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In our 2015-16 annual report, we shared the stories of several of the children and youth who receive critical mental health programming through our agency.  

Through your support, Sofia, Caleb and Rayna continued to take part in CDI programming over the summer and fall.  

Where are they now? 

Sofia’s Story 

“I love Taste of Home. I’m learning so much about healthy cooking and how to manage my anxiety.” –Sofia, age 10   

Sofia and her family recently moved from a Toronto shelter to a new apartment. Sofia and her siblings are settling into their new school, and with encouragement from her CDI child and family therapist, she joined her school’s anime club and has made new friends. This winter, she and her mom are enrolled in the new Taste of Home mother-child group.

Caleb’s Story 

“I love Towhee, especially swimming, music at campfires and making new friends, and school feels so much better this year.” – Caleb, age 11 

This past summer, Caleb had a wonderful two weeks at the Towhee Summer Residential Program. Caleb’s CDI child and family therapist is now helping he and his family better understand his learning disability and his ADHD and how this has caused him so much frustration and sadness in the past. This spring, Caleb is enrolling in Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts. 

Rayna’s Story

“My favourite thing about SNAP Girls is helping out as a peer mentor with the SNAP Youth Leadership program.” – Rayna, age 13 

Rayna started high school this year, and is now working one-on-one with her CDI child and family therapist to help her with some new challenges. She is setting some personal goals, one of which is to help out at CDI’s Camp Wimodausis next summer.  


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