On Thursday, May 14, the Children’s Aid Foundation’s first ever five14 Talks took place at The Arcadian Loft in downtown Toronto. Celebrating the strength and resilience of children and youth in care, the event sought to inspire change within the child welfare system by bringing together thought-leaders, workers, advocates, former youth in care, and expert speakers in various fields related to the wellbeing of vulnerable youth.

Honouring Children and Youth in Care Day (May 14 across Ontario), the day was a big success. Check out our “Climbing Cranes” video feature at the bottom of the page as well as our five14 events highlights above.


Members of our Young People’s Advisory Council.


Jim McDonell, MPP, Monique Taylor, MPP, Irwin Elman, Valerie McMurtry, Cheyanne Ratnam, The Honourable Tracy MacCharles, Rita Soronen, and Soo Wong, MPP.

five14 Speaker, Jamil Jivani

five14 Speaker, Jamil Jivani.


Seamus O’Regan moderating the Q&A session with Kenn Richard and Cheyanne Ratnam.


Seamus O’Regan moderating Q&A Panel, including Kenn Richard, Cheyanne Ratnam, Rita Soronen, Alison Alexander, Esme Fuller-Thomson, and Jamil Jivani.

More images in our five14 website gallery here.


Check out “Climbing Cranes” our moving tribute to a former youth in care:

Climbing Cranes – five14 Film Short for Children and Youth in Care Day from Children’s Aid Foundation on Vimeo.

Five14 Talks Event Highlights (Children’s Aid Foundation Celebrates Children and Youth in Care Day) from Children’s Aid Foundation on Vimeo.

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