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Jonny Morris

Congratulations to Child and Youth Care Alumni Jonny Morris, who has been awarded the President’s Alumni Award. This award recognizes the outstanding lifetime accomplishments of alumni. Jonny is a graduate of our BA and MA programs and has made significant professional accomplishments both locally and nationally. Click the link to learn more about Jonny Morris.

Lilia Zaharieva – A Tribute

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of one of our former CYC students, Lilia Zaharieva. Lilia died on June 17, 2022 at the age of 35. Lilia was an extraordinary woman who took on many challenges on multiple fronts and she was an inspiration for all who knew her. She lived with cystic fibrosis (CF) and from a young age Lilia was told she would not live much past the age of 30, the average life expectancy for persons with CF before the advent of the new miracle gene-altering drugs.

Statement from the School of Child and Youth Care in observance of Orange Shirt day and residential school Survivors and their Families, Communities and Nations

It was long ago and not so long ago, that the children from this land were stolen from their homes. An agreement between State and Church, to appropriate the land and to harm Indigenous people by taking the children from the land, families and identity.

Director of the School of Child and Youth Care

We invite applications from experienced academic leaders for Director of the School of Child and Youth Care, with tenure or eligibility for tenure. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to decolonizing, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive leadership and pedagogies in research and education, whose practice aims at making substantial contributions in advancing social justice and an understanding of diasporic communities, critical disability studies, critical race theory and studies, gender and sexuality, critical queer studies, and Indigenous ways of knowing


Our Student Advisor remains connected! Current Students: Students are encouraged to e-mail questions about academic planning to for a response. If you wish an academic advising appointment, they will be offered by phone or Skype for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term. Please email to arrange an appointment. Incoming Students (September, 2020): Please e-mail after May 1, 2020 for any questions you might have about your acceptance or to set up an advising appointment by phone or Skype while we complete the Admission process. Potential students: Applications to CYC for September, 2020 have now closed. If you are enquiring about applying for September, 2021 or wish general information about the program please e-mail however it may take several weeks for a response.

Impacts of forced migration on identity and a sense of home

Free speaking engagement: Mar. 6, 2020, from 2 to 3:30 pm, UVic Ideafest 2020, Cornett Building - Room B112. This interactive workshop describes the global situation of forced migration on children and youth with insights from researchers involved with UVic’s Youth Migration Project. Gain insights on how 40 young migrant participants respond to exile and life in transit, which calls upon a depth of strength and willingness to adapt and change. Participants can explore research perspectives through Q & As and through learning more about their storyboarding method. No RSVPs; seating is first come, first seated.

SCYC Associate Professor Position

The School of Child and Youth Care invites applications for a full-time Associate Professor position (with tenure or tenure-track, according to experience) to join our vibrant and diverse academic community. The preferred start date for this position is July 1 2020. A later start date may be negotiated. The research field of this position is open. We are looking for candidates with pertinent research interest and teaching experience in the fields of child, youth, family, and community, well-being and development. Areas of interest include questions related to migration, diasporic communities, critical disability studies, critical race theory and studies, sexuality, LGBTQ2 children, youth and families, youth and family counselling, early years development and developmental psychology. Successful applicants will be required to participate actively in the academic governance of the unit, serve as mentors to students and early-in-career academics, and promote diversity and equity as part of a collegial environment at the SCYC.

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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.


Wicked Little Letters

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Men’s Halaqa (Islamic Lecture)

Men's Halaqa is a weekly program. Each week, a different principle will be explored and led by a Muslim volunteer in collaboration with our Muslim Spiritual Care Provider.

Wicked Little Letters

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YYJ Spring Concert

More about The The Choirs YYJ:

For over ten years, The Choirs YYJ has endeavored to bring amateur singers together to perform unique and original choral arrangements of pop, indie and folks songs.

Before we were four ensembles (The Choir, The Chorus, Mini-Choir and Sound Dragon), we were a motley group of people who gathered in local music shop in 2013 to sing well-known and not-so-well-knownsongs for fun. (Still our first love.) In those early days, we had no idea that so many of our friends and neighbours were eager to belt out a song!

Today, our group has multiplied in size, notoriety, and music-making activities. Collectively, our non-auditioned ensembles, "The Choirs YYJ," includes over 200 people of all ages, genders,experiences, vocal abilities and musical tastes. The Mini-Choir is an auditioned chamber group performing similar yet more challenging repertoire.

Women’s Halaqa (Islamic Lecture)

Women's Halaqa is a weekly program. Each week, a different principle will be explored and led by a Muslim Spiritual Care Provider of UVic.

The Return of “The Vanquished Viking Gods”

Discover the beginning of the downward journey of the Viking gods from deities in Valhalla to heroes in storybooks for Victoria children to moral figures for the use of home schoolers both in thepast and the present.

Wicked Little Letters

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