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Conference Registration

Registration for the Child & Youth Care in Action V: Embracing Challenge conference is open. Registration Fees will be as follows: $ 200 Early Bird (on or before Jan 31/17) $ 245 Regular (after Jan 31/17) $ 115 Student $ 100 Thursday Only (breakfast included) $ 100 Friday Only (reception not included) $ 50 Student - Thursday Only (breakfast included) $ 50 Student - Friday Only (reception not included)


ECDVU MARKS 16 YEARS SERVING THE CITIZENS OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA The Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU) – led by Alan Pence, a UNESCO Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care and Development, and a professor and former director with our School of Child and Youth Care—educates students from across sub-Saharan Africa and has done for 16 years. Today, the virtual university partners with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and is in the fifth year of delivering a popular year-long diploma program. Externally evaluated by the World Bank, auditors noted the school’s success in achieving high completion rates. Year one – 90%, year two – 96%, year three – 100%. “These high completion rates are outstanding for a virtual education program in any world region. Further, graduates stated they would recommend the program because it helped them achieve a higher professional status and serve their countries better. “I think ECDVU is the best thing to have happened to early childhood development in Africa,” said Uche Ezirim, a graduate from Nigeria. An open access book about the ECDVU experience is now available, featuring two guest chapters by ECDVU graduates Clarence Mwinuka and Fortidas Bakuze on the development of the Tanzanian Early Childhood Development Network. Also Foster Kholowa and Francis Chalamanda focus on education and training development over time in Malawi. For more info, go to

Sandrina De Finney is the 2016 Winner of the HSD Award for Teaching Excellence

Congratulations to Dr. Sandrina de Finney on receiving the Faculty of Human and Social Development 2016 Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is in recognition of her demonstrated educational leadership and teaching excellence by extending the boundaries of Indigenous education. As well, this award marks her ability to help students learn and apply principles of research methods. Dr. de Finney’s colleagues spoke of her dedication to wise research practices honouring Indigenous communities and facilitating community-engaged collaborations, as well as her contributions to advance the goals of decolonization and promote Indigenous student success in Child and Youth Care.

Digital Indigenous Studies Project Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffery Ansloos, who was recently awarded a fellowship in the Digital Native American and Indigenous studies project (DNAIS). The fellowship will include four days of training on digital and narrative research from Indigenous perspectives at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis in May 2017. The focus of the project is to bring together Indigenous scholars to explore issues of pedagogy and the application of Digital Indigenous Studies research and methods in undergraduate, graduate and extracurricular classrooms across Indigenous geographical contexts. Dr. Ansloos’ proposal seeks to increase the scope of current research on liminality and Indigenous youth identities through digital story telling. This program is funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.

Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2017 Child and Youth Care in Action Conference. During this conference, we want to celebrate the depth and breadth of our field nationally and internationally. Practitioners and researchers everywhere find themselves embracing multiple real-world and theoretical challenges as part of their everyday working lives. With the intention of embracing these challenges, we welcome you to two days of presentations, conversations and meetings at the University of Victoria. We invite practitioners to share their successful interventions and programs. We also welcome researchers to share findings that their Child and Youth Care related inquiries have generated.

Child & Youth Care in Action V: Embracing Challenge

We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2017 Child and Youth Care in Action Conference. During this conference, we want to celebrate the depth and breadth of our field nationally and internationally. Practitioners and researchers everywhere find themselves embracing multiple real-world and theoretical challenges as part of their everyday working lives. With the intention of embracing these challenges, we welcome you to two days of presentations, conversations and meetings at the University of Victoria. We invite practitioners to share their successful interventions and programs. We also welcome researchers to share findings that their Child and Youth Care related inquiries have generated.

Last offering of SCYC Child Life course Summer 2017

The final UVic, SCYC offering of the Child Life specialization course (undergraduate) is scheduled for the summer of 2017. After 2017, students may choose to apply for the post-degree Child Life Certificate Program at the University of the Fraser Valley. For details on the Child Life Certification, please visit the Child Life Council website.

Congratulations to Honorary Doctor of Education recipient William (Bill) J. Mussell

One of Canada’s leading promoters of the health and wellness of Indigenous children, youth, families and communities, Bill Mussell is a member of the Skwah First Nation (Sto:lo) who has dedicated his life to addressing the impacts of colonization – especially the effects of residential schools – on the lives of Indigenous Peoples.

Children's Human Rights course

Course description: This course situates children’s human rights within a multidisciplinary and integrated framework while providing students with the foundational knowledge and advocacy skills needed for application when working with and for children in vulnerable circumstances. It incorporates local, national and global perspectives. Specifically, students will engage in critical thinking about children’s human rights and their relationship with: children’s realities, child-focused practices, and policy/program development across disciplines and within multiple jurisdictions.

