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Winter 2020
One of our favourite routines for January is reflecting on the past year and all that we’re grateful for. Gratitude can improve mental health substantially, and we’re fortunate at CDI to have so much to be thankful for! In our quest to improve the well-being of children, youth and their families, none of this would be possible without your phenomenal support. 
Spotlight on our supporters

Troop connects community volunteers to CDI

This year has only deepened our gratitude for Troop and their volunteers. Troop is a tech company on a mission to change the way people interact with philanthropy. “Imagine if it was just as easy to help a neighbour as it is to order food to your front door?” says Kelly Emery, Troop’s founder. “I want to use technology to help people with busy lives discover needs in their local community - so it’s easy to do good!”

Troop finds charities like CDI in the local community to support and connect volunteers to. In 2019, Troop supported CDI in a variety of projects, from toy and art supply donations for our Camp Wimodausis, to holiday gifts for the women and children in CDI’s Mothers In Mind program. Troop volunteers help CDI with smiles on their faces, something we don’t take for granted.

Click here to learn more about Troop. 

New year, same gratitude for January Baby

Anna Redish, owner of January Baby, has continued her support of CDI by donating Smittens for children and families in our programs. Thank you, Anna!

Learn more about January Baby here.

RBC Assist-a-Family Program

We are grateful to RBC for its continued support of CDI families through the annual ‘Assist-a-Family’ program. In the past 10 years, RBC employees have banded together to provide for 329 CDI families, generating over $650,000 in gifts and gift cards. This initiative comes directly from the RBC team members, spearheaded by Serena Orlow, Manager, Communications Infrastructure Management. “I’m a firm believer in community and social impact,” says Serena.

For her and her team at RBC, giving back to children, youth and families across the city helps them to feel connected and part of something meaningful. “If I can help put a smile on a child’s face during the holidays from our donations, it makes it all worthwhile.”

Programs like this can make a huge difference in the lives of families, many of whom are newcomers to Canada. This year, RBC assisted 71 CDI families, alleviating many of the pressures that surround the holiday season.

Thank you, RBC!
Feelings can be overwhelming, especially for children and youth. Starting in February, CDI is debuting Facing Our Feelings, a series of videos that encourage self-expression and healthy discussions on children’s mental health. 

Be sure to follow the journeys of Robert, Ezekiel, Kaden, Kathryn, Mackenzie and Ember on our social media channels, and join the conversation by using the hashtag #FacingOurFeelings.

Click here to watch our first video now!

Stay tuned – these videos will be launching on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, with different videos releasing each week!


Leena and Enzo Augimeri
George and Di Baptist
Colette and Thomas Barber
Joanne and Gerald Bentson
Elizabeth Berger
Carol Bezaire
Steve and Nanette Blake
Tracey Brown
Robert and Judy Caley
Cathy Cleave
Kaitlin and Ian Crewe
Dana Dodge
Dan Fiala
Janice and Morten Friis
John Gillies and Anne-Marie Prendiville
Ciprian Gligor
Judith Hinchman and Patrick Garver
Alison Holt and Innes Van Nostrand
David Kim
Brina Ludwig Prout and James Prout
Tammy MacDougall
Jennifer Niece
Carole O'Beirne
Susan Paterson
Joan Power
Lisa Roosen-Runge
Lynn Ryan MacKenzie
Sheryl Sorokin
Melissa Syme
Judy White and Rodney Waugh
Adrian and Janet Zenwirt
Thank you to our 2019 CDI Ambassadors!

Our Ambassadors have one thing in common: they believe in our mission, and are willing to share their passion and support to our organization with others. 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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