Irwin Elman is the 2019 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award winner!

Congratulations to Irwin Elman, former Ontario’s Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth from 2008-2019 who is the winner of the Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award.

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

Learn more about Irwin and the significant difference he has made in the lives of children and youth in child welfare as well as young people with lived experience in child welfare (see below).

Irwin Elman

Together, the 2019 Award finalists will direct a total of $75,000 in grants to enable and/or advance child welfare initiatives. As National Award winner, Irwin has selected Feathers of Hope, Hairstory, and Ontario Child Advocacy Coalition to receive $50,000 in grants. The other finalists have also selected their charities who will receive $5,000 grants each (see below).

Like Irwin, this year’s finalists are remarkable and inspiring change-makers who are standing up for vulnerable children and youth in, and transitioning from, Canada’s welfare system. They have dedicated themselves to this most critical role in our society and are leading important initiatives to improve the lives of abused, abandoned and/or neglected kids.

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada will open nominations for the third annual Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award in January 2020. To be kept up to date on the 2020 Award process and submission deadline, please email

Finalists were celebrated at Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids Awards Night in Toronto presented by CIBC on September 11, 2019.

The six 2019 finalists (in alphabetical order):

Sara Austin

Sara Austin

Founder and CEO of Children First Canada. Calgary, Alberta

Selected Charity: Children First Canada


Sara's Bio

Sara is a champion for children, with more than 20 years of experience.  As Founder and CEO of Children First Canada, she leads a national movement to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up. Sara has led successful advocacy, public awareness and philanthropic campaigns, including the creation of the Canadian Children’s Charter, the Kids are Not Alright and Raising Canada, addressing Canada’s high rates of child abuse and reform of the child welfare system. Prior, Sara was CEO of the Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre and former Vice Chair of York Region Children’s Aid Society. Sara’s career began with World Vision, leading global initiatives to end violence against children. Here she led a campaign that resulted in the adoption of the UN’s 3rd Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Melanie Doucet

Melanie Doucet

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

Selected Charity: Head & Hands


Melanie's Bio

Melanie is a former youth in care working to improve the lives of children and youth in care for 15 years. She is a PhD candidate and Sessional Instructor at McGill University and a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families. Melanie’s research aims at recommendations to child welfare policies, programs and intervention strategies targeted to those transitioning to adulthood. Her efforts have earned her SSHRC and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral scholarships and awards. In 2015, Melanie co-founded a peer support group in Montreal for former youth in care pursuing post-secondary education. As part of the NB Youth in Care Network she works with the Department of Social Development on child protection services policy reform. She is a Board Member of the International Foster Care Organization and past Board member of C.A.R.E Jeunesse. Melanie was a Project Officer for the Government of N.B.’s Integrated Service Delivery project.

Irwin Elman

Irwin Elman

Former Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth 2008-2019. Toronto, Ontario

Selected Charities: Feathers of Hope, Hairstory, and Ontario Child Advocacy Coalition


Irwin's Bio

Irwin has dedicated 30 plus years in agencies across sectors to change and transform the child welfare and residential systems of care. For 10 years, Irwin was the Ontario Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth in the Office of the Provincial Advocate. As an independent Officer of the Legislature partnering with children and youth in and from foster care and the children’s services system, he helped create an exemplary model of child advocacy. Among Irwin’s accomplishments in driving change in the quality of care, safety and accountability for children in care was his role in leading and supporting staff and youth in the creation of the Our Voice Our Turn (OVOT) initiative in 2011, focused on improving the outcomes for youth in and from care. This led the government to establish the Youth Leaving Care Working Group, which produced the “Blueprint for Fundamental Change to Ontario’s Child Welfare System”.

Wade Johnston

Wade Johnston

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

Selected Charity: Chisholm Foundation for Children


Wade's Bio

Wade’s 33-year commitment to children in care started as a student youth care worker with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, a home for adolescent females holding a care status with the NS Department of Community Services. Since 1985, Wade has worked in advocacy roles for 400 children and youth at Chisholm as well as 1300 children with the LINKS Literacy Program. Wade became Executive Director in 2001, leading the agency through changes that would serve more children in care and families at risk. In 2011, with the NS Department of Community Services, Wade transitioned the centre to focus on early intervention and prevention, for those 12 years of age and younger.  In 2013, Wade integrated the LINKS Literacy Program to include approximately 200 registered elementary students annually. In the past four years, children living at Chisholm have increased school attendance to 90% versus sector standard of 30% for community-based programs.

