Sandbox Conference

DATE CHANGE for the 7th Annual Sandbox Project Conference

Early next year, TELUS House will be undergoing renovations during our usual January conference time. Among the most highly rated features of our annual conference - after the high quality of constructive interactions and the broad range of child and youth health-focussed participants - is the welcoming venue that TELUS generously provides. Accordingly, we have moved the date of the 7th annual Sandbox Project Conference to April 6, 2017. We are very pleased to be hosted by TELUS again for this much-anticipated yearly event, bringing all of our organizations together to build a healthier future for Canada's children and youth.   

Conference registration will be open late autumn. If you are interested in being involved in planning the 2017 conference, please contact us

A post-conference YCRH perspective

YCRH member Jacob Hill on his involvement with the YCRH and the 2016 Sandbox Project Conference 

I’m still not even sure how I got involved with the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH). Like many other Canadians I spent a quiet evening harmlessly scanning through my Facebook feed trying to sort out what to do with my life, ignoring “Candy Crush” requests when I came I across this organization. I had begun a journey into the world of massage therapy so anything with an aspect of health felt like a good investment for my career and resume. 

I clicked on the link to discover The Sandbox Project. Its mission to make Canada the safest and healthiest place for our youth to grow up was a statement I was eager to stand behind. I submitted my application and within a few weeks I was granted the honour of becoming a part of this group of talented individuals.

The Sandbox Project hosts 6th national conference to improve health for young Canadians

Improving the health and wellbeing of Canada’s young people was the focus of a national conference on Thursday that brought together many of the country’s leading child and youth health organizations.

The Sandbox Project hosted its 6th national conference and workshop on January 21st, 2016 at TELUS House in Toronto, creating a venue for experts and conference participants to work together on strategies to improve health outcomes for children and youth throughout Canada.

Reflections from Canadian Olympian Martin Reader ahead of the 6th Annual Sandbox Project Conference

Children and youth across Canada are facing real nutritional, physical, psychological and environmental challenges that will impact them for the rest of their lives. We as a nation have an opportunity and perhaps even a responsibility, to positively shift the course of overall child health. Fortunately, the answers are out there and on January 21st many of Canada’s leading minds and charities will be collaborating in the name of change. 

After retiring from the 2012 Canadian Olympic team to co-found StriveLife and begin coaching health and performance in life, I have come to recognize three simple situations which are better approached in sport. I believe these to be restricting us and encourage you to consider the lessons I have learned on my journey to the Olympic podium.