2018 National Award Recipient Announcement

Cindy Blackstock

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.

The Award, which recognizes extraordinary Canadians who have made an indelible mark on the child welfare landscape, is part of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids national campaign for child welfare aimed at mobilizing Canadians who want to help change the future for Canada’s most at-risk children and youth.

Read more about Cindy and how she is making a difference in the lives of children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect here.

As part of the Award, the winner and five finalists will direct a total of $75,000 in grants to enable and/or advance child welfare initiatives. As the National Award winner, Cindy has selected We Matter ( to receive a $50,000 grant. The five finalists will each direct $5,000 to a charity of their choice.

Like Cindy, the finalists are local and national change-makers who are standing up for vulnerable children and are leading important initiatives to improve the everyday lives of children and youth involved in Canada’s child welfare system.

The Award was created by Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to recognize the recipient’s dedication, effort, service, contribution, impact and extraordinary measures taken to improve the lives of abused, or neglected children and youth. It aims to spotlight these leaders and amplify their stories to inspire and encourage others to social action, specifically to “Stand Up for Kids.”

Award submissions were evaluated 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/academia, community, media, entertainment, sports, public service, health and wellness, and social justice.

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada will be accepting submissions for the 2019 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award in January 2019. If you would like to be kept up to date on the 2019 Award process and submission deadline, please contact us at

The six finalists (in alphabetical order):

Ruby Barclay

Ruby Barclay

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

Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock

Child Rights Champion and Social Worker. Ottawa, Ontario

Karyn Kennedy

Karyn Kennedy

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

Tom Littlewood

Tom Littlewood

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

Kenn Richard

Kenn Richard

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

Bruce Rivers

Bruce Rivers

Child Welfare Expert and Advocate. Toronto, Ontario

A former youth with lived experience in government care, Ruby is a fourth-year student in the Child and Youth Care program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and a part-time Peer Support Navigator for VIU’s Tuition Waiver Program ( which waives tuition for eligible students who have grown up in the care system. Ruby designed the practicum placement that motivated VIU to fund the Peer Support Navigator position, which she is the incumbent.

A high achiever and role model, Ruby has been successful in bridging the gap for Tuition Waiver students and the complexities of university. She creates workshops for VIU Tuition Waiver students to support the application process, and raises funds to support Peer Support Navigator initiatives.

Ruby advocates for change to government practices and policies, local and provincially, to better serve those in and transitioning from the foster care system, and conducts community outreach to grow awareness of the issues facing foster care youth. Her influence extends through her role as a mentor for the youth advisory council of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre and promoting the importance of education for former youth in care as critical to a healthy society as a guest speaker events such as The Walrus Talks in Nanaimo and Universities Canada’s Univation event in Ottawa.

Ruby is standing up for kids through her work with the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre and the VIU Foundation.

Cindy is a member of the Gitksan First Nation and has over 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous Children’s Rights. She has dedicated her life to advocating for the rights of First Nations children and families and has become an influential voice within the Indigenous, social work and child rights communities, among many others.

She is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and a professor at the School of Social Work at McGill University.

As a champion for Indigenous children’s human rights, Cindy’s contributions led to winning a landmark human rights case that found Canada discriminates against First Nations children by consistently underfunding child welfare on reserves. She was a key leader in the development of Jordan’s Principle, named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, which aims to ensure First Nations children can access public service in a way that reflects their cultural needs without any services denials, delays or disruptions. She works tirelessly to ensure that the government complies with the Tribunal orders and implements Jordan’s Principle so that Indigenous children can have the same chance to succeed as other children in the country.

Cindy is standing up for kids through her work with We Matter.

Karyn is recognized in Canada as a leader in the field of child abuse prevention and intervention and sought after expert.

Karyn is the President & CEO, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC) in Toronto.  In 1993, Karyn created and transitioned Boost to the CYAC model, a ground-breaking child welfare support approach that brings together community professionals, including local CAS, Toronto Police and SickKids representatives to provide services in one location for children at risk. The Centre promotes excellence in child welfare abuse investigations and support, child trauma therapy, caregiver support, research, training, education and collective response to protecting children from abuse.

