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Spring 2019

Message from our CEO

As of April 1, 2019, CDI moved from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). We look forward to continuing the momentum for prioritizing children’s mental health by delivering innovative, evidence-based programming.

Lynn Ryan MacKenzie, CEO
Child Development Institute
CDI’s two summer camps: Camp Wimodausis and Camp Towhee provide structured opportunities to build independence and empowerment
Camp Wimodausis
Children who are struggling with mental health issues and serious behavioural challenges are often unable to attend traditional summer camp. CDI recognized this gap in service and created Camp Wimodausis, a free specialized day camp for children ages 6-11.  Camp Wimodausis offers a true camp experience, where children are encouraged to learn and grow, build new skills, make friends and have fun.  It also provides a unique therapeutic curriculum for at-risk children based on our award-winning SNAP program that teaches children how to make better choices ‘in the moment’. Many of our campers are able to integrate back into traditional day camp programs after a summer at Camp Wimodausis. This year, we look forward to welcoming over 50 children to this specialized day camp.   
For more information about Camp Wimodausis and other SNAP programs, please click here.

Camp Towhee
For children and youth living with learning disabilities and mental health issues (LDMH), making and keeping friends can be confusing, even elusive. Towhee is a critical component of our LDMH programming at CDI for children and youth.  Founded by the Kronick Family, this camp is the heart of our Integra program. Each summer at Towhee, over 100 children and youth with complex mental health diagnoses have the opportunity to fully engage in and benefit from all that a summer camp program can offer, and so much more.

“I no longer spend hours despairing that my son will never function in the world. I now believe his future is much brighter. Thank you for all the miracles you work.” Towhee parent
Each year, we see more children and youth with complex profiles, and experience an increase in referrals for our services. To learn more about CDI’s programs for youth with LDMH, visit our website.
Child Development Institute recognizes $750,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant
On Friday, March 22, 2019, we welcomed children’s mental health champions, strategic partners and generous donors to celebrate our SNAP donor wall unveiling and receiving a $750,000 Grow grant in 2015 for SNAP® (Stop Now And Plan).  “This grant has allowed us to sign nine new SNAP affiliates, serve over 750 children and facilitate advanced training for 13 of our licensed SNAP affiliates,” said Dr. Leena Augimeri, Director of SNAP Scientific and Program Development at CDI.
Click here to read the full media release.
CDI's workshops are developed and delivered by professional staff who are experts in the field of learning disabilities and children’s mental health.
Family and community members, educators, counsellors and any other interested adults are welcome to attend.

Sessions available:
  • Executive Functioning and Emotion-Regulation: April 25
  • Navigating the System: May 9
  • The Social Impact of Learning Disabilities: May 23
  • Understanding Anxiety & Learning Disabilities: June 6
Register online to reserve a spot in the session(s) of your choice. 
Be part of the transformation. Become a Monthly Donor
A monthly donation equals big impact. Consider turning your annual contribution into a monthly gift today.
A monthly donation ensures sustainability to CDI
A monthly donation allows CDI to plan and invest in long-term programming 
A monthly donor can choose to direct his/her donations to a specific program

Your $25 monthly donation will support a girl and her mother to attend the SNAP® Girls program.

Your $45 monthly donation will provide bursary support for a child or youth to attend our Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts or Integra Young Warriors programs.

Your $100 monthly donation will send a child to Camp Wimodausis for one whole month during the summer.
Be a part of the community of change today!
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We are a highly collaborative organization, sharing our research, knowledge and expertise through talks nationally and internationally. Visit our website for a full list of upcoming presentations.
It is through your passion and advocacy of children’s mental health that more children, youth and families are receiving the support they need with CDI’s leading mental health programs.
Learn how you can become a CDI Ambassador today by contacting Camila Pereira at, or 416-603-1827 ext. 2304.

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
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