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Community forum on Talking to Children about Tragedy, Fear, and Loss

December 31, 2012

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent, Northern Maine Medical Center, and M.S.A.D. #27 will jointly sponsor a community forum entitled Talking to Children about Tragedy, Fear, and Loss on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus.

The forum is for parents, teachers, and other interested community members, and is offered to provide those who have and who work with children tips and skills on how to deal with any type of tragedy or loss now and in the future.

Featured speakers will be Dr. Eve Wolinsky, psychiatrist at NMMC; Connie Malenica, social worker with MSAD #27; and Timothy Doak, superintendent of MSAD #27.

“The recent shootings that have occurred in Newtown, Connecticut and elsewhere in the country have left an emotional mark on all of us; especially the children in our society. We all need to know how to best support the children in our lives during these tough emotional times,” says Scott A. Voisine, dean of Community Education at UMFK, one the forum organizers.

“I am very pleased that the three largest institutions in the Fort Kent community will come together to present this important forum. There is an old saying that it takes a community to raise a child. I believe this coming together of partners is a perfect example of that old adage,” Voisine adds.

For further information about the forum, please call 834-8644.