Heather Modlin

Dr. Heather Modlin

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

Selected Charity: Key Assets – Child Advocacy Centre

Heather's Bio

Heather’s commitment to improving lives of young people in residential care spans 30 years. Within the first years of Heather’s leadership of Key Assets, she increased the number of staffed residential placements from 0 children and youth to 135. A focus for Heather is developing unique initiatives for children with complex needs. One example is Family Based Care, a program so successful that it became a catalyst for changes in departmental policy and changes to the new Child, Youth and Family Act (proclamation expected June 2019). And, to support the needs of children in care outside the island portion of the province, Heather co-created a vision and lasting partnership with Indigenous communities in Labrador. She participated in the development of a unique agreement between the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Nunatsiavut Government and Key Assets to provide the critical, culturally sensitive placement options for children in-care in Labrador communities.

Tammy Roberts

Tammy Roberts

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

Selected Charity: Foster Family Coalition of the NWT – Camp Connections

Tammy's Bio

Tammy has dedicated 28 years to serving kids at risk in the NWT. She has been a professional parent since 1991, providing emergency and long term care to 250 NWT foster children and youth with mild to extreme learning and behavioural challenges and the Executive Director, Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories, since 2009.  Tammy advocates for services and facilitates training for foster/ adoptive families and social workers. She is spearheading a FASD Resource Centre, focused on a pilot project to serve the needs of youth who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and are transitioning out of the foster care system or have recently aged out of care. She is on several working groups with Government consulting on policies, procedures and standards to better reflect the needs of children, youth and families. Her commitments to kids was recognized in 2002 when she received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

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. The five finalists each directed $5,000 to a charity of their choice.

Ruby Barclay

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

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

Ken 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

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 a finalist).

How to apply or nominate

To apply and/or nominate a candidate for the 2019 Award, eligible applicants must submit the application form between January 30, 2019, 12:01 AM EST and March 28, 2019, 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:

  • 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 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.
  • 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 Kid’s National Award Ceremony at 2019 Stand Up For Kids Night in September 2019.
    • 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 five (5) short-list nominees. Award recipients will be honoured with the following recognition and opportunities:


  • The Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids 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**
  • Five finalists will each 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 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award 2019 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 finalists will be given the opportunity to direct $5,000 each 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 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.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. To be fully bound to this Consent.
  3. 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 dedicated Indigenous youth advocate and organizer from Treaty one, Manitoba. Through formal post-secondary education and grassroots advocacy, Dylan has formed a unique role in challenging the child welfare system to improve through systemic policy work, political organizing, and youth empowerment. Dylan experienced care in the same way many of his peers do – through tumultuous teenage years, homelessness, and placement breakdowns.

In 2015, Dylan founded 25not21, an initiative to challenge decision-makers in Manitoba to adopt a higher age limit for youth that need support after they age out. Dylan utilized public demonstration and creative direct action to set a stage for success, eventually seeing Manitoba expand supports and opposition parties pass resolutions to change policy.

Dylan now works as an organizer and facilitator. His primary focus is Fostering Change, a BC youth-led campaign to support youth leaving care through systemic policy change and legislative amendments. Dylan is passionate about youth empowerment and building a movement that centres lived expertise and places policy decisions in the hands of those most affected.

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 FallonProfessor; Canada Research Chair in Child Welfare; Associate Dean, Research; PhD, 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.

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.

Anna Amy Ho

Anna Amy HoViolence Prevention Program Coordinator, Victim Services Toronto; RSW; MSW Candidate

Social worker by day and aerial acrobat by night, Anna Amy Ho is a Violence Prevention Program Coordinator at Victim Services Toronto. She is a passionate child welfare and victims consultant and advocate with lived experiences as a complex trauma survivor and Crown Ward. Prior to working at Victim Services, Anna worked at the Ontario Child Advocate’s Office on the Our Voice Our Turn project and the unprecedented Youth Leaving Care Hearings held at the Ontario Legislative Building. She has been a member of various non-profit Board of Directors and Advisory Boards since.

Currently completing her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto, Anna is dedicated to inspiring resilience amongst all those around her. By way of public speaking and the arts, she aims to utilize her voice to reach and influence allies, philanthropists, and those alike to make a positive difference for youth at-risk and trauma survivors. She has been invited to speak in a variety of fora including the United Nations for the Rapporteur of the Child, Children’s Aid Societies, HSBC, CIBC, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Vision Youth, and the Ontario Police College.

Her dedication has led her to receive the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction in 2015, as well as Ryerson University’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2017. In her spare time, Anna enjoys performing and teaching as an aerialist.

The Right Honourable David Johnston, PC CC CMM COM CD

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, PC QC

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 McIssac

Chief Philanthropy Officer, Right To Play International

Susan McIsaac joined Right To Play International on June 17, 2019 as the Chief Philanthropy Officer.

Prior to joining Right To Play Susan was the Managing Director, Strategic Philanthropy at RBC 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 Toronto as the organization’s Chief Development Officer and then as President and CEO.  With her leadership, United Way’s annual fundraising campaign was reshaped to focus on engaging donors and volunteers in strategies to change social conditions in our city.  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.

