Gearing Up

Appendix B: Acknowledgments

Gearing Up was developed over the course of a year with support and input from many people, including families, child development experts, Indigenous partners, community partners, and partners across 13 Ontario ministries including the ministries of: Children and Youth Services; Education; Tourism, Culture and Sport; Citizenship and Immigration; Health and Long-term Care; Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Community and Social Services; Housing; Transportation; Community Safety and Correctional Services; Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Advanced Education and Skills Development; and Labour.

The images used throughout Gearing Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario Middle Years Children Thrive were drawn by children who participated in family interviews and focus groups across Ontario during its development.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the artists and their families for allowing the use of their drawings in this resource.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services appreciates the contributions of the organizations and individuals that shared their expertise, perspectives and experiences:


We would like to thank the many families across the province that shared insights on parenting children in the middle years. The following individuals and organizations helped to do outreach and bring these families together:

Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf

Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay

Britannia Woods Community House

Centre psychosocial d’Ottawa

Dilico Child and Family Services

Halton Multicultural Council Connections

Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs

Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre

Middle Childhood Matters Coalition

Ontario Inuit Children’s Centre

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

Reach Out Centre for Kids

The Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Weechi-it-te-win Family Services

Indigenous Partners

Anishinabek Nation and the Union of Ontario Indians

Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI)

Chiefs of Ontario

Grand Council Treaty #3

Independent First Nations

Métis Nation of Ontario

Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Ontario Native Women’s Association

Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre

Six Nations of the Grand River

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Workshop Participants

100 Pourcent Actifs, Extracurricular Activities

4-H Ontario

Adventure Place

Afghan Women’s Organization

Aisling Discoveries Child & Family Centre

Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services

Autism Ontario

Bahá'í Community of Canada

Banff Avenue Community House

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Boys & Girls Club of West Scarborough

Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa

Brampton Multicultural Community Centre

Bruce Woodgreen Early Learning Centre

CAFCAN Social Services

Caledon institute

Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity

Canadian Council of Muslim Women

Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Mothercraft Society

Canadian Women’s Foundation

Carlington Community Health Centre

Children’s Aid Society of Toronto

Catholic Family Service Ottawa

Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin

Catholic Children’s Aid Society

Child Develop Institute

Centre psychosocial

Centretown Community Health Centre

Chatham-Kent Children's Services

Chiefs of Ontario

Child Development Resource Connection Peel

Children and Youth Mental Health Services for Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Children's Centre Thunder Bay

Citizen Advocacy

City of Brampton

City of Halton

City of Mississauga

City of Thunder Bay

City of Toronto


Coaches Ontario

Community Living North Bay

Community Living Toronto

Confederation Court Community House

County of Wellington

Craigwood Youth Services

Crossroads Children's Centre

Deaf Culture Centre

Debra Dynes Family House

Dietitians of Canada

Dixie Bloor Neighborhood Centre

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

East Metro Youth Services


Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing Corporation


Erin Mills Youth Centre

ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

Etobicoke Children's Centre

Family & Children's Services of St. Thomas and Elgin

Family and Children's Services, Waterloo

Family Day Care Services

Family Services of York Region

Foster Parents Society of Ontario

George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Girl Guides of Canada

Hincks Dellcrest Centre

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Hospital for Sick Children

Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society


Investing in Children

John McGivney Children's Centre

Kerry's Place Autism

Kids Help Phone

Kinark Child and Family Services

Lansdowne Children's Centre-West

Macaulay Child Development Centre

Madame Vanier Children's Services

Maison Fraternitè

Malton Neighbourhood Services

Malvern Family Resource Centre

McMaster University


Merrymount Children's Centre

Midaynta Community Services

Middle Childhood Matters Coalition Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Nelson Youth Centres

Nexus Youth Services

North York Community House

NorWest Community Health Centre

Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth

Ontario Association for Family Mediation

Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Education

Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services

Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition

Ontario Medical Association

Ontario Native Women's Association

Ontario Public School Boards' Association

Ontario Student Nutrition Program Network

Our Kids Network, Halton

Oxford Children’s Aid Society

Parent Resource Centre

Parents' Lifelines of Eastern Ontario

Parks and Recreation Ontario

Pathways Health Centre for Children

Peel Children and Youth Initiative

Peel Children's Centre

Peel Region

People for Education

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

PLASP Child Care Services

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services

Public Health Ontario

Quinte Children’s Homes

Reach Out Centre for Kids

Ryerson University

St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club

Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre

Sarnia Lambton Rebound

Sarnia Lambton Ontario Early Years Centre

Six Nations

Somerset West Community Health Centre

South East Ottawa Community Health Centre

Sport for Life

Surrey Place Centre

Thames Valley Children's Centre

The County of Lambton Social Planning and Children Service’s

The George Hull Centre for Children & Families

The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations

Thunder Bay Children's Aid Society

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre

Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police

Toronto Public Health

Toronto Public Library

Town of Caledon (Caledon Centre for Recreation and Wellness)

United Way Toronto & York Region

Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell

Vanier Community Service Centre

Vanier Institute of the Family

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Wesley Urban Ministries

West Neighbourhood House

West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre

YMCA of Greater Toronto

YMCA of Kitchener-Waterloo

YMCA of South Western Ontario

YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

York Region District School Board

York University

Youth REX

Youthdale Treatment Centres