The CYAC model formed the development of best practice guidelines for the Provincial Network of CYACs and the National Network of CYACs.  According to a 2017 Child Welfare Institute evaluation, the CYAC model increases access to medical/mental health care and provides a more coordinated response to child abuse victims and caregiver needs.

Select list of Boost CYAC initiatives conceptualized and driven forward by Karyn in 2016/17 include 2600 professionals receiving prevention and public education training, and a combined 2200 children receiving primary prevention, healthy relationship and customized classroom interventions, securing of funding for innovative initiatives including, Sole Expression, a trauma-informed hip-hop dance intervention program with community partners, and a partnership with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (first of its kind for Boost CYAC) which will involve Boost CYAC sharing abuse prevention programming with this community.

The impact of Karyn’s work was captured in a 2017 Deloitte Social Impact Study which concluded that the Centre reduced emotional, financial and physical hardship on abuse victims and their families, increased access to services, and increased the capacity of partner agencies.  According to this study, for every $1 spent, Boost CYAC generates up to $3 in value for society.

Karyn is standing up for kids through her work with BOOST.

Tom has dedicated his entire 40+ year career to helping youth battling trauma-based mental health and addictions issues. Through his own blended model of cognitive behavioural therapy and life-skills programs, he is recognized for helping thousands of at-risk young people, most of whom grew up in British Columbia’s foster care system, to take control of their lives.

A victim of abuse as a young child, Tom spent most of the 1960s running from his inner demons and self-medicating with drugs. In his early 20s, through his personal insight, Tom overcame his addictions and began his post-secondary studies pursuing a Master’s Degree in psychology. As a graduate student he contributed to leading-edge research into the trauma origins of addiction.

In 1975, Tom developed one of the first diversion programs for at-risk youth while working as a police counsellor in Prince George and Surrey, BC. Then, as the founder and executive director of the Sanctuary Foundation, he pioneered work-skills training for at-risk youth, which, combined with therapy, changed many young lives.

Today, Tom is the Program Director and lead therapist for the Dan’s Legacy Foundation, which provides counselling to 150 youth a year across Metro Vancouver. The charity works with other community-based organizations that provide wrap-around services to at-risk youth, and has a 50% success rate in helping clients to stabilize in only four months.  Recent community partnerships include piloting a counselling and life-skills program with Coast Mental Health’s Culinary Skills Training program, and a mentor-led Supported Program for Youth with FASD with the Asante Centre (the first workshop of its kind in BC)

Tom also manages a food cooperative, ensuring that 500 at-risk youth and low income residents receive food weekly.  Most recently, Tom devised and completed a pilot program with Coast Mental Health’s Culinary Skills Training Program, which helps youth with mental health barriers gain social skills, team work and the capacity to set and achieve goals.

Tom is standing up for kids through his work with Dan’s Legacy.

As Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST), Kenn is recognized for his tireless work ethic and sheer determination as the founding member and driving force behind the creation of Canada’s first urban Aboriginal child welfare agency.

NCFST’s integrated approach to meeting the needs of Aboriginal families and children means providing child protection services when critically required but also provides housing, access to appropriate mental health services and culturally suitable parenting classes.  The systemic underfunding of health, education and social services to Aboriginal people has been a barrier to addressing the needs of at-risk youth in this community.  Under Kenn’s leadership, NCFST has been successful at securing the funds for a wide range of support services that are fundamental for ensuring child well-being, including daycare, Head Start initiative, youth programming, art classes and drumming more. This model has been adapted by many other child protection agencies.

As an educator, Kenn contributes to the capacity building within social work and with major institutions who serve families and children.  Kenn wrote and delivered the first curriculum in cross-cultural work at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and authored “The Other Side of the Door: A Practice Guide in Working with Native People” that is used by Children’s Aid Societies across Ontario.  He continues teaching on Indigenous issues and in training front-line practitioners.

