- Calgary CA US
A financial industry executive by profession, Adewale Gbalajobi also takes an active role in his community. Adewale Gbalajobi has served as a board member with Families Matter, a charitable foundation in Alberta, Canada. Founded on the belief that skillful parenting leads to healthier children and communities, Families Matter offers a variety of coaching programs for local parents. Each coaching package adheres to the organization's culture of “yes,” which emphasizes respect for all people and accountability in relationships. Parents learn to listen actively to their children, appreciate and understand children's needs, and help them develop lasting negotiation and problem-solving skills. Coaching packages allow each family to develop these skills in a one-on-one collaborative effort with Families Matter staff. Packages include home visits and follow-up phone calls during which families can ask questions related to the development of positive parenting strategies. Families work on learning and implementing research-based behavioral interventions, developing respectful lines of communication, and encouraging a culture of teamwork within the home. Pricing information is available on the organization's website, www.familiesmatter.ca.
Beyond his work in the financial sector, Adewale Gbalajobi served as a board member for Families Matter, a charitable foundation that helps families in need and supports healthy child development. Leaders like Adewale Gbalajobi have helped Families Matter to become one of the premier parenting education groups in Canada and strengthen communication among family members, enhancing the self-esteem of the children whose lives it touches. Family mental health programs make up a core component of the work done by Families Matter. These programs focus primarily on postpartum depression, an issue that affects 13% of mothers. Those who need support through a period of postpartum depression can call Families Matter to speak with a woman who has dealt with postpartum depression previously. For those who would prefer a face-to-face meeting, Families Matter offers group meetings once weekly as well as in-home support. New fathers having difficulty coping with postpartum depression’s effects on their significant others are welcome to join in for couples’ night assistance as well.