Since 1986, the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations has been the national networking organization
representing child and youth care professionals in Canada through their provincial associations. The Council strives to promote
the association movement throughout the nation and through them promote and encourage professional development, advocacy,
recognition and networking for child and youth care..
|Provincial Member Associations
Newfoundland Nova Scotia PEI New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Alberta British Columbia
|Events, networking and conferences...
|All rights reserved Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations/Garth Goodwin 1995-2018
|While representatives from each member association make up the board of the Council,
all members of members associations are considered members of the Council, currently
just over 3000 professionals. The Council is funded by a formula which sees seven
dollars for each member up to a ceiling of 350 members contributed toward the Council.
The Council board meets annually and by teleconference throughout the year. Annual
meetings attempt to run concurrent to national conferences and wherever possible in
conjunction with a provincial conference in non-conference years. The Council hosts the
National Child and Youth Care Conference, and promotes professional development
sponsoring initiatives such as the Poster Project . The Council also sponsors the National
Child and Youth Care Award. Nominations for the award are now being accepted prior to
the next national in Richmond, BC in May of 2018. Members can nominate fellow
members online at any time. The Council elections were held in Toronto and Jeff Reid is
President for the next two years.
|National Conference May 4-6, 2018 Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
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The National Child and Youth Care Award brings
forward a peer nominated individual who has a career
that serves as an example to others of the best
practices of a child and youth care professional. Jaime
Lundrigan from St. Johns, NL was selected as the 2018
recipient. Use the link below to learn more.
|National Child and Youth Care Award Visionary Award
|Ventura - a feature report
In the World of Maori (te Ao Maori), any gathering of people – especially
gatherings of important tribes and whanau or extended families affiliated
with child and youth care across Canada – requires an elder or in some
cases a Kaitiaki, a Keeper of te Mauri or Life Force. Te Taunga Te
Rangatira is a Kaitiaki of this spiritual standing and serves the same
function as the Talking Stick used by indigenous peoples of Canada in
annual meetings, conventions or gatherings.
Taunga Te Rangatira to
Tina Gauvan, lead
Conference Chair for
Tides. Tina in her turn,
passes it on to Jeff Reid,
lead chair of the National to
held in Halifax in May of
2016. Tina and Jeff served
as co-chairs for that
It fell to Jeff to pass it along
to Janet Vanderhor
Westcott in Richmond. She
did not have it long.
IT Is official. CYCANL will
be hosting the next
national conference in
2020. Janet Vanderhor
Westcott from BC passes
the Te Rangatira (À gift
from the Maori of New
Zealand) to Jaimerae
Lundrigan, president of
To learn more about this
tradition go to the full
description in PDF format.
Council of Canadian Child and
Youth Care Associations
Download the snail mail version here.
The World CYC Conferences: St. John's, Vienna and now Ventura have established a reputation for being
exceptional. They grew out of the initial CYC-Net gatherings which brought together contributors and users of
the web site to review and plan for the resource initiative. Local hosts put their best foot forward choosing fine
venues, an in house conference experience with breakfast and lunch breaks and in a location of global status
as a tourist venue. Delegates have embraced the opportunity to combine a conference experience with local
touring, in some instances for several weeks. Ventura and California did not disappoint on that front.
While this writer focuses on the visual, another Janelle Huhtala, has through her blog produced a
remarkable and thorough account of her impressions as a student of MacEwan University, presenter and first
time traveller. Please click here to go to California Adventures! Janelle has kindly given her permission to
share this with guests.
To serve as a national
unifying body in the
development of child
and youth care
practice and to
advocate for quality
care for children,
youth and families.
The Visionary Award is given by the
board of the Council. Retiring Hull
Services ED George Ghitan was
nominated for the award by CYCAA
President Catherine Hedlin. In his
acceptance George noted he has
seen himself as a child and youth care
practitioner/clinican all his career.
Transitions and Transformations is now history. Hopefully, a fine enough chapter it will allow the CYCABC to endure
going forward. The CYCABC, formed in 1969 is the second oldest child and youth care association in Canada. It
enjoyed a vibrant run with annual provincial conferences at Harrison Hot Springs until it became the victim of a
board member. The years since have been a struggle. Cost cutting and re branding the work itself did much to
confuse the situation yet several stepped forward to see the association represented at an International Conference
in Victoria and since that time. A new young president, Janet Vanderhor Westcott decided to host the biannual
national conference, found a team and the rest has been delightful. A feature will be published soon.