On a national level, Kenn serves as a resource to the Public Health Agency of Canada and acts in an advisory capacity on a national study on child health, including the Child Incidence Study, as well as has advised the Auditor General of Canada in a review of the Child Welfare systems in the Yukon, Nunavut, and the NWT.

Kenn has acted as an expert witness in case specific and in the recent class action associated with the Sixties Scoop. He is the vice president, First Nations Child Caring Society, through which he has contributed to the Human Rights Tribunal action on Jordan’s Principle. He has presented to Parliamentary committees, task forces and other venues that require insight and energy on behalf of Indigenous children.

Kenn has won multiple awards including the Meritorious Service Cross, the highest award of its kind presented by the Governor General, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, the Civic Award of Merit, among other honors.

Kenn is standing up for kids through his work with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto – Summer Camp Program.

Over the course of his 30 year career at Covenant House Toronto and Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Bruce has worked tirelessly in support of the child welfare sector in the fight against injustice, violence and abuse experienced by children and youth, which has fueled his drive to identify system changes and policy changes.

Currently, as Executive Director of Covenant House Toronto, Bruce leads the strategic direction of Canada’s largest agency for at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth ensuring service delivery to about 2,500 young people annually. With over 35% of youth served having involvement in the child welfare system Bruce continues to actively support young people as they transition from child welfare to independence. Under Bruce’s leadership Covenant House advocated for extended age of protection and consulted with provincial Ministry of Children and Youth Services. As a member of Ontario’s Youth Leaving Care Working Group, Bruce offered expertise to help province identify and implement opportunities to strengthen supports for older youth in need of protection or leaving care.

As former Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, where he started on the front line, Bruce helped lead the charge to transform Canada’s Child Welfare system with direct participation and testimony provided through a series of inquests and public inquiries.

Bruce’s influence as a leader on policy development and reform is recognized through his work with government agencies and national and international child welfare advocacy groups. He was seconded to the Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services, where he provided leadership focused on improving child welfare outcomes for children and address sustainability within the sector. Bruce was the former president of the Child Welfare League of Canada, the past President for the International Forum for Child Welfare, and was among the Province of Ontario’s 14-member Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness to help achieve the long-term goal of ending homelessness, of which youth were among four priority groups identified for action.

Bruce is standing up for kids through his work with Covenant House Toronto.

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.

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 an Award recipient).


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

Selection Criteria will include:

  • Breadth/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 category of initiatives focused on education, enrichment, prevention, or healing & recovery in the child welfare sector:
    • Education – helping children with their education at primary and secondary school, post-secondary school or helping them to learn life skills
    • Enrichment – helping children and youth develop their skills, ability, identities and confidence through opportunities to participate in activities like sports, art, camps etc.
    • Prevention – strengthening families to keep children and youth out of care
    • Healing & Recovery – helping to meet the complex physical and mental health needs of children, assisting children and youth to find permanency, and helping young people leaving care
  • 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 Stand Up for Kid’s National Award Ceremony at 2018 Recognition Night in September 2018.
    • To attend, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Stand Up for Kid’s National Award Ceremony at the 2018 Recognition Night in September 2018, the National Award Recipient and, if under 18, a chaperon, will receive flights and accommodation.
  • Nominee must confirm their agreement with the Consent provided below.
Award details

The Stand Up for Kids National Award will consist of one (1) national award and five (5) short-list nominees. Award recipients will be honoured with the following recognition and opportunities:

  • Stand Up For Kids Award
  • Highlighted in marketing and publicity efforts related to the Award
  • 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**
  • Five short-list nominees will be given the opportunity to direct $5,000 to a child welfare/child rights/child or youth serving agency in Canada of their choice**

*The total value of grants from Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Stand Up for Kids National Award 2018 program is $75,000. 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**. Five short-list nominees will be given the opportunity to direct $5,000 to a 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 with initiatives that advance Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s four priorities: education, enrichment, prevention and/or healing and recovery. They must:

  • be a registered charity, qualified donee or partnered with a registered charity or qualified donee 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, CAFC 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.

