Award winner announced

Roberta Jamieson

2020 Winner – Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award

Roberta L. Jamieson, O.C., I.P.C., LL.B., LL.D. (Hon), President & CEO, Indspire, Ohsweken, ON

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 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.

Roberta firmly believes that education, role models and mentorship are the keys to creating systemic change in Indigenous communities. She will be directing her winning $50,000 grant to Indspire to continue to provide the tools and supports needed for Indigenous children and youth to achieve their potential.

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

For the third consecutive year, dozens of remarkable and inspiring Canadians were nominated for the Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award. The Award is part of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids national movement mobilizing Canadians who want to help change the future for the country’s most at-risk children and youth.

The Award Committee chose five finalists whose dedication and efforts have made an indelible mark on the child welfare landscape. These five will each have the opportunity to direct a $5000 grant to an organization in Canada to enable/or advance child welfare initiatives.

The Award Committee extends its deep appreciated to the nominators for putting forth tremendous applicants and sincere gratitude to all the nominees for their commitment and positive impact on the lives of youth and children in and transitioning from care.

The five finalists (in alphabetical order):

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

Ashley's bio

Ashley Bach is a member of the Mishkeegogamang First Nation and was born into foster care in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a young leader whose work has been greatly informed by her own intersectional identities, and has chosen to focus most specifically on First Nations youth in care. Ashley has produced meaningful youth in care-led research, developed impactful programs, and provided policy recommendations to evaluate and help transform child welfare legislation, policies and programs including Bill C-92, an Act to Respect First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children, Youth and Families. Ashley has volunteered on the Youth in Care Canada Board of Directors since November 2017 and served as President from November 2018-2019. Ashley’s leadership skills and her ability to build and strengthen relationships have increased the reach and positive impact of the organization when it comes to supporting youth throughout the country. Through her work, Ashley has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of youth in care.

Nicole Bonnie


Nicole Bonnie

CEO, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Toronto, ON
Grant Recipient: Free for All Foundation

Nicole's bio

Nicole Bonnie has dedicated her professional life to creating sustainable change at the systemic level in child welfare. In 2019, she was named the first Black CEO in the history of Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and in the province’s child welfare sector. She has championed prevention strategies through community development and addressing service disparities to marginalized identities. Currently, in her role as the CEO at OACAS, Nicole oversees provincial child welfare initiatives and remains committed to equity integration at all levels of provincial work, including education and training, policies, governance, service excellence, and research and data. Nicole continues to be a strong advocate and champion of marginalized communities and works to centre their voice and needs in government relations and legislative initiatives. She has made, and continues to make, an extraordinary difference in the lives of children, youth, and families in the Ontario child welfare system.

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

Dylan's bio

Dylan Cohen is a Jewish and Red River Métis organizer, advocate, and former youth in care from Manitoba. Dylan’s work stemmed from his lived experience in Manitoba’s child welfare system, coupled with a passion for equity and justice for his peers. Before aging out, Dylan founded a Manitoba campaign called 25not21, where he led a provincial campaign to challenge child welfare policymakers. Soon after Dylan moved to Vancouver and became the Fostering Change initiative’s Campaign Organizer, weaving provincial work where hundreds of youth engaged with politicians, created community, and worked together for change. He successfully shifted the Fostering Change initiative from the project of a large community foundation to a grassroots, youth-led, political and capacity-training campaign to support young people leaving care. His work is innovative, cutting-edge, and strategic. He is well versed at dissecting policy processes and putting tools and decision making power in the hands of youth. Dylan’s vision and work is felt across BC and Canada and he continues to push for change in the child welfare system.

Julie Despaties


Julie Despaties

Founder and Executive Director, Adopt4Life, Toronto, ON
Grant Recipient: Adopt4Life

Julie's bio

Julie Despaties’ commitment to supporting permanency for children and youth in families grew from her own adoption journey. After she and her husband adopted a sibling group of three older children, Julie soon realized that adoptive families in Ontario would benefit from more resources, advocacy and community connections. In forming Adopt4Life–Ontario’s Association for kin, customary care, and adoptive parents and caregivers, Julie created a unified voice and invaluable peer network for adoptive parents and permanent caregivers. Along with the Adopt4Life team, she has formed collaborative relationships with Children’s Aid Society agencies across the province, as well as with organizational partners, including the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Office of the Children’s Lawyer and the Adoption Council of Canada. A change maker at heart, Julie has helped shape legislation designed to strengthen the child welfare system to better protect some of Ontario’s most vulnerable young people. Julie has been a passionate advocate in the non-profit sector, for more than 20 years.

