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In order for us to move forward as a profession we need to start taking steps toward showing this to our employers Certification is a set toward this, to prove our skills, compassion and professionalism as a Child and Youth Care Workers
Shawn Wood
As Youth Care Workers, we do incredibly important and meaningful work. We work in a system that literally builds it's programs on the back of YCW's yet we fail to get recognition for it. By becoming certified we lift the entire profession in terms of importance and good standing in our systems. We can be seen as the professionals we are with so much to offer
Colin Morrison
For many years Child and Youth Care Workers have been functioning in an interdisciplinary team where relational interventions become the catalyst for young people to create change within their lives. It is with the hard daily work and meaningful moments that Child and Youth Care Worker share with young people that certification will promote a higher level of recognition and professional acknowledgement.
Michelle Chalupa

Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations Annual General Meeting 2016

When:  Monday May 2, 2016,  2-4pm

Where:  The Westin Nova Scotian 1181 Hollis Street Halifax NS (room TBA)

All members welcome.

Reminder that each provincial association has eligibility for one vote at the AGM if dues are paid up to date.

If you have any questions – please contact Kelly Shaw President CCCYCA

19th Canadian National Child & Youth Care Conference

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May 4 - 6, 2016 Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The conference venue is confirmed at the Westin Nova Scotian.

To get the conference rate for your rooms, when making your room reservations please identify as attendees of the 2016 NATIONAL CHILD & YOUTH CARE CONFERENCE.

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Keynote Speakers

Monique Howat

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With almost 20 years of professional speaker experience, Monique exudes high-energy and earns rapt attention from audiences. She is an entertaining speaker who combines the perfect blend of strategies, information and humour. She is a popular speaker with both genders and diverse audiences from associations, professions and industry.

Keynote topic:

Carol Stuart

Carol began her career in Child and Youth Care in Ontario, Canada and has 30

years of experience across three provinces. She has worked with in residential and community-based Child and Youth Care organizations providing services to children and youth.  Carol’s research interests include professional practice standards; integrated service delivery; the relationship between child and youth care competencies and outcomes for children and youth; participatory and qualitative approaches to research.

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Kiaras Gharabaghi

Kiaras has worked with children, youth and families for over twenty years, during which he held front line and management positions in the Children’s Mental Health, the Child Welfare and the Youth Homelessness sectors in particular.  Kiaras joined the School of Child and Youth Care as Faculty in 2007.  His teaching is focused on professional issues in the discipline, including ethics, boundaries, relationships, exploration of Self as well as the status of the profession itself, unions and professional associations.  Kiaras’ research interests currently relate to youth homelessness and inter-sectoral collaboration and service integration, educational performance of youth in care, residential care, social pedagogy and youth entrepreneurship

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