Events are a great way to get involved and meet other students who might be in a similar situation. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these events please don't hesitate to get in touch. If you would like to sign up for our newsletter please family.coordinator [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Newsletter%20Sign%20Up) (email us)!
We have monthly events and special events - check in on this page to see information about both! If you are an office or organization interested in co-facilitating an event please get in touch with us here. If you would like advice on creating a more family friendly event you can also contact us.
Cafe Collab Session!
Once Upon a Time Families: Narrating Our Vision for Family Care at McGill
Part 1 (Participatory Fairy Tale-Creating Workshop): January 31st, 11:30am-1:30pm (Location TBA)
SEDE is inviting all student parents and caregivers to join us for a lunch-time art-making workshop discussing people's experiences accessing support services on campus. We will discuss how Student Services can better support student caregivers and parents and transform themes from our discussion into short fairy tale storybooks. All are welcome to join us at the follow-up event in February where these storybooks will be used to facilitate a discussion with students, Student Services staff, faculty and other community members where we will identify opportunities for further exploration (see below). All levels of artistic experience are welcome at this workshop! This event is totally kid-friendly, with childcare animators available if needed (see RSVP form for details).
Part 2 (Community Dinner and Discussion): February 21st, 4:00pm-6:00pm (Location TBA)
Join us for a dinner, discussion, and reading of fairy tale storybooks created by student caregivers about their experiences accessing support services on campus. Students, staff from Student Services, faculty, and other community members are invited to join us in this event, where we will discuss, reflect, and collaborate on how to build on different units' programming, incorporate feedback into service provision, and identify opportunities to explore for Student Services to better support student caregivers. There will be a free meal, and childcare available (see RSVP form for details).
RSVP link coming soon!
Black History Month
Black History Month - We will be collaborating with the Black History Month Coordinators in order to put on an event that relates to Black history in Canada and family care. Stay tuned to hear more and attend. You can email with any questions or wait to see more details once they are up!
We will soon be hosting a clothing, toy and book swap! Check in here to pick up new toys books and clothing while also exchanging your old ones. Exact dates TBA.
Our monthly activity schedule is packed full of different events! Come check one out - bring your family.
These events happen once a month. They are a collaboration between the Family Care Program and Midnight Kitchen. Families come in to cook for a Saturday at 11:00 and leave around 4:00 pm. We take care of childcare (and Adult care if requested). Families go home with Tupperware full of healthy vegan food for the week. This program is totally free and registration is here!
Collective Kitchens – This event is monthly in collaboration with The Midnight Kitchen. Parents are able to cook vegan, nut-free meals for the week with Midnight Kitchen. Volunteers tend to children in an adjacent room with an open window between the two rooms so that parents and children can see one another. This event is a great way to save time during the week while meeting other parents, and preparing free and nutritious meals. February 4th is the start date for Winter 2017 - registration here!
Study Saturdays are a collaboration between the Post Grad Students' Society and the Students' Society of McGill University. Parents come in on Saturdays for a quiet study space and children are occupied by volunteers for the day. Midnight Kitchen provides the lunch for the day. You can register here.
PGSS Study Saturdays- This event runs once a month. It is hosted by PGSS and will be located in the SSMU building. Parents are able to study quietly while volunteers tend to the children. This is a good opportunity to have uninterrupted study time. If you are interested in volunteering for Study Saturdays, you can contact the membership.pgss [at] mcgill.ca (PGSS Membership Services Officer).
Facilitated Peer to Peer Discussions.
Facilitated by Le Village - a group aiming to create networks for caregivers in Montreal. These facilitated peer to peer discussions will happen every two weeks, Tuesdays, from 11:30-1pm. You can email to confirm your attendance two days in advance so that we can accommodate providing lunch for everyone. This is a list of sessions we have planned for this semester:
Breaking Isolation (February 7)
Racialized Support (February 14)
Bounty on a Budget (February 28)
Self Compassion (Self Care) (March 7)
Queer/transgender parenting (March 21)
Creative projects with kids (April 4)
September 20th, we hosted a Student Parent Orientation! This event was held in the SSMU Building (the Shatner Building) in Lev Bukhman 203, and it lasted from 10a m-1:30 pm. It featured a panel with student parents talking about their experience and a meet and greet for all of the resources for student parents on campus! This kicked off our year of programming in a great way. Stay tuned for the 2017 Fall Student Parent Orientation and opportunities to meet your fellow caregivers.
On September 29th, we participated in Community Engagement Day while hosting a Family Awareness Day Lunch. We had people from all over campus come and chat and eat and enjoy the sunshine. Community Engagement / Family Day Facebook Page. Community Engagement Day 2017 will likely feature a workshop or panel on being a caregiver!
If you have any feedback about our programs, you can family.coordinator [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Website%20Redirect) (email us) or you can fill in this feedback form. We are always looking for better ways to address our community needs.