Conference 2013


We are pleased to welcome everyone to Barrie on September 27-29 2013. The Kempenfelt Conference Centre is a beautiful facility with an outstanding service reputation and amazing food.  Your room will consist of either one or two double beds depending on your preference in the cozy Bayview building.  Kempenfelt is located directly on the water for beautiful views, plus access is available to fitness facilities and many common areas to enjoy your free time.

On Friday, after registration and a buffet breakfast, our morning will consist of three workshop sessions with some breaks in between.  After lunch, we will hear Keynote speaker Kathy Buckworth and have our fourth workshop followed by a few hours of free time before buffet dinner, some surprise entertainment, and then retire to the hospitality suite for some social time.

On Saturday, we start with a buffet breakfast before heading into the AGM followed by a break and chapter exchange session.  After lunch, Laird Crump will be our keynote followed by two workshops and a few hours of free time before dinner, the MADA awards and the Gala.
Sunday morning will be a buffet breakfast followed by our final all group session with Jennifer De La Roca and closing ceremonies.

Conference Agenda


#1 – Kathy Buckworth is an award winning writer, public speaker, and television personality.  She is the author of six books, including “I Am So The Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family The Business” and “Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children & Chardonnay”.  She is a columnist with the Metro News for parenting and travel, and contributes to The Loop in their parenting, travel, and auto sections, writes for the Huffington Post, ParentsCanada, Canadian Living, and GoodLife.  She is a regular guest expert on Canada’s most popular daytime lifestyle television show, CityLine. Kathy is a two time winner of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established Literary Arts. She was recently announced as one of Canada’s Favourite Moms by Canadian Living Magazine, and recognized by the Huffington Post as a top parenting Tweeter to follow.  She has over 18 years of corporate marketing experience, with CIBC, Royal Bank, Telus and Coca Cola Foods. She is the Chief Family Advisor for Presidents Choice Financial and PCPlus, and has also acted as corporate/media spokesperson/social media consultant for many other companies such as Procter & Gamble, Maple Leaf Foods, Research In Motion, Pfizer and LeapFrog Toys.   She lives with her material (four kids) and husband (more material) in the Toronto area. She is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, the Writers Union of Canada, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Travel Media Association of Canada.  Kathy helps Moms everywhere laugh and realize that balance is just something you need to do while putting on your peep-toe heels.  And you are so the boss of them.

#2 – Does it feel sometimes like you don’t know how to get through to your child?  That you can’t figure out what truly makes them tick?  Ever wondered if it’s possible to truly show your child how much you love them and have them actually get it?
Laird Crump specializes in pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, temperament analysis vocational direction, life balance and psycho-educational coaching.  Laird has been an ordained minister in the GTA for 25 years and as a result is very sensitive to the various emotional, relational and spiritual needs of people. He has also been involved in leadership development and has been an adjunct seminary professor.  For the last number of years Laird has been on staff with Focus on the Family Canada as the Director of Family Ministry.  Laird and his wife Joey are going to speak to us about learning how to identify the varying needs of our children, and meet them.  Based on Gary Chapman’s New York Times Bestselling book The Five Love Languages, Laird will talk with us about what the five love languages are and how to identify each of your children’s love language.  He will show us how to best nurture them based on that love language and also how to best discipline them.  Laird and Joey have raised 4 children of their own and bring a special knowledge of the importance of recognizing the differences in our multiples in order to be the best parents we can be for them.

#3 – A healthy love relationship involves: honest communication; managing conflict where a productive resolution results; feeling connected; and maintaining outside friendships and interests in order to have various sources to meet your needs instead of relying on your partner to satisfy all your needs.
However, every couple has their ups and downs. These difficult periods can manifest through stress and conflict resulting from: miscommunication, lack of trust, not finding things in common anymore, not having the connection or intimacy that was once present, or other issues. When we feel stress in a conflict or disagreement, it tends to cause difficulty in the following areas: accurately reading another person’s nonverbal communication, hearing what someone is really saying, being aware of your own feelings, being in touch with your deep-rooted needs, and communicating your needs clearly.
Once these obstacles are present, it can be challenging to communicate effectively. Fortunately we can learn ways to manage stress and deal with conflict.  Join Jennifer De La Roca MSW, RSW on the path to relationship rescue.  Learn ways to re-connect and re-charge your relationships, especially during times of stress.


