Karyn Kennedy

Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre staff and directors stand in awe of the children, youth and families we serve. The strength and resiliency they demonstrate each and every day is inspiring. Children and youth at our centre have endured things that most of us cannot imagine, yet they find it within themselves to not only survive but to thrive. At Boost CYAC, we are honoured to work with these children and their families to provide support from the moment they walk in the door until they no longer need our help.

Over the past year, we have been fortunate to collaborate with a number of groups and organizations in our own community and beyond. Through these partnerships, we are exploring ground-breaking ways to not only extend the reach of our existing services but to respond effectively to gaps in service, such as developing programs for victims of complex trauma and sex trafficking.

Looking toward 2018, I am excited to continue working with our existing partners and to developing new relationships to better serve the children and families of Toronto and Central Ontario. As the year draws to a close, I wish you and your family a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Best Wishes,  

Karyn Kennedy
President & CEO

On October 11th, the City  of Toronto announced that October 2017 would be recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam read the official proclamation and The Honourable Peter MacKay was on hand to speak to it's significance. Gallery

Later in the month, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West, Lou Rinaldi put forward Bill 170, Child Abuse Prevention Month Act, aiming to proclaim the month, annually. The bill has passed first and second reading and has been referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Members Bills. 
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Ring in the New Year with an icy dip into Lake Ontario!

Now in its 13th year,  Toronto Polar Bear Club's annual New Year's Day cold water dip will take place on Monday January 1st, 2018, 12 noon at Sunnyside Beach.

All proceeds from your refreshing dip in Lake Ontario will be donated to Boost CYAC.


On November 2nd, Facility Dog Iggy received a Community Service Award from the Ontario Psychological Association at the 70th Annual Gala.

Iggy was recognized for his positive impact on the many children and youth he has supported through Boost CYAC's BARK Program

Other award recipients included Deputy  Premier, Deb Matthews, Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister Chris Ballard, MPP Cheri DiNovo, MPP Julia Munro, MP Todd Doherty and Toronto Star Reporter, Emily Mathieu.

Each year, The National Club's Past President hosts the Annual Giving Back event. A philanthropic tradition, this event gives members and their guests the rewarding opportunity to raise critical funds for a local charity. This year's Past President, Sean Hoehn chose Boost CYAC as the very fortunate recipient of the event's proceeds.

Journalist, media personality and fashion entrepreneur Jeanne Beker was the special guest who was instrumental in providing a dynamic Saks Fifth Avenue fashion experience and a live auction with auctioneer Brad Bowie entertained the crowd.  Executive Chef James Stewart and his talented culinary team prepared an elegant dinner paired with a selection of fine wines chosen by Sommelier Brian Perry.

Most sincere than ks to Past President, Sean Hoehn and the National Club for this generous donation of $58,000.

On a mild October morning, the Boost CYAC marathon team laced up their runners and hit the pavement in support of Boost CYAC!

Thanks to our small but mighty team, nearly $8,000 was raised to support the children, youth and families that we serve. Thank you!
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GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that happens each year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's a time when Canadians, charities and businesses come together to celebrate giving and participate in activities that support charities and non-profits.

In the spirit of giving, Canadian actor and star of CBC's Murdoch Mysteries, Yannick Bisson and his wife Shantelle challenged us all to give back.

Thanks to the generous support of Yannick, Shantelle and all of our supporters, the #GivingTuesday challenge raised an outstanding $13,000! Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
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