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
|All rights reserved: Garth Goodwin 1995-2019
|National Conference May 4-6, 2018 Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
| 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.
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
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, formed a team and the rest was been delightful.
Click on the image above to go to the feature on the conference.
Supported by hotel staff, the conference team kept everything clicking along. Running throughout was the work of student/artist, 16 year old Maisie Porter.
(seen to the left above with Katrine Conroy, Minister for Children and Family Development in BC). Signed and framed prints of her design for the conference
logo were given to conference presenters and guests. The committee chose locals for presenters: Vikki Reynolds, PhD who put a capital M on motivation,
Bernard Richard, the province's then outgoing Representative for Children and Youth and Jim Anglin, PhD, a speaker familiar to many for his long career
promoting child and youth care. Richmond was a modern, almost Disney-like setting offering an array of Asian dining and shopping experiences. The side
benefit of discovering yet another corner of Canada was rewarded yet again. The Council salutes the CYCABC on mounting a fine conference experience
for all who attended.
|Ziigwas Binesli, presenter at the 5th annual Unity Conference in
Dublin, Ireland used the opportunity of 30 or so drums laying
around to join with the delegation from Fleming College to sing and
drum an honour song in response to a fine evening of Irish deeply
moved by the experience and compliment. It was one of those great
moments in conferencing.
A Note of Explanation -
January 2, 2019
Today I was dismissed as webmaster for
the Council of Canadian Child and Youth
Care Associations over my refusal to
accept a contract, the terms of which the
council could not meet and expectations I
could not agree to. This ended a
relationship with the Council going back to
its inception in 1986, some 32 years. The
web page was a personal construction on
a personal server with personal financing
for the most part and well, all volunteer
work. With my retirement, the hope was to
carry on. The web site will now become
what it has probably always been, a
personal Blog on my years with the
Council and the experiences that followed
out of that. My goal was to put a face on
the people and activities of the Council in
the hopes it would grow and truly realize
its mission. It exists now as a historical
record of those years. A link to the yet to
be established official Council page will be
provided once it becomes available.
This also brings to an end my
administration of the Facebook page for
the Council. This was an exciting and
useful way to connect with CYC's. My
apologies to the 995 friends abandoned
by its deletion. Hopefully, it will emerge
Thank you to all who have participated
down through my 32 years with the
Council. The child and youth care
association movement elevates the work
of one of the most dynamic,
misunderstood, and vital professions.
Your membership supports the work of
those who volunteer their time to
represent and promote this discipline.
Conferencing is the backbone of the child and youth care association movement. Spring, especially the spring of
2019 can be and is a period of robust activity on this front. Associations in Ontario, Manitoba, Newfoundland and
Labrador, and Quebec have events advertised. These are provincial conferences and as such, often the least
expensive and most direct for the membership and interested others to attend.
Beyond the provincial, there are national, international and world conferences. Child and Youth care has developed
to the point where the world is literally open for networking, learning and experiences.