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St. Martin’s Manor

Program Description

Outreach Program
St. Martin’s Manor is a residence for pregnant and parenting young women, with a primary focus of providing a continuum of care for young mothers. Students work with St. Charles teachers in order to obtain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

View our video at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE4IHxTKrQg


Who May Apply

Students are referred to Catholic Family Services which operates St. Martin's Manor.

How To Register

Ongoing registration throughout the school year.
Contact Catholic Family Services at 905.575.7500

Schedule and Locations

Ongoing registration throughout the school year.
September - June
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location

500 Mohawk Road West
(between Garth Avenue and Upper Paradise Road)

Fees

There is no fee for this program.

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There's a Great Future Ahead for St. Martin's Manor Graduates There's a Great Future Ahead for St. Martin's Manor Graduates

There's a Great Future Ahead for St. Martin's Manor Graduates

St. Charles is proud to offer credit classes through St. Martin's Manor, a wonderful organization that helps support young single mothers with their many challenges. On June 20, 2019 a ceremony was held at Regina Mundi Church to celebrate those students who completed their high school diploma and received other educational commendations. They are all on their way to success in the future!

Taylor Mitchell, one of the Manor's graduates, had this to say, "St. Martin’s Manor is not just a school – it is a family. A family that gave me the ability to continue my education and the pursue my dreams."

"Your guidance helped me down the road the success," Another proud graduate Jenny Perez, "You were all very welcoming and non-judgmental. You allowed me to learn at my own pace and taught me that every question is important. Thank you for providing me with a safe and positive environment to learn."

Graduates also got a possible glimpse into their future when past student Christina Tanase told her inspiring story. She was a single mother at 13 and went through a few schools and ended up in St. Matins Manor as well as Regina's Place (another organization where St. Charles offers credit courses). Christina earned her diploma and is now in Brock University and well on her way to becoming a teacher.

"This journey is ongoing and now that you’ve accomplished this goal, it’s time to set another," she exclaimed, "Your journey does now end here. There will always be bigger and better things to complete. Don’t stop learning and growing. Dream big and believe in yourself because you’ve already done the hardest thing imaginable – You had a baby and you graduated."

Good luck everyone, we are all proud of you!


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Therapeutic Artwork for Mental Health Week at St. Martin’s Manor Therapeutic Artwork for Mental Health Week at St. Martin’s Manor

Therapeutic Artwork for Mental Health Week at St. Martin’s Manor

The students of St. Martin’s Manor created wonderful pieces of art in recognition of Mental Health Week. Art therapy is designed to show that it is not the end result that is important, but the journey and process in achieving it. With this in mind, individual mandalas were created making a window for exploring one’s inner self.

This process is meditative in itself and it proved to be very self-soothing and relaxing. With the backdrop of peaceful music and calming atmosphere, each mandala begins with one dot, and transcends as the completion of the mandalas promote peace and balance. Special thanks to Laurel Choat, Art Therapist and Registered Psycho-Therapist at Etobicoke Children’s Centre for her guidance in exploring art therapy in the classroom.


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St. Martin's Manor graduation celebrates bright future St. Martin's Manor graduation celebrates bright future

St. Martin's Manor graduation celebrates bright future

"It's never too late to be whoever you want to be." F. Scott Fitzgerald.

For six new graduates of St. Martin's Manor, this message hits close to home.

As an education centre for young mothers, graduation celebrates more than just the earning of a high school diploma. It honours the perseverance, strength and courage each graduate endured to reach that point.

"Today we celebrate how extraordinary you are. Where you've been, what you've accomplished, but also what lies ahead," said Master of Ceremonies Sarah Anderson.

Sitting among an audience of proud family members, friends, and classmates, students were praised for not only their continuous dedication to their studies, but for paving a bright future for them and their child.

Pat Daly, Chairperson of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board brought warm greetings to the graduates, referring to them as "inspirational."

"What you have given and sacrificed for your child or children and the commitment you've made to better their lives and your own is truly inspiring," he said. "I hope receiving your secondary school diploma helps you to realize all of your dreams. You are blessed with a life of fulfillment and success."

Each graduate, humbled in their accomplishment, took the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the manor for welcoming them and pushing them to pursue their dreams.

Among them, Nikki Tirabassi stepped up to thank her son for motivating her to do her best in order to provide for him.

The graduation also honoured students, not necessarily graduates, in an award ceremony that recognized different achievements, such as the Kindness Award, or the Manor Award of Excellence.

"Though your life experiences may be different, something that you do have in common is the leap of faith and courage of coming to St. Martin's Manor," said Principal of St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Michael Silvestro.

"You took that challenge and succeeded and became role models for your children."

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St. Martin’s Manor is a Young Parent, Infant & Children’s Centre for pregnant and parenting young women and their children. They provide residence for prenatal and postnatal stays, as well as day programs for young women who live in the community. In collaboration with St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, they run an on-site high school so young mothers are given the opportunity to attend school while at St. Martin’s Manor. For more information, please visit: https://www.cfshw.com/st-martin-s-manor


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