Jane Matheson


Dr. Jane Matheson

Former CEO, Wood’s Homes, Calgary, AB
Grant Recipient: Wood’s Homes

Jane's bio

Dr. Jane Matheson has over 45 years of experience in human service organizations, across government, non-profit and for-profit organizations. As a former CEO of Wood’s Homes, a nationally recognized children’s mental health centre, Jane committed herself to helping children and youth. She has been a trailblazer in establishing services to First Nations children and youth in urban and remote locations, designing leading-edge community and residential services, establishing a Research Department at Wood’s Homes, and establishing the Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health, in partnership with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Throughout her career, Jane has been steadfast and uncompromising in her quest to improve the lives of children and youth impacted by trauma, disadvantaged by poverty, and marginalized purely by circumstance. She has persistently looked for interventions and treatments that are effective and evidence‐based. Jane recognizes that measuring outcomes is crucial to figuring out what works.

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.

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”.

Sara Austin

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

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.

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

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.

Selected Charity: Montreal Youth in Care Alumni Student Association

Wade Johnston

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

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.

Selected Charity: Chisholm Services for Children

Heather Modlin

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

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.

Selected Charity: Key Assets Child Advocacy Centre

Tammy Roberts

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

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.

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.

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 27, 2020, 12:01 AM EST and March 27, 2020, 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 2020 Stand Up For Kids Night in September 2020.
    • 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 2020 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
Lynn Factor 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 leadership roles in investments; global acquisitions and business development; and insurance; prior to assuming the CEO role.

As CEO, he is best known for stabilizing the company during the financial crisis, growing Manulife’s Investment Management business to become one of the largest asset managers in the world, and growing Manulife Asian business to become one of the largest in the region, contributing one-third of Manulife’s revenue and profit. During his tenure as CEO, Manulife became the largest company in Canada, as ranked by revenue, the #1 trusted brand in insurance, and one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures.

Mr. Guloien is a Trustee at The Hospital for Sick Children and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, a Governor of Branksome Hall, a director of Banting Research Foundation, and the Chair of the Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kid Award Committee. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council, Director of the Geneva Association, member and Director of the Board of the Business Council of Canada, Chair of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, member of the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way, and the member of the University of Toronto’s Governing Council. He is also a member of the Ticker Club, and the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Mr. Guloien has been named International Business Executive of the Year by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal; received the Arbor Award for his many contributions to the University of Toronto; and was ranked among the Highest Rated CEOs in Canada in’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 Employees’ Choice Awards, based on assessments by current and past employees.

Mr. Guloien holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.  He is married and has two children.

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 six grandchildren.

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; 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.  In December 2019, Phillip was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to journalism and for his innovative leaderships in the news publishing industry.

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.

Anna Amy Ho, MSW, BSW

Anna Amy HoPublic Speaker and Consultant, Office Leasing Associate, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)

From co-leading an award-winning provincial project, social work, public speaking, consulting, and most recently commercial real estate, Anna Amy Ho has worked across non-profit, government and corporate industries. Regarded as a skilled connector, Anna is passionate about helping others reach their full potential, through business and their personal lives.  In addition to working in real estate, she facilitates powerful story-telling as a trauma and resilience speaker. 

After completing her Bachelors of Social Work degree at Ryerson University, she supported victims in the immediate aftermath of crime/tragedy as a Crisis Counsellor and Violence Prevention Program Coordinator for three years. In addition to social work, Anna spent many years as a public speaker while consulting in the areas of fundraising and program development. Notably, she assisted in launching the Stand Up for Kids campaign, successfully raising over $68 million. Advocating across Canada and often featured in media, Anna has grown to become a trusted advisor to the non-profit sector. Through the course of completing her Masters degree at the University of Toronto, Anna worked on a real estate project which ultimately led her to join the second largest global commercial real estate firm, JLL.

As an Office Leasing Associate, Anna and her team advise tenants on site selection, real estate portfolio management, and overall facilities strategy. Serving non-for-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies, her team has advised on the real estate portfolios of clients such as, MedicAlert, Sony, Nike, Canadian Liver Foundation, FedEx, Marriott, Linkedin, and Honda.

Anna has been a lifelong volunteer and received the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction and Ryerson University’s Alumni Achievement Award: Isadore Sharp Outstanding Recent Graduate. In 2015, the “Anna Ho Bursary” was created by Durham Children’s Aid Foundation in honour of Anna’s dedication to supporting kids in care, some of the most vulnerable children in Canada.

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 traditional priorities of 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 and Global Advisor to Fairfax. 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 and principal of McGill University from 1979 to 1994. 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, chaired the federal government’s Information Highway Advisory Council and was the first non-U.S. citizen to chair the board of overseers of Harvard University. He has served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has served on the Boards of a number of public companies.

Mr. Johnston is a graduate of Harvard, Cambridge and Queen’s. He has been married to Sharon for 56 years. They have five daughters and 14 grandchildren.

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 SedranSenior Vice-President, Enterprise Strategy, Planning & Corporate Development, CIBC

Robert Sedran is Vice-President of the Enterprise Strategy, Planning & Corporate Development 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.

