Our Learning Coach Newsletter - May, 2015

Our 3rd Annual Community Day Event - May 30, 2015

Bethany Hope Centre is hosting a Community Day Event Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 9:00am to 2:00pm.


 Everyone is welcome!

    Community Day is a fun opportunity for everyone at Bethany Hope Centre to spend some time with our neighbours. We've been on Woodroffe Ave for a couple of years now, but there's a lot of doors we have yet to knock on. So...knock, knock, neighbour! Come on over!


Thank You, Mom - Mother's Day - Sunday, May 10th
The Ontario Health Study
    The Ontario Health Study (OHS) is an ongoing research study investigating risk factors that cause diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and Alzheimer's. It is one of the largest long-term health studies in Canada. Since 2010 almost 225,000 Ontarians have taken a short online survey to help researchers better understand the causes of many chronic diseases and to develop new ways to prevent and treat them. Everyone 18 years or older and living in Ontario is eligible to participate. A small investment of your time today will help to improve public health for generations to come. Researchers will use this health information to study how our lifestyle, environment and family history affect our health over time and to develop strategies for the prevention, early detection and treatment of diseases.

    If you'd like to take part in this health study - or just want to obtain more information about it - just click here.

Nurse Judy: Bring on the Bay (Part II)

    One thing I have learned as I get more and more involved in my training for these events is this:  It is a whole lot easier to stay on the couch with my feet up!


    Having said that, I continue to swim each Tuesday and Thursday morning. It is REALLY hard to get out of my bed at 5:15 AM (and a whole lot nicer to sleep in). I swim for about an hour, and average over a kilometer each practice - less than half of the 3000 meters that I will be swimming in July.  However, I am working on it.


    Running?  Well, I am working on that too.  I have managed to get up to a 7 km outing.  I am doing intervals of 9 minutes of walking and at least one minute running.  The good thing is that the running is becoming easier.  I have signed up for a 10 km "run" on May 10th, which is Mother's Day, so it will be followed by well-earned brunch with my son and daughter-in-law. 


    Nutrition?  Working on that too - some days are better than others!  We all need encouragement in that area.


Beating the Heat this Summer


Despite how it feels right now, summer, and the hot humid weather that accompanies it, really is coming.  The City of Ottawa offers the following suggestions for how to beat the heat this summer.


    Remember to protect yourself and help others:

  • drink plenty of water
  • avoid heavy outdoor activity
  • wear a hat, light and loose clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses when going outside
  • spend at least two hours in an air-conditioned room
  • talk with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking medications, some medicines make it harder for your body to control its temperature
  • stay connected with people in your community who have a difficult time coping with hot weather and those who live alone, check on them regularly

Nurse Judy receives the Public Health heat alerts that are issued when the Humidex is forecast to be 36 C or more and heat warnings when the Humidex is forecast to be 40 C or more for at least two consecutive days. 


Try these cool suggestions to beat the heat this summer!


1. Go swimming

Enjoy one of the City of Ottawa pools, splash pad, wading pools or beaches.

When a Heat Alert or Warning is in effect, your local City of Ottawa pool will convert all lane swims to leisure swims.


2. Ottawa Public Libraries

Why not read a good book or magazine in the air-conditioned comfort of our 33 Ottawa Public Library branches? Call InfoService for branch locations and hours of operation at 613-580-2940.


3. Rainbow Cinemas

When a heat warning is in effect, Rainbow cinemas at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre will reduce the cost of their movie tickets.


For facility hours please contact facility directly or call 3-1-1 for more information.

Do You Need Help With a Legal Matter?

    Here's a web site you may find helpful when dealing with legal issues. Called "Your Legal Rights", it contains a great deal of useful legal information. Although it is not intended to be used as legal advice for a specific legal problem it does, nevertheless, contain a great deal of general legal information for residents of Ontario. Funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, this site aims to educate people on their legal rights by giving them accurate and timely information on a wide variety of legal topics.

    Here's a quick summary of the major topics that focus on the family that this site deals with:

Abuse and Family Violence
Abuse of people with disabilities
Child abuse and neglect
Partner abuse
Peace bonds and restraining orders

Family Law
Aboriginal rights in Family Law
Birth and adoption
Child protection
Child support
Custody and access
Divorce and separation
Marriage and common-law relationships

Housing Law
Maintenance and repairs
Moving out
Rent and rental agreements
Tenant organizing
Other legal issues in Housing

Legal System
Aboriginal rights in the Legal System
Court systems
Legal aid
Mediation and alternative dispute resolution
Small claims court
Working with a lawyer

Social Assistance and Pensions
Child tax benefits
Ontario Disability Support Program
Ontario Works
Other benefits

Do You Need Help With Your Hydro Bill?
     In order to assist consumers with limited financial resources, the Ontario Energy Board has a number of special programs if you qualify as a low-income customer.

   The Low-income Energy Assistance Program (also referred to as LEAP) - provides emergency financial assistance to qualified consumers. Check this link to read all the conditions.

   In addition, there is a new - proposed Ontario Electricity Support Program that is supposed to begin in January 2016.

   Christine, here at Bethany Hope Centre, will be able to help you with any questions you may have. Drop in to speak to her or give her a call at (613) 725-1733 ext. 211.

3rd Annual Academic Achievement Dinner

On Thursday, June 25th 2015, Bethany Hope Centre will host our Academic Achievement Dinner.

All Learning Coach Students are invited to celebrate the successes of the past year.

We'll share all the details in our June edition.
Don't forget to keep in touch with us each week
As you know, LEAP requires that you be in touch with me at least once a week - either in person or telephone or e-mail. Please do so. My contact numbers are printed below.

If you're having difficulty with the work, 
just let me know and we'll do our best to help you.

The Learning Coach - (613) 799-2668 (voice or text)

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