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      Impact Report- Q1 2021

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      2020 was a year for the books. With waitlists becoming an epidemic in this country and the operational challenges facing service providers growing as they transition to virtual delivery, getting support for children and families trying to access mental health services has become even more difficult.

      Capitalize for Kids has been busy working to bridge these service gaps and reduce wait times by engaging with kids’ mental health providers. We have delivered our consulting capacity to agencies and supplemented it with pro-bono support from some of the best for-profit consulting teams in the country.

      The Value of One, The Power of Many

      April 18-24, 2021 is National Volunteer Week. Thank you to our volunteer consulting partners at Bain, BCG, Deloitte, McKinsey, MNP, RBC and Sia Partners – we are creating far more impact than is possible through our own talent alone. With their support, we have continued to “turbo-charge” our capabilities, further enhancing our offering (and the returns on your charitable investment in C4K). As donors, your contribution is accessing talent that you couldn’t access by donating directly to kids’ mental health organizations.

      In addition to the direct donations we receive from organizations and individuals, we host events throughout the year that support our impact. At Capitalize for Kids, when someone competes in the Bay Street Games to fundraise for us or attends our Investors Conference, they are making a strategic investment in kids’ mental health. To the many volunteers who help make these events possible, THANK YOU!

      Current Impact

      Our project work and new relationships forming with organizations such as the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has continued to uniquely position Capitalize for Kids to deliver unparalleled value and leadership to the kids’ mental health sector. Our consulting team is currently engaged on several projects and we will continue to grow the number of impact projects so that we can truly build coast-to-coast-to-coast impact. Interested in what we’re working on? Check out our project update summaries.

      At the completion of a project, we create knowledge translation documents so that other organizations can learn from our work and implement the solutions for themselves. You can view and download them HERE.

      Charitable Investment

      As always, we greatly appreciate your ongoing support! If you are considering donating, please visit our donation webpage to learn of the many ways you can contribute.

      Back by popular demand, our C4K Virtual Café series returns. This year, we will be featuring speakers from kids’ mental health organizations throughout Ontario to speak about their experiences working in this space and the impact Capitalize for Kids continues to have in the sector.

      On May 6th, Capitalize for Kids’ Director of Consulting, Andrew Tischler, will sit down with three influential professionals from the kids’ mental health space for a panel discussion. They will share their expertise and insights on the issues being faced by kids’ mental health service providers and what can be done to help.

      Through engaging storytelling, we will explore both the system-level and agency-level roles involved in creating effective children’s mental health services and targeted prevention and intervention during an unprecedented time in our provincial healthcare system. We will discuss how COVID-19 has pushed mental health service agencies to press forward in finding new and creative ways to provide virtual treatment options and navigate through the pandemic effectively.

      Zoë Dawe, Director Clinical Leadership and Excellence, EveryMind
      Joanne Lowe, Executive Director, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
      Purnima Sundar, PhD, Executive Director, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

      Thursday, May 6, 2021 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


      Save the date for our next session: Thursday, November 4 @ 11:00 AM.

      The 4th Annual Bay Street Games is on Thursday, June 17th. The event will take place virtually through Zoom from 1 PM to approximately 2:30 PM. This includes a warm-up, the workout, a cool down and the closing ceremonies.

      While the athletic events are all challenging, they allow for participants who range in age and technical ability to participate from their remote location. The workouts include movements such as shoulder taps, burpees, planks, lunges, push-ups, squats, and wall sits. Each workout will incorporate some sort of relay, having one or more teammates working out at a time, needing to complete their reps before the others can go. Each team will be assigned a judge to track scores in your private breakout rooms. Teams will reconvene during breaks to see who is topping the leaderboard before returning to their next challenge.

      Starting May 6th, our gym partners will host free workouts once a week for six weeks to prepare you and your teammates for the event. Take advantage of this opportunity to improve not only your own mental and physical health, but the access to mental health services for children across Canada! If your firm is interested in competing or you have contacts at firms that you believe should be engaged, including sponsorship, please contact [email protected].


      Early bird registration is now available for the 2021 Investors Conference. Be sure to secure your ticket before the price increases on May 3rd! We have already confirmed Mark Carney, Jim Coulter, Carla Harris and Robert F. Smith as keynote speakers for Canada’s most prominent best ideas conference. We are on track to close out the speaker lineup for 2021 soon, and we’re very excited with the immense talent we’ve assembled on our roster. You can view the full speaker lineup here.

      If you would like your firm involved as a sponsor or have contacts at organizations you believe should be involved as sponsors, please contact [email protected]. Save the date and join us by getting your tickets for this year’s conference on October 20-21.