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UPEI hosts conference as part of Vanier Institute of the Family’s Families in Canada Conference 2019

Exploring issues and opportunities to promote family well-being
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Conference organizers Dr. Charlene VanLeeuwen (left) and Dr. Christina Murray (second right) chat with Dr. Kathy Gottschall-Pass (second left), Interim VP Academic Research, and the Hon. Tina Mundy (right), Minister of Families and Human Services.

On March 27 and 28, 2019, the University of Prince Edward Island is hosting an event called “Think BIG! Exploring Issues and Opportunities to Promote Family Well-being on Prince Edward Island” in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre’s McMillan Hall.

This event is part of the Vanier Institute of the Family’s pan-Canadian Families in Canada Conference 2019 (#FAM2019) that is taking place in Ottawa and simultaneously at seven co-hosting university partners across the country. 

At UPEI, panelists are exploring six themes: early childhood development—the first five years; the importance of strong families in the development of youth; evolution in forms of families; changes in family structures; the impact of socioeconomic and cultural changes on families; and challenges facing family members when a family ends or experiences significant loss. In addition, participants will gain understanding of issues impacting families in Canada from a national perspective by viewing the national conference via livestream.

On March 27, the conference featured panels that explored issues and opportunities facing families today. In the afternoon, participants watched the opening keynote and panel of the national conference via livestreaming. The day wrapped up with a reception in McMillan Hall.

Today the conference resumed with panels throughout the morning. Again in the afternoon, participants will be able to view the closing panel and conference summary of the national conference via livestreaming. The local event will wrap up with a roundtable discussion from 3:45 to 4:30 pm.

A unique aspect of the UPEI event is a symposium on March 29 about grandparents raising their grandchildren. This event will take place in McMillan Hall from 9 am to 3 pm. Attendance at the symposium is included in the registration fee for the conference.

More than just a conference, the Families in Canada Conference 2019 brings together people and organizations in multiple disciplines and fields that will connect to form resource networks and knowledge, collaborate to share research and cross-cultural insights on families in Canada, and create and cultivate a Family Well-Being Index, Family Researchers Network, Social Policy Monitor, and more. The conference is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program.

About the University of Prince Edward Island

As the province’s only university, the University of Prince Edward Island is committed to advancing family well-being, and is proud to be partnering with the Vanier Institute of the Family for this exciting conference. Through dynamic local programming and the national livestream, this event is exploring issues and opportunities facing families today.

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