Building Connections for Resilient Kids

We all face challenges in life. Resilience is our ability to weather those challenges. While resilience can be strengthened at any stage of life, childhood is the best time to build the basis of resilience.

Connections with adults can help children build resilience. All adults have a role in helping children build resilience by making positive connections with them.

We want to know – what do these connections look like to you?

Tell us about an adult who had a positive, lasting impact on your life when you were a child.

Create a short video or audio clip (maximum 2 minutes), piece of artwork, photograph, music, poem, written story – or any other creative expression to tell your story.

Share your video, audio, or a picture of your work using the form.


Share a story about any adult – a parent or family member (or your friend’s parent or family member), neighbour, coach, teacher, babysitter, or someone else – who had a positive and lasting impact on your life when you were a child. You might include details about:

  • Who the adult was.
  • What was going on in your life at the time.
  • What they did.
  • The positive impact they had on your life.

Looking for inspiration? Check out these videos to hear stories shared by community members in Guelph and Wellington County about the important adults in their lives.


We welcome any creative approach to sharing your story. Here are some examples to inspire you:

  • A video or audio clip. A short video (maximum 2 minutes) that can include you talking or performing, animation, etc.
  • A piece of art. You can use any media you like – create your piece and send us a picture of the art as your submission with a short description of the piece. If you choose, include the media used and the inspiration for your piece.
  • Music/song. You can submit an original song or musical arrangement (either played on video or an audio file). Include the instrument(s) used in the piece and the inspiration for your submission.
  • Poetry. You can submit an original poem (presented in video, audio or a document form).
  • Written story. You can write out your story and submit it as a document (or share a picture of it).

Submissions are open to everyone – you don’t have to be a certain age or live in Guelph, Wellington County, or Dufferin County.

Sharing your story about an adult who had a positive, lasting impact on your life helps other adults understand how to make similar connections with children in their lives.

A qualifying submission is a short video or audio clip, piece of artwork, photo, music, poem, written story etc. that tells a story about an adult that made a positive, lasting impact on your life when you were a child. Submissions that include profanity, racial slurs, sexual content, hate speech, violence, criminal behaviour, or anything else deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.

Submissions received will be used to create resources for the community to encourage all adults to build positive connections with the children in their lives. Submissions may be shared in various social media posts, on the Community Resilience Coalition website or partner websites, and in other ways that will help us to reach adults in our community.

All qualifying submissions will be featured on the Community Resilience Coalition website.

We are sorry to hear that you are having technical difficulties – one thing to check is the size and type of your file. We cannot accept files that are larger than 8mb so please make sure the file size meets the requirements. Also, submissions must be documents, video files, audio files, and images only.

If you are not able to submit your story as an electronic file, please contact us at

Building Connections for Resilient Kids Terms and Conditions 

I authorize the Community Resilience Coalition (on behalf of the Guelph Community Health Centre) the right and permission to copyright and/or publish, reproduce, or otherwise use my/my child’s attached submission which may include my/my child’s name, voice, and likeness in video, photographs, written materials, and audio-visual recordings. I acknowledge and understand these materials about or of me/my child will be used for non-commercial purposes. 

I understand that if the attached submission includes the name, voice, or likeness in video, photographs, written materials, and audio-visual recordings of a person other than me/my child, the Community Resilience Coalition is not able to protect their identity and I accept all potential risk to that person. 

I understand that the submission may be edited, copied, exhibited, published, and/or distributed. I also understand this material may be used individually or in conjunction with other media in any medium, including without limitation to print publications, digital/social media publications, and/or public broadcast for any lawful purpose. There is no time limit on the validity of this release nor is there any geographic limitation on where these materials may be distributed. 

I understand that the Community Resilience Coalition is not liable for potential privacy or confidentiality breaches that may result from my/my child’s electronic submission. 
I understand that the Community Resilience Coalition can see no risk presently. However, my/my child’s submission may be shared through social media channels and be viewed, shared, and/or commented on by a wide audience. I take full responsibility for my/my child’s involvement in this project and the risks that it may entail (be they legal, physical, or mental) and by choosing to submit my submission I am accepting all potential risk from participating in this project. 

I understand that I am able to withdraw my consent at any time. If my/my child’s submission has been published, reproduced, or otherwise used before I withdraw my consent, I understand that it may not be possible to remove all uses of my/my child’s submission. 

I hereby certify that I am over 18 years of age and am competent to contract in my own name insofar as the above is concerned. If I am under 18 years of age, my parents or legal guardians have read this document and have given their consent by signing below. 
I acknowledge that I have completely read and fully understand the above consent and release and agree to be bound thereby. I hereby release any and all claims against any person or organization utilizing this material for marketing, educational, promotional, and/or any other lawful purpose whatsoever. 

If you have questions about these terms and conditions, please contact us at 

Funding to produce the Building Connections for Resilient Kids videos was provided by the Government of Ontario.