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Summer 2018
Expanding Our Reach


Thank you to all who attended this year's Annual General Meeting on June 12. Congratulations to the award winners and those who were recognized for their many years of service! 


The 2017/2018 Annual Report has now gone live! Click here to learn more about our highlights from the last year, and to read feature stories on several of our programs, including Healthy Child Development, Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts, Family Violence and the SNAP® National Expansion Campaign. If you would like to receive a hard copy of CDI’s Annual Report, please contact Tammy MacDougall.


With great excitement, CDI’s Board of Directors has named Dr. Lynn Ryan MacKenzie as the new incoming Chief Executive Officer, effective September 2018. The Board undertook a rigorous search process to find the right candidate to succeed long-standing CEO Tony Diniz, who is set to retire after helming CDI for 28 impactful years. “I feel very confident and positive about the selection of Lynn for leadership into the future,” says Diniz.


On June 21, Canadians honoured National Indigenous Peoples Day. This special date celebrates the unique heritage and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and recognizes the importance of building relationships and connection.

CDI is committed to expanding its reach across Canada to support children, youth and their families. As the demand for children’s mental health services continues to grow, we are proud to be actively engaged in conversations with communities in every province and territory to determine how our Early Intervention SNAP program can help children and their families in urgent need of children’s mental healthcare. Earlier this year, the school staff at Wikwemikong Board of Education on Manitoulin Island were trained and have begun piloting SNAP in a Grade 2 classroom. As well, the SNAP program for Cree Nation Government saw 2,422 students experiencing the Pitimaa Maamituneyiht Cree SNAP for Schools Program in Eeyou Istchee.

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


Since 1999, TD Securities Underwriting Hope Charity Auction has been a remarkable and consistent patron of the CDI family. It has supported a variety of CDI programs, including Towhee, SNAP® Girls, Integra and the SNAP® National Expansion Campaign. Proudly donating over $500,000 to CDI and the formerly known Integra Foundation over the years, TD Securities Underwriting Hope Charity Auction’s generosity has helped reinforce CDI’s growth in becoming Canada’s leading innovative, evidence-informed mental health agency for children, youth and families. “We believe that everyone has a role to play in creating a mentally healthy workplace and community,” says Michael Wolff, Managing Director and Head of Customized Solutions Group Debt Capital Markets at TD Securities. “Together we are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children and families within our community.” TD Securities Underwriting Hope Charity Auction is also the recipient of CDI’s 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year Award.


On Saturday, June 16, under sunny clear skies, five decades of Towhee success were marked with a festive anniversary celebration in Haliburton, ON. Since its inception in 1968, Towhee has been improving the mental health of children and youth with learning disabilities through specialized programming. “It’s been 50 years of memories and magic,” says Towhee Program Manager Nicola Bangham. “For many, Towhee signifies the moment of positive change in the trajectory of their lives.”

Highlighting acceptance and belonging in an enriched and therapeutic learning environment for the past 50 years, the celebration of Towhee saw counsellors new and old, parents and former campers, reconnect in a place where their lives were transformed. “…It appears that the Towhee strength never really leaves us,” wrote former camper Jennifer Hooker on the “I Heart Camp Towhee” Facebook page.  “And when we walk on those grounds again, it emerges again, like a blazing campfire.”


Camp Wimodausis is a therapeutic-based summer day camp for children ages 6–11 who struggle with emotion regulation and behaviour difficulties. Our caring and experienced staff provide a summer of fun with sports, games, arts and crafts, swimming and special excursions in the city while incorporating SNAP (Stop Now And Plan) skills to manage their behaviour, exercise self-control and resolve problems. We are able to offer this specialized camp to 50 at-risk children each summer, at no cost, through the support of our generous donors. The program is highly structured to maximize opportunities for success, with many of our campers able to integrate back into traditional day camp programs after a summer at Wimodausis.


Take a break from technology this summer. Switch off your devices for a few hours every now and again. Allow yourself some time to be present, reconnect with your family and spend uninterrupted time together.

Become a monthly donor

For only $10 a month, your support will buy groceries for one after-school cooking class in our Family Violence program, which provides support to children and youth living in women’s shelters. This monthly donation will help make an impact on children and mothers struggling to find their way after experiencing family violence and trauma.

Sign up to become a monthly donor today.

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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