2021 winner announced!

Mary Birdsell


Mary Birdsell

Executive Director, Justice for Children and Youth, Toronto, ON

Mary Birdsell is the Executive Director at Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY), where she is dedicated to protecting and advancing the legal and human rights of children and youth. Mary is recognized as a leading voice for children’s rights and youth justice in Canada, spending 25 years supporting young people who are facing significant adversity – advocating for their rights in pursuit of educational success, access to supports, resolution of conflict and ultimately safety, dignity and wellbeing. Mary is also a tireless advocate for systemic change, arguing many leading youth justice cases at all levels of court and appearing at legislative hearings and policy discussions. Mary is currently the Chair of the Child and Youth Law section of the Canadian Bar Association, is on the Board of A Way Home Canada and is a former board member of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. Mary is the co-author of “Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook”, 2nd ed. 2019.

She will be directing her winning grant to Justice for Children and Youth to continue their work to provide legal representation for low-income children and youth in Ontario.

Congratulations to Mary and the five finalists! Thank you for Standing Up for Kids!

The five finalists: (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Jean Clinton


Dr. Jean Clinton

Clinical Professor McMaster University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Hamilton, ON
$5,000 Grant Recipient: Under the Willow

Jean's bio

Dr. Jean M. Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is on staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital and is an Associate in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Sick Children’s Hospital. She is a Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy as well as a Zero to Three Academy Fellow since 2013. Jean has been a consultant to children and youth mental health programs, child welfare, and primary care for over 30 years. Jean is a nationally and internationally renowned advocate for children’s issues. Her interest lies in the crucial role relationships and connectedness play in brain development. Jean champions the development of a national, comprehensive child well-being strategy including a system of early learning and care for all young children and their families. She is equally committed to ensuring the needs and voices of children and youth are heard and respected. Jean has also authored her first book, Love Builds Brains.

Kelly Holmes


Kelly Holmes

Executive Director, Resource Assistance for Youth, Winnipeg, MB
$5,000 Grant Recipient: Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc.

Kelly's bio

Kelly Holmes is a leader and innovator in Winnipeg’s youth homelessness sector as one of the founders of Resource Assistance for Youth where she is currently Executive Director. Kelly’s focus has been on the design and delivery of a responsive, youth-centered, street-level program that meets the unique and individual needs of youth in Winnipeg. Nationally, she has been involved in the creation of A Way Home Canada, the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, and is currently an active board member on the Catherine Donnelly Foundation. Locally, Kelly was a catalyst in the development of Here and Now: The Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness. In 2019 she was invited to participate on Manitoba’s Illicit Drug Task Force, advocating for youth-oriented solutions to Winnipeg’s Methamphetamine crisis. Kelly is a proud Cree-Icelandic Metis, her spirit name is Yellow Thunderbird Woman. Kelly is committed to creating and holding space for young people to find their own identities and personal power.

Heather O'Keefe


Heather O’Keefe

Executive Director, StepStones for Youth,
Toronto, ON
$5,000 Grant Recipient: StepStones for Youth

Heather's bio

Heather O’Keefe is the founder and Executive Director of StepStones for Youth, a thriving Toronto charity that creates transformative outcomes in the lives of young people involved in Ontario’s Child Protection Services. StepStones’ innovative programming, significantly increases educational attainment, long-term housing, and strong support networks while reducing homelessness, criminal involvement, and isolation for these children and youth. With extensive work experience in child protection, personal experience as a foster parent, and her work at StepStones for Youth, Heather is a respected and leading visionary in the field of child welfare.  She has developed unique and highly effective methods of addressing the unmet needs of young people in and transitioning out of the child welfare system. She also provides consultation and support for developing charities in the areas of strategic planning, program development, research, and productivity increase.

