June 8, 2016 marked the fifth year that Canada’s leaders played in the sandbox to help build a healthier generation of Canadians. To raise awareness about The Sandbox Project, Parliamentarians, media personalities, not-for-profit and industry professionals joined 70 local schoolchildren and families to build sand sculptures in the Fifth Annual World’s Largest Sandbox on Ottawa’s Sparks Street.

This year, in the spirit of resource sharing and teamwork, The Sandbox Project and the Smilezone Foundation joined together to build a newly accessible sandbox structure. For the first time, in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC), the Fifth Annual World’s Largest Sandbox features a raised sandbox component that ensured access for more kids.

Also at this year’s event, winners of the first EduTOX Video Challenge were announced.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors: Yellow Pages Canada, the AstraZeneca Young Health Program, the Mental Health Commission of CanadaTELUS and Canadian Tire Jumpstart.

The World’s Largest Sandbox was generously built by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 93 and Karson Aggregates with a raised sandbox component built by the Smilezone Foundation. Thanks to McDonald’s Canada who provided healthy snacks at the event.


Highlights from last year’s event: https://storify.com/SandboxProject/the-world-s-largest-sandbox-on-sparks-street-mall


The Sandbox Project Conference 2016

A heartfelt thank you to all who participated in this year's conference for a record turnout at TELUS House! We look forward to receiving your feedback and to our continued collaboration in the coming months. 

As you know, The Sandbox Project's capacity comes from its volunteers including our working groups, co-chairs and board of directors. Likewise, the 2016 conference was made possible by our advisory committee, facilitators and on-site volunteers.

Finally, thanks to TELUS, the AstraZeneca Young Health ProgramYellow PagesDreamKinross, Innovative Medicines Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Santis Health for your support in making this year a big success. 

More photos and social media highlights can be found here.
Highlights from #SBchat16 can be found below.



Make sure to check out our One Minute Updates from this years conference - download the file here!



Here are some of the highlights from our successful Tweet Chat, held during the 2016 conference to bring attention to urgent issues impacting child and youth health.

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