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Winter 2019
Gratitude makes us happier, improves our mental health and the wellness of those around us. By living each day with a sense of appreciation we shift our perspective with a positive outlook creating a ripple effect into a better tomorrow. This winter we are grateful for the support we have received as we make a measurable lifelong impact on the mental health and well-being of children, youth and their families.

Keeping Kids Warm This Winter

“I make products that help children stay comfortable outside so play doesn’t have to end and I am proud to support the children at CDI.” 
—Anna Redish, owner of January Baby

Being outside is important to a child’s development and mental health, but getting a toddler dressed in winter clothes can be challenging. Anna Redish, owner of January Baby and four-time parent, knows how hard it is for children to keep their mittens on and that is why she used her experience in fabric and design to invent Smittens: the no-escape mittens. This winter, Anna kindly donated a large number of Smittens and other winter wear to the children and families in our programs. Thank you, Anna, for your continued support, and for helping to foster the many health benefits that accompany outdoor playtime.

Supporting SNAP through Cherished Moments 

“Sometimes the smallest gesture can get a child to feel comfortable. I try to understand how they are feeling and include them as part of the process.” —Sonia Mederios, SweetArt Images

Local photographer Sonia Medeiros of SweetArt Images has made a generous donation from her Christmas photography sessions in support of our SNAP Youth Leaders program. Sonia’s photography journey began with a passion for taking photos and capturing the beautiful moments in life. CDI is grateful for her kindness. Her donation will also provide SNAP dragon toys for our 2019 Camp Wimodausis campers.

Thank you also to Toronto philanthropists and long-time supporters of CDI Lyn and Sandy Baptist who provided a very generous ‘Angel Fund’ during the holiday season to support SNAP families.  Along with Sonia, these SNAP champions doubled their support to SNAP children, youth and families this year.

“We wanted to contribute to a local organization that is actively creating change in the field of children’s mental health.” —Niki Snjaric, Other Life Lessons

It all started with an idea to help parents explain difficult topics to their children. Today, Niki Snjaric and Meaghan Hadwyn are the proud founders of Other Life Lessons, a local publishing company that produces honest books for children with the goal to build empathy and resilience at an early age.

By igniting impactful conversation on matters such as grief and the working parent, Niki and Meaghan’s books are contributing to the happy, healthy development of children - a passion that led them to discover the work of CDI.

“We believe that children’s mental health initiatives are often lost in the larger mental health discussions. Children require a unique approach and we believe that a lot of positive impact and change can be created in the early years,” says Meaghan.

Other Life Lessons is dedicated to supporting children’s mental health programs. With every book sold online and at special events, $1 is donated to CDI.
One in 5 children in Canada have a mental health issue, yet 4 out of 5 do not receive the help they need. Not sure whom you can talk to or how you can lend support? A great start is joining the conversation.  Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 30.
Share your story and support of children’s mental health at:
CDI Twitter or CDI Facebook.  Be sure to follow along with the hashtag #CDIendsStigma
Visit to learn more about our mental health services for children, youth and their families.


Adrian Zenwirt
Alison Holt
Brina Ludwig Prout and James Prout
Carol Bezaire
Cathy Cleave
Ciprian Gligor and Shayne Tryon
Colette and Thomas Barber
Dana Dodge
David Kim
David and Maureen Hulbert
Elizabeth Berger
Frances M. and Tim Price
George and Di Baptist
Janice and Morten Friis
Jennifer Niece
Joan Power
Joanne and Gerald Bentson
Judy White and Rodney Waugh
Kaitlin Crewe
Katy Mann
Leena and Enzo Augimeri
Linda Leveley
Lisa Roosen-Runge
Lynn Ryan MacKenzie
Mary Ellen Burns
Megan Svarich-Knights
Melissa Syme
Robert and Judy Caley
Sandra Hose
Sheryl Sorokin
Steve and Nanette Blake
Susan Paterson
Tammy MacDougall
Tony Diniz
Tracey Brown
Thank you to our 2018 CDI Ambassadors!
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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