Brain Drain to Brain Gain: Promoting Capacity for Early Years Development in Africa

From Brain Drain to Brain Gain: Promoting Capacity for Early Years Development in Africa Dr. Alan Pence is UNESCO Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care and Development and Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria. For over two decades Prof. Pence has worked with governmental, non-governmental (NGO), U.N., and academic colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) developing multi-faceted approaches to promoting local capacity for enhancing child well-being. One key vehicle for that work has been the Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU), a program that has brought together leaders from 17 SSA countries to create new policies, programs and educational opportunities in their home countries. A more recent, complementary activity is the Scholars and Institutions (AS&I) initiative that has led to a network of African Scholars from over 20 countries to date.

CYC Conference webcast

Child and Youth Care Conference Webcast The National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW) will be holding a live webcast of a panel discussion on child and youth care work, July 2, 2015, 2:00-3:30 p.m. in South Africa (8:00-9:30 a.m. ET). Bookmark or subscribe to the YouTube Live channel to view the webcast at this link on July 2: More information:


The predicament of transnational migrants is a global issue, with heartbreaking headlines from Africa to Asia and the Americas. Lack of identity documentation and citizenship can be a multigenerational legacy that creates hardships for children and families who are already living on the margins. New research points to simple solutions that could have great impact. Two University of Victoria researchers, Drs. Leslie Butt and Jessica Ball, and Australian collaborator Dr. Harriot Beazley, have completed a two-year pilot study in southeast Asia on the risks and impacts of migration on children either left behind or born stateless. Indonesians make up one of the world’s largest outgoing streams of undocumented labourers and the children of Indonesians who leave home for migrant work—frequently in unsafe and disempowering conditions—often lack documentation which identifies them as citizens of their country. The researchers found that these children are often stateless because the birth registration process does not consider the circumstances of parents on the move. Stateless children have difficulty accessing health care, education and social services; often experience stigma and violence; and are at high risk of being exploited and trafficked.

Launch of New Blog Site: International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies Review

We have recently created a new blog space that we’re very excited about and we hope you’ll take the time to check it out. The IJCYFS Review has been designed to offer an experimental space for lively, critical and topical conversations related to the fields of childhood, youth, and family studies. We especially encourage submissions that extend upon, or offer generative critiques of, articles published in the open access International Journal of Child Youth and Family Studies.

An Ethos for the Times: Difference, imagination and the unknown future in Child and Youth Care

What does it mean to develop an ‘ethos for the times’ when the times we are living in are marked by diversity, instability, and uncertainty? How do we make sense of, and actively engage with, the complexity that surrounds us? What ideas, values and frameworks can help us, and those we work with, to feel most alive to our mutual potentials and collective possibilities? These questions provide a point of departure for thinking about Child and Youth Care (CYC) in the 21st century. Recognizing that the field of CYC is itself a site of contested meanings, where ongoing debates about identities, roles, boundaries of practice, and professional status continue to animate the field, the aim of this presentation is not to argue for more certainty, specificity or role clarity. On the contrary, it is a call for increased plurality, greater imagination, and an ongoing openness to the unknown future.

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  • Join us for our annual alumni reception. 'Continuing the Circle' Wednesday, February 6, 2013. First Peoples House, Ceremonial Hall. 4:30pm - 6:30pm. To register for the event click here.
  • Dealing with Pain and Complexity in the Struggle to Serve the Children's Best Interests. James Anglin, Professor. Monday, January 14 at 12:30pm David Strong Building, Room C130

    Father involvement and wellness: First Nations and Metis men's journeys. Dr. Jessica Ball. Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11 am - 1 pm

  • Congratulations to Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw who has been promoted to the rank of full Professor as of July 1, 2012.
  • Child Life and Community Health: The Child Life Course is available as a summer institute through the University of Fraser Valley from July 9th through 13th
  • SCYC Newsletter Spring 2012
  • Emily Rogers,  a current SCYC student, was recently elected Chairperson of the University of Victoria Students Society. Emily was accepted into our program in September of 2011 and is currently taking mostly second year courses. Emily has been described as an amazing young woman and is one of those students who consistently strives to make a positive difference. Her energy and commitment is something special. Congratulations Emily! We are confident that your contributions will be invaluable.
  • International Innovations in ECE: A Canadian Forum on Early Childhood Frameworks, July 13-15, 2012
  • Ana-Elise

    Ana-Elisa Armstrong de Almeida (January 25, 1968– March 1, 2012)