Sam Pothier


Sam Pothier

AYA Case Manager, Futures Forward, Winnipeg, MB
$5,000 Grant Recipient: Youth Employment Services

Sam's bio

Sam Pothier brings a lifetime of personal experience and years of professional experience to the government care community. Their work has included education, transition support, and leadership development. Sam previously worked at the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks and Adoptive Families Association of BC and was the lead on developing the Premier’s Award nominated website Sam has been on the board for the International Foster Care Organization and the National Youth in Care Networks. Currently, Sam is the AYA (Agreements with Young Adults program) Case Manager for the Futures Forward program in Manitoba and provides all students receiving a youth from care tuition waiver with the support and connections they need to be successful in achieving their academic dreams. As a strong advocate for youth engagement, Sam has presented at conferences in England, Malta, and Germany about best practices in the child welfare system. Sam cares deeply about their peers – young people in and from care – and helps them to feel valued and respected, encouraging them to follow their dreams.

Kelly Tallon Franklin


Kelly Tallon Franklin

Chief Executive Director, Courage for Freedom, St. Thomas, ON
$5,000 Grant Recipient: Courage for Freedom

Kelly's bio

Kelly Tallon Franklin is the founder and Chief Executive Director of Courage for Freedom, which focuses on caring for minor aged victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation while increasing Ontarians’ awareness. She has provided care for children and youth since 2007 and has mentored and trained thousands of professionals in human trafficking and sexual exploitation prevention and intervention strategies. Kelly’s work has created national awareness movements and developed support for victim survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation that include equine therapy as well as revolutionary trauma-informed and person-centric care approaches. Kelly has been acknowledged and awarded accolades globally as a survivor, advocate and activist champion of minor aged children and youth in care. Today, she is sought after to mentor and train agencies and workers in solutions-based, self-directed care modules to activate youth empowerment and amplify their voices for systemic, institutional, and legislative change in protection. Kelly is also a best-selling author and award-winning speaker.

The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award recognizes the finalists’ dedication, contribution and impact to improve the lives of abused, abandoned or neglected children and youth. The Award spotlights these leaders and amplifies their stories to inspire and encourage others to social action, specifically to “Stand Up for Kids”.

As part of the Award, the short-listed candidates will be given the opportunity to direct up to $75,000 in grants to enable and/or advance child welfare initiatives*.

The short-listed candidates and winner are evaluated and chosen by the Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award Committee. Committee members were selected for their passion and/or dedication to making a difference in the lives of kids in the child welfare system and are leaders drawn from such sectors as child welfare, business education/academic, community, media, entertainment, sports, public service, health and wellness and social justice.

*Qualified child welfare, child rights, or child and youth agency organizations must:

  • Be a registered charity, qualified donee or partnered with a registered charity or qualified done who can act as Trustee
  • Serve Canadian children, youth and or families involved with the child welfare sector or those at risk of becoming involved with the child welfare sector
Roberta Jamieson

2020 Winner – Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award

Congratulations to Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire. Ohsweken, Ontario – the 2020 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award Recipient.

As the National Award winner, Roberta selected Indspire to receive a $50,000 grant.

Ashley Bach

Ashley Bach
Past-President and Secretary, Director for British Columbia, Youth in Care Canada, Former Youth in Care, Ottawa, ON

Grant Recipient: Youth in Care Canada

Nicole Bonnie

Nicole Bonnie
CEO, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Toronto, ON

Grant Recipient: Free for All Foundation

Dylan Cohen

Dylan Cohen
Facilitator and Community Organizer, Past Campaign Organizer, Fostering Change, Former Youth in Care, Vancouver, BC

Grant Recipient: VOICES – Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network

Julie Despaties

Julie Despaties
Founder and Executive Director, Adopt4Life, Toronto, ON

Grant Recipient: Adopt4Life

Jane Matheson

Dr. Jane Matheson
Former CEO, Wood’s Homes, Calgary, AB

Grant Recipient: Wood’s Homes

Irwin Elman

2019 Winner – Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award

Congratulations to Irwin Elman, Former Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth 2008-2019. Toronto, Ontario – the 2019 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award Recipient.

As the National Award winner, Irwin selected Feathers of Hope, Hairstory, and Ontario Child Advocacy Coalition to share a $50,000 grant.

