Our Vision and Mission

We believe thriving children create thriving communities. To that end, we focus on a community-wide response to childhood trauma that combines excellence in treatment, state-of-the-art education, and community oriented prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of child maltreatment and promoting the safe and healthy development of children.

Calling All Trivia Buffs!

We are very grateful for the support of our community friends and partners who find ways to raise funds and advocate on behalf of our programs and services...people like THRIVE volunteer Karyn Anderson, who has organized a Trivia Night event - all proceeds to benefit THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services' prevention, education, and treatment programs for children and youth.

Gather a team, register, and come out for a fun evening with other trivia buffs! Up to six people on a team (and Karyn will put you with others if you don't have a team of your own).

Thursday, July 23rd, Mill Street & 5 American House, Waterdown (check-in 8pm)

Registration/Donation: $100 per team (max. 6 people) or $20 per single.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (905) 339-7512 for information or to register.

Space is limited, register early. Prizes and bragging rights for winners in each round, and for event champions.


Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Resources

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have become more and more recognized as predictors of trauma and (left unresolved) future problems that can persist throughout a lifetime. Now, resources are emerging to help primary care providers understand the importance of ACEs and trauma-informed approaches specific to healthcare.

TraumaInformed Primary Care

 These resources draw from the latest research and evidence to inform physicians and other primary healthcare providers about effective ways to engage patients, identify trauma symptoms, and respond appropriately. Prevention and early intervention are also featured as part of an overall trauma-informed primary care approach, along with recommendations that include the need for a public health approach to child maltreatment and other ACEs.








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Child & Youth Mental Health Week

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May 4th begins a week of events, activities, and important conversations about the mental health and wellness of young people. Look for local happenings in and around Hamilton and join this crucial dialogue...by talking about mental health we can end the stigma and strengthen the supports available to those who need help. THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services is pleased to partner with other organizations within the Hamilton children's services system in supporting this annual effort to bring attention and awareness to our local community. [Artwork: Art Sings, Rossina CV]

Golfers - Save the Date!

golf glove ball cuOur friends at Lanhack Consultants Inc. are once again hosting the Lanhack Charity Golf Classic in support of THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services. This is a fabulous tournament and an important event in our annual fund development efforts. We invite you to join us (foursomes and partial foursomes are welcome). Reserve early to avoid disappointment!

Thursday, August 20th - Heron Point Golf Links

Lunch, Practice Area, 18 holes with power cart, On-course treats, prize holes, Fabulous meal, Live and Silent Auction, Prizes for Top Scores

For information or to register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Hole sponsorships available, and prize/auction donations greatly appreciated.

We are grateful to Lanhack Consultants Inc. and the supporters of this event for continuing to help children thrive. See you on August 20th!

Celebrating Brenda Symons-Moulton

Long-time clinician and advocate Brenda Symons-Moulton has received the 2015 YWCA Hamilton's Women of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement, honouring her accomplished career and tremendous contributions to our community. We are delighted to see Brenda receive this well-deserved recognition and extend to her our warmest congratulations. Many young lives have been changed for the better through Brenda's caring and expertise, and many young people are today on a path towards thriving thanks to her efforts. We are fortunate to have had Brenda working with our clinical team for many years, and we are so very proud of her many noteworthy accomplishments.YWCA WOD 2015 017 800x600

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Brenda Symons-Moulton (right) at the YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards Gala with Nancy Falls, Clinical Director at THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services

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