Spaghetti Nights Family Workshops

Launched in 2012, Spaghetti Nights Family Workshops are a series of free, monthly, two-hour workshops for parents, guardians and families developed through a collaboration between BRANCHES and the Riverview Community Learning Centre (CLC)

Currently offered at Verdun Elementary (Verdun) and Karonhianónhnha Tsi  Elementary school (Kahnawa:ke), many of the families who participate have children in the Homework Zone Afterschool Mentoring Program. The workshop topics are suggested by parents/guardians and facilitated by McGill staff, students, faculty and Montreal-based educators. The goal of the workshops is to provide accessible, helpful information and practical tools for parents/guardians to support their children’s development academically, personally and socially. Spaghetti Nights is also a safe, supportive community space for families to learn together and from each other.

How Spaghetti Nights works

Workshops are offered once a month in school spaces and begin with a free spaghetti dinner at 5:30 pm for families, volunteers, and facilitators. Following dinner, a workshop is offered for parents/guardians from 6:00  – 8:00 pm while childcare is provided by McGill and community volunteers under the supervision of a Family Care Animator. 

What we offer to families

  • Engaging workshops and discussions in school spaces that send families home with new ideas, shared experiences and concrete tools on how to thrive in school and at home
  • Free spaghetti dinner
  • Free childcare

Some past Spaghetti Nights Workshops

  • How to create a home environment for learning and school success
  • Attachment: The cornerstone of parenting
  • Making healthy meals quickly and on a budget
  • Parents’/guardians’ tools for helping kids with their homework
  • Financial planning for secondary and post-secondary education
  • How to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Online safety and literacy

CLICK HERE to consult the 2019-20 workshop schedule

Press coverage

May 2017 - Montreal Families Magazine

April 2017 - McGill Reporter


Want to get involved?

Childcare Volunteers

Love hanging out and playing with kids? Looking for a break from the day-to-day demands of being a McGill student? Want to get to know Montreal? You will work with our Family Care Animator to create a fun and safe atmosphere at the school sites for the kids while their parents are in the workshops from 6-8 pm. Volunteer commitment is from 5-8:45 pm (travel time included), and includes free dinner and public transit tickets.

Dates for 2019-2020: 

Verdun Elementary: Dec 5, Jan 16, Feb 6, Mar 26, Apr 16, May 14

Karonhianónhnha Tsi Elementary: Jan 22, Feb 5, Mar 11

CLICK HERE to apply to volunteer 

Please email [at] (subject: Spaghetti%20Nights%20Childcare%20Volunteer) (a)anurag.dhir [at] (subject: Childcare%20volunteering) for info

Workshop Facilitators

We are currently looking for workshops on the following topics suggested by parents/guardians:

Strategies and support for single parents
How to get kids interested in math
How to save for your child’s education
Raising children with special needs
Transitioning from youth to pre-teen

Read our Workshop Facilitator Guidelines

General inquiries?

email anurag.dhir [at] (Anurag Dhir) or call 514-398-3745



Land Acknowledgment

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McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.* 

Recognizing the history of where you stand is important, and becoming increasingly common practice when hosting events and activities across Canada.

Here are a few tips to remember if you want to make a land acknowledgment before a class presentation, in a written document, or when hosting an event. 


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