Don Guloien

Guloien DAG Business Suit

Past President & CEO, Manulife
Stand Up for Kids National Award Chair

Donald Guloien is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife. A 36-year company veteran, Mr. Guloien held a variety of leadership roles in insurance and investments operations, global acquisitions, and business development.

Mr. Guloien is Vice Chairman of the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council, Trustee at the The Hospital for Sick Children, Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, a Governor of Branksome Hall, former Director of the Geneva Association, former member of the Board of the Business Council of Canada, immediate Past Chair of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, and former member of the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way and the University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Ticker Club and the World Presidents’ Organization.

Mr. Guloien has been named International Business Executive of the Year by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, and received the Arbor Award for his many contributions to the University of Toronto.

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, and Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.

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

Dylan Cohen

Dylan-Cohen_webYouth Organizer, BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition

Dylan Cohen is a member of the Métis and Anishinaabe nations, is an advocate, and is a former youth in care from Manitoba. He has infused his degree in Conflict Resolution Studies with a passion for social justice and child welfare reform to create change in the Manitoba policy context. In 2015, Dylan founded 25not21, a youth in care-led, grassroots political organization that worked to challenge policymakers to work towards better outcomes for youth in care. While in care, Dylan shuffled through several placements, experienced serious mental health challenges, and faced periods of homelessness. He has lived experience of the system’s failures and seeks justice for youth facing similar circumstances.

Through 25not21, Dylan collaborated, designed, led, and facilitated a number of creative, nonviolent direct actions to put public pressure on policy makers to enhance programming and services for youth in care. While more work needs to be done, 25not21 has successfully changed public discourse on extension of care policy in Manitoba.

Currently, Dylan is in a new role as the Project Coordinator for in British Columbia. He continues to work for youth empowerment and skills development with a focus on community organizing and lobbying in his personal life.

Phillip Crawley

Phillip CrawleyPublisher & CEO, The Globe & Mail

Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. He oversees the strategy and operations of newspaper, including, and, and magazines including Report on Business. Since joining the organization in 1998, Crawley has guided The Globe and Mail through intense newspaper competition and led it to highly successful leadership in new media and online products, while maintaining high standards for editorial and production quality.

Phillip is chairman of The Canadian Press and the Canada Board of AAM (Alliance for Audited Media, formerly ABC), and a Board member of both The Canadian Newspaper Association and the World Association of Newspapers/IFRA. His voluntary activities include Board membership of the Sunnybrook Foundation; the Charter for Business, which raises funds for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada; the Royal Conservatory of Music; and the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation. He also serves as Honorary Consul for New Zealand in Toronto.

In 2012, he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his charitable work.

Dr. Barbara Fallon

Barbara FallonAssociate Professor; Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare; Associate Dean, Research; Ph.D., University of Toronto

For the past 20 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 $11 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 (2008 & 2013) 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 and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare.

Dr. Fallon has an exceptional publication record with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations. She has disseminated her research to over 500 stakeholders (child welfare agencies, government bodies, and other related organizations).

Over the past three years, 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.

Margot Franssen, O.C.

Margot FallonCo-Chair, The Canadian Centre To End Human Trafficking

Since 1980, when she founded The Body Shop Canada, Margot Franssen has passionately and effectively brought the issue of social justice to the forefront of Canadian public consciousness. Using The Body Shop Canada to campaign to Stop Violence Against Women, the company, under Margot’s leadership, raised $1.3 million for prevention and recovery programs, and donated 192,000 hours of staff time for community work performed in women’s shelters.

In 2002, Margot was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour. She has also received the Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Women Award from UNIFEM.

After selling her company in 2004, Margot devoted herself to the advancement of women and girls in Canada. Currently, she is Co-Chair and Co-Founder of The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking, and serves on the Boards of Goldcorp and the Donner Canadian Foundation, and as an honorary director of York University. Previously, she was the Co-Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Canadian Women and Girls, a founding Board member of Women Moving Millions, and sat on the Boards of the Canadian Women’s Foundation as Chair, Women’s College Hospital, and Women’s Funding Network, and various others, including CIBC bank.

