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Lac Seul First Nation welcomes SNAP

Matt Bury, CDI’s SNAP Trainer-Consultant, with Alex Chisel, Lac Seul Police Constable and SNAP Clinical staff member in the top/left photo. In the bottom/right photo, he appears with Antoinette Ningewance, Lac Seul School Administrator and SNAP Clinical staff member and Shannon Gloade, Lac Seul Guidance Counsellor/Cook and SNAP Clinical staff member.
Child Development Institute is fortunate to have a diverse group of supporters, many of whom are committed to taking SNAP to some of Canada’s most vulnerable communities through the SNAP National Expansion Campaign. 

The entire team at SNAP extends heartfelt gratitude to The Gordon and Ruth Gooder Charitable Foundation for their support in implementing SNAP in Lac Seul First Nation (LSFN), a remote Ontario community located halfway between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.

Click here to read more about this new SNAP community, established through the SNAP venture philanthropy model.
“The Gordon and Ruth Gooder Charitable Foundation is delighted to be able to help expand the highly successful SNAP program to northern communities, especially First Nations communities.” - The Gooder Foundation

SNAP reaches Eastern Canada:
The story of BRAVE

Staff at BRAVE: Back row (L-R): Lila Pavey and Dr. Jennifer Bernier; front row (L-R): Robin Campbell, Kate Wright, Leticha Lucas, Julie McLellan, Lauren Butler and Haley Lundy.
Working with adults who end up in the criminal justice system is no easy task. Dr. Jennifer Bernier knows this first-hand, having spent many years researching the experiences of incarcerated women in the Atlantic provinces. This work prompted her to explore programming that could prevent this unfortunate life trajectory for high-risk individuals, particularly with females. It was on this path that Jennifer discovered SNAP.

SNAP stood out for Jennifer due to its gender-based focus, and its power to stop children from entering the criminal justice system later in life. As Founder and Executive Director of BRAVE in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jennifer became the first person to introduce SNAP as an evidence-based, preventative model for high-risk girls and their families in Atlantic Canada.

“In Nova Scotia there are no services like SNAP, and there is often a void in care for girls who are experiencing behavioural difficulties,” Dr. Jennifer Bernier says. “The girls who come into the program feel an immediate sense of safety and trust, and we can see positive change in as little as one or two sessions. All of our stakeholders – professionals in education, police, government and health – are delighted to have SNAP in our region, and agree that it is a much-needed program.”

As one of BRAVE’s community stakeholders noted, the prevention of future delinquent and criminal behavior will always be preferable to responding to and investigating issues later. Over the last two years, with the partnership of police, schools, health professionals, and local community agencies, BRAVE has been delivering SNAP to girls and their families, and to 14 classes in seven elementary schools - with an additional five schools (seven classrooms) slated for SNAP programming this fall.

Child Development Institute congratulates BRAVE for helping drive social change for young girls and their families in Nova Scotia through SNAP.

“It is rare to work in a job where you get to see lives change on a daily basis,” says Jennifer.  Through the SNAP National Expansion, CDI looks forward to bringing SNAP to more children and their families in communities across Canada.

To learn more about BRAVE, click here.

SNAP partners with University of Ottawa
on research project

France Gagnon, Ph.D. student, will be leading the University of Ottawa study.
As an important partner in the implementation of SNAP, we are inviting affiliate sites to participate in a SNAP study conducted by France Gagnon, a doctoral student in program evaluation at the University of Ottawa.

With this study, France and CDI are trying to understand the extent to which affiliates have all the information needed to implement the SNAP program with success.

“A well-articulated SNAP conceptual and operational framework ought to help affiliates reproduce the program in their communities with minimum disruption to their organization and to the clients they serve,” says France Gagnon, project lead.

Participating in this research project could have the following benefits for affiliate sites:
  • Determining which element of the program can be modified without threatening its integrity;
  • Building evidence of what works for which children, when, how, and why; and
  • Using this evidence to convince funders to sustain or fund the program.
 Participating affiliates would be asked to provide input into the following:
  1. Describing how well the conceptual and operational model of SNAP is articulated to serve their specific needs;
  2. Identifying key variables (program elements) they feel are important to measure and validate; and
  3. Discussing factors and conditions that would help organizations identify what really works for them and their clients (i.e., the children and their parents).
This research is valuable in helping ensure the best possible SNAP services for children, families, communities and  organizations implementing SNAP. We would appreciate your giving serious consideration to voluntary participation in this study.

To communicate any questions or your interest in participating, click here

It was a #MercerGoodDay

at St. Clair Gardens!

A team of Mercer colleagues dedicated a day to helping clean-up Child Development Institute's St. Clair Gardens location in Toronto.
CDI’s SNAP Expansion headquarters at St. Clair Gardens received a welcome facelift on August 31 when an enthusiastic team of employee volunteers from Mercer Canada, as part of their first annual Mercer Good Day initiative, spent the morning cleaning up our front garden and painting a family counselling room. Armed with rakes, pruning shears, paint brushes and big smiles, the Mercer employees completely transformed these two important spaces in just one day.

Louis Gagnon, CEO of Mercer Canada spoke to us about the program: “We want to ensure every one of our colleagues has the opportunity to make a collective contribution. We want our people to step out of the office, unplug from work and email and make a difference in the communities in which we live and work.”

“We are so grateful to this wonderful group,” said Dr. Leena Augimeri, CDI’s Director of Scientific and Program Development and co-founder of SNAP. “On one of the hottest days of the summer I might add, they made such a big difference to how the staff and families feel when they come through our doors. As a non-profit organization, this is the kind of project we simply do not have the resources to undertake on our own.”

To follow along with Mercer Good Day, follow
@MercerCanada on Twitter using the hashtags #MercerGoodDay and #EscapeTheCube.
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