screen approximately 60 films this year submitted by residents of York Region. Youth at four high schools in the region will get to participate in interactive screenings, allowing students to share their thoughts about films through video chat. York University’s Film department is also hosting students for screenings, multimedia workshops, and tours of their Film Studies facilities. All events culminate in an Awards & Closing Gala on May 29.

To book screening or gala tickets, or to find out more about the Multimedia Film Festival and all its associated events, please visit: www.yorkregionfilmfestival.com.


4th ANNUAL FAMILY VIOLENCE CONFERENCE MAY 15-16, 2014

This informative conference brings together citizens, youth, faith leaders, policy makers, and service providers to discuss family violence among South Asian communities. Presentations discuss honour-based violence, forced marriages, elder abuse, and violence against women and children. Legal professionals provide insight around policy, legislative, and legal reform regarding immigration policies. Community workshops held separately for women, men, and youth to discuss family violence, and interfaith discussions among faith leaders representing the diverse faiths within South Asian communities (e.g. Muslim faith, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and more) to address misconceptions about what various religious teachings say about gender roles, family violence, and other related matters.

Social Services Network (SSN) spearheads the conference in partnership with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Durham, Peel, York, and Toronto Police departments. York CAS is proud to co-lead the planning committee of this conference and to work alongside community partners to support the South Asian community.

To attend, please register at www.socialservicesnetwork.org/FVCworkshops.aspx. Community members are required to register separately for the community workshops by contacting Meccana at (905) 940-7864 ext. 223 or by email at mali@socialservicesnetwork.org.