Previous Workshops & Information Sessions

PREVIOUS Workshops & Information Sessions

On September 28th, 2018 Thunder Bay Family Network hosted: My Community, My Home with Developmental Services Ontario (DSO).

This opportunity provided the ability to connect in person with Jolene Pugliese, Service Navigator and Tracy Girard, Housing Coordinator to learn how DSO helps adults with a developmental disability, their family and their support teams.

If you would like to find out more about DSO, please call: 1-855-376-6673 for the North Region.

Click HERE for DSO's Housing Navigator Presentation!

Click HERE for an overview of your central point of access to Ministry Funded Adult Developmental Services for the Northern Region!

Click HERE for What You Need to Know About the Application for Adult Developmental Services & Supports (ADSS) and the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS)!

Click HERE for DSO's Required Documentation!

Click HERE for How to Apply for Adult Developmental Services and Supports in Ontario!

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Click HERE to view the Bill 148 Information Session for Families PDF presentation by Pooran Law Professional Corporation.

Click HERE to view the Independent Contractor Questionnaire presented by Pooran Law Professional Corporation.

Click HERE to view a presentation for DeafBlind Ontario Services (DBOS). 

Click HERE to be redirected to DBOS website.


  • Wills, Estate Planning & Guardianship
  • Social Support Networks
  • “Speed dating” for families and support workers!

Here's some feedback TBFN received from families who attended our past events...

"Speed Dating" for Families & Support Workers!

This event was the first of its kind and was created to present an opportunity for both family members looking for support workers and support workers looking for employment. The time spent together focused on meeting one and another while asking questions to seek out the best possible match. A “speed dating” approach was utilized to help establish as many connections as possible between families & support workers.  If you would like to be added as a support worker or family for our next ‘speed dating’ session, please contact us!

‘Recently we found ourselves without workers for my son with developmental/intellectual challenges. This has happened in the past but never all a once! Therefore, the search was on!! We attended a "speed dating" type event put on by TBFN which connected families in need, with potential support workers looking for work. I was pleasantly surprised to meet many individuals and also a new group which offered respite and some interesting new programs. We have attended some get togethers and so far, it's a success!’ Paulette Husfeldt

Social Support Networks

This event focused on the process for developing and maintaining social support networks for individuals with special needs, including both the benefits and challenges. Two different networks were present for this opportunity and shared their experiences. Sharon Bak, President of TBFN was this topic’s speaker. Sharon holds a diploma in Social Service Work and has spent 20 years supporting individuals and families in the developmental services sector. If you would like to receive the presentation which was shared at this session, please contact us!

‘Very informative!’ Brandi Wanzuk

‘Very well presented. Informal and excellent information.’

‘Sharon is an excellent presenter and connects well with her audience.’

Wills, Estate Planning & Guardianship

This event aimed to help families plan for the future needs of their child(ren) with unique support needs. This opportunity is not what everyone would care to think about but covered the importance of why planning for your loved ones’ future is so imperative and important. Topics discussed included wills, estate planning, guardianship, and the Henson Trust. If you would like to receive the information which was presented by Kristi Burns of Buset & Partners LLP, please contact us!

‘It was clear Kristi Burns was a knowledgeable speaker! She has worked with individuals/families with developmental disabilities to assist in their final stages of life planning. She has experience and understands the importance of the necessary language required by law.’

‘Never a topic you want to discuss and think about but truly necessary especially for those of us with loved ones with special needs.’



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