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5 reasons we are grateful

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Cole Murrell, Operation Associate, Toronto Sport and Social Club

Our whole-hearted thanks go to Toronto Sport and Social Club who generously donated a variety of athletic balls and sports equipment to CDI this past year, including basketballs, Frisbees and more. This sports equipment will be enjoyed by the children and youth who are receiving treatment at our SNAP location in Toronto’s St. Clair neighbourhood, which includes children who will attend Camp Wimodausis this coming summer.


A sincere thank you goes out to the families at our Windermere Early Learning Centre who responded with patience, understanding and flexibility during the recent unexpected relocation of the program to our Euclid Avenue site last October after the building that houses the centre was temporarily closed for critical plumbing repairs. After a health and safety pass from the City of Toronto, the centre and building re-opened on December 18th.  Our primary goal is to provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating learning environment for children to thrive during their most critical years of development. We appreciate the continued support of the families and staff as we continuously strive to meet excellent standards.


CDI’s Director of SNAP®, Dr. Leena Augimeri, who is overseeing the SNAP National Expansion, was presented with a prestigious CAMH Difference Maker award in November 2017

In 2017, the SNAP® National Expansion Campaign reached 100 per cent of its initial $12 million campaign goal to help bring SNAP to 100 new communities across Canada by 2022. By the end of 2017, SNAP was available in 48 Canadian communities. We would like to send our deepest thanks to the SNAP National Expansion Campaign Cabinet, led by Co-Chairs Lyn Baptist and Janet MacPhail, our SNAP staff, our new SNAP Affiliate Partners, and most of all our generous donors, who have made this progress possible.


Lisa Sura-Liddell with Event Co-Chairs Susan Gouinlock, Karen von Hahn and Kate Thornley-Hall

We are very grateful to the Women’s Intemperance Society who chose CDI as their partner charity for their 2017 “Bene-feast”, an annual holiday luncheon held each December at the University Club. “We created our tradition three years ago to bring together a number of accomplished and dynamic professional women for a social and networking gathering. In addition, each year we donate proceeds from the luncheon to charities that reflect and support women, to create meaningful impact in the community,” said event Co-Chair and CDI donor Susan Gouinlock. On December 14, 2017, 65 women came together to celebrate, mingle, raise awareness and funds for CDI’s Mothers In Mind program. CDI Family Violence Services Manager Lisa Sura-Liddell spoke to the gathering about this mother-child group counselling program, which supports women who have experienced violence, abuse or other trauma.


A big thank you to Jazz FM for their donation to CDI’s Family Violence Services who, in partnership with BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, developed and facilitated a pilot weekly child and parent music therapy group program, delivered here at CDI last fall. Designed to address the specific and sensitive needs of children and families who have survived abuse and trauma, inTune utilizes the power of music to create opportunities for meaningful and playful connection between very young children and their caregivers to support their journeys toward healing together.