Working toward a resilient community that prevents and reduces the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Guelph and Wellington County.
The ACEs Coalition continues to work remotely to build a resilient community. For information about parenting during a pandemic:
What are ACEs?
Experiences in childhood shape who we are and set the stage for who we will become.
Researchers call stressful or potentially traumatic abuse, neglect or household dysfunction adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs can increase the risk of negative health behaviours and outcomes later in life.1
The ACEs Coalition of Guelph & Wellington aims to prevent and reduce the effects of ACEs in our communities by building resilience at the individual, family, and community level.
Resilience helps us weather adversity
Experiencing persistent adversity can hinder positive development and well-being.
Resilience is a person’s ability to adapt to or bounce back from difficult times.3,4
Childhood is the best time to build the basis of resilience, but it can be strengthened at any stage of life.4
Resilience isn’t something we develop alone. The connections we feel to family, friends, community and culture are Protective Factors that work together to build resilience.5, 6, 7
Resilience can buffer the effects of Risk Factors like abuse, neglect, isolation and violence.
Build Your Own Resilience
You can do things to help strengthen resilience, such as:
A resilient community that prevents and reduces the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Call to Action
- Training and workshops
- Local survey (led by WDG Public Health)
Now and beyond...
- School Pilot
- More tailored training
- Toolkit for Champions
How You Can Help
It takes a village to build resilience. Learn how you can help reduce the impact of ACEs and build resilience in your home, workplace, and community.
Early Childhood Educators
Early Childhood Educators
1 Felitti, V.J., Anda, R.F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D.F., Spitz, A.M., Edwards, V., Koss, M.P. & Marks, J.S. (1998). Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 14(4), 245-258.
2Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (2019). Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Childhood Experience Study (report in progress). Guelph, ON.
3 Masten, A.S., Gewirtz, A.H., & Sapienza, J.K. (2013). Resilience in development: the importance of early childhood. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
4 Alberta Family Wellness (2018). Resilience: Why do some of us bounce back from adversity better than others do?. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
5 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention. (2019). Risk and Protective Factors. Retrieved (July 19, 2019)
6 Benzies, K. & Mychasiuk, R. (2009). Fostering family resiliency: a review of the key protective factors. Child & Family Social Work, 14, 103-114. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
7 Child Welfare Information Gateway (2015). Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth: A Guide for Practitioners. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
8 Ungar, M. (2011). The social ecology of resilience: Addressing contextual and cultural ambiguity of a nascent construct. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81(1), 1-17.