Nominations for the
2018 Award are now
The Award
presentation will take
place at the next National
in Vancouver in 2018.

The Award scheme was
suggested and initiated
by Louella Goodwin,
CYCAA representative to
the Council in the early
'90's. Scroll down to read
about nomination
guidelines and a link to
an online nomination
Jenny McGrath was employed as a child and youth care worker with the St. Francis Foundation in St.
John’s, NL. (Now Waypoints) She is creative, responsive to the needs of the young people and
families, and confident in her approach. Jenny is a strong advocate for young people and families,
and builds positive relationships with them. Many young people that Jenny has worked with still
maintain contact with her years after leaving the program. In addition to her exceptional work with
clients, Jenny is also diligent in her commitment to learning and personal growth, finishing a Master’
s Degree in Family Support. She completed her practicum on the St. Francis Foundation’s fledgling
Family Support Program, going on to become the program supervisor and seeing the program
established. Jenny is also committed to professional development, and has been an active member
of the Child and Youth Care Association of Newfoundland and Labrador for several years. From
2002-2006 she served as vice-president. She was active in the planning of the National Child and
Youth Care Conference in 2002, and the Provincial Child and Youth Care Conference in 2006. Jenny
was also involved in the development of the first child and youth care diploma program in NL, and
was a part-time instructor in that program from 2003-2006. Jenny was recruited by Grant MacEwan
College in Alberta to teach in their Child and Youth Care program and they are delighted to have her
on the faculty.
 (complete nomination)
Jenny McGrath 2006,
National Child and Youth
Care Award recipient and
Heather Modlin, President
of the Council.
Photo Credit: Mark Kelly
Garth Goodwin was the first recipient of the Award and no relation to Louella.
At the time of its being issued he had practised on the front line since 1974,
was a respite worker, fostered the growth of CYCWAM as its Newsletter
Editor and Treasurer and was Treasurer to the National Conference in
Winnipeg that year. Since the Award, Garth has established and maintained
an Internet presence for Canadian CYC, represented CYCWAM to the
Council until 2003 and served as Conference Co-Chair for
Together 2000
Promise into Practice. He writes a column for Relational Child and
Youth Care Practice
and now works with Marymound designing outcomes
1996 Garth Goodwin
Colette Sieban served the CYCBC for over a decade as its tireless member
who did all the work, attending to the mail, newsletter, registrations and
provincial conference work. Colette was a front line practitioner who
advanced to supervisor in addition to taking on challenging foster care
commitments. Her premature passing, less than a year after this Award was
presented pointed up the value of such recognition in the field.
1997 Colette Sieban
Estella Erwin, over her career has progressed from the front line to
Supervision to Administration and finally to activist with The Association for
the Development of Children's Residential Facilities in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
She was one of the founders of the Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care
Worker Association and an advisor for child and youth care education in the
province. Her remarkable ability to stay in touch with clients and staff in her
programs throughout was noteworthy.
1998 Estella Erwin
Lori Leonard serves as an example of a mature child and youth care
practitioner who has made the necessary investment of time and learning to
come to a place of excellence. She also is a front line practitioner and unit
supervisor who was supported by many testimonials in her nomination
attesting to her ability to build relationship and rapport with young people
and their families. Lori is currently President of the Child and Youth Care
Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.
(complete nomination)
2002 Lori Leonard
Jean Robson from CYCWAM received the latest Award. Jean has practised
as a front line practitioner, supervisor, and program director with Naturas, an
agency that operated in Winnipeg through the 80's and early 90's. The
program was known for its innovative use of both urban and rural settings
and high standards. Jean, along with her colleague from Naturas, Karl
Gompf were tireless lobbyists for CYC education in Manitoba helping to
realize Competency Based In service Training and the Child and Youth Care
Diploma Program at Red River College. Jean continues to instruct in the
program and promote its deserved success.
2004 Jean Robson
The purpose of the CCCYCA Award
Program is two fold:
  • To provide much deserved recognition to Child and Youth Care Practitioners who have
    demonstrated outstanding skills, knowledge, advocacy on behalf of clients and dedication to the
  • To hold out such role models to inspire others towards outstanding practice and to promote greater
    public awareness of the important work done by Child and Youth Care Practitioners.
