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The facts are clear: there’s no safe amount and no safe time to drink during pregnancy.

Research over the past 40 years has shown that any amount of alcohol could harm a developing baby. It can cause a range of symptoms called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD can result in permanent brain damage and a range of physical, emotional, behavioural, and learning disabilities.

September 9 is World FASD Awareness Day. Help us spread the word that the safest choice is to have an alcohol-free pregnancy.

  • Provide alcohol-free options when you throw a party
  • Share a mocktail (mocktail recipes)
  • Don’t pressure anyone to drink – half of pregnancies are unplanned
  • Don’t tell a pregnant woman that it’s ok to “just have one”

More information:

Everyone is welcome to visit our new facility and learn more about Public Health programs and services in Dufferin county.

  • When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: Public Health office/clinic at 180 Broadway, Orangeville

Facade of Orangeville building

Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges – and strengths – of people living in poverty in this one-day workshop. 

“I have been to many workshops and have never come away from a day with as much information and desire to make changes in our system as I do now. In those few hours that you spent with us today, you've made a huge impact on how I plan to help my clients and I am grateful."

- Social Worker

You will: 

  • Examine the impact of poverty on families
  • Explore the hidden rules of economic class
  • Identify ways to improve relationships
  • Develop new tools to better address individuals' needs

This workshop is delivered by Elaine Weir, Certified Bridges Trainer.

Workshop details

  • Date: June 10, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. registration)
  • Location: Public Health, 160 Chancellors Way, Guelph  [view map]
  • Cost: $60 (includes light breakfast, lunch, and a book)

To register

Call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4533 or email

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This workshop is a partnership among Bridges Out of Poverty, Circles Guelph Wellington, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

We want to know what makes life in Guelph great. Tell us what you think and you could win an iPad mini or a $50 gift card. This short survey will take 5-10 minutes of your time.

Wellbeing includes things like:

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Leisure and culture
  • Living standard
  • Time use
  • Community vitality

This study is being carried out in partnership with the University of Guelph. For more information, email Lauren at, or go to the study website.