Sara Austin

Sara Austin
Founder and CEO of Children First Canada. Calgary, Alberta

Selected Charity: Children First Canada

Melanie Doucet

Melanie Doucet
Former Youth in Care, PhD Candidate and Sessional Instructor at McGill University School of Social Work. Montreal, Quebec

Selected Charity: Montreal Youth in Care Alumni Student Association

Wade Johnston

Wade Johnston
Executive Director, Chisholm Services for Children. Halifax, Nova Scotia

Selected Charity: Chisholm Services for Children

Heather Modlin

Dr. Heather Modlin
Provincial Director, Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John’s, Newfoundland

Selected Charity: Key Assets Child Advocacy Centre

Tammy Roberts

Tammy Roberts
Executive Director, Foster Family Coalition of the NWT. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Selected Charity: Foster Family Coalition of the NWT

Cindy Blackstock

2018 Winner – Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award

Congratulations to Cindy Blackstock, PhD, Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Professor, School of Social Work at McGill University – the 2018 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award Recipient.

As the National Award winner, Cindy selected We Matter to receive a $50,000 grant.

Ruby Barclay

Ruby Barclay
Student, Mentor, Volunteer and Advocate.  Nanaimo, British Columbia

Selected Charities: Vancouver Island University Foundation and Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre

Karyn Kennedy

Karyn Kennedy
Child Welfare/Rights Advocate, and Child and Youth Agency Employee. Toronto, Ontario

Selected Charity: BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Tom Littlewood

Tom Littlewood
Therapist for Youth affected by Trauma.  New Westminster, British Columbia

Selected Charity: Dan’s Legacy Foundation

Kenn Richard

Ken Richard
Child Welfare Development and Administration, Indigenous Child Advocate, Educator, and Front Line Practitioner. Toronto, Ontario

Selected Charity: Native Child & Family Services of Toronto

Bruce Rivers

Bruce Rivers
Child Welfare Expert and Advocate. Toronto, Ontario

Selected Charity: Covenant House

Please learn more about our award by reading below.


To be eligible to win the Award, a nominee must be a resident of Canada and if an individual, must be at least 12 years of age at the time of application and cannot be an officer, director, employee or consultant of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award.

Committee Members may be nominated one year after serving on the committee.

To be eligible to nominate an individual for the Award, applicants must be residents of Canada and at least 12 years of age at the time of application and cannot be an officer, director, employee or consultant of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. Should the applicant or nominee be under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must provide consent for the applicant to nominate/apply, and travel and be accompanied to Toronto, Ontario, to accept the Award (should the nominee be selected as a finalist).

How to apply or nominate

To apply and/or nominate a candidate for the 2021 Award, eligible applicants must submit the application form between January 26, 2021, 12:01 AM EST and March 26, 2021, 11:59 PM EST.  While not mandatory, applicants are encouraged to submit relevant documents to support their applications (e.g. video, photos, etc.) during the eligibility period.  These supporting documents can be submitted online using wetransfer and the email address  or sent to:

ATT: Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids National Award Administrator
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
25 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON  M5R 2S9

and must include the applicant’s and nominee’s full name.


Applicants will be evaluated by Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award Committee. The members of the committee will adhere to and complete the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award scorecard when considering each application, and any relevant incremental supporting materials.

Selection Criteria will include:

  • Scope of relevant service/action/initiative/impact/effort/perseverance
  • Quality and/or quantity of societal change/impact or potential for societal change/impact as a result of activities
  • Extent of innovation incorporated and/or evident as part of impact/change
  • Demonstrated passion
  • Shown to have an impact on a minimum of one population of those we support:

• Families at Risk – fewer children and youth entering or growing up in care,
• Kids in Care – improved high school graduation rates,
• Youth in Transition – increased educational attainment and employment outcomes,
• And/or Lived Experience in the child welfare sector

  • The Award recipient must agree to participate, or the legal guardian/parent of the Award recipient (if the Award recipient is under the age of 18) must consent to the participation of the Award recipient, in Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award Ceremony at 2021 Stand Up For Kids Night in September 2021.

