Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Multiple Births Awareness Day 2014 at Canada's Wonderland!

Put on your most comfy walking shoes, gather your whole family and all your friends and come join us on Saturday May 31st as we celebrate Multiples Births Awareness Day 2014! This has become an annual event for TPAB and we have decided to continue to celebrate with our wonderful Multiples community again!  Don't miss this great opportunity for your family to meet other multiple-births families from across Southern Ontario and maybe even some from further out!  Join us for a fun and thrill packed day at Canada's premier amusement park – Canada's Wonderland!
The theme this year - "It's a multiple's choice: encourage twins, triplets and more to make individual decisions"  is a thought or phrase that we encourage all caregivers, teachers, social and medical professionals, friends, immediate and extended family to reflect on and implement in the lives of multiple births families.   It also is a reminder to everybody in general to consider how they view and treat multiples, making it possible to allow young multiples to grow into strong, independent adults.  These young multiples are encouraged to make their own decisions in their everyday lives that may be the same or different from their twin, triplet, quad or quint sibling! 
In the multiple births community – we stand together in wanting our children to be successful individuals and encourage all our family and friends to reflect on this year's NMBAD theme.  By sharing our experiences and meeting locally and even when possible with far-away members – like at Wonderland! – we are supporting each other and helping to strengthen each other's ability to be the best-informed and capable parents of a multiple birth family. 
The Twins Plus Association of Brampton has arranged for this fun-filled DAY complete with discounted tickets for Admission and a buffet lunch in the Courtyard for all our ticket holders.   Your buffet lunch will be served in the Courtyard from 1:30 - 2:30 pm.  The Menu includes: Regular & Vegetarian Hot Dogs & Burgers, Fried Chicken (*changed from last year's Grilled Chicken), Macaroni & Cheese, Tossed Salad, Cold Pasta Salad, Coleslaw and Hot & Cold Beverages.  The invitation is extended to our sister chapters of Multiple Births Canada and all multiple birth families across Canada!  Let's make this a HUGE event - discounted ticket prices can be extended to our friends and family as well so ask everybody you can think of!
To purchase your tickets, please contact Nina at brampton@multiplebirthscanada.org for the linkThe link is not to be posted on any public forum – please only distribute through Members only emails or on an Intranet Site.   

Ticket Information
Regular Admission and Picnic COMBO $41.75
Junior (3+ years and under 48" tall) and Senior (60+) Admission and Picnic COMBO $36.75
Regular Picnic ONLY ticket for Seasons Pass holders $15.76
Junior and Senior Picnic ONLY ticket for Seasons Pass holders $10.76
Dinosaurs Alive! Admission $2.83
Parking Day Pass $15.00
Babies and Children 2 and under FREE
Your buffet lunch will include Regular & Vegetarian Hot Dogs & Burgers, Fried Chicken (*changed from last year’s Grilled Chicken), Macaroni & Cheese, Tossed Salad, Cold Pasta Salad, Coleslaw and Hot & Cold Beverages
*all ticket prices include TAX!
*all tickets include our TPAB Picnic!!
*Please note there is an online processing FEE of $5.99 per order
The Park is open that day 10 am to 10 pm with Splash Works being open 11 am to 6 pm
Guaranteed FUN and MEMORIES for a lifetime!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Eggstravaganza

Come out and join your TPAB friends for a day of Easter Fun!


Easter Eggstravaganza @ Teen Ranch

Saturday April 19th, 2014

11:00 am to 4 pm

Enjoy the festivities at your leisure and then join your friends from TPAB

at the 1:30 pm Giant Easter Egg Hunt!!

Look for a TPAB Social Committee member wearing a TPAB t-shirt or holding up a TPAB sign

Come Early – Parking is Limited


Located at Teen Ranch

20682 Hurontario Street
Caledon, Ontario
L7K 1X1 (just south of Orangeville)

There is something fun for the whole family!

·      Pony Rides

·      Giant Swing

·      Climbing Wall

·      Face Painting

·      Petting Farm

·      Crafts

·      Games

·      Ice Skating

·      Meet the Easter Bunny!

·      Trail Rides (Additional $10/person)

Giant Easter Egg Hunts At:

11:30pm * 1:30pm   3:00pm  - Please be early!

