February 21, 2013

OMSSA Education Update 

Over the past year, OMSSA has worked to focus its education supports and products to reflect the needs of staff in CMSMs and DSSABs. We know that CMSM and DSSAB staff have three critical education needs - to develop management and leadership skills, to get foundational education that supports the development of a systems approach to service system management, and to continue to develop knowledge related to specific work areas.

February 21, 2013

OMSSA Education Update

Over the past year, OMSSA has worked to focus its education supports and products to reflect

the needs of staff in CMSMs and DSSABs.

We know that CMSM and DSSAB staff have three critical education needs - to develop

management and leadership skills, to get foundational education that supports the

development of a systems approach to service system management, and to continue to develop

knowledge related to specific work areas.

Last year, we covered new ground with workshops that developed transferable management

tools (

Results based Performance Measurement, Effective Risk Based Decision Making, Strategic


and Developing a Social Media Strategy) tools that are useful for any service

manager staff, no matter what their service area or specialty.

At the same time, our workshops such as

Social Housing Overview provide a foundational

overview of service areas to support a systems approach to human services planning. Similar

programs are planned for other service areas. Other workshops that we developed (such as

Motivational Interviewing

and Understanding Fundamentals of Addiction) build specific skills

needed by frontline staff in their work with clients.

In 2013, OMSSA will continue to work with members to identify and offer more education

products that are reflective of members’ needs, based on principles of human services

integration, and build both organizational service excellence and individual professional


In an earlier ED Letter, you heard of the initiatives OMSSA is undertaking to strengthen our

advocacy and policy development voice. As we continue this work, we recognize the strong role

of education in ensuring members have the organizational capability to lead the changes

needed to transform the human services system into one that truly works for local communities

across Ontario.

We will continue to work with members to develop education products that build tools and

strategies to help ensure that those changes are managed effectively and in a sustained


I invite you to contact me to help develop these supports.

Diya Gill

Manager, Education



Ontario's Speech from the Throne Focuses on Common Ground of Strong Economy, Fair

Society, Effective Legislature

On February 19, 2013, with the recall of the Provincial legislature, Lieutenant Governor David

Onley delivered the

Throne Speech for the new government of Premier Kathleen Wynne. The

Throne Speech outlined three central objectives for the new session of Ontario’s

parliament: fiscal responsibility, economic growth, and increased employment.

For more detailed information and OMSSA’s analysis please read the linked

OMSSA Info Alert

New Ontario Government Partners With First Nations to Support Community Addiction


The Ministry of Health and Long Term

announced today that Ontario is working with First

Nations communities to increase access to care and community supports for those addicted to

prescription narcotics.

Ontario is providing $1.5 million in ongoing annual funding to support the work of the Mental

Health and Addictions Working Group, which is part of the

Trilateral First Nations Health Senior

Officials Committee

. This funding will support five new Community Wellness Development

Teams and increase the use of telemedicine equipment in First Nations treatment centres

across Ontario.

Federal Government Partners with AIR MILES Reward Program and YMCAs in Canada to

Promote Healthy Living

Federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq,

announced yesterday a project to encourage physical

activity and healthy living among children and their families in communities across Canada.

News from Queen’s Park and Ontario

News from Ottawa

The Air Miles Reward Program, via its AIR MILES for Social Change activities, will partner with

the YMCA at 15 locations in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick.

CBC Show

Marketplace Investigates Unlicensed Child Care

The CBC show

Marketplace is doing a show this coming Friday on unlicensed child care. Who's

Watching the Kids?


airs Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.

Research Highlight 'Housing Conditions of Households with Children' Released

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recently released a research highlight

examining the housing conditions of households with children based on custom data obtained

from the 2006 Census of Canada. The housing in which Canada's children are raised plays a key

role in their healthy development. The

2006 Census Housing Series: Issue 17 Housing

Conditions of Households with Children


presents data on 3.6 million family households with at

least one child less than 18 years old, representing more than 6 million children under the age

of 18.

Registration for CHRA Congress 2013 is Now Open

Registration for The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s (CHRA)

45th National Congress

on Housing and Homelessness

is now open. The conference will take place April 30th May 3rd,

2013 in Ottawa at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel.

Report Calls for New Financing for Long-Term Care

The Caledon Institute of Social Policy released

Financing Long-Term Care: More Money in the


, a report by Sheri Torjman, that suggests new financing is required over and above existing

sources of revenue to support home care and long-term care now and in the future.

Heather MacVicar's Retirement Celebration

Heather MacVicar, General Manager, Service Integration and Business Transformation, City of

Toronto has announced her retirement. A celebration of her career will be held on Thursday,

March 28, 2013 at 5:00pm at The National Club, 303 Bay St. in Toronto. For more information

please view the

invitation here.

Resource Corner

Links to current research and other resources to support OMSSA members

2013 OMSSA Awards and Recognition Program

Reminder that the Nominations deadline has

been extended to February 22, 2013

The OMSSA Awards and Recognition Program celebrates the work of individuals and

organizations who have made outstanding contributions to both OMSSA and their communities

in delivering quality human services in Ontario.

Awards will be presented during the

OMSSA Learning Symposium in Ottawa (June 16th-19th,

2013). The nominations deadline has been extended until February 22th

– but don’t delay, send

in your nomination as early as possible.

More information and nomination forms are available on the

OMSSA Website.

NOW OPEN! Call for Nominations to the OMSSA Board of Directors

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) invites you to consider serving on the

association’s Board of Directors.

The association is seeking strategic thinkers who are

committed to guiding the future direction of the association and who are willing to work with

OMSSA’s Executive Director and staff to assist in achieving the association’s goals.

Each year at the association’s Annual General Meeting, members of the OMSSA Board of

Directors are elected to a two-year term of office. For the 2013-2015 term, there are four (4)

vacancies to be filled on the 10-member board. Any voting delegates or active Zone Chairs of

the association can be nominated to stand for the board.

2013 is an exciting year to join the Board as the organization continues its journey through

human services integration (HSI) and embarks on a new 5 year strategic plan.

This year’s Annual General Meeting and Board elections are to be held in Ottawa, On

tario on

June 17, 2012, during our annual

Learning Symposium.

For more detailed information and please visit the

OMSSA Website.

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