Brian Gluckstein

Brian GlucksteinPrincipal, GlucksteinDesign and Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Board Member

Toronto-based, acclaimed designer, Brian Gluckstein, is renowned for creating luxurious, livable interiors. As principal of GlucksteinDesign, his portfolio includes residential projects in cities such as Aspen, Palm Beach, Miami, and New York, and high-profile commercial projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel Palm Beach.

In 1986, Brian founded GlucksteinDesign, which has since been honoured with numerous awards for design excellence, including the ARIDO Awards for Excellence in Residential, Commercial, and Corporate Design, and the National Builders Association and America’s Awards for Excellence in Sales Office and Model. As a regular guest expert for over 20 years on the nationally broadcasted television show, “Cityline”, as well as making frequent appearances on “The Marilyn Denis Show”, Brian has offered design solutions and advice on home style.

Dedicated to the positive impact of design in society, Brian led the refurbishment of the Rehabilitation Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children, transforming the space into the bright and functional environment it is today. Since 2013, Brian has designed the show home for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s annual Welcome Home Sweepstakes. For the past two years, he has been on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, which funds programs to support education and welfare of vulnerable children.

Anna Amy Ho

Anna Amy HoProgram Coodinator and Crisis Counsellor, Victim Services Toronto; Aerialist

Anna Amy Ho is a social worker by day and acrobat by night. She is dedicated to bringing resilience to youth, trauma survivors, and individuals through public speaking, dance, and the arts.

Anna is currently a program coordinator for Teens Ending Abusive Relationships (T.E.A.R.TM) and a crisis counsellor at Victim Services Toronto. She is a child welfare consultant and ambassador for various organizations, including MLSE LaunchPad and Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. Anna is a passionate advocate and speaker who has been invited to speak at the United Nations for the Rapporteur of the Child, and various other settings including the Ontario and New Brunswick Legislatures, HSBC, CIBC, elementary and secondary schools, and universities. In her spare time, she performs as an aerialist.

Anna has received the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction as well as Ryerson University’s Alumni Achievement Award. She believes art is an essential tool to promoting positive mental health and well-being. Her goal is to establish an arts therapy centre for trauma treatment.

The Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C.

David JohnstonFormer Governor General of Canada

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, and serves as an Executive Advisor at Deloitte. Prior to his installation as Governor General, Mr. Johnston was a professor of law for over 30 years, and served as president of the University of Waterloo from 1999 to 2010. 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 founding chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and chaired the federal government’s Information Highway Advisory Council. He has served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has served on the Boards of a number of public companies.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C.

Peter MackayChair, Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Peter MacKay is a Partner at Baker McKenzie’s Toronto office. Prior to joining the firm, Peter MacKay, PC, QC (Privy Council and Queen’s Counsel), served in the Parliament of Canada for over 18 years. Most recently, he served as Canada’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, a position to which he was appointed in 2013. Prior to this post, Mr. MacKay served as the Minister of National Defence for six years, and held joint cabinet positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for 18 months.

During his first five years in the House of Commons, Mr. MacKay served as House Leader for the Progressive Conservative caucus. In this capacity, he represented the caucus on issues pertaining to management and operations of Parliament. He also served as the Progressive Conservative critic for law enforcement issues, and as a member of the Board of Internal Economy, the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, the Standing Committee on Finance, and the Sub-Committee on the Study of Sport in Canada.

In May 2003, Mr. MacKay became the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada’s 23rd leader.

Susan McIsaac

Susan McIssacRBC Financial, Managing Director, Strategic Philanthropy

Susan McIsaac joined RBC Financial on May 1, 2018 as the Managing Director, Strategic Philanthropy. In this role, she provides strategic advice and guidance to RBC’s Enterprise Strategic Clients and ultra-high net worth clients in developing their family philanthropic and legacy plans.

