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1) Tuesday, June 12th, our Annual General Meeting and Support Group Meeting. We are looking to nominate volunteers for our Chapter. We are always in need of folks who want to give back to the community in a small or big way. This is also a great way to meet new folks and families who are faced with similar challenges and issues. Please seriously consider joining our team. Please contact me if you are interested at jillbobula@sympatico.ca. This meeting is free and will be held at the Royal Ottawa Hospital (1145 Carling Avenue), room 1420 from 7:30 -9pm. Everyone is welcome!

2) On Sunday, June 24th, from 10 – 3pm, Frank Spartico will hold Frank’s Catering and Baked Goods 8th Annual Tourette Syndrome Awareness to help raise funds for the Ottawa Chapter of Tourette Canada. Frank and his awesome staff will be making their World Famous Sandwiches and selling them for only $2.00 with a donation to the Ottawa Chapter. The event takes place at Frank’s Catering and Baked Goods, 283 Greenbank Road (beside Police station and across from Metro grocery). 100% of the money raised go directly to the awareness campaign – have you seen the OC Transpo bus signs? Heard the radio ads? Seen the billboards? With Frank’s help, the Ottawa Chapter is working hard to educate the community on Tourette Syndrome. This fundraiser is instrumental in achieving that goal. Frank will also be serving up his most famous tarts and plenty of goodies to purchase. There will be a petting zoo, cotton candy and plenty of gifts to win! If you can’t make it, please consider donating to our cause through this link: https://www.gofundme.com/annual-tourette-syndrome-awareness. We appreciate and thank you for your support for the good work we do in the community for individuals and families affected with Tourette Syndrome.

3) Our annual Pool Party will take place on Saturday, August 11th from 1 – 4pm. (Rain date is Sunday, August 12th, same time) at 2 Shamrock Place, Nepean. This is one of the highlights of the year for our Chapter. Delicious food, drinks and plenty of fun and games for everyone! Cost is $5.00 per person. Please RSVP by August 4th to jillbobula@sympatico.ca.

4) We have two new Facebook links. The first link will provide you with ongoing information about Tourette Canada as well as our Chapter. Follow us on FB at

https://www.facebook.com/touretteottawa/

The second FB link is a support group which allows individuals to share experiences and discuss challenges. It is closely monitored to ensure it is a beneficial forum. Please join the discussion! The link isĀ https://www.facebook.com/groups/tourettesottawa/

The meetings and support groups begin in September. More to come!

Questions

Do you have questions regarding Tourette Syndrome and any of the associative conditions (ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, etc)? The TSFC Forum is a great opportunity to put forth any questions you might have. Individuals and community leaders will help respond as best as they can. The URL for the forum is www.TouretteSyndrome.ca. The link also appears on the TSFC homepage, top right in the “Connect” drop down menu. Check it out!