Huronia Highlands Branch

Huronia Highlands Branch includes Barrie, Orillia, Muskoka, Parry Sound, Orangeville, Bradford, Minden, and Haliburton.

Upcoming Events

Workshop on Mindfulness & Self-compassion

"Strengthening Resilience With Advanced Mindfulness Practice"

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Presented by: the Integrative Stress Management Program with Dr. Gerald Levine, Liz Levine, BSW, & Tanya Armstrong, RYI. 
Location: Am Shalom Congregation, 767 Huronia Road, Barrie, Ontario
Description: The format will be a blend of evidence-based mindfulness, mindful self-compassion teaching, and direct experience with mindful practices, including meditation, gentle therapeutic movement, and live therapeutic music. This workshop will focus on both personal and professional development. 

Cost (includes lunch)
Students - $50
OASW Members - $70
Community Members - $80

To Register or for more information click here.

Looking forward to seeing you! 

Kelly Smith, on behalf of the Huronia Highlands Board


Annual General Meeting & Special Workshop

"Indigenous Peoples: World-Views, the Great Struggle, and Moving Forward" 

Date: Saturday November 24, 2018 *Mark your calendars for an event you will not want to miss. 
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Presented by: Cyndy Baskin, author of Strong Helpers' Teaching
Location: Lakehead University - Orillia Campus, 500 University Avenue, Orillia, Ontario, L3V 0B9
Description: This workshop will offer social workers, counselors, therapists and others in the helping professions practical skills, tools, and strategies to better serve Indigenous clients. 

Students - $40
OASW Members - $50
Community Members - $60
Please feel free to share the link with friends and colleagues. 

To Register click here.

Please contact us at for more information. 

Thank you! 

Kelly Smith, on behalf of the Huronia Highlands Board

Past Branch Activities:

Huronia Highlands Branch offered a number of events for Social Work Week. 

"Everything You Need to Know to Keep the CRA Happy: A Workshop for Self-Employed Social Workers, Therapist, Councellors and Consultants". 
On Tuesday March 07 2017 Allen Lloyd, tax expert, shared his experience and wisdom with us, with a specific focus on those of us who are self-employed.

On Wednesday March 8, 2017 Keynote Speaker, Katie Traill, spoke on the"Experiences Working with Transgender Rights and Issues"

On Thursday March 9, 2017 the The Laurentian University Social Work Association hosted another Social Work Week Community Night where Motivational Guest Speaker Kaitlynn Rice-Kavanagh & Student Speakers from the Georgian Pride & First Nation Student Experience spoke.

OASW Huronia Highlands Board

Thanks you for participating in their social work activities!
Hope You All had a Happy Social Work Week!

Beyond Words: Stories in the Sand
If you missed this great presentation by Kelly Smith, RSW, about Sand Tray Therapy on November 25, 2015, sponsored by Huronia Highlands Branch at Lakehead University in Orillia, you can now see it here. An excellent resource for team meetings or professional development.

On Tuesday may 30, 2017 Huronia Highlands offered an Interactive Training on Trans & Gender-Diverse Mental Health Care.
Presenters included Jordan Zaitzow, MSW RSW who spoke about gender diversity & Lindsay Elin, MSW RSW, who focussed on attachment-informed counselling with trans youth/young adults and their families. 

Board Members:

Frances Yarbrough  
Kelly Smith
Elizabeth Van Houtte
Sandra Cole
Farhat Qureshi
Angela Hovey 
Jolene Heida
Sheila McKinnon Oke
Geoff Ayton

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