Rob Sedran, CFA

Robert SedranManaging Director and Head, Research, Global Markets, CIBC Capital Markets

Robert Sedran is Managing Director and Head of CIBC Capital Markets’ Equity Research team. He leads 26 analysts and more than 50 research professionals who provide coverage of over 325 public companies. Mr. Sedran also heads CIBC Capital Markets’ research of Canadian banks, and has done so since returning to CIBC in 2010. Mr. Sedran began his career with CIBC in 1997, as part of the CFO Development Program, based in Toronto and New York. In 1999 he moved to CIBC Capital Markets’ Debt Capital Markets team, assuming both trading and sales roles.

Mr. Sedran has served on the Donations Committee of the CIBC Children’s Foundation for five years and has acted as the Chair of that committee for the last four. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from McMaster University. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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.


Irwin Elman est le lauréat 2019 du Prix national Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids

Félicitations à Irwin Elman, ancien Ombudsman pour les enfants et la jeunesse de l’Ontario entre 2008 et 2019, qui a été choisi comme lauréat du Prix national Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids 2019.

Ce prix vise à souligner les efforts des Canadiens extraordinaires qui ont laissé une marque indélébile dans le domaine de la protection de l’enfance au Canada. Ce prix, qui en est à sa deuxième année, s’inscrit dans le cadre de la campagne nationale Stand Up for Kids de la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada, qui mobilise les Canadiens qui désirent aider à changer l’avenir des enfants et des jeunes les plus à risque au pays.

Pour en apprendre davantage sur Irwin et sur l’impact important qu’il a eu sur la vie des jeunes vivant au sein du système de protection de l’enfance, cliquez ici.

Irwin Elman

Ensemble, les finalistes du Prix 2019 verseront un total de 75 000 $ en subventions pour permettre et/ou pour faire progresser des initiatives axées sur la protection de l’enfance. En tant que lauréat du Prix national, Irwin a choisi de partager la subvention de 50 000 $ entre Feathers of Hope, Hairstory et la Ontario Child Advocacy Coalition. Les autres finalistes ont également choisi leurs organismes de bienfaisance, qui recevront chacun une subvention de 5 000 $.

Comme Irwin, les finalistes de cette année sont des gens inspirants et de remarquables agents de changement, qui défendent les enfants et les jeunes vulnérables vivant ou ayant vécu au sein du système canadien de protection de la jeunesse. Ils se sont dévoués à cette importante mission sociale en menant des initiatives d’envergure afin d’améliorer la vie des enfants victimes de violence, d’abandon ou de négligence.

La Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada acceptera les mises en candidature pour la troisième édition annuelle du Prix national Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids à compter de janvier 2020. Pour obtenir des renseignements sur le processus de mise en nomination 2020 et sur les échéances de soumission communiquez avec nous à

Les finalistes ont été honorés lors de la soirée Stand Up for Kids de la Fondation canadienne pour l’aide à l’enfance, présentée par la Banque CIBC à Toronto le 11 septembre 2019.

Voice les six finalistes (en ordre alphabétique) :

Sara Austin

Sara Austin

Fondatriceet PDG du Children First Canada

Melanie Doucet

Melanie Doucet

Ancienne jeune prise en charge, candidate au doctorat et chargée de cours à l’École de travail social de l’Université McGill

Irwin Elman

Irwin Elman

Ancien intervenant en faveur des enfants et jeunes de l’Ontario

Wade Johnston

Wade Johnston

Directeur exécutif , Chisholm Service for Children

Heather Modlin

Dr. Heather Modlin

Directrice provinciale, Key Assets Newfoundland et Labrador

Tammy Roberts

Tammy Roberts

Directrice executive, Foster Family Coalition of the NWT


Pour être admissible à gagner ce prix, un candidat doit être résident du Canada et, s’il s’agit d’un individu, doit avoir au moins 12 ans au moment de la demande et ne peut pas être administrateur, dirigeant, représentant, employé ou consultant de Fondation Pour L’Aide à L’Enfance Du Canada. 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 peuvent pas être administrateur, dirigeant, représentant, employé ou consultant de 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 2019 du prix, les candidats éligibles doivent soumettre le formulaire de candidature disponible veuillez cliquez ici entre le 30 janvier 2019 à 00:01 et le 28 mars 2019 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 peuvent être soumis en ligne avec wetransfer et envoyer par courriel à ou peuvent être envoyées par la poste 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 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.
  • 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 a 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 Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids comportent un (1) prix national et cinq (5) candidats finalistes. 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 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 quatre priorités de Fondation Pour L’Aide a L’Enfance Du Canada : l’éducation, l’enrichissement, la prévention et/ou la guérison et le rétablissement. 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 a 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. Si le demandeur est enfant pupille de la Couronne ou pris en charge, 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, 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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