In partnership with Success by 6, the very successful 2012 Parenting Conference was held on Friday October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2013 at the Penticton Ramada Inn.

The keynote address, Building Attachment Communities was presented by the dynamic speaker Dr. Deborah MacNamara of the Neufeld Institute on the Friday evening with approximately 50 participants.  About 85 people attended the workshops presented by Dr. MacNamara on Saturday entitled: Discipline that Doesn’t Divide; Resilience and Resourcefulness; and Nurturing the Roots of Natural Self Esteem.  These topics were chosen in consultation with parents, care providers and Dr. MacNamara.

Refreshments and a hot buffet lunch were included in the price of $20 per person or $30 per couple for both days.  Seventeen children ranging in ages from 2 1/2 to 11 enjoyed the free on-site child minding.  Storybooks and other items in a colourful reusable bag were provided to each participant.  Participation certificates were also provided.

Deborah interned with Dr. Gordon Neufeld and is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute. She is a clinical counselor and educator in private practice helping parents, teachers and childcare professionals make sense of children in their care. She has over 15 years experience as a teacher and counselor in mental health and education settings. Deborah is a dynamic presenter and writes on a number of parenting issues and has been published in parenting magazines and newsletters across Canada.

A few participant comments:

“Best workshop I have attended for awhile.  I learned so much and will take so much away to apply to my own life and be able to share so much with the families I work with.”

“The honesty and humour and real life personal examples Deborah MacNamara used.  Rather than give us ‘this is the answer’ she made us think about our own circumstances and how we can do better for our little ones.”

“The way the topics were presented in such a realistic manner.  Loved the ‘real-life’ examples and stories that I could relate to as a parent.”

“Fantastic, absolutely no way to describe how good this was.  Thank you!”