MyView Youth Film Fest

From the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

Local youth film contest offers a chance to win $1000 The MyView Youth Film Festival offers youth, aged 12 to 21, from Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties with an opportunity to express themselves through film for a chance to win $1000. Prizes will be awarded during the Dandelion Festival in Kemptville on May 24th. Participants are encouraged to create a video highlighting an important issue in their community, along with ideas for how to make it better.

“I was blown away by the creativity and impactful messages captured in the 2013 films” says MyView committee member and Public Health Nurse, Diana Steadman.  In its debut year, the 2013 MyView Youth Film Festival received entries from youth across Lanark, Leeds and Grenville counties.  Film makers highlighted subject matter including teen suicide, the environment, healthy living, and relationships.  The use of humour and drama in many of the films captivated audiences during screenings at the 2013 Dandelion Festival where the favourites were selected.  Along with the large crowds at the festival, films received thousands of views on YouTube.

The MyView Youth Film Fest came together from a joint partnership of the Kemptville Youth Centre, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and local video production company Triune Productions.  “It is important for communities to pay attention to what young people have to say and to recognize the contributions they make to the positive development of the community” says MyView committee member and Public Health Nurse, Erika Kall.  Entering for a chance to win is easy with the online entry form and no entry fee required.  To help budding filmmakers, workshops around the area will offer tips and tricks for film production. Get updates by liking us on Facebook.

Contest entry details and submission instructions are available at

Film submission deadline is April 11.

Contact Information: David Patterson, BSC, Youth Engagement Advisor 613-802-8051 Or Susan Healey, BA, Communications Co-ordinator 613-802-0550

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Did you know this service existed?  Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Provincial Crisis and Support Line 1-866-887-0015

The Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Provincial Crisis and Support Line is a live-answer, 24/7/365 multilingual service that supports male survivors of sexual abuse or those calling on their behalf with information and referral to almost fifty services across Ontario which offer professional support. These professional services help male survivors of sexual abuse who are suffering from trauma, stigmatization, self-blame or shame.

This line is NOT an emergency service. In an emergency, you should call 9-1-1.

The Ministry of the Attorney General supports professional, comprehensive, compassionate victim services in communities across the province through the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Provincial Crisis and Support Line. Call the Male Survivors Line or visit or

The Technology Balancing Game

From the Professionals at Tri-County Addictions Services

Video games can be a fun and exciting way to help us get through the winter.   Playing with friends, either in person or on-line, can be a great way to get together and have fun when it’s too cold to get outside.  Mastering new challenging levels and scenarios can help alleviate some of the boredom of these long winter nights and occupying the world of the game we are playing can offer us an escape from the winter blues or other difficulties we may be facing (i.e. relationships.).  When our use of video games is in balance with other areas of our life, it can be a positive thing.

On-line games offer particular challenges to managing our use of technology.  We can play them anytime night or day and anywhere with internet access.  Instead of getting to the next level, play continues in an endless fashion, which can make it difficult to set limits.  Belonging to an on-line community can involve some of the same challenges as belonging to an “off-line” one, with users trying to keep up with each other in terms of skill level and accomplishments. 

Like with other areas of our life, however, video game use can sometimes cause problems.  We might be sleep-deprived from spending too many late nights trying to get to the next level.  We may forget to do our homework in our rush to get back to the other worlds games offer and we might stop spending as much time doing other activities we enjoy or seeing friends outside of our virtual realms. 

Below are some tips for parents from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to help children and youth navigate the world of technology:

  1. Consider how you use technology and new media.  Are you glued to your cellphone?  Do you head straight for the computer when you get home from work?
  2. Communicate with your children about their technology and media use.  Discuss the possible impacts and dangers and talk to them about safer use.
  3. Set family rules around technology use.  For example, “no texting” during family events or set regular “screen-free” times for the whole family.
  4. Be aware of your children’s Internet activities and what and where they have access.  Can your child’s cellphone, I-pod or other device access the internet?  Are they playing video games at a friend’s house?
  5. Spend time learning about the Internet and video games that are popular with youth.  Have your child teach you about them or spend time participating in these activities with your children.  This can increase your connection and engagement with one another, while serving as a springboard for discussions about the games and the concepts of balance and health.
  6. Keep the computer, video game consoles and other media in a common area of your home where you can monitor what they are doing.
  7. Help your children lead balanced lives.  Set limits around your children’s use of technology.  Encourage them to participate in other activities.
  8. Help your children set priorities.  For example, doing homework comes before spending time texting or playing video games or completing chores before they are given the Wi-Fi password for the day.
  9. Set budgets for technology use (e.g., new games, internet packages, texting plans, etc.).  Have your children share responsibility for the costs in some way.
  10. If your children are not using technology in ways that you approve of, you have the authority to cut off access or control their use in other ways (e.g. using a password to set the administrative rights on your home computer).


    For more information, you can check out the following resources:


    Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB):


    The ESRB assigns the age and content ratings displayed on all computer and video games, enforces advertising and marketing guidelines, and helps companies implement responsible online privacy practices.  The section for parents provides resources, information and insight about the games kids are asking for.  The information in this section is provided to help parents make informed decisions about their family’s video game experience.


    Media Smarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy:


    A comprehensive collection of media literacy and digital literacy resources is found on this website. The parent resource sections provide information on how to talk to kids about media, gain control of the home entertainment playground, and speak out as a consumer.

Delightful Books part 2

The Weather Outside is Frightful…But the Books are So Delightful! (Part Two)

from our friends at the Perth and District Union Library

In part one of this blog entry, we looked at recommended reads for young children.

Not to be forgotten, the older children and young adults in your life might want to pick up the following for some good winter evening reads (available at or through your library, of course).


For ages 9-12…

Mountain dog by Margarita Engle 


When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.


Everything dogs by Rebecca Baines (a National Geographic book)


Kids will learn all about the characteristics that define dogs such as their daily lives, different breeds and much much more.


Frankenstein’s’ dog (Goosebumps Most Wanted # 4)


For scary story fans – Visiting an uncle rumoured to have the same madness as their ancestor Victor Frankenstein, Kat discovers that he is a scientist interested in building robots before a lab accident involving a fluffy dog triggers strange events.



For Teens…

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


Voted the best Young Adult book on Goodreads, this is the tale of two star-crossed misfits set over the course of one school year in 1986.


The 5th wave by Richard Yancey


Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.


The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak


If you haven’t read the book yet (the movie has been out for a couple of months now), check this powerful story about a girl who saves books from being burned by Nazis.

The Weather Outside is Frightful…But the Books are So Delightful!

From our Friends at the Perth and District Union Library:

What a perfect winter for curling up with your little ones and reading aloud! Reading together – shared reading – is the single most important way to help children get ready to read.

Here are a few book suggestions that are available at or through your local library…

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and fun.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Bored with city life and the proper behaviour it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.

This Is Not My Hat by J. Klassen

A little fish steals a hat from a big fish.

Llama, Llama, Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

A young llama wants to play, but must go shopping with his mother instead, and so he gets angry and makes a mess at the store.

Also, here is a link to the best picture books from 2013 according to School Library Journal. Enjoy and keep warm!