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.

GOING...GOING...GONE! Online Auction

October 1st officially marks the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the start of our GOING...GOING...GONE! Online Auction in support of child abuse prevention, education and treatment programs at THRIVE.


Week 2 of our auction features an AUTOGRAPHED MANNY PACQUIAO BOXING GLOVE!

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- 20 ounce pink boxing glove signed in blue ink

- features Team Pacquiao crest

- a collector must-have or great gift for any boxing fan

- includes acrylic display case with black base, clear top

BIDDING opens on October 5th.

Minimum bid is $125.

Bids can be made by commenting on our Facebook auction page (click here), or by sending an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bids must include name, amount of bid, and phone or email address. Bidding on this item closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9th. A new auction item will be featured each week throughout October.

Good luck, and thank you for supporting THRIVE!!

Bids will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. (local) on Friday each week. The highest bid received either by email or by Facebook comment by the 4:00 p.m. closing time will be the winning bid. In the case of a tie, the earlier of the tied bids will be the winning bid. THRIVE must receive the bid in order for it to be eligible, and is not responsible for bids sent electronically that do not reach us, or that are delayed in transmission for any reason. All bids must include bidder's full name, amount of bid (in Cdn dollars), and either the telephone number or email address where we can reach you. Winning bidders will be notified immediately. Payment is required within 72 hours of winner notification (cash, cheque, Visa, Mastercard). Auction items not paid in full within 72 hours of notification will be considered unclaimed and may be put up for auction again. Incomplete bids including bids missing bidder details will be invalid. Each new bid must be higher than the previous bid in order to be valid. 100% of auction proceeds will go immediately to programs and services provided for children, youth, and their families at THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services. Auction purchases are not eligible for charitable receipts.

Interim Report: Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment

The Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment presented its Interim Report to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in June, summarizing testimony of those who informed the Committee and providing background context on the hearings held earlier this year.

The Committee is honoured and encouraged by the reception we have received across the province. Witnesses shared deeply personal information with grace and dignity, in an environment that many people would consider intimidating. The resilience of survivors and the dedication of the families and organizations helping them will inform the spirit with which we fulfill the remainder of our mandate. We hope that our work will ultimately help to improve Ontario's response to those who have experienced sexual violence and harassment and to minimize the incidence of these crimes in the future.

There are numerous references to the sexual abuse of children and other sexual crimes against children and youth in the interim report, informed by the work of professionals in the field as well as adult survivors of childhood abuse. Emphasis is placed on "child sexual abuse" perpetrated by other children and youth (e.g. in schools) and the Committee heard that "these behaviours can include inducing fear or making threats to get others to expose themselves, engaging in chronic peeking, inappropriate touching, forcing others to view pornography...any sexual offence, the Committee was told, is traumatic because it represents a violation of emotional and physical boundaries. Witnesses explained that this trauma may progressively worsen as the child matures through later developmental stages, resulting in long-term impacts." The Kingston Police recommended "mandatory intervention programs for adolescent sex offenders" while others noted that "perpetrators are generall suffering from their own traumas, and while they need to be held accountable, we have a responsibility to help them".

The Committee acknowledged the trauma of sexual abuse or violence ("a robber of soul" and "a thief of voice" according to one cited witness).

No one is immune to the impact of trauma. It affects families and communities by disrupting healthy development and adversely affecting relationships, and contributes to mental health issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual violence. Everyone pays the price when a community produces multiple generations of people with untreated trauma.

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Among its learnings, the Committee reports that it is "important to have practical and effective systems in place in schools for responding to and preventing inappropriate sexual behaviour and abuse perpetrated by children and youth". The new provincial Health and Physical Education curriculum was highlighted as an effective tool for teaching children and youth about touch, communication, healthy relationships, and how to come forward and report inappropriate behaviour. The Committee also heard about the Internet as a means of sexual exploitation, hypersexualization in advertising and mass media, and recommendations that include the creation of laws to prohibit the use of sexualized images of children and adolescents in the media.

Witnesses across the province spoke of the key role played by numerous organizations providing services and supports to survivors of sexual crimes, and the need for more services and the importance of consistent, stable funding. With a greater focus on prevention, increased public awareness, and an improved legal response, it was noted that "more survivors may come forward who will need access to a robust support system".

A comprehensive prevention and intervention strategy is required; primary prevention for adults, youth, and children is the key to changing attitudes and enhancing safety, and must be prioritized. Historically, the focus of sexual violence and harassment prevention efforts has been on educating victims to protect themselves from violence and aggression. We don't put enough resources into the primary prevention of violence. Intensive primary prevention programming addresses violence and relational aggression by providing children and youth with skills to build healthy, mutually rewarding relationships and reduce victimization.

Schools across Ontario were highlighted as the ideal location to teach children and youth about healthy relationships, touch, communication, respect for others, and how and where to get help. "Children also need to be explicitly told about the risks of familial abuse. 'Stranger danger' can be misleading when so much child sexual abuse takes place at the hands of individuals known to the victims".

It is not enough to teach children and youth about consent and respect for others; adults must also be educated to respect children.

A number of presenters told the Committee that successful education and prevention is best achieved when it involves partnerships and participation from all stakeholders, including parents/guardians, teachers, employers, co-workers, service providers, and people who are most vulnerable to abuse. As one witness put it, "we need a whole community approach to prevention and intervention; sexual violence and harassment is not an individual problem".

The interim report can be viewed here: Interim Report. The Committee is mandated to release its final report by December 10, 2015.

How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

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We encourage professionals, parents, and community members to view this informative and insightful presentation in order to better understand childhood trauma, its consequences, and the need for more prevention and education efforts as well as effective treatment responses - click here for TedTalk by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris (running time 15:58).

40th Annual General Meeting

Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services

40th Annual General Meeting

Monday, September 28, 2015 4:30 - 5:30 pm

The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson St. North, Hamilton

All are welcome. Please RSVP by Sept. 23rd to (905) 523-1020 ext. 210.

Following a short business meeting, we will hear from guest speaker Louise Murray-Leung, Hamilton Chapter, Parents for Children's Mental Health, and present awards to the newest inductees into our Leaders for Kids circle. Light refreshments will be served.

Thank You Lanhack!

Just in time for a 1pm tee time, the rain stopped and the sun came out at Heron Point Golf Links for another wonderful Lanhack Charity Golf Classic on August 20th. Hosted annually by Lanhack Consultants, a local engineering firm, the tournament raises funds for THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services and Help A Child Smile. Dave Hacking (pictured, with THRIVE Executive Director Karen Smith) and Carlos Lancia believe in these causes and invite their business associates to join them each year to support the work of these organizations. This year, more than $4,700 was raised through competition holes and auction purchases.Thank you to everyone at Lanhack, to all the golfers who participated, and to the donors and volunteers who made the day possible.

On behalf of the youngsters we serve, we are very grateful.


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