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 St. Johns, NL in May of 2020. Members can nominate fellow members
online at any time.
|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.
|Bailey's. 185 Lombard, Winnipeg, MB
||CYCWAM Annual General Meeting, November 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm
||AGM open to members interested in participating in
the association at the board or volunteer level.
|Winnipeg, September 20, 2018 9-4 pm
||THE OTHER SIDE OF BEHAVIOUR, A day with Dr. Thom Garfat ad Andy
|A workshop exploring aspects of relational child and
youth care sponsored by CYCWAM.
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
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 2017 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.
Heather and the students fund raised to attend the conference in Ventura in January 2018 to
reprise the presentation. It was warmly and enthusiastically received.
Upon her return to St. John's Jaimerae Lundrigan was recognized again by the
Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors & Social Development
at the Legislature.
The 2018 NSCYCWA board
meeting to strategically plan for
the year ahead