    Ana-Elisa Armstrong de Almeida, a long time member of the School of Child and Youth Care community,  passed away at home with tranquil dignity after courageously battling cancer for the past 18 months. Ana-Elisa  was excited to discover the CYC program after years of post-secondary education and was admitted as an undergraduate student in 2004.  Her passion for the discipline and brilliance of mind carried her on to complete her Master's degree in CYC as well. Ana-Elisa shared her knowledge, experience, and perspectives with our student community as a guest speaker, teaching and research assistant and later as a sessional instructor.  She loved the work she was doing at the Mary Manning Centre and in the community; her passions, abilities, skills, and playful personality will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. The rich tribute provided by her colleagues at MMC is testimony, indeed, to the rare person that she was. (PDF Announcement)

  • Jin-Sun Yoon
    Congratulations to Jin-Sun Yoon who has been awarded the HSD Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence for 2011.  Jin-Sun Yoon is an extraordinary and inspirational teacher as evidenced by the number of students who stay in touch long after graduation. Her heartfelt dedication in supporting students and practitioners in developing an ethical and mindful approach to professional practice is commendable. Jin-Sun provides an optimal learning environment where inclusion and belonging are the foundation. Her cultural teachings and interdisciplinary career journey led to a perfect fit as a senior instructor at the School of Child and Youth Care in 2002 where she combines her appreciation for academic theory and her commitment to professional practice. A wide range of professional work across her lifespan and in many countries has given Jin-Sun an intergenerational and intercultural lens influencing the local and global perspectives imbedded in her teaching of social justice and diversity in working with children, youth, families and communities. Jin-Sun enthusiastically models engaged practice through her committee and leadership work at the university, her community work with grassroots organizations and her governance work on government advisory councils. Providing opportunities for students to expand on their classroom learning is crucial to Jin-Sun’s pedagogical world view as she engages them in community practice, advocacy and activism. Jin-Sun models the change she wishes to see in the world though her transformational teaching. The Faculty of Human and Social Development is delighted to have Jin-Sun Yoon recognized as the recipient of the 2011 Award for Teaching Excellence by faculty.
  • Enid Elliott, SCYC Adjunct Professor and Early Childhood Educator, is a member of the team offering and researching a nature kindergarten.
  • The Early Years Conference 2012 The Development of Children's Mental Health: How Do We Become Who We Are? takes place February 3- 4, 2012.
  • Robina Thomas Presentation, Xwulmuxw Slhunlheni (Indigneous Women) and Leadership, Feb 1, 2012. 12:00pm-1:30pm HSD A373
  • Positive Space Network Training Workshop Feb 3, 2012. 9:30am - 12:30pm HSD B141
  • Pluricultural Potluck and Alumni Reception, Tuesday, February 7, 2012
  • Congratulations to Fall 2011 SCYC Graduates! 
  • Like father like daughter.... Shane McMorran (BACYC Grad June 1981) and Daughter, Nicole McMorran (BCYC Grad June 2011). 
  • A Day in the Life of Katherine Woodhouse, Academic Administrative Officer for the School of Child and Youth Care. Read the full article here.
  • OIA Newsletter - Early Childhood Development Virtual University article pg. 3, School of Child and Youth Care article pg. 9
  • Congratulations to all our BCYC, MA and PhD Fall graduates!
  • A new poll confirming British Columbians’ support for restoring funding to community social services is welcome news to a sector that has endured significant cuts and reductions during the economic downturn. Please click here to read detailed information.
  • Dr. Sibylle Artz is working with Dr. Wasslis Kassis, Full Professor and Director of a Research Institute at the University of Osnabreuck in Germany on multi-country research project focusing on girls and aggression. Dr. Kassis and Dr. Artz together with Dr. Rahel Heeg from the Technical University of North Western Switzerland are merging quantitative and qualitative data sets from German, Switzerland, Canada, Slovenia,and Austrian and engaging in a cross-national analysis of this data. Their collaboration will result in, among other things, a special issue of the new open access e-journal, the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, recently launched at the University of Victoria.



