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September 2018


THE END OF AN ERA:
CDI EXTENDS HEARTFELT GOODBYE TO CEO TONY DINIZ

On Friday, September 29, Child Development Institute will sadly bid adieu to CEO and children’s mental health champion Tony Diniz. After 28 years of immeasurable leadership, Diniz leaves behind an indelible legacy that has grown and shaped CDI into the world-class organization it is today. Last week, CDI staff gathered to commemorate Diniz’s departure by sharing heartfelt stories of a visionary hero who altered the course of children’s mental health and childcare in Toronto. With great excitement, CDI looks forward to welcoming Dr. Lynn Ryan MacKenzie as the new CEO on October 1. MacKenzie brings extensive and relevant health and human services experience, along with a strong record of leadership to CDI.     

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

PROVINCE SELECTS SNAP TO HELP AT-RISK KIDS IN CAPITAL CITY

A plan to help some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable children and their families is in motion. On September 11, 2018, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod announced a $500,000 commitment by the province to implement the Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) program for marginalized children and their families in Ottawa through a collaboration between Britannia Woods Community House and the Somali Centre for Family Services. Click here to catch Dr. Leena Augimeri talk about this exciting development on CBC News.

Click here to learn more about SNAP’s reach across Canada.

SNAP RECEIVES COMMUNITY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR CATEGORY 1 AWARD

On September 21, 2018, the Stop Now And Plan® (SNAP) program was awarded the 2018 International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioner’s Community Program of the Year Category I (population over 100,000) Award. This significant achievement was marked at the annual ISCPP Symposium’s Awards Luncheon in Niagara Falls, where Dr. Leena Augimeri gave a plenary presentation on SNAP as a Canadian-made best practice built on more than 32 years of evidence.

FEATURED PROGRAM 

MOTHERS IN MIND

Farah had a difficult childhood filled with abuse and neglect. As an adult, Farah experienced ongoing physical and emotional abuse by her partner since before she was pregnant with her son, Amal. Once Amal was born, Farah felt isolated and alone.

Mothers in Mind is an innovative parenting group designed specifically for mothers who have experienced violence and/or trauma and are parenting children under the age of four. Our experienced staff helps mothers learn ways to manage stress and other challenging feelings, foster healthy self-esteem, and respond to their children in a sensitive, supportive and effective manner. We are able to offer this 10-week group program through the support of our generous donors.

Click here to learn how MIM made a difference in the lives of mom Farah and her son.  

WELLNESS TIP 

Transitioning from one location or activity to another can be difficult for some children. It’s important to listen to your child and take their lead on how much preparation they need before moving on. Even simply reminding them of past successes can sometimes be enough encouragement for some children to take on the challenge of change.  

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Register Today for Canada's Largest Annual Children's Mental Health Conference!
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is excited to announce our 2018 line up of keynote speakers and workshops, including representatives from Think: Kids, CAMH, The Ontario Child Health Study, Lakehead University and more. This year's conference brings together innovators from across North America to share the latest discoveries, practices and ideas on improving service delivery of mental health care to infants, children and youth. We look for ward to seeing you there!
 
To view this years program or to register visit https://event-wizard.com/CMHO2018/0/register/

SUPPORTING CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES

At the heart of Shoppers Drug Mart is a deep commitment to women’s health and well being. Through its philanthropic initiative, SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU., Shoppers Drug Mart has provided valuable support to CDI’s Mothers in Mind (MIM) program. Their generosity helps mothers in the Toronto area receive the care and counselling they need to overcome the effects of violence, abuse or trauma. “We know when women are healthy, so too is the entire family. That’s why we invest in her health,” says Lisa Gibbs, Director, Community Investment, at Shoppers Drug Mart. “Funding innovative programming such as MIM for women is our social purpose, and we are quite passionate about it.”

Visit shoppersloveyou.ca to learn more about this special initiative.

WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN CHANGE LIVES


For only $35 a month, your gift will help support a mother and child who join the Mothers in Mind group counselling program. This monthly donation will help renew the shattered lives of mothers and children who are struggling to find their way after experiencing family violence and trauma.

Sign up to become a monthly donor today.
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ABOUT CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

Child Development Institute is an accredited, multi-service children’s mental health organization in Toronto, providing a range of services to children and youth aged 18 and younger, and their families. CDI is committed to responding to the unique needs of our clients through continuous process improvement, research and training. We serve approximately 3,000 children, youth and families each year.

Our mission is to make measurable lifelong impact on the mental health and well-being of children, youth and their families. Our vision is to transform the lives of children, youth and their families by developing and delivering world class, innovative, evidence-based mental health programs.

To learn more about all our programs and services, visit our website at childdevelop.ca.
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