Click on the image above to go to the feature on the conference.
|Finding Our Voice
Sadly, there has been yet another incident of assault causing harm, this time in Alberta and
to an overnight child and youth care professional. Catherine Hedlin, President of the CYCAA
wrote the Edmonton Journal securing an interview which has lead to a sensitive, instructive
and comprehensive review of the situation. The Links:
Edmonton Journal article
Edmonton Journal follow up with Minister
May 30 - June 1, 2018
|CYCAA Provincial Conference
Keynote: Frank Delano
|Annual provincial child and youth care conference with
keynote and workshops.
May 23, 2018
|QAE Annual Conference
|The annual one day provincial association workshops.
June 12-14, 2018
The Banff Centre
||3rd International Neurosequential Model Symposium
Hosted by The ChildTrauma Academy and Hull
Click on Association logos on right to go to web sites for
Frank Delano will be keynoting at the CYCAA Provincial Conference at MacEwan University
May 30, 2018. Always positive, engaging and offering unique insights on the practice of
child and youth care, Frank has attracted a loyal following.
John Digney from Ireland and Maxwell Smart were co-keynote speakers at the CYCANL Provincial Conference held May 25 - 26, 2017. CYCANL has maintained annual provincial conferences for many
years. The association has hosted the National twice and the first World's. The Association enjoys an assist from one of the greatest entertainment triangles on the continent - the legendary George
Street to retire to after the workshops are done. Kathrn Colford kindly posted these images to the association's Facebook page.
We have to get fired up --
Take it personally...
Without a prompt response to the requests that have been
put forth by these professionals and professional bodies, I
challenge that the Ontario government is delivering a
message that the children and youth who are wards of the
ministry are not valuable nor worthy of care.
The OACYC Provincial Conference opening session had Richard Teskey as Master of Ceremonies.
Following the usual greetings he introduced a presentation he made and broke into incredible song with
themes of relationships. About half way through, he was joined from the back of the hall by student Tabi
Dupuis who responded with a verse and walked down to join him in duet. This set a relaxed tone which was
followed by Christine Gaitens and her appeal to all child and youth care professionals to take the recent
tragedies seriously and actively write, march or call for legislation, respect and safety for all in the field.
Keynote Heather Snell reflected back on a career as an educator noting that often teaching was the
traditional dynamic of teacher up front speaking to students in class. She noted the restrictions and as she
did dancers emerged to amplify her points. Finally, spoken poetry was introduced to illustrate that we all
have something to teach as well as to learn. You do not expect performance art at youth care events and
so the address was unique, intriguing and masterful in the end, and especially so after learning the
dancers were all new to the work as those who rehearsed had to be in class.
Tony Maciocia, ED of the QAE is seen about with Jody Svoboda Rhodes, President of the
Association of Child and Youth Care Practice, the Council's peer organization in the United
States. This was their 40th Anniversary which coincidentally just happened to take place on
the same dates as the OACYC conference. Long time member Tony was joined by Council
President, Jeff Reid to attend the meetings and help celebrate the milestone. The ACYCP
published a brief history of the organization listing the Presidents and achievements of their
terms. This webmaster was the Council representative in the late 90's and early 2000's.
Whenever the ACYCP crosses paths such as in Vienna with Carol Kelly I appreciate the
moment to extend the relationship. Best Wishes on another 40.
Jeff Reid also now is President of the Child and
Youth Care Certification Board.
Of particular interest were the remarks of Richard
addressed members of ACYCP. . He spoke in very
supportive terms of finding a way for the Council On
Accreditation to find ways to pay more attention to
education and training qualifications of front-line
employees in youth serving organizations, including
the value of certification. The COA accredits over
2200 organizations in the US and Canada.
The next National in Vancouver is also an
International inviting the participation and hopefully
attendance of some of these fine folks and their
colleagues as presenters and registrants.
Council President Jeff Reid was interviewed in response to the AWOL statistics in Nova
Scotia. Go to CBC