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March 8th – OBWA Networking Meeting 2017

Samantha Ward

We are pleased to announce that March’s guest Speaker isSamantha Ward, BA and HBSW, is the Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Child Advocacy Centre of SimcoeCAC-logoMuskoka.

Topic:  The Role of the Child Advocacy Centre as a community response to Child/Youth abuse

Samantha will be sharing the essential role of the Child Advocacy Centre in Orillia and area to provide service and support to children/youth who have experienced abuse.  An overview of the history, philosophy and model of an advocacy centre will be reviewed.  She highlight the comprehensive abuse prevention programming provided by the CAC.

A bit about Samantha:

Samantha Ward, BA and HBSW, is the Abuse Prevention Coordinator for the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe Muskoka.  She brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience to this position, with a specialization in sexual exploitation, domestic human trafficking, and over 12 years of experience working with children and youth. As the Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Samantha has taken the lead in Simcoe County in starting the conversation that many have been uncomfortable having.  Through a comprehensive abuse prevention program, Samantha promotes a heightened awareness of the opportunistic behaviour of child sex offenders, exposes the truth about child sexual exploitation and delivers proven strategies to protect our children and youth.




Dinner Menu:

Grilled Flatbreads with Hummus

Traditional Greek Salad

Pork Souvlaki with Mediterranean Rice, Grilled Peppers and Zucchini   

Assorted Dessert Buffet – Assorted French Pastries and Squares, Feature Cake and Featured Pie

Tea & Coffee

Vegetarian Option

Mixed Grilled Vegetable Skewers on a bed of vegetable rice pilaf.

The meeting is held at the Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Ave. Orillia, Ontario Wednesday, March. 8th, 2017

Networking between: 5:30 – 6:30pm ~ Dinner: 6:30 pm  ~ Speaker: 7:30 pm

3 COURSE DINNER: $30 for members and first time guests, $37 for non-members

You must RSVP before Friday, March. 3rd by 3pm, please email us at

If you have any allergies or dietary preferences please let us know in your email at the time you RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you!

The following can now be purchased directly online by clicking on the links below:

OBWA Annual Membership $70

OBWA Member – Speaker & Dinner Ticket  $30

OBWA First Time Guest – Speaker &  Dinner Speaker $30

OBWA Guest – Speaker & Dinner Ticket $37

OBWA Membership Application Form