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.

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.


BBQ this Friday!

Our generous neighbours at Main Health Pharmacy are hosting a BBQ here in our parking lot, this Friday, August 21st from 12 noon to 3pm.

They invite everyone to drop in for free food, and great prizes including a raffle for an iPhone 6. Proceeds will support THRIVE's programs and services for local children and youth.

460 Main Street East (at Ontario Street).


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 organized a Trivia Night event in July with all proceeds to benefit THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services' prevention, education, and treatment programs for children and youth.

With her husband Murray, Karyn hosted a wonderful evening of fun competition and raised $1,500! Fourteen teams came out to play, with bragging rights and first prize going to Team Bar and Us.

Special thanks to Mill Street & 5 American House in Waterdown for their hospitality, and to everyone who came out in support of this event.



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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