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FIREFLY Community Update



September 23, 2014

Focused on finding the best for staff and on sustaining quality care for the people who count on us every day, FIREFLY and OPSEU have reached a tentative agreement. This agreement is pending ratification by the union members and FIREFLY Board.

FIREFLY looks forward to providing continuous service and care to the youth and families we serve.


FIREFLY is currently in contract negotiations with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

In late September both parties will meet with a Conciliator to address a small number of outstanding contract items. As part of preparation for conciliation, OPSEU conducted a strike vote and received a strike mandate. FIREFLY is hopeful that all outstanding matters will be resolved at conciliation. After conciliation FIREFLY will provide an outline of FIREFLY’s contingency plans if it appears that a strike may occur.

At FIREFLY, the relationships that we have with our staff and with the children, youth, adults, families and communities we serve are deeply valued and very important. We will continue to provide updates as this matter progresses.

Board Positions

FIREFLY is a non-profit, charitable multi-service agency providing physical, emotional, developmental and community services for children, youth, adults and their families. Our offices are located in Atikokan, Dryden, Ear Falls, Fort Frances, Kenora, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout.

FIREFLY is seeking individuals interested in serving on our Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly either face-to-face or by teleconference. Travel is required for face-to-face Board and Committee meetings. The FIREFLY Board is seeking applicants living in the Kenora or Rainy River Districts.

FIREFLY Board Members are valued and celebrated volunteers who are committed to the well-being of children, youth, adults, families and communities. They share their time and expertise to govern FIREFLY. Please consider joining our team!

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact:

Lindsay Wenaas at (807) 467-5535 ext. 2321 or email: [email protected]


Generative Governance and Leadership Building High Performance Northwestern Ontario Nonprofit Boards

Dr. Cathy Trower

   September 21, 2013        






FIREFLY is pleased to present Dr. Cathy Trower, Senior Researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Education who will present a highly engaging and informative session on generative governance.

This one-day workshop will provide participants with leading governance knowledge and skills. Participants will learn about three ways of thinking and working while governing (fiduciary, strategic and generative) and how consequential governance allows directors to be deeply engaged, challenged intellectually, and positively impact the performance of their organizations.

Please refer to UPCOMING EVENTS tab for information regarding registration and cost.

Children’s Mental Health Week Activities

Teen yoga class at Dryden High School.

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, a free Teen Yoga Class was offered today at the Dryden High School with certified instructor, Carly Brown.

Stand Together in Support of Children’s Mental Health


Raising Awareness. One in five children struggle with their mental health.

Check out the link for more information about this event: kenoraonline