• To attend, the National Award Recipient and, if under 18, a chaperone, will receive flights and accommodation.

  • Nominee must confirm their agreement with the Consent provided below.
Award details

The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award will consist of one (1) national award and three to five (3-5) short-list finalists’ awards totaling $75,000.00*.  Award recipients will be honoured with the following recognition and opportunities:


  • The Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids National Award
  • Highlighted in marketing and publicity efforts related to the Award (in Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada communication channels and earned media)
  • The National Award recipient will be given the opportunity to direct $50,000 to child welfare/child rights/child or youth serving agency in Canada of their choice*.


*Qualified child welfare, child rights, or child and youth agency organizations must be:

  • Be a registered charity, qualified donee or partnered with a registered charity or qualified done who can act as Trustee
  • Serve Canadian children, youth and or families involved with the child welfare sector or those at risk of becoming involved with the child welfare sector

By submitting the application, the applicant (and parent/legal guardian if applicant is under 18) agrees (and successful nominees will be required to agree):

  1. Information contained in the application may be made accessible to the public on the website and promotional items produced by Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and sponsor.
  2. Information about the applicant, including without limitation their name, school/place of employment and region may be made accessible to the public on the website and promotional items produced by Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and sponsor.
  3. Should the applicant be a Crown Ward or in permanent care, the Foundation will work with the applicant’s Case Worker/Social Worker on their behalf.
  4. For promotional purposes, in perpetuity and in any form of media worldwide now or hereafter devised without additional compensation or permission, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada may copy, reproduce, use, reuse, licenses, exhibit, display, distribute and create works of a) any creative submissions provided by the applicant, b) the applicants likeness, photograph, or voice and c) statements made by the applicant about the Award.
  5. To be fully bound to this Consent.
  6. To accept the decisions of the members of the committee as final and binding as it relates to the Award.

Robert Sedran

Robert Sedran

Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Strategy, Planning & Corporate Development, CIBC
Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award Chair

Robert Sedran is Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Strategy, Planning & Corporate Development at CIBC. He has been with CIBC for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience in Canadian financial services. Mr. Sedran has also served on the Donations Committee of the CIBC Children’s Foundation for six years and acted as the Chair of that committee for five years. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from McMaster University.

Lynn Belzberg

Lynn-Belzberg_webSocial Worker, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Board Member

Lynn Belzberg was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and later moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she now resides. After attending the University of Toronto, she launched her career as an educator, followed by a sabbatical to focus on raising her children. Lynn returned to Yeshiva University where she received a Master’s degree in Social Work, before opening a private practice in eating disorders.

Lynn has actively volunteered at: Baycrest Hospital, Casey House and AIDS Hospice, Out of the Cold (shelter for the homeless), Zareinu Professional Advisory Committee (day school and treatment centre providing special education and therapies to children with a wide range of physical and developmental challenges), University of Toronto, John H. Moss Scholarship Major Gifts Selection Committee, United Jewish Appeal, Jewish Family and Child Services, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Toronto, School of Social Work.

She is married and the mother of three married children and grandmother of seven grandchildren.

Dr. Barbara Fallon

Barbara FallonProfessor; Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare; Ph.D., Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

For the past 25 years, Dr. Barbara Fallon has worked to bridge the knowledge gap by collecting reliable national and provincial child welfare data across Canada, and mining it with innovative statistical techniques to help policymakers determine what works and is needed to best help children based on evidence, not perceptions.

Throughout her career, Dr. Fallon has received over $17 million in research grants and contracts as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator. These research grants, including provincial-wide studies such as the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse & Neglect (2018) as well as several knowledge mobilization grants, have allowed her to capitalize on the analytic potential of child welfare’s administrative data. She is a Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare.

Dr. Fallon has an exceptional publication record with over 140 peer-reviewed publications and 185 peer-reviewed conference presentations. She has widely disseminated her research child welfare agencies, government bodies, and other related organizations.

