CPT News | October 6, 2015

A Word (Or Two) From The Chair – Ellen Nightingale (Oct. 2015)

And so we turn the page…and bid a fond farewell to summer. When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, while other build windmills. We can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can always adjust our sails (Rishika Jain).

Save These Dates!!

November 17, 2015 ‘New Members Nite Out’ starting at 6:00pm at the Prenup Pub at 191 College Street. Hosted by the Membership Committee. Come out and have a beer with new CPT members!

December 10, 2015 at 5:30pm Holiday Party at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. Don’t miss out on the fun!

January 22, 2016 at Toronto Lawn Tennis Club. Rita Pollak and Linda Solomon, internationally renowned trainers and practitioners, will lead a full day workshop exploring the meaning of conflict in collaborative practice. Registration details to follow and more information available here.

April 28-30, 2016 OCLF 9th Annual Conference in Kitchener. A great opportunity to learn with other practitioners from around Ontario. Registration details to follow.

May 11, 2016, 6:00-10:00pm at Daniels Spectrum/Toronto Artscape, 585 Dundas Street East. “Art Battle” networking and fundraising event in support of SickKids Hospital. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to support SickKids and showcase the work that CPT does for families and their kids (additional details later in this Word).

New Members

CPT welcomes two new members, both lawyers – Shalom Wise and Elisa Usher. Great to have you aboard.

SPLIT Trailer

This shorter version of Ellen Bruno’s documentary SPLIT was aired at our last dinner event and was well-received. I get a lump in my throat every time I watch it. Kudos to Barb Gordon and her committee for making this happen.

The trailer will be aired at the Varsity and at the Yonge Eglinton Cineplex Theatre during the month of November.

SPLIT launch party is November 6 at the Varsity Theatre, VIP Room. Watch for more details, coming soon!

The trailer will be on the CPT website soon, and we plan to make it available to you to embed it in your own website.

SickKids “Art Battle” Networking and Fundraising Event

By now you’ve heard the buzz and read about this in my last Word. The event will benefit the ‘SickKids Possibilities Fund’ which directs donations where they are needed most. Guaranteed good times – featuring an Art Battle, cocktails and other great activities.

Your help is need to line up sponsors to support the cost of the event, and maximize the donation that CPT can make to SickKids.

Potential sponsors should be approached now, as many firms, individuals and companies set their sponsorship budgets a year in advance.

I am re-sending the sponsorship package as over the summer we refined and improved the ‘opportunity letter’. We have also obtained an updated letter of support from SickKids.

We are asking you to approach at least one potential sponsor and before you do that, email Carrie Heinzl at carrieheinzl@fairmore.ca to let her know the individual/company name, as we are tracking the information to avoid duplication of contacts. Emily Clark, our liaison at SickKids, has also generously offered to help us speak to potential sponsors! emily.clark@sickkidsfoundation.com. And…we have added a new sponsorship category, “Friends of Collaborative Practice”, who contribute $1,000 – $2,500. This category will be of interest to smaller firms or individuals who wish to contribute and at the same time market themselves through the event.

A sample cover email and everything else you’ll need are available below:

Deborah Graham’s Settlement Clinic

The Settlement Clinic: A resource for Family Dispute Resolution Professionals is excited to announce that the next start to the one year Growing Your Settlement Practice program will be on January 15, 2016. Whether you are a collaborative lawyer, family professional or financial professional, whether you have just completed your collaborative training or you received your training years ago, if you are serious about growing your settlement practice and creating a dream practice with your ideal clients, then this one-year program is for you! Testimonials can be found at www.thesettlementclinic.ca. For more information contact Deborah at deborah@deborahgraham.ca.

Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) Annual Conference on September 24-25, 2015

Kudos and a big thank-you goes out to our CPT presenters – Deb Graham, Victoria Smith, Nicola Savin, Jane Tremblay, Sheila Brown, Laurie Stein, Seema Jain and Alison Anderson – who helped make the conference a great success. And to Nicola Savin for orchestrating a terrific dance party!!

IACP Forum in Washington, DC

I hope to see many of you in DC on October 15-18 at the IACP 16th Annual Networking and Educational Forum, “Honouring the Past and Celebrating the Future”. A great opportunity to hone our collaborative skills as we set your sights on the future. More about this in my next Word…

CPT Marketing Stuff

I hope you all have a healthy supply of brochures, marketing kits and now pens, to share with clients and referral sources. I encourage you to include a brochure in your ‘introductory letter’ to the spouse of a new client (of course with your client’s permission).

The beautiful pens can be purchased at the December 10th Holiday Party and also by contacting Barb Gordon at barb@barbaragordon.ca.

Brochures and marketing kits are also available at our dinner events, and for purchase and pick up from the offices of Barb Gordon, Nicola Savin and yours truly, Ellen Nightingale. The content of the marketing kit can also be printed off the CPT website.

Levels I + II Introductory Training

The CPT board is continuing its work on a role for CPT in ensuring that consistent, high quality trainings are available locally and offered at regular intervals. More to come…

Online Website Registrations

Next year you will be able to register for events and renew your membership through the CPT website. Many thanks to Nicola Savin and her website committee for making CPT tech-friendly!

FDRIO (Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario)

FDRIO and the existing Family ADR organizations continue to discuss the way in which we all fit together to improve the work of these organizations.

Check out the FDRIO website and plan to come out to support the presentations during FDR week, November 23-27, by Victoria, Vivian, Deborah, Fareen, Sheila, Stella, Laurie, Cameron and Cori.

Elevating the Professional – Photography Session

We surveyed you, and you responded with a resounding YES. CPT is sponsoring a special photo-op for members wanting a great head-shot for their own websites. Stand by for more details…


Thank you to my always-amazing Board for sharing your talents and your hearts.

See you at the “Lawn” on Thursday, December 10th!!

Ellen Nightingale
Chair of CPT

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