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CPAN helps between 1,000 and 1,500 Renfrew County children and youth who are in need with Backpacks, school supplies, and shoes, enabling them to return to school fully prepared to learn.  Research has consistently shown that children that have the tools to learn are less likely to drop out, and more likely to graduate and transition to post-secondary education.

We need $75,000 per year to fund Tools for School. Currently we have raised $30,000, and need to make up the shortfall.  To help boost this funding CPAN created an initiative called the CPAN 150 Challenge.  This initiative will help raise awareness of the need, and benefits, of Tools for School.  The challenge will also help us reach our goal so that no child is left behind – by encouraging others to raise funds in creative and fun ways.

To honour and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, while also recognizing our (Canada and CPAN) shared interest of inclusion and diversity CPAN is challenging individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, etc. to raise $150 for Tools for School, enough to sponsor 2 local children in need.

Taking the challenge is easy!

  • Create your fundraiser
  • Post on social media using the hashtags #CPAN150CHALLENGE #NoChildLeftBehind #Canada150 #CFC150
  • Challenge others to take the challenge
  • Share with CPAN – we can share on our Facebook Pages!
  • Share with family, friends and networks
  • Have fun!

It is our hope that we can get this to go viral and be fun..   Here is a link to the CPAN 150 Challenge Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cpan150challenge/

To support Tools for School and this initiative a short video has been created. Thanks to the generous donation of time and skills by 7-year-old local actress Jadyn Malone, who starred in the blockbuster movie ‘Arrival’, and Lotus City Media this video became a reality.  Please take a minute to watch it, and feel free to share the following link with your family and friends: https://www.facebook.com/cpan150challenge/videos/1323703964392119   We believe that it speaks volumes about the importance of this very worthy and well-used and needed program, Tools for School.

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Children Rights Poster Contest Winners

Neel Patel: Grade 3, Queen Elizabeth PS, Renfrew

Louise Stonham: Grade 6, Walter Zadow PS, Arnprior

Molly Reid: Grade 7, Highview PS, Pembroke

We thank all those who took the time to learn about Canadian children’s rights, especially those that sent submissions.   All submissions are being sent to our Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.

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Children Rights Poster Contest

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2016 Music Fest | September 24 from 3 – 8 pm.

It’s that beautiful time of year again! Come celebrate with us at our annual CPAN fund-raiser Celebrating Colours: 2016 Music Fest  at our home in Mackey on September 24 from 3 – 8 pm.

Our wonderful local musicians are generously sharing their time and talent with us, and an abundant barbecue is your to be had for $25 a ticket. Enjoy around the campfire, bring chair, sweater, your favourite drink, and plates/cutlery, if you remember. There will be some dishes available lest you forget (or can’t wrap your head around it). But we ARE trying to go green.   

As most of you know, the Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN) is a grassroots organization whose mandate is to eliminate the effects of poverty in ways that are empowering and multifaceted. Programs include Tools for School, Operation Snowsuit, School Inclusion Project, Harmony, and the Good EGG (Edible Grassroots Gardens). CPAN reaches out to the community to educate and advocate for systemic change, as well as to help families access goods and services in conjunction with over 600 individuals and 62 agencies within Renfrew County. CPAN is not government funded and relies solely on grants, community fundraising and donations to stay in operation. Please visit the website: www.renfrewcountycpan.ca, or Facebook at     www.facebook.com/childpovertyactionnetwork for more information.   

 SOOO…. , do come and join us for an afternoon/evening of great music, great food, and great people.        

 If you’d like to share your talent through music or sell your art and crafts at a display table, do let us know.                   

 The address is #38692 HWY 17W, 20 minutes west of Deep River. Tickets are available from the Olive Tree in Deep River, or from Cathy & Dave Balla-Boudreau at 613-586-2634, or email ballaboudreaudc@hotmail.com.  Tickets are also available from committee members: Trudy Miller, Fran Kelly-Chamberlain, Anne Seck, Candy & Jeff Bishop, Celine Ouellette, Paul Brabant and June Vaughan. Cost is $25 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under.  Donations gratefully accepted, and tax receipts are available for donations of $10 or more.