Dr. Fallon has given plenary presentations about the importance and utility of using child welfare administrative data to inform and shape effective policy and practices in Germany, Kenya, and Japan.

Roberta Jamieson, O.C., I.P.C., LL.B., LL.D. (Hon)

Roberta-Jamieson-Award-CommitteePast President & CEO, Indspire

Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory who has achieved many firsts in Canada. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As Past President and CEO of Indspire, Roberta has overseen an eightfold increase in the bursaries and scholarships awarded to Indigenous students. Since 2004, Indspire has distributed more than 42,500 scholarships and bursaries, valued at over $132 million to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. She is the Executive Producer of the Indspire Awards, which each year honours ten outstanding Indigenous individuals in multiple categories, including three youth recipients who serve as role models to other First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth.

Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award winner 2020

Anna Amy Ho

Anna Amy HoCommercial Real Estate Advisor (JLL), Non-Profit Consultant and Speaker

A Hong Kong native and fluent Cantonese speaker, Anna Amy Ho is a commercial real estate advisor at JLL, a global real estate firm operating in more than 80 countries. Working with an experienced team (50+ years) and a blue-chip client list, Anna helps companies develop and implement real estate/workplace strategies that reduce occupancy costs and facilitate recruitment and retention of employees. Serving numerous non-for-profits to Fortune 500 companies on their global real estate portfolios, her clients include: UNICEF Canada, ABB, Ticketmaster, and MedicAlert.

But you would never guess how she got here.

Orphaned at 13 years old and subsequently living on her own at 16, Anna’s life experiences shaped her ability to translate challenges into solutions, on both a personal and organizational level. Her first job out of university was providing crisis counselling to victims of crime/trauma, and later leading a violence prevention outreach program.

After 4 years, Anna became a trusted advisor to the non-profit and child welfare sector. In that capacity, she co-led the renowned ‘Our Voice Our Turn’ project, winner of the Child Rights Trailblazer Award and instrumental in improving outcomes for youth in care. Notably, she also assisted in launching the National Stand Up for Kids Campaign, successfully raising over $68 million.

After working on an occupancy planning project with a large post-secondary institution, Anna was hooked on real estate. Problem-solving and being able to influence how people live, work, and play was energizing.

Real estate, notwithstanding, Anna remains passionate about social impact and leaving the world better than we found it. That is why you will still find her engaged in motivational speaking and moderating events. As a lifelong volunteer/advocate, Anna has been awarded the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction and Ryerson University’s Alumni Achievement Award.

Outside of the office, she enjoys climbing aerial silks and travelling.

The Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C.

David Johnston

Governor General of Canada, 2010-2017
Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation

The Right Honourable David Johnston was Canada’s 28th governor general. During his mandate, he established the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), a registered charity that supports and amplifies the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour and inspire Canadians.

Today, he is actively involved as Chair of the RHF Board of Directors.  In 2018, he was appointed Colonel to the Royal Canadian Regiment. Prior to his installation as governor general, Mr. Johnston was a professor of law for 45 years, and served as President of the University of Waterloo for two terms, Principal of McGill University for 3 terms. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec. He was the first non-U.S. citizen to be elected chair at Harvard University’s Board of Overseers from which he graduated in 1963 magna cum laude and was twice named all-American in hockey and was named to Harvard’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and Queen’s and has received more than three dozen honorary degrees or fellowships. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 books. He was named Companion of the Order of Canada in 1997. He has chaired or served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has served on the boards of more than a dozen public companies.

He has been married for 56 years to Sharon and they have 5 daughters and 14 grandchildren.

Susan McIsaac

Susan McIssac

Chief Executive Officer, Right To Play International

Susan McIsaac joined Right To Play International on June 17, 2019 as the Chief Philanthropy Officer and was appointed Chief Executive Officer on January 4, 2021.

Prior to joining Right To Play Susan was the Managing Director, Strategic Philanthropy at RBC Financial where she provided strategic advice and guidance to RBC’s ultra-high net worth clients in developing their family philanthropic and legacy plans.