  • Congratulations to Aubrey Baldock, MA student, on her award of the Queen Alexandra Foundation Women's Institute Bursary.
  • Congratulations to Marie Hoskins, winner of the HSD Teaching Excellence award for 2010. Marie has been a faculty member with the school for many years. Throughout her tenure with us she has mentored, inspired and encouraged students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. This is an overdue recognition for excellence in teaching.
  • Sandra Curran is the 2010 winner of the HSD Award for Staff Excellence. This Award has been established to recognize and encourage excellence and to honour the commitment and contributions made by staff in the Faculty of Human and Social Development. Sandra has provided outstanding service to the graduate program while also contributing to school wide initiatives through our marketing and operating committees. Congratulations Sandra for a well-deserved honour!
  • Congratulations to Jonathon Morris, MA student, on winning the Andy Farquharson Teaching Assistant Award.
  • Rachel Winter is a Child/Youth Care undergraduate student. She and fellow student, Lilia Zaharieva, are working with the BC Schizophrenia Society to create and co-facilitate a support group for teens living with parents suffering from mental illness.
  • Congratulations to Bindy Sweett, Sessional Instructor, winner of the Child Life Council's 2010 Mary Barkey Clinical Excellence Award.
    Bindy Sweett
  • Congratulations to antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls & Womens Network, on their recent Cultural Heritage & Diversity award from the BC Representative for Children & Youth.
  • November 5, 2009 was 'Thank a Youth Worker Day'. The CYC Student Council set up a table outside of the Library to educate others about the diverse field of CYC.Click here to view more photos.
  • Governments must recognize value of those who do this demanding job. By Jennifer Charlesworth and Daniel Scott, Special to Times Colonist. November 4, 2009. Click here to read the full article.
  • Collaborating for Youth Suicide Prevention: An In-Depth Case Study - Suicide claimed the lives of 256 Canadian youth, aged 19 and under in 2005 (Statistics Canada, 2009) and continues to be the second leading cause of death (after traffic fatalities) among youth aged 15 to 19 in this county. Please click here to read more.
  • Congratulations to Natasha Blanchett-Cohen, CYC sessional instructor and graduate of a graduate of UVic’s Interdisciplinary PhD has accepted a tenure track position in the Applied Human Science Department at Concordia University on community development and youth. Natasha has been connected with the school as a course writer, instructor, researcher and vibrant student. She will be missed. We look forward to benefiting from her contributions to the field.
  • PhD student Janet Newbury has been awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship—the most sought-after Canadian scholarship for doctoral students.Click here to read the full article.
  • Dr. Jessica Ball has been named 2009 Academic of the Year by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC (CUFA-BC). Click here to read the full article.


  • Dr. Alan Pence awarded prestigious UNESCO Chair. For detailed ifnormation, please read the article in The Ring.
  • Have you just completed an ECE program from an accredited institution? You may be interested in the ECE Loan Assistance program.
  • The Cross-Cultural and Equity Portfolio hosted "Youth Combating Intolerance" on November 28, presented by: Paul Brookes, Victoria Police. The presentation explained how this collaborative social justice project opens the eyes of youth to racisim, homophopia, bullying, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination.


  • WebCT, a leading provider of online course delivery software for higher-education, has named UVic School of Child and Youth Care Instructor Michelle Koroll's supervised practicum course as one that is expanding the possibilities of Internet-enhanced learning. Ms. Koroll demonstrated outstanding skill in the facilitation of group discussions touching on timely and current child and youth care issues. Students reported that the discussions truly enhanced their practicum experience. This is the fifth year that WebCT has singled out five courses for displaying best practices in course design, interaction/collaboration, assessment/evaluation, meaningful technology use and learner support. WebCT presents all five exemplary courses on their website.


What can you do with your degree? Career Exploration Panel Session - 2017-02-28


- Working in the bio-medical and health sector

Times:17:30 - 19:00



Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age - 2017-03-07


Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film, people tell us that they feel moreconfident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time.

Directed by Delaney Ruston, M.D. Recommended audience ages 13 and up. (Runtime: 68 minutes)

Following the film, there will be a 30 minute moderated discussion led by Janni Aragon, UVic Director of Technology and Integrated Learning, and interim Director of Technology and SocietyProgram.

Times:19:00 - 21:00

$5.75 per person


Health Information Science Social Networking Event - 2017-03-09


All HINF alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to this social event held the 2nd Thursday of every month.

Contact: Alyssa Foote ( or 778-322-9395

Location:Christie's Carriage House Pub, 1739 Fort Street -
Times:18:00 - 20:00

No fee to attend. Beverage and food consumption paid for personally.


UVic Alumni Social - 2017-03-09


Join fellow UVic alumni for a fun evening to reconnect!

If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved with an alumni committee, please contact Marlene Davie, Alumni Engagement Officer at

Location:40 Knots Winery, 2400 Anderton Road, Comox -
Times:18:30 - 20:30

$10 per person

Includes a drink ticket, appetizers and prize draws.


What can you do with your degree? Career Exploration Panel Session - 2017-03-14


- Working in marketing, communications, public relations, and new media

Times:17:30 - 19:00



What can you do with a degree in English? Career Exploration Panel Session - 2017-03-15

Times:17:30 - 19:00



What can you do with your degree? Career Exploration Panel Session - 2017-03-16


- Working in the field of environmental sustainability and green technology

Times:17:30 - 19:00