Prior to joining RBC, Susan was President and CEO of United Way Toronto.  A senior executive with United Way since 1998, Susan was a key architect in the organization’s transformation from trusted fundraiser to community mobilizer and catalyst for impact. In her previous role as the organization’s Chief Development Officer, United Way’s annual fundraising campaign was reshaped to focus on engaging donors and volunteers in strategies to change social conditions in our city. Under her leadership, the campaign revenue grew from $58-million to $118-million.

Susan has spent a lifetime in service to the community and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 in recognition of her efforts.  She has been a volunteer and director of numberous organizations including Greater Torotno Civic Action Alliance’s Board of Directors and the Governor General’s Initiative on Volunteerism and Philanthropy.  She is a member of the Advisory Board of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.  Susan is Chair of the Minister’s Advisory Council for the Ontario Basic Income Program for the Ontario Government.

In 2014, she was named by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women and in 2017 she was the recipient of the Toronto Region Builder Award by the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Susan has spent a lifetime in service to the community, and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in 2012 in recognition of her efforts. She has been a volunteer and director of numerous organizations, including Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance’s Board of Directors and the Governor General’s Initiative on Volunteerism and Philanthropy. 

David Rivard

David RivardCEO, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

For the past 44 years, David Rivard has been employed in various social work roles; 38 of these have been spent as an Executive Director/CEO, which has included over 18 years at the helm of two Children’s Aid Societies.

David has been an Adjunct Professor in Social Welfare and Social Work at a number of Canadian and American Universities over a period of 20 years, teaching courses on social policy, child abuse and neglect, and Canadian and international social welfare.

He has worked in a consultative capacity with a number of not-for-profit organizations in relation to healthy personal and organizational growth, with a particular emphasis on Board governance, change strategies, strategic planning, community building, ‘spirituality’ in the workplace, and the adoption of the philosophy of servant-leadership.

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.


Les finalistes dévoilés

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 12 septembre prochain.


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. Pour être admissibles à proposer une candidature, les demandeurs doivent être résidents du Canada et avoir au moins 12 ans au moment de la demande. 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 devait remporter ledit prix).

Critères de sélection

Les candidats seront évalués par le comité national du Prix Stand Up for Kids de 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 dans au moins une des catégories suivantes : l’éducation, l’enrichissement, la prévention ou la guérison et le redressement.
    • Éducation : soutien à l’éducation des enfants aux niveaux primaire, secondaire et post-secondaire, ou aide à l’apprentissage de compétences essentielles.
    • Enrichissement : aider les enfants et les jeunes à développer leurs compétences, leurs habiletés, leur identité et leur estime de soi par le biais d’activités sportives, artistiques, de camps de vacances et autres.
    • Prévention : renforcement du tissu familial afin d’éviter le recours aux services de protection de la jeunesse.
    • Guérison et redressement : contribuer à combler les besoins en santé physique et mentale des enfants, aider les enfants à trouver un milieu de vie stable et permanent, et aider les jeunes qui quittent la tutelle du système.
  • 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 Fondation Pour L’Aide à L’Enfance Du Canada, qui aura lieu en septembre 2018.
    • Afin de pouvoir assister à la soirée de remise du prix Stand Up for Kids de Fondation Pour L’Aide à L’Enfance Du Canada en septembre 2018, 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 Stand Up for Kids comportent un (1) prix national et cinq (5) candidats finalistes. Les récipiendaires des prix seront honorés comme suit :

  • Ils recevront une plaque / statuette.
  • Ils seront mis de l’avant dans les initiatives de publicité et de marketing reliées au prix.
  • 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 cinq finalistes auront l’occasion de faire parvenir 5 000 $ 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.

*La valeur totale des bourses du prix national Stand Up for Kids de Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada est de 75 000 $. 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 cinq finalistes auront l’occasion de faire parvenir 5 000 $ 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 canadiens 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, et dont les initiatives promeuvent les cinq priorités de Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada: l’éducation, l’enrichissement, la prévention et/ou la guérison et le redressement. 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 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 Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada et le commanditaire.
  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, 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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