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Celebrating our staff

Every March, the Ontario Association of Social Workers celebrates Social Work Week. This is an important opportunity to highlight the important work that social workers do in many different sectors, including child welfare. But of course, not all of our staff are social workers. We also have lawyers, administrators, bookkeepers, fundraisers, and many other kinds of workers who contribute to our organization. And so here at CCAS of Hamilton, we have turned Social Work Week into Team Week - a chance to celebrate all of the good work that happens here. 

In addition to activities for our staff during Team Week, we are launching a new webpage devoted to our staff. Over time, we will share information about who we are and what we do. This newsletter starts that process, by highlighting two of our many staff teams.
Here are some of our staff, wearing purple for 2018 Dress Purple Day, a day devoted to raising awareness about child abuse prevention. 
Visit our staff webpage

Proof that financial assistance can make a real difference for a young person 

Brett Gardiner’s story speaks to the positive impact that financial support can make to a young person whose life got off to a rocky start. Brett is now 30, with a good job at ArcelorMittal Dofasco as an Industrial Mechanic. He and his fiancée have bought a house, and are planning their wedding.

But just six years ago, Brett’s future looked anything but rosy. Like many young people in foster care, Brett had found the transition to adulthood challenging, and was struggling to find purpose in his life and to make ends meet. He wanted to go to Mohawk College to further his education, but did not have the financial resources necessary to do so. As a former crown ward with our agency, he reached out to see if we could help him, and we did.

Brett is very grateful for this assistance, and happy to share his story, hoping it will encourage other young people in his situation to pursue their dreams. And we are so happy that we were able to help Brett at a time in his life when he wanted to make positive change.

You can help someone like Brett to make positive change by sponsoring a bursary. Email Lisa Hostein to find out more.

Brett Gardiner, ArcelorMittal Dofasco employee and former CCAS crown ward
Provide a bursary for a young person
Introducing our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team

We are excited to introduce you to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Team! They are all new to their DEI roles, but not new to our organization. They are:

  • Marlene Dei-Amoah, Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Josh Dockstator, Reconciliation Lead
  • Niketha Velautham, One Vision One Voice Coordinator.
We look forward to working with these talented people to ensure equitable outcomes, opportunities and experiences for all of our service recipients, staff, and volunteers.
Learn more about our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team

Highlighting our Domestic Violence Team, in conjunction with International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women's Day, marked around the world as a time to celebrate the achievements of women and to advocate for gender equity.

Domestic violence is a major barrier to gender equity, and is one of the most pervasive, traumatic, life-threatening, and harmful family problems in society today. The domestic violence team at CCAS was created over a decade ago to work with families experiencing domestic violence. The underlying philosophy of this team is that in order to keep children safe, we need to keep their mothers safe. 

Members of the domestic violence team have specialized knowledge about domestic violence and how to work effectively with families experiencing it. They also know the available resources in the community and can connect their clients to them. The domestic violence team is part of several community capacity building partnerships which support families impacted by domestic violence. The team also works with the Domestic Violence Unit of the Hamilton Police Service, along with local women’s shelters.

Read about the impact of domestic violence on children

Quick CCAS of Hamilton news

For Black History Month, our African-Canadian Employee Resource Group invited all staff to Wear It Proud on Wednesdays - to wear clothing that reflects their cultural heritage. Here are Alberta, Marlene, Noreen and Margaret. Looking good!


Annual General Meeting and Award Ceremony - Monday, June 24

10th Annual Peder Larsen Care Beyond Belief Golf Tournament - Tuesday, September 10

30th Annual Serendipity Auction - Thursday, November 21
Our Vision
Safe and thriving children and youth
Empowered families
Stronger communities

Our Mission
Guided by Catholic values and teachings, we serve and offer bilingual (English/French) services to children, youth, and families within the Hamilton community to protect their safety and well being, strengthen families, and nurture lifelong relationships.
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735 King St. E.
Hamilton, ON L8M 1A1

Phone: 905-525-2012
Tél: 1-855-550-3571
After-hours: 905-522-8053
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