Recap: January 2015 Sandbox Project Conference

The Sandbox Project Conference is over for another year! Thank you to everyone who participated by contributing their time, energy and ideas toward improving child and youth health in Canada. It is this diverse representation from leaders in industry, government, non-profit, research, health care, youth and families that makes our conference such a worthwhile collaborative opportunity every year. If you would like to stay connected with other participants going forward, please join The Sandbox Project Conference 2015 Facebook Group.

Top left: Centennial College student volunteers with Sandbox Board Director Donna Lindell and the Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch.  Top Right: Caroline Barakat-Haddad gives the annual Environment Working Group update.  Bottom left: Dr. Stanley Kutcher, Mental Health Working Group Co-Chair, gives an update on the Sandbox Youth Mental Health Initiative.  Bottom right: Dr. Malcolm Sears of the CHILD Study works with delegates in an afternoon breakout session.

This year’s conference keynote was delivered by The Sandbox Project’s founder, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women. As cabinet minister, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and author of 2007’s “Reaching for the top: A report by the advisor on healthy children and youth,” she spoke about a wide range of child and youth health issues, including the importance of young worker injury prevention. After her keynote address, Minister Leitch was on hand for a lively Q&A session.

“Canada’s youth are our present and our future with many of them already contributing to our economy," said Minister Leitch. “We have a responsibility to keep young Canadians safe and healthy by actively engaging and educating them on injury prevention. Safety habits learned now will stay with them throughout their working lives.”


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Our annual conference would not be possible without the support of these organizations. Thank you for your commitment to making Canada the healthiest place in the world for children to grow up: