Michelle Shelswell
Melanie Fournier
Jennifer Kettle
Newfoundland and
Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations
Each association nominates their primary representative to the board who sits as the Director for that province with full voting rights. This person
serves as the primary contact throughout their term and participates in tell-conferences that take place throughout the year. Each provincial
association may send an additional participant/observer to the annual general meeting to allow for transition planning and experience.

From time to time guests are invited to join the annual general meeting as participant/oberservers. In 2010, for example, the then Senator Landon
Pearson joined the meeting to share her insights on youth in Canada. In 2013, Jeff Kreeb of the Association of Child and Youth Care Practice sat
in to represent that sister organization from the United States.

The Council webmaster, Garth Goodwin represented CYCWAM for many years and now attends as member Emeritus without voting privileges.
Board of Directors
Kelly Shaw is currently core faculty at
the Nova Scotia Community College in
the Child and Youth Care Diploma
Program. She has an MA in Child and
Youth Study, holds certification from
the CYC Certification Board and is
completing a PhD in Educational
Studies at Brock University. She is a
believer in creative interactive
programming with youth and with
learners and is interested in exploring
further how creative programming can
be used to build essential practice
skills within a Child and Youth Care
educational setting.
Kelly Shaw
Past President
Heather Power is currently employed
as a Youth Justice Worker with the PEI
Department of Environment, Labor and
from McMaster University and a
Teacher's Certificate from Lakeshore
Teacher's College in Toronto. Heather
spent the first fifteen years of her
working career teaching across
Canada. Since 1996 she has been
working in the field of Child and Youth
Care in PEI in a number of capacities:
Heather Power is currently employed
teacher, youth worker and youth as a
Youth Justice Worker with the PEI
justice worker. During this time she has
continued to support youth and their
families as well as the Child and Youth
families as well as the Child and Youth
Care Association movement on PEI.
Trevor Goodwin
New Brunswick
Heather Power
Prince Edward Island
Jeff Reid
President of
Catherine Hedlin (L) and Pennie
Sibbald (R)
Alberta/CYCAA Representatives
Jeff Reid is faculty with the Child
and Youth Care Program in the
school of Health and Human
Services at Nova Scotia
Community College, Truro
Campus, and does independent
contract work as a Guardian Ad
Litem for youth in Nova Scotia. He
is also the President of the Nova
Scotia Child and Youth Care
Workers Association and the
current President of the Child and
Youth Care Certification Board.
Jeff holds current certification
through both the Alberta Child and
Youth Care Certification process
and the North American Child and
Youth Care Certification Board.
Prior to taking a teaching position,
he had been working with children,
youth, and families in a variety of
settings for 35 years.
Pennie Sibbald has over 20 years experiences, in both
front line and management capacities in group care,
mental health, in-home family programs, education,
foster care and staff development. Currently Pennie is
the Training Services Coordinator for Hull Services,
Calgary Alberta. She is very involved with the Child and
Youth Care Association of Alberta, where she is on the
Board of Directors, Chair of the Certification Committee
and Co-Chair of the Education Committee. Pennie is
very passionate about the Certification of Child and
Youth Care practitioners as well as the need for
Legislation of Child and Youth care.  As a Council
member for CCCYCA she is also Chair of the
Communications Committee, and is proud to be part of
the National Council.

Catherine Hedlin, assistant professor in the Bachelor of
Child and Youth Care program at MacEwan University
in Edmonton, has a long history in CYC beginning her
career (more years ago than she is willing to admit) in
intensive treatment programs  for adolescents and
moving into management in a women’s shelter, a
sexual assault center and a provincial umbrella
organization.  Catherine’s research interests are
supervision, management and education in the Child
and Youth Care field. She is currently serving her
second term as the chairperson of the Child & Youth
Care Association of Alberta.
Kristyna Fritzsche
Kristyna Fritzsche is a recent graduate
of the Child and Youth Care Diploma
Program at Red River College in
Winnipeg, Manitoba; as well as, a
graduate from the University of
Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts
Degree. She has been working with
youth in a wide variety of settings for
the last 7 years and currently holds a
CYC position as a Youth Treatment
Worker with Marymound in their
Complex Needs Mental Health Unit.
She is also the secretary on the board
of directors for the Child and Youth
Care Workers Association of Manitoba
(CYCWAM) and looks forward to taking
on this new and exciting challenge as
the Manitoba representative for the
Canadian Counsel of Child and Youth
Care Association.
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Janet Westcott
British Columbia
Janet Westcott has served on the
CYCABC Board of Directors for since
2009. Most recently, Janet has served
as the board’s Acting Chair. Janet’s
interests include expanding
association membership and
developing a hub for Child and Youth
Care practitioners.

Janet has been as a dedicated CYC
Counsellor for approximately 15 years,
and is currently a Residential Program
Manager for Hollyburn Family
Services, managing multiple programs
serving clients with special needs. She
has experience working with a diverse
population. She was the first
supervisor of the North Shore Youth
Safe House, a youth shelter aiming to
reduce homelessness run by Hollyburn
Family Services in North Vancouver.
Her past experience includes work in
communities such as Squamish and
the Sea to Sky Corridor, North
Vancouver and East Vancouver and
includes duties such as program
development, enhancing community
profile, fund raising, care plan
development and execution, and
stabilization of high-risk behaviours.
She was an integral member of the
committee to open the Squamish
Youth Resource Center. Janet has
spent the last 11 years working in
residential stabilization and
assessment programs for children and
youth. She has supported people
experiencing substance use, high-risk
behaviours, mental health issues,
abuse and neglect as well as children,
youth and young adults with multiple
diagnosis including Autism, ADHD and
FASD. Janet notes “I strongly believe
that as Child and Youth Care
practitioners, we as a professional
body, should advocate for ourselves
and recognize the need for quality
child and youth programs and
resources in order to teach/ foster
/support positive overall development
in the child and youth and families of
our province.”
Jennifer Kettle is presently a
program coordinator with
Waypoints.   She has worked
in the field of Child and Youth
care for over 20 years and is a
certified child and youth care
Practitioner    Jennifer is also a
certified ASIST trainer and has
also facilitated a variety of
other training for Waypoints
and other community
agencies.   She has been an
active member of the Child
and Youth Care Association
for over 20 years and is
currently the Newfoundland
representative on the
Canadian Council of Child and
Youth Care Associations.     
Melanie Fournier graduated from the
Special Care Counselling program at
Vanier College, Que, Canada in 1999.
An Alumni of care herself, Melanie
began her career at Batshaw Youth
and Family Centres as an Educator in
2006. She teaches life skills to older
adolescents in care who are
transitioning into independent living.
In 2009, Melanie became President of
the Quebec Association of Educators
and has actively been involved ever
In 2016, Melanie was appointed by her
association to sit on the CCCYCA
board. Melanie continues to be the
QAE President and more recently,
she's been appointed by the CCCYCA
to be the ACYCP liaison, and the
Liaison to the National Youth in Care
Michelle Shelswell is a passionate
Child Youth Care pratcioner with
approximately 20 years of experience
in the field. Michelle spent the first half
of her career in residential work then
moved to school based and community
based organizations. She furthered
her education and became a full time
faculty at Lambton College in Sarnia,
Ontario in the CYC program. Michelle
is an active member of the Ontario
Association of Child and youth Care
since her days of being a student in
college and is currently holds the
position of secretary on the Board of
Directors. Michelle's goal is to see
CYC's become legislated.
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For 2017, the following committees continue::

By-Laws Committee:

Shawn Wood
Michelle Shelswell

Policy Committee:

Shawn Wood
Jennifer Kettle

Communications Committee:

Pennie Sibbald
Melanie Fournier
Garth Goodwin
Crystal Crossan
Nova Scotia
Garth Goodwin
Garth Goodwin is the Data and
Computer Resources Assistant at
Marymound.  He began his CYC
journey in 1974 and was the first
recipient of the Council of Canadian
Child and Youth Care Award in 1986.
He nurtured the Child and Youth Care
Workers Association of Manitoba
through its formative years and was its
representative to the Council for many
years, establishing its web presence.
He was granted honorary CYC Cert
status by CYCWAM and has honorary
life memberships in three provincial
associations. He has had a column in
the Journal of Relational Child and
Youth Care Practice since its
inception. He continues to support the
child and youth care association
movement through photographing as
many of its key events and participants
as possible and publishing these