Learn about our #WeAreCDI campaign, the Senate Liberal Open Caucus on Youth Mental Health, and long-time supporter Kim McCrory's upcoming Weekend of Wellness event. 
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One in five children in Canada has a mental health issue, yet four out of five don't receive the help they need. We must all work together to ensure Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth are receiving the necessary support.

If we come together as a community we can affect change.

Parents, families, teachers, donors and community members all play a role in improving the lives of children and youth. Together #WeAreCDI. 

Help us keep the conversation on children’s mental health going by following us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and using the hashtag #WeAreCDI on your social media channels.

CDI in the news
Making children's health a top priority

National Post, March 25, 2015

Dr. Leena Augimeri was recently interviewed in the National Post’s special supplement on mental health, in which she highlights the important role early intervention plays in addressing behavioural problems in children and youth. To read the article, click here

SNAP® Expansion Update

Left to right: Dr. Robert Hoge, Senator Art Eggleton, Senator Jane Cordy, Her Worship Louise Logue and Dr. Leena Augimeri.  
Leena Augimeri participated in The Senate Liberal Open Caucus on Youth Mental Health on May 13, 2015. Parliamentarians, media and the general public were invited to the non-partisan Open Caucus, which is an initiative that promotes education and debate about issues of national importance.
Leena accompanied Her Worship Louise Logue, Justice of the Peace - Ontario Court of Justice, to address the Senate on the importance of early identification and intervention for children with mental health issues. SNAP was highlighted as a program with proven results, and there was support for its wider implementation.

Donor Profile: Kim McCrory

“The decision to join the Camp Towhee team was nothing less than life-changing,” says Kim McCrory, as she looks back on that pivotal moment back in 2011. Kim joined the staff as part of the EXCEL team, which delivers Towhee’s Adventure Therapy program, part of the camp's “challenge by choice” programming for children and youth with learning disabilities and mental health issues. The EXCEL team helps participants learn the high and low ropes course and master the camp's climbing wall.

Currently completing the first year of her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto, Kim says, “Everything that I bring to the program -- my skills, my values, my perspective on working with children -- is grounded in what I learned at Towhee.” 
As a member of the Towhee Staff Alumni Group, Kim is putting the final touches on her Weekend of Wellness Fundraising Event in support of Camp Towhee, which is taking place across Toronto this weekend, May 23-24, 2015.

Volunteering with the Alumni group is a way for Kim to stay connected to that part of her life. “Organizing the Alumni group, planning fundraising initiatives and volunteering with Integra’s Mindfulness Martial Arts program keep me connected to a place that truly means the world to me. I’m no longer belaying campers up the climbing wall, but I hope I can still offer them support in other ways.”

To find out more about a Weekend of Wellness, visit the event's Facebook page. To purchase your $20 All Access Pass, go to  A party will be held at the Rivoli on the evening of Saturday May 23, 2015 -- admission is free.

Thank you, Kim, for all that you do for Camp Towhee!
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