 We look forward to seeing you if you’re able to make it. We so appreciate your energy, enthusiasm,  and support.

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5th Annual Festival of Trees Snowflake Gala (November 19th 2016)

We are hard at work planning the 5th annual Festival of Trees Snowflake Gala! I know it’s hard to think of Christmas when it’s so HOT, but time goes fast and we want to have another magical evening to get us all in the spirit of the season.

This year’s Festival of Trees Snowflake Gala is taking place November 19th at Petawawa Civic Centre and it promises to be a memorable night.

We have great entertainment lined up!  Table magic will be performed by the amazing Steven Anthony (https://www.facebook.com/StretchingRealityTheMagicOfStevenAnthony), our live band is Reckless (https://www.facebook.com/RecklessReckless/?fref=ts ), and our DJ is Max Gower of Maximum Entertainment! (http://maximumeventertainment.com/ ).  Santa and Mrs. Clause have promised to pop in again, you can get individual or group photos taken!   

Dinner is catered by Ullrichs on Main, and there will be a live auction as well as a silent auction to bid on.  You could buy all you Christmas gifts there! Some businesses and groups hold their Christmas party at the event.  No prep, no clean up, just show up and have fun (all while helping local children in need).

If you have not yet attended please take a look at this video (much better in person!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02OGEHcBpQs

If you would like to become a sponsor, donate an item for auction, or buy tickets please let me know!

Lyn Smith, Executive Director 

Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN)

Tel; 613 735 9579     

Fax: 613 735 2378

Email: lsmith@phoenixctr.com


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Creation of a Poverty Reduction Strategy Unique to Renfrew County

I am so excited to tell you about the Renfrew County Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) Forum that we co-hosted along with The County of Renfrew, and City of Pembroke in September 2015.

During the Forum County of Renfrew Warden, Peter Emon, agreed to chair a Steering Committee to move forward on the development of a local Poverty Reduction Strategy for Renfrew County and District which will be unique for our needs.

A small Steering Committee formed including the following members:

  • Warden Peter Emon, County of Renfrew
  • Mayor Michael LeMay, City of Pembroke
  • Dr. Maureen Carew **, Medical Officer of Health, (former) Renfrew County and District Health Unit
  • Michelle Arbour, Renfrew County Catholic District School Board
  • Laura Hunter, Staff Lawyer at Renfrew County Legal Clinic
  • Carmen Goold, Regional Advisor for Provincial Government
  • Greg Lubimiv, Executive Director, Phoenix Centre
  • Lyn Smith, Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network

** Please note that Dr. Katherine Reducka has now taken the place of Dr. Maureen Carew.

Since the forum, this steering committee has met several times and reviewed key areas for development and action based on the feedback provided at the forum.  These include (and may not be exclusive to) the following areas:

  • Food Security
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Income Security
  • Inclusion
  • Transportation
  • Child Care
  • Access to Healthcare

All of these areas need to be addressed separately, yet under one plan, with common mandates, visions and goals (such as all being empowering and inclusive).  That being said we want to include all the great skills and work already done or being done in this plan, and invite you and others to let us know if there is an area you would like to be involved with and to what capacity.

Food Security will be our first committee formed, RCDHU have agreed to chair this committee.  Once the ‘Food Security’ committee is formed and running we aim to form another (from the list above).  This will depend on a few things:

  • If we already have work started in one of the identified areas
  • If we have a leader (chair) ready to step forward
  • If there is specific funding to move one particular area to the front

Please let us know if you are interested in being involved with any of the committees dealing with areas of interest, and feel free to share this information with others who may be interested in helping Renfrew County to create our own unique strategy to make Renfrew County a better place to live for all.

I am pleased to be able to share the summary from the Poverty Reduction Strategy Forum, which includes work carried out at the World Café

Please feel free to contact me for additional information.   

Lyn Smith, Executive Director
Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN)
Tel; 613 735 9579
Fax: 613 735 2378

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