In the previous two decades, Susan was a senior executive with United Way Greater Toronto as the organization’s Chief Development Officer and then as President and CEO.  With her leadership, United Way mobilized people and resources to help address many of the regions most pressing challenges including income inequality, housing, precarious employment and youth success.  During her tenure, the organization grew from $58-million in 1998 to $118-million in 2015.

Susan has been involved in the community throughout her life as a volunteer and director of numerous organizations and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 in recognition of her efforts.  She was named by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2014 and won Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Region Builder Award in 2017.

Paul Rosebush

Paul RosebushCEO, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Paul Rosebush has had a broad leadership career in health care and social services. He commenced his career in the Canadian Forces as a Social Work Officer and participated in deployments to Bosnia and Rwanda. Over his twenty year career in the CF Paul was posted to numerous bases across the country where he developed expertise in individual and family counselling as well as expertise in Suicide Prevention, Critical Incident Stress, and PTSD.

Following his career in the CF Paul began a career in the private and non-profit sectors with leadership roles at Durham Family Services, and Community Living Ajax-Pickering and Whitby followed by CEO roles in three hospital corporations including the Hay River Health Authority in the North West Territories and the Haliburton Highlands Health Services in Central Ontario and the South Bruce Grey Health Centre in South Western Ontario.

Paul is adept at providing leadership to complex multi-sited organizations that deliver a variety of health and community services. With a clear focus on client and patient centred care Paul has worked with his teams to build service capacity and to develop services that are highly effective and highly regarded by clients and patients. Paul has supported the development of a strong continuum of health care and social services throughout his career and has a reputation for excellent stakeholder management and forging innovative partnerships that benefit clients and patients. Paul approaches leadership from a servant-leader perspective and supports his teams to be high performing and effective.

As a fortunate cancer survivor Paul knows how important it is to make a positive impact on the world and for those we engage with while we can. Paul also strongly believes that there is no higher responsibility for society than to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children. He is proud to be a CAST team member and it’s CEO.

Jennifer Tory

Jennifer Tory

Past Chief Administrative Officer, RBC

Jennifer Tory held responsibility for Brand, Marketing, Citizenship, Communications, Procurement and Real Estate functions globally. As part of Group Executive, Jennifer helped set the overall strategic direction of RBC.

Previously, Jennifer was Group Head Personal & Commercial Banking, leading RBC’s banking businesses of more than 13 million clients and 40,000 employees in Canada and the Caribbean.

Jennifer sits on the board of Allied Properties REIT and currently serves as Chair, Toronto International Film Festival Board and as a director on the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Board.  A recipient of the 2011 Catalyst Canada Honour for championing women in business, Jennifer was inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame in 2017. For her efforts to advance diversity, Jennifer received a Harry Jerome Award in 2013, and the Leading Executive Ally Award by Start Proud in 2016. In December of 2019, Jennifer was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for her commitment to advancing women and minorities in the banking industry and for her extensive community work.

Jennifer has her ICD.D designation from Rotman. She has two daughters and resides in Toronto.

With 35 years of experience on the front-lines of child welfare, Lynn Factor has dedicated her life to ensuring vulnerable children and youth involved in the child welfare system have the chance to build a brighter future.

As a former Chair of the Board and long-time Board member, Lynn’s collaborative nature has brought Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada together with many like-minded child- and youth-serving organizations across the country to build highly impactful programs that provide vulnerable children and youth with the supports they need most. In her current role as a Child Witness Advocate, she is faced with navigating the complexities of working with children who are dealing with trauma every day. In 2018, Lynn was appointed to the Order of Canada for her work serving Canada’s most vulnerable kids.

There is no person better than Lynn Factor to represent this award, which celebrates, funds, and raises the profile of some of the most innovative work in child welfare.


Gagnant 2021 annoncé!

Mary Birdsell


Mary Birdsell

Directrice exécutive, Justice for Children and Youth,
Toronto, Ontario
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Justice for Children and Youth


Toutes nos félicitations à Mary Birdsell, directrice exécutive, Justice for Children and Youth. Mme Birdsell est le récipiendaire du Prix national Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids 2021.

