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SNAP Launches in Atlantic Canada

From left to right:  Kate Wright, Jenn Bernier, Delthia Miller, Sharon Steeves and Reina Robicheau 
We are proud to announce the opening of our newest SNAP Affiliate (and first in Atlantic Canada) in Halifax at The Centre for Building Resilience through Anti-Violence Education (BRAVE).

Focusing specifically on girls with significant behavioural problems and their families, the BRAVE SNAP program exemplifies collaborative community partnerships that can best support at-risk families.

“BRAVE is thrilled to be a part of the SNAP family and to have had the opportunity to bring SNAP to Atlantic Canada,” says Dr. Jennifer Bernier, Executive Director at BRAVE. “We worked closely with Child Development Institute and numerous community partners over the past two years to ensure the successful launch of our project. We are proud to say that SNAP has been well-received in our region – particularly among the girls and families we support.”
 
The project, guided by a community advisory board, includes representatives from health, justice, education, police and community organizations. BRAVE is also partnering with school boards to provide additional school-based SNAP learning and with the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University to evaluate program outcomes.

Congratulations to Jennifer Bernier and her BRAVE team on their successful launch.

Meet Nicholas, a SNAP Boys Leader in Training

Photo credit: François Ollivier 
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When Kristina dropped her son Nicholas off at CDI’s St. Clair Gardens location five years ago for his first day of camp, little did she know how much their lives would change from that one small step.

“Once Nicholas finished at Camp Wimodausis, we moved on to the Stop Now And Plan (SNAP®) Boys program, followed by the Parent Problem Solving group, which I ended up completing twice.” Kristina says. “I loved the program so much, I just had to do it again.”

SNAP Boys is a family-focused, early intervention program for boys ages 6 to 11 who are engaging in aggressive or antisocial behaviour. For 13 weeks, the boys meet weekly to learn self-control, problem-solving and emotion-regulation skills through our SNAP program­. Every week, their parents come together at the same time for group sessions where they learn effective child management strategies.

For Kristina and Nicholas, these group sessions and the support they received from the SNAP team were the safety net they needed to handle life’s challenges.

“The role playing activities and joint sessions between the boys and parent groups have helped us develop some great coping techniques and strategies,” Kristina says. “Nicholas now knows what he needs to do to get through a difficult situation without losing his cool, which has made a big difference on his behaviour.”


Nicholas is now a SNAP Leader in Training, a program that allows SNAP graduates to continue integrating SNAP into their lives, while building life, leadership and employment skills. 

Kristina also intends to continue participating in SNAP programming for as long as she can. “After all these years and life’s ups and downs, I know that CDI will always be there for me,” Kristina says. 

Igniting Positive Change Together

Left to right: Sam Duboc (Pecaut Board Member), Tara Gruhn (Pecaut, Co-Executive Director), Leena Augimeri (CDI SNAP Director), Kilian Berz (Pecaut Board Member/Boston Consulting Group Senior Partner & Managing Director), Kate Banting (Boston Consulting Group, Project Leader), Gord Baird (Pecaut Board Member), Jie Zheng (Boston Consulting Group), Ran Mo (Boston Consulting Group)
CDI’s SNAP team recently celebrated its first year of successful collaboration with LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact. In 2014, the Pecaut Centre selected SNAP as its inaugural charity partner, with the goal of expanding the program to 120 communities across Canada over the next five years. This partnership now continues under the umbrella of LEAP, a social enterprise agency incubated by the Pecaut Centre.
 
Along with its private sector partners Boston Consulting Group, Cossette, Ernst & Young, McCarthy Tetrault, and the Offord Group, LEAP is providing SNAP with pro-bono strategic and implementation support throughout the campaign.
 
“The passion, commitment, intelligence and energy channeled by the SNAP team has made this a seamless and remarkable partnership,” says Narinder Dhami, Executive Director, LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact. “Together, we are igniting positive change and helping children reach their full potential by scaling SNAP across Canada.”
 
The SNAP Expansion strategy continues to gain momentum: we currently have 20 sites delivering the SNAP program in Canada and are hard at work to expand the reach and impact of SNAP across the country.

Celebrating SNAP Supporters David Feather and Lily Chow 

David Feather and Lily Chow are encouraging their children to follow their lead by contributing in all kinds of ways to organizations they believe in.
“We wanted to be involved with an organization that really helps the community it serves,” reflects Lily Chow, a dedicated CDI volunteer and long-time donor with her husband David Feather. “We were looking to support a smaller organization that has a direct impact on children and families,” she says.

Lily and her family have shown their generosity to CDI in many ways. For the last year and a half, Lily has volunteered with the SNAP program by providing administrative support to the team. “I really enjoy working with the SNAP team,” she says. “I help out in many different capacities and it all depends on what they are working on at the time: writing job descriptions, job postings, researching, or anything else that’s required.”

Lily’s husband, David Feather, has been an ambassador for CDI for over a decade; David was president of the CDI Foundation Board of Directors from 2004-2007 during the time of the merger of our legacy organizations, the West End Crèche and Earlscourt Child and Family Centre, in 2004.

Over 10 years, Lily and David have made a significant contribution to help the children and families supported by CDI. They recently made a major investment in the SNAP National Expansion Campaign. “We think the SNAP team is positioned well to take their program and launch it nationally to help children at an early age,” Lily says. “We believe that all children can benefit from this program and that it really should be readily available”.

Even Lily and David’s children have jumped on board; last year, their daughters had birthday parties and asked for donations to be made to CDI.

Thank you to the Feather-Chow family for their longstanding support of our programs. We are so grateful for your compassion and generosity.
 
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