Join TPAB at the 1:30 hunt!!

Age Divisions:

4 years & under; 5 - 8 year olds; 9 - 12 year olds

(All children are guaranteed to find chocolate!)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Childcare Survey

A reminder that we are looking for families in Canada to take the survey at this link which looks at the extent to which parents of multiples are able to access childcare suitable to their needs. The survey was created and organized by the Twins and Multiple Births Association (Tamba in the UK) and then later adapted to meet Canada's needs for Multiple Births Canada. Please note on occasion questions may not fit exactly with situations here in Canada. Please answer each question as best as possible.

While the survey was set to assist Tamba by using the findings to press the UK Government to make changes to better meet the needs of their multiple-birth families, we believe that knowing the results for Canada will not only provide necessary comparisons for Tamba's work, but it will also provide MBC information that may help us in the future for similar circumstances, and in possible literature written in support of our families.
Please share the link to the survey with other multiple-birth parents through your own network, social media and through groups that you may belong to.

A message from MBC about National Multiple Births Awareness Day!

I am pleased to present you with the theme for National Multiple Births Awareness Day 2014: "It's a multiple's choice: encourage twins, triplets and more to make individual decisions".

This theme goes beyond the words and actions of multiple-birth parents; it is a reflection for caregivers, teachers, social and medical professionals, friends, immediate and extended family. It is also a reminder to media and the general public to consider how they view and treat twins, triplets and more. Allowing young multiples to grow into strong, independent adults is partially connected to the decision making process – the same or different is acceptable; the importance is in encouraging autonomous choices.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week to all of TPAB's volunteers from the past and the present. We at TPAB - encourage you all to find some time in your lives to volunteer with any local organization or association, hospital, church or anywhere t...hat it is needed! It is very rewarding and so important for so many of these establishments who run solely on volunteers!!

HERE is a message from Multiple Births Canada!
Happy National Volunteer Week to all our current and past MBC volunteers! We have so many caring and dedicated parents who give a lot of time and hard work to run our national organization and our local Chapters, to support other families with twins, triplets and more. A big THANK YOU to all of you who make a big difference!

Listen to this Thank You from The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

National Volunteer Week, April 6 to 12 2014.

Post-Partum Mood Disorder Survey

An important request from the International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations regarding Post Partum and multiple births:
Have you filled out this survey yet? Please make sure to share it with your multiple-birth parent friends and community!
The International Council of Multiple Birth Organizations (ICOMBO) is very excited to share with you the ICOMBO survey on Post-Partum Mood Disorder (or Post-natal Depression).
This illness is not uncommon in multiple-birth families. ICOMBO is looking to find how frequently it occurs, and how severely it affects multiple-birth families. We believe that this data has not previously been collected internationally and we are excited to share with you this project.
We hope that our findings may lead to changes to the way families are monitored and improve the level of support for new families of multiples. The results of the survey will be discussed at the ISTS/ICOMBO congress in Budapest in November and through the ICOMBO newsletter.
The survey is available in the following languages (click on the link in your preferred language):
We ask two things:
1. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey; and
2. Circulate it throughout the multiple-birth community to friends and families with multiples.
If you represent a Chapter or group supporting multiple-birth families please share with your members and contacts.
Kimberley Weatherall
Past Chair, ICOMBO on behalf of:
Monica Rankin
ICOMBO Chairperson and the ICOMBO Board of Directors

Thursday, April 3, 2014

TPAB is pleased to be a part of a GREAT event in Brampton on Sunday April 13th at the Momstown Community Celebration! April 13th promises to be a day of family fun, all FREE! Crafts, activities, sing-along, magic show, car seat safety, ...free photos with Clifford the Big Red Dog + more! Pre-register through Eventbrite and be eligible for an extra ticket to the fantastic Door Prizes including Fisher Price Little People Big Discoveries toys and a 9 piece camping combo by Ventura (Walmart Canada) Visit http://brampton.momstown.ca/
for more information.

Don't forget to visit the TPAB and Kidzz to Kidz SuperSale table at the event! We will also be offering a DOOR PRIZE - come and submit your name for a chance to win!  See you then!!