Nous avons été émerveillés par les histoires de douzaines de Canadiens remarquables qui ont été soumises de partout au pays pour le prix national inaugural Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids. Le comité du prix tient à remercier les auteurs de ces candidatures, qui nous ont fait découvrir des candidats exceptionnels, ainsi que les candidats eux-mêmes, dont les efforts ont marqué et amélioré la vie des enfants et des jeunes vivant au sein du système canadien de protection de la jeunesse

Suite à un rigoureux processus d’évaluation, et à maintes discussions animées, Le comité est heureux de dévoiler les six finalistes.

Ces finalistes pourront acheminer des bourses totalisant 75 000 $ (5 000 $ à chacun des 5 finalistes et 50 000 $ au gagnant du prix national) à des organismes qui desservent la jeunesse et/ou qui font progresser la cause des enfants vulnérables. Le gagnant du prix national sera annoncé lors d’une soirée gala qui aura lieu à Toronto le 9 septembre 2021.

Voici les cinq finalistes (en ordre alphabétique) :

Dr. Jean Clinton


Dr. Jean Clinton

Professeure clinicienne, Université McMaster, Département de psychiatrie et de neurosciences comportementales, Hamilton, Ontario
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Under the Willow

Kelly Holmes


Kelly Holmes

Directrice exécutive, Resource Assistance for Youth,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc.

Heather O'Keefe


Heather O’Keefe

Directrice exécutive, StepStones for Youth,
Toronto, Ontario
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : StepStones for Youth


Sam Pothier


Sam Pothier

Gestionnaire de dossiers AYA, Futures Forward,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Youth Employment Services

Kelly Tallon Franklin


Kelly Tallon Franklin

Directrice générale, Courage for Freedom,
St. Thomas, Ontario
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Courage for Freedom


Pour être admissible à gagner ce prix, un candidat doit être résident du Canada et, s’il s’agit d’un individu, avoir au moins 12 ans au moment de la demande et ne peut pas être administrateur, dirigeant, représentant, employé ou consultant de la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada.

Les membres du comité peuvent être mis en nomination un an après avoir quitté le comité.

Pour être admissibles à proposer un candidat, les demandeurs doivent être résidents du Canada et avoir au moins 12 ans au moment de la demande et ne peut pas être administrateur, dirigeant, représentant, employé ou consultant de la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada. Si le demandeur ou le candidat est âgé de moins de 18 ans, un parent ou un tuteur légal doit donner son consentement pour la candidature/demande ainsi que pour voyager, accompagné d’un adulte, à Toronto, en Ontario, pour accepter le prix (dans l’éventualité où le candidat remporte le prix).

Comment postuler ou proposer une candidature

Pour postuler et/ou proposer un candidat pour l’édition 2021 du prix, les candidats éligibles doivent soumettre le formulaire de candidature disponible au veuillez cliquez ici entre le 26 janvier 2021 à 00:01 et le 26 mars 2021 à 23h59, HNE. Bien que ce ne soit pas obligatoire, les demandeurs sont encouragés à soumettre des documents de soumission pertinents pour appuyer leurs demandes (vidéos, photos, etc.) pendant la période d’admissibilité. Ces documents afférents peuvent être soumis en ligne avec wetransfer et envoyer par courriel à ou peuvent être envoyées à :

Administrateur du Prix Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids
Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada
25 Spadina Road, Toronto (Ontario) M5R 2S9

Toutes les soumissions reçues doivent inclure les noms complets des demandeurs et des candidats.

Critères de sélection

Les candidats seront évalués par le comité du Prix Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids de la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada. Lorsqu’ils examineront les candidatures et leurs documents afférents, les membres du comité utiliseront un formulaire de pointage développé à cette fin.

