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Dr. Hyams – Statement to Senators on Parliament Hill ‘Youth in the Community’

Dr. Daniel Hyams, PhD, addressed a panel of Senators at Parliament Hill in March 2018 on the topic of Youth in the Community.  Dr. Hyams made a statement of his research on youth and volunteerism, and posed a question to the panel about breaking the stigma of unpaid work for young people, and the value of community engagement.  Scroll through to 1:06:11 to hear the statement.


Dr. Hyams presents Fermata at Parliament Hill, Ottawa – UN Youth Innovation Summit

In early March, 2018, Dr. Daniel Hyams presented the work of Fermata to Parliament, a part of a co-sponsored UK High Commission in Canada, British Council Canada & the United Nations Association of Canada.  During the speech, Dr. Hyams shared the work of Fermata, the way Fermata works in the community, and the promotion of education and healthcare as a means towards a social enterprise for aspiring young entrepreneurs.  Dr. Hyams later met with the British High Commissioner to Canada at the official residence, Evanscliffe.

Fermata shortlisted for United Nations & British Council Canada award

On March 12, 2018, Dr. Daniel Hyams will be presenting at the second annual Youth Innovation Summit on Ottawa.  Co-hosted by the United Nations Association of Canada, British Council Canada and the UK High Commission in Canada, this one-day event will includes elected officials, dignitaries and scholars from across Canada to speak at Parliament Hill.  This will be followed with a reception hosted by the UK High Commissioner at the official residence.  Dr. Hyams will speak about the work Fermata does, and promote social enterprises as a viable option for young entrepreneurs looking to start their career in the work of business and social care.

In addition, Fermata has been shortlisted for the ‘Public’s Choice Award’.  Please click here and vote for Fermata.  The funds awarded for this prize will be dedicated to support a pilot project to assist adults with disabilities to acquire life and social skills that can be applied to job interviews and progress into the workforce.  We will partner with local recruitment agencies specialising in helping adults with needs to gain vital skills to successful gain jobs or return to vocational training.


Fermata Featured in ‘The Sherman Hub News’ Community Newspaper in Hamilton


Fermata has been featured in the 2015/2016 edition of Hamilton community newspaper, Sherman Hub News.

Sherman Hub Article Dec 2015 Sherman Hub Front


Full text here:

Fermata Inc. is a special kind of local business. Providing music therapy, specially adapted music lesson, educational tutorials for students with special needs, life skills coaching for adults with developmental disabilities, recreational therapy programs for seniors in long term care homes and palliative care services to families, no two days are alike for the team at Fermata.

Owned by newcomer to Hamilton, Daniel Hyams PhD, Fermata has been calling Hamilton home since the mid-2000s. After relocating to Hamilton on December 30, 2012, Daniel Hyams decided to flex his entrepreneurial skills (who, in fact, had never owned a business before!) and set up home and business in Hamilton. “I decided to move to Canada in 2008, and the immigration process took 4 years. When it came in 2012, I had 6 months to move, and Hamilton seemed like a good place to start. Once I arrived, I knew I wanted to stay”, Hyams said. “The business was a good way of getting to know the community, whilst offering services that have tremendous value”.

Fermata is made up of a team of full time music therapists, educators, and contributors from the fields of speech therapy, behavioral therapy, music psychology and recreational services. Music therapists are trained specifically and become accredited. Educators come from a range of backgrounds, but have that ability to make learning fun and impactful.

Based at 533 Main Street East, at the beginning of 2015, programs were relocated to 533 to share space with community partners Lawson Ministries and Autism Ontario, Hamilton. By sharing the space, Fermata has created a one-stop shop where families can engage in other service providers and seek the support they need.

The backbone of Fermata is the community partners. Working with over 20 partners across Hamilton, Niagara and the GTA, Fermata predominately works on site in Long Term Care homes. Providing both individual and group music programs as part of the recreation program, Fermata music therapists work alongside staff and residents to provide an expressive outlet that encompasses live music making, group interaction and a positive social experience.

Fermata also works with Hamilton Health Sciences. Providing the first, ever, music therapy program at McMaster Children’s Hospital, music therapist Bonnie Brittain works across numerous wards to provide children with life-threatening challenges to provide a positive and enriching experience whilst in hospital.

At 533, Eric Ryder Costello provides the ‘No Bounds’ program. These are specially adapted music lesson for people with special needs. Using music to teach, Eric focuses on life and social skills learning so that students can apply their music skills to other part of their educational and social learning.

Johanna Henderson provides Ste-By-Step Learning at 533 and at home visits, and these are 1-2-1 tutorials for all curriculum-based subjects. Johanna is a qualified and accredited teacher with Ontario, and has received additional training in special education.

Digital Art Therapy program in The Spec

Fermata’s community partners, Lawson, were featured in the Hamilton Spectator.  Their innovative Digital Art Therapy program, facilitated by Dr. Olena Darewych, has been seen by many in the academic  world as a step forward in working with adults with developmental disabilities using art as a form of communication and expression.  Click here for the link.

PS.  Dr’s. Darewych & Hyams undertook their PhDs together! This partnership between Lawson and Dr. Darewych was made possible by an introduction by Daniel!

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