  1. Dr. Snelgrove, of the Snelgrove Chiropractic Family Wellness Centre will speak to participants about achieving your health objectives.  Participants will learn how to protect and care for their back in the busy day-to-day of life with multiple
  2. Frances Yarbrough of Yarbrough Consulting and Training Services will present ideas on grass-roots fundraising for chapters of Multiple Births Canada.  Participants will learn how to build resiliency and capacity in their organizations and find ways to grow your bank accounts.
  3. Nutrition and Wellness Specialist, Katherine Parent (RNCP/ROHP) will talk about the work/life balance and optimal nutrition in your family.  She will conduct a workshop that includes a recipe demonstration and handouts.
  4. Ruth Morton will talk to participants about how to use technology tools and social media to benefit your club, to organize your home and to build your career.
  5. Core Yoga, Pilates and Meditation, Kim Hanrahan will show us how to ride the breath and open the body while building stillness, strength balance and flexibility in a loose, fun environment.
  6. Lori Bertoni will lead an exciting Zumba class designed to introduce a new fun side to your workout that can include friends and even children.
  7. Candi Cuppage will lead a home organization workshop focusing on keeping toys, clothing, equipment, schoolwork, and your home office under control.  Candi will teach effective ways to purge, clean and organize to reduce clutter.
  8. Heather Morgan, Speech-Language Pathologist, will provide an interactive talk on speech and language developmental milestones in young children and identifying red flags. She will provide tips based on personal and professional experience and also discuss how to access services.
  9. Tara will do a photography session to teach tips and tricks to take the best photos of our kids in all circumstances.  Get help choosing the best camera, best accessories and best setting for your photos.  Catch action shots, beautiful stills and learn some tricks to get everyone smiling at the camera!
  10. Heather McAuley is a mother of multiples and experienced in coping strategies for handling stress.  Participants will learn these coping techniques in a fun and engaging presentation with some skills to utilize in any environment to assist with stressful situations.


Workshop #4A – CHAPTER EXCHANGE – Effectively Running Member Support Programs – Share your Successes and Challenges! Bring your most successful program ideas to share with other Chapters, as well as all your challenges and questions. Learn from each other what works and what does not. Share tips on (but not limited to) planning clothing and equipment sales; prenatal programs; peer to peer support, how to effectively use MBC/ Chapter support networks, and other support programs that are unique to your Chapter. Please bring examples or displays to show your latest programs for member support – brag a little!

Workshop #4B – CHAPTER EXCHANGE – Effectively Running Your Chapter – Bring your ideas, questions and suggestions to share best practices in running a successful and effective Multiple Births Canada Chapter in your community. Topics will include (but not limited to) recruiting and retaining volunteers, volunteers’ position changeover (transitioning information and responsibilities), creating and managing effective meetings, creating volunteer positions to meet your needs, and changing how your Chapter functions to meet members’ needs.

Workshop #6A – CHAPTER EXCHANGE – You are not alone – MBC’s Support Networks are there to Support You! -  Meet a number of MBC’s 10 national Support Network Chairs and Chapter Volunteers who are experienced in supporting families who have encountered special circumstances. Learn what additional support and resources are available to you as a volunteer or may be needed by the families. What kinds of information, social support and hands-on help are the most helpful? Are you taking advantage of all the resources available to you as a volunteer from MBC and its national Support Network Chairs and volunteers?

WORKSHOP #6B – CHAPTER EXCHANGE – Open Chapter Volunteer Discussion – What’s your biggest challenge or concern? What have we missed?! – Delegates can submit questions or topics for discussion in any area that has not been addressed through the other Chapter Exchanges or discussions throughout the weekend.  Here is your chance to bring your questions to the group of volunteers and MBC experts who are more than willing to share their best practices and sage advice!

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