Les critères de sélection comprennent :

  • La portée/l’étendue du service, de l’action, de l’initiative, de l’impact, de l’effort et de la persévérance.
  • Une évaluation qualitative/quantitative de l’impact ou du changement social, ou de l’impact/changement social potentiel découlant de l’activité.
  • Le niveau d’innovation inclus ou inhérent à cet impact / changement.
  • La passion démontrée par le candidat envers sa cause.
  • Un impact démontré sur au moins une population de ceux que nous ciblons
    • Familles à risque – moins d’enfants et de jeunes qui entrent ou grandissent dans le système de protection de l’enfance
    • Enfants pris en charge – amélioration des taux d’obtention du diplôme d’études secondaires ou
    • Jeunes en transition – amélioration du niveau de scolarité et de l’emploi
    • Et/ ou qui ont vécu une expérience au sein du système d’aide à l’enfance
  • Le récipiendaire du prix doit accepter de participer, ou son tuteur légal / parent (s’il est âgé de moins de 18 ans) doit consentir à la participation du récipiendaire à la soirée de remise du prix Stand Up for Kids de la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada, qui aura lieu en septembre 2021.
    • Afin de pouvoir assister à la soirée de remise du prix Stand Up for Kids de la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada en septembre 2021, le lauréat (et un chaperon, s’il a moins de 18 ans) se verra offrir billet(s) d’avion et hébergement.
  • Les candidats doivent confirmer qu’ils sont en accord avec les conditions de consentement énumérées plus loin.
Détails sur le prix

Les prix Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids comportent un (1) prix national et de trois à cinq (3 à 5) candidats finalistes, pour des prix totalisant 75,000 $*. Les récipiendaires des prix seront honorés comme suit :Ils recevront le prix Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids

  • Ils seront mis de l’avant dans les initiatives de publicité et de marketing reliées au prix (dans les plateformes de communication ainsi que les médias acquis de la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada)
  • Le lauréat du prix national aura l’occasion de faire parvenir 50 000 $ à un organisme canadien de leur choix* œuvrant pour le bien-être et/ou les droits des enfants, ou à une agence qui s’occupe des enfants et de la jeunesse.


* Les organismes admissibles sont ceux qui œuvrent pour le bien-être et/ou les droits des enfants, ou une agence qui s’occupe des enfants et de la jeunesse. Ils doivent :

  • Etre une œuvre charitable accréditée et qualifiée, ou travailler en partenariat avec une œuvre charitable accréditée, qualifiée et habilitée à agir comme fiduciaire.
  • Desservir les enfants, la jeunesse et les familles au Canada et être impliqués dans le domaine du bien-être des enfants, ou auprès des enfants à risque en matière de protection de la jeunesse.

En soumettant sa demande, le demandeur (et le parent / tuteur légal si le demandeur a moins de 18 ans) consent à ce qui suit. Les candidats retenus seront tenus d’y consentir.

  1. L’information contenue dans la demande peut être rendue accessible au public sur le site Web et dans les articles promotionnels produits par la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada et le commanditaire.
  2. Les renseignements sur le demandeur, y compris mais sans s’y limiter, son nom, son école ou son lieu de travail et sa région de provenance, peuvent être rendus accessibles au public sur le site Web et dans les articles promotionnels produits par la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada et le commanditaire. Si le demandeur est enfant pupille de la Couronne ou pris en charge, la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada va travailler avec le chargé du cas ou travailleur social au nom du demandeur.
  3. À des fins promotionnelles, à perpétuité et sous quelque forme que ce soit, dans le monde entier, maintenant ou à l’avenir, sans aucune autre forme de rémunération, compensation ou permission, la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada peut copier, reproduire, utiliser, réutiliser, autoriser l’utilisation, exposer, afficher et distribuer a) toute proposition de nature créative soumise par le demandeur, b) la ressemblance, la photographie ou la voix des demandeurs, et c) les déclarations du demandeur au sujet du prix.
  4. Accepter d’être entièrement lié et soumis à ce consentement.
  5. Accepter que les décisions rendues par les membres du comité soient finales et sans appel en ce qui concerne le prix.
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