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FRP Canada National Conference and AGM

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Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre

591 Wellington Road South

London, Ontario N6C 4R3


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*Please note this registration portal only accepts credit card transactions, if you would like to pay by cheque please contact conference@frp.ca*

Join us at our Biennial National Conference and AGM in London Ontario!

This year's theme is: THE POWER OF PLAY!

FRP Canada is proud to have Dr. Paul deliver keynote remarks at our conference!

We are also proud to announce that Lisa Wolff (Director, Policy and Education) at UNICEF will deliver a keynote: The Power of Play as linked to The Right to Play, (UNCRC Article 31). Play is not only good for children's health and development; it is fundamental to their overall well-being. For this reason, the right to play and leisure is protected as a universal right in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We'll explore how the state of play and the overall state of children are related by looking at them across industrialized countries. We'll consider how children and youth express the right to play as they mature; why the "forgotten" right to leisure matters; and what has to change to unlock new solutions for free, outdoor play and liesure.

Confirmed Presenter: Louise Choquette from the Best Start Resource Centre has led initiatives in reaching Francophones, reproductive and child health of newcomers, physical activity, prenatal education and tobacco control. She will deliver her workshop called: “Having a Ball Together!” This active workshop will provide early years staff the skills and confidence necessary to have a positive influence on the physical activity level and physical literacy of children.

Confirmed Presenter: Brian Russell: Provincial Coordinator, Dad Central Ontario! Brian will be discussing attachment theory and fatherhood as research shows that the attachment process for children with their Dad’s is through play. He will also host a workshop called “Daddy and Me: On the Move” which is based on a his writing for the Best Start Resource Centre.

Confirmed Presenters: Dr. Anima Anand, Ph.D., Project Lead, and Michele Hopkins, M.S.W., R.S.W., Project Coordinator, together they will deliver a workshop on the key values, principles, and details on how to incorporate the revised Heathy Together program within core service to promote healthier lifestyles for families and communities. In their workshop you will: Become informed about the Healthy Together program background, content and delivery; Identify principles and strategies to engage vulnerable populations around health promoting behaviours and; Build organizational or community capacity and readiness to integrate Healthy Together.

Confirmed Presenter: Andrew Russo: Co-Founder & Director, National Family Support Network, Washington, DC. Andrew will discuss exploring the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support in the Canadian Context. Participants will learn about the Standards and then reflect on and share their thoughts about their potential application in the Canadian context and in their work.

For more information: http://www.cnfsn.org/standards-of-quality.html

Confirmed Presenter: Tara Elton-Marshall, Ph.D.: Independent Specialist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The focus of this workshop will be on active outdoor play among youth in Grades 6 to 8. This is a critical time where activity typically declines and yet there is little research to understand the potential barriers and facilitators to active outdoor play for youth in this age group. The workshop will review what is known and provide findings from several focus groups conducted in London, Ontario and in a local First Nations community. It will conclude with the identification of critical future directions for research, policy and practice and a discussion of challenges and lessons learned.

Take advantage of early bird rates when you register by April 30th!

Conference Themes Include: Fathering, Financial Literacy, The Right to Play, Ourdoor Adventourous Play, a full day of Nobody's Perfect Parenting Program session, and so much more!

Keep checking back here for more speakers and workshops which will be announced soon!


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no miminum age requirement to attend the conference, however, if you purchased a ticket under the student rate, we ask that you bring your current student ID with you for registration check-in. You must also be 18+ to book a hotel room.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

From the London International Airport: 16km

From the Train Station: 3.8km

Complimentary parking is available on site at the hotel.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact conference@frp.ca

Is HST included in my ticket price?


What's the refund policy?

A refund (minus $50 admin fee) will be issued for cancellations received in writing by August 15th by sending an email to: conference@frp.ca

After this date, no refunds will be given, however, substitutions will be permitted.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes you can update your registration information within the registration page, or you can email us at: conference@frp.ca

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

If there is a change in attendee, please contact conference@frp.ca and let us know of the change.


  • Dr. Amina Anand

    Dr. Amina Anand

    The Bridge Youth & Family Sercies

    Ph.D., Project Lead

  • Louise Choquette

    Louise Choquette

    Health Nexus (Best Start Resource Centre)

    Health Promotion Consultant

  • Michele Hopkins

    Michele Hopkins

    The Bridge Youth & Family Services

    M.S.W., R.S.W., Project Coordinator

  • Dr. Paul

    Dr. Paul

    Expert Pediatrician and Health Communicator

  • TEP Tara Elton-Marshall, Ph.D

    Tara Elton-Marshall, Ph.D

    Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

    Independent Scientist

  • Brian Russell

    Brian Russell

    Dad Central Ontario

    Provincial Coordinator

  • Andrew Russo

    Andrew Russo

    National Family Support Network

    Co-Founder & Director

  • Lisa Wolff

    Lisa Wolff


    ‎Director, Policy and Education

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