This award program is not intended to be a contest. The CCCYCA believes that by profiling and
highlighting the wonderful work being done by any deserving Child and Youth Care Worker we bring
recognition to us all and to our profession
Nominations will come from within the Provincial Child and Youth Care Associations, or individually from
Council Members (all members of a provincial child and youth care association are members) and must be
forwarded to the Award Committee prior to the 2018 national conference to qualify for the 2018 award to
be announced in the next National.  
Nominations cannot include sitting members of the Board of
the Council, nor can sitting members nominate.
Nomination Process: Please provide a profile of
deserving nominees including such details as educational background, career highlights, outstanding
accomplishments, testimonials from clients, personal qualities and detail examples of outstanding
interventions, etc. Along with this profile please send the nominee's name, address and phone number
along with your name and phone number, the provincial/territorial child and youth care authorizations and
your signature and title. Note, the nomination committee relies upon the impression of the written
nomination submitted. An electronic form has been provided for nominations, see link below.
Nominate a member colleague today: Go to Award Form:
2016 National Child and Youth Care Award Recipient: Art Shaw
Dave Jull has worked for more than thirteen separate social service agencies in Ontario spanning
from Children’s Aid Society’s and Shelters, to Youth Centre’s and hospitals. He has held such titles
as Night Coordinator, Day Tripper, Behavioural Consultant, Director, Group Leader, Group Therapist,
Lecturer, Facilitator, Advocate, Board Member, Chief Negotiator, Published Author, School-Based
CYW, Itinerant CYW and finally, Senior CYW. It is with this last title how the majority of our group
knows and will remember Dave.
(complete nomination)
The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta would like to nominate Berry Goble for the national
CYC worker award. His resume includes 36 in government service as a Child Care Counsellor,
first at the Youth Development Centre in Alberta from 1974 as a Child Care Therapist and then a
Team leader, then a Unit Supervisor. When he was already two levels about the job classification of
a Certified Child Care Counsellor, Berry took a tremendous risk of failure, by studying, preparing
and then passing the written and oral exam that many he supervised had already passed. Berry did
this as a role model, and as a measure of ensuring the importance of this body of knowledge. Berry
passed but did not receive any financial reward or promotion, normally given for this achievement.
He has been a long term “certified member” and has maintained that status in all the years since.
(complete nomination)
2012 Natalie receiving her certificate
from President Kelly Shaw at
2012 Nominator Dawne McKay Chiddenton
accepted the certificate for Sundee in
Nominate a fellow
member Colleague
Sundee is the recipient of the 2011 CYCWAM Youth Care Award. We believe that she is the
embodiment of the standards and values our Associations hold for our members. I she remains an
active member of our association. She is respected highly in our province and her contributions to the
field are much like Sundee as a person, quietly exceptional. Her practice of youth care is, on a
personal note, the standard to which I hold myself and she has my deepest respect and admiration.
The following are comments by her Program Manager, a Colleague in practice, and a fellow
CYCWAM member who sat on the board with her before me. In these testimonials, I hope to
demonstrate why we believe that Sundee should receive this award.
(complete nomination)
Jennifer Kettle of the CYCANL would like to nominate Natalie Bursey for the National Child and Youth
Care Award for 2012.  It is our opinion that Natalie is the true example of excellence in the field.  
Natalie has been involved in the field of Child and Youth Care for over 15 years, during which time she
has been mainly employed as a Youth Care Worker with Waypoints. She has worked her way up to a
management position as the coordinator of two programs within the organization. Natalie has risen to
every challenge without question or concern. Her incredibly positive outlook on life and amicable
demeanor make her an excellent coworker. She is a true advocate, looking out for the best interest of
young people and staff alike.
(complete nomination)
Art began working at Knowles Centre in 1982. Over the past 33 years, he has served as a youth care worker in various Group Care units, and,
since 1991, took on the challenge of becoming the Day Treatment support worker based out of John G. Stewart School. This youth care role is
unique as it requires Art to essentially balance his work between two organizations--Knowles Centre and the River East School Division, but always
in the best needs of the youth. Art has assisted in bridging these two organizations and has seamlessly followed both organizations policies and

