AFCC-O 2009

AFCC-O News From 2009

AFCC-O reported membership growth from around 170 to over 200 during the course of 2009. Two major events were sponsored by our Chapter in 2009.

The inaugural conference and AGM on April 3, 2009 with Dr. Jean Clinton as keynote speaker addressed the importance of the early years on child development and that children need to feel heard while also experiencing parenting that is responsive.

On May 8, 2009, AFCC-O and Queen’s University co-sponsored a special event and dinner honouring the work of Professor Nicholas Bala in Family Law. This launched our annual “Nicholas Bala Award for Student Excellence” which is offered to students in law, social work, psychology, or psychiatry who have demonstrated a commitment to interdisciplinary work in family law, and have demonstrated academic excellence.  The recipient of this award is granted free registration to attend our annual conference where we present their award, a free one year membership with AFCC-O, and a $1,000 scholarship award.  Visit our Awards webpage for information on past recipients, and who is eligible to apply for this honorary award and scholarship.

AFCC-O made great strides in 2009 with new committee developments, and world-wide recognition within the AFCC community.  The new AFCC-O working group for Parenting Assessors was established and meetings were well attended by both members and professionals involved with assisting families in this regard. In honour of the first Canadian President of AFCC, a new award was announced recognizing The Honourable John VanDuzer who was one of the founding judges of the Unified Family Court in Hamilton Ontario. The John VanDuzer award remains in place today, and our Spring 2018 Newsletter featured an article about the 2017 award recipient from Ontario.

Written by: Dr. Dan T. Ashbourne, C. Psych., AFCC-O President 2017-2018