Jennifer Tory

Jennifer Tory

Recently retired as RBC’s Chief Administrative Officer (December 2019) 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 is Chair, Toronto International Film Festival Board and sits on the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Board; she is currently Chair of WE’s 25th anniversary Capital Campaign.  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.


Dévoilement du lauréat 2020

Roberta Jamieson

Toutes nos félicitations à Roberta L. Jamieson

Toutes nos félicitations à Roberta L. Jamieson, O.C., I.P.C, LL.D. (Hon), président-directeur général, Indspire. Mme Jamieson, d’Ohsweken en Ontario, est le récipiendaire du Prix national Lynn Factor Stand Up For Kids 2020.

Ce prix récompense les Canadiens d’exception qui ont influencé l’univers des services à l’enfance. Il s’inscrit dans le cadre de la campagne nationale Stand Up For Kids de la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada, une initiative visant à mobiliser les Canadiens désireux d’améliorer l’avenir des enfants et des jeunes parmi les plus vulnérables de notre société.

Roberta Jamieson est une Mohawk du Territoire des Six Nations de la rivière Grand qui a réalisé de nombreuses premières au Canada. Elle a été la première femme des Premières Nations à obtenir un diplôme de droit au Canada, la première femme ombudsman de l’Ontario et la première femme élue chef du Territoire des Six Nations de la rivière Grand. En tant que présidente et chef de la direction d’Indspire, Roberta a multiplié par huit le nombre des bourses octroyées aux étudiants autochtones. Depuis 2004, Indspire a alloué plus de 132 millions de dollars aux étudiants des Premières Nations, inuits et métis par le biais de 42 500 bourses d’études et d’excellence. Roberta croit fermement que l’éducation, les modèles de rôle et le mentorat sont les clés qui permettront d’apporter un changement systémique dans les communautés autochtones. Elle est la productrice exécutive des prix Indspire, qui honorent chaque année dix personnalités autochtones exceptionnelles dans plusieurs catégories, dont trois jeunes lauréats qui sont des modèles de rôle pour les autres jeunes des Premières Nations, inuits et métis. Roberta a reçu 27 diplômes honorifiques ainsi que de nombreuses récompenses et est Officier de l’Ordre du Canada.

Ce prix permet aux finalistes d’acheminer des bourses totalisant 75 000 $ à des organismes qui desservent la jeunesse et qui contribuent à améliorer le sort des enfants vulnérables. À titre de lauréate nationale, Roberta a choisi de verser 50 000 $ à Indspire. Les cinq autres finalistes pourront faire de même avec 5 000 $ chacun.

Tout comme Roberta, les finalistes sont des agents de changement locaux et nationaux qui prennent la défense des enfants vulnérables, et qui mènent des efforts constants pour améliorer le quotidien des enfants et des jeunes vivant au sein du système canadien de protection de la jeunesse.

Ce prix, créé par la Fondation pour l’aide à l’enfance du Canada, souligne le dévouement, l’effort, le service, la contribution, l’impact et les mesures extraordinaires instaurées dans le but d’améliorer la vie des enfants et des jeunes maltraités, abandonnés ou négligés. Il vise à mettre en lumière ces leaders et à promouvoir leurs expériences afin d’inspirer et d’encourager les Canadiens à s’impliquer socialement, plus particulièrement auprès des enfants.

Les candidatures ont été évaluées par le comité de sélection du Prix national Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids. Les membres de ce comité ont été choisis en raison de leur passion et/ou de leur dévouement envers le changement positif dans la vie des enfants issus du système de protection de la jeunesse. Ce sont des leaders au sein de leurs milieux respectifs : protection de la jeunesse, affaires, éducation/études supérieures, implication communautaire, médias, divertissement, sports, fonction publique, santé, bien-être et justice sociale.

Voice les cinq finalistes (en ordre alphabétique) :

Ashley Bach


Ashley Bach

Ancienne président, secrétaire et directrice pour la Colombie Britannique, Youth in Care Canada, Ancienne jeune prise en charge, Ottawa, ON
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Youth in Care Canada

Nicole Bonnie


Nicole Bonnie

PDG, l’Association ontarienne des sociétés d’aide à l’enfance, Toronto, ON
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Free for All Foundation

Dylan Cohen


Dylan Cohen

Animateur et organisateur communautaire, ancien organisateur de campagne, Fostering Change, Ancien jeune pris en charge, Vancouver, CB
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : VOICES – Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network

Julie Despaties


Julie Despaties

Fondatrice et directrice exécutive, Adopt4Life, Toronto, ON
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Adopt4Life

Jane Matheson


Dr. Jane Matheson

Ancienne PDG de Wood’s Homes, Calgary, AB
Bénéficiaire de la subvention : Wood’s Homes



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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