A Vision for the Inclusion of Isolated Mothers in Canada


The Mothers Matter Centre and its partners are hosting an international conference that will explore the impact of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program in communities around the world and highlight the experiences of isolated women seeking inclusion in Canada.

Day one of the conference will feature a research symposium in partnership with HIPPY International. Researchers from Canada and around the world will be focusing on five themes: 1) Making the Case – HIPPY and School Readiness Results; 2) Research for Program Monitoring and Development; 3) Expanding the Model – Adult Literacy and Professional Development 4) Program Innovation to Promote Inclusivity for Refugee Communities; 5) Program Innovation to Promote Inclusivity for Indigenous Communities.

HIPPY Research Symposium Panelist Brochure

Day two will be the “Inclusion of Isolated Mothers in Canada Community Discussion Series”, an initiative with non profit organizations across the country to facilitate vulnerable mothers’ participation in a four-part dialogue about inclusion and exclusion in Canada. Expert keynote speakers will review the findings from the series and share their insights and implications for practitioners.

Agenda & Registration

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Alaa Murabit

Physician, Advocate, Feminist, Strategist Speaker, Writer

The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine P.C., C.M., O.Ont., C.B.E.

Politician and Advocate

Marion Buller

Provincial Court Judge (Ret.)

Dr. Miriam Westheimer

Director, HIPPY International

Gauri Sawant

Director, Sakshi Char Chowgi and Transgender Activist

Lindsay Kearnes

Red Seal Electrician, Community Organizer, Advocate

Dr. Annette Korntheuer

Professor and Researcher

About the Conference Host

The Mothers Matter Centre is a virtual, national consortium of organizations dedicated to serving socially isolated and low economic status mothers and their families using our proven mother-to-mother approach. We grow and sustain our flagship Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program and develop other program innovations such as housing assistance, job- skills training, literacy and language training, healthcare, and more.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.Q., C.D. Governor General of Canada, and His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M, C.O.M., C.D., Former Governor General of Canada, and Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston are patrons of Mothers Matter Centre.

Sponsors and Partners

Discussion Series Partners & Sponsors (1)
Discussion Series Partners & Sponsors

For more information, please contact Natasha Vattikonda at nvattikonda@hippycanada.ca