After a long career, Art must defiantly be commended for his loyalty and dedication to Knowles, John G. Stewart and to the youth care profession
as a whole. Beyond his years of dedication, Art has proven his devotion and enthusiasm for his work by his on-going commitment to professional
development. Despite the fact that he is approaching retirement in June 2016, Art continues to gain education and attend trainings in the areas of
suicide prevention, mental health first aid, youth resiliency, trauma, strength-based principals, non-violent crisis intervention, addiction, and ADHD
to name a few. Not only does Art attend the trainings, he shows the motivation to put his trainings into action. One example of this is that after
attending a workshop conducted by Dr. Ross Greene, Art prepared a presentation on the Collective Problem Solving (CPS) approach to
share/train his co-workers at John G. Stewart School. A second example of tis is ever since completing an anti-bullying training with the Red Cross;
art has helped lead the school's annual anti-bullying week events and committed to wearing a pink anti-bullying t-shirt every Wednesday (instead of
the proposed one day a year).

Art can be credited for being a key member in the development of the Student Support Room. Here, students who are feeling overwhelmed or
challenged to control their behaviour in the classroom have a place to go before their behaviour escalates to the point they are suspended or
expelled. Art works diligently in this space to create a positive, accessible and accepting environment. Art recognizes that a student's acting out
behaviour is most often a response to frustrations and his or her inability to engage better coping mechanisms. He truly believes that kids want to
do well, but they don't always know how. Art is renowned for his ability to see the strengths of all clients and their families; he was using a
strength-based perspective years before it became so popular. Staff have noted how they have never heard Art say a bad work about anyone
(despite the well-known inherent frustration of the work he does). Art's positive approach and the fact that he takes a genuine interest in the clients'
lives has allowed him to truly help clients be their best selves. Additionally, Art has an amazing capacity to remain calm in crisis, be firm but fair and
to always advocate for the best needs of this clients and families. Art is thoughtful in his approach and is able to bring calmness to the most
overwhelming situations. Art's caring nature, use of sound judgement, and cool-headed approach puts all around him, both clients and staff, at

Connecting to families has always been a strength of Art's. His ability to develop rapport and put parents at ease is outstanding. Even when
Knowles Centre's therapists are unable to connect with parents, Art has time after time shown his ability to build bridges between parents, Knowles
Centre and John G. Stewart School. "When parents, teachers, educational assistants, therapists, and other adults in a child's life coordinate their
approach, it helps reduce frustration and create an environment for success", Art was quoted saying in a 2012 Knowles Centre newsletter.

I would like to close by stating what a pleasure it is to work with Art. We have all been so fortunate to be able to learn from his insight and wisdom.
While Art's strengths can be discussed in detail, his more notable quality is his heart. Trevor Holroyd (John G. Stewart principal) said it the best:
"With Art it starts with the heart."

In an interview for a Knowles Centre newsletter, Art conveyed, "The greatest reward of my years at Knowles Centre is seeing changes in the young
people as they find their own successes in life."

We full heartedly believe that Art is worthy of this award and believe it would be especially fitting this year, his final year as a youth care worker. We
respectfully submit this letter and the following attachments in support of our nomination.

Lauren Herschfield
Clinical Director
Knowles Centre
Although Art may only have a high school education, many would say he is a master
of the Youth Care Profession. His calm, cool and compassionate/yet firm attitude and
approach is an example of excellence in the field. He possesses an always gentle
and caring nature that is well received and respected by all. Art is truly a natural in
youth care work. He never takes anything personally and remains professional at
heart. He takes his role seriously and works skilfully with a multi-disciplinary team,
always working for the best interest of the young person. He will be there to
advocate, discipline appropriately, and nurture in every situation.

Art is always looking at ways to build relationships with the young people he works
with. He builds connections through talking about music, art, animals, card games,
etc. He is always taking interest in their lives. Through his role modeling he builds
trusting relationships by always being fair and honest with the youth.

Paula Dacosta, Youth Care Worker, John G. Stewart School
Trevor Holroyd, Principal, John G. Stewart School
Excerpts from nomination documents supporting Art's nomination for the CYCWAM 2015 CYC Award, brought forward for national consideration.
Co-worker Paula
Dacosta accepted the
award for Art. She will
present it to him at his
retirement later this