On MY Way


The On MY Way resource was developed over the course of a year with support and input from many people, including child development experts, researchers, Indigenous partners, families, community partners, and the ministries of Children and Youth Services; Education; Tourism, Culture and Sport and Health and Long-Term Care.

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 groups and organizations supported outreach and helped to 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
  • Tungasuvvingat Inuit
  • Weechi-it-te-win Family Services

Child development experts and authors of middle years research papers

  • Dr. Chunlei Lu, Brock University
  • Dr. Gordon Flett, York University
  • Dr. James Côté, University of Western Ontario
  • Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, McMaster University
  • Dr. Jennifer Connolly, York University
  • Dr. Jennine S. Rawana, York University
  • Dr. Joel Lopata, Western University, Joel Lopata Consulting
  • Dr. Kate Tilleczek, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Dr. Michelle Jetha, Cape Breton University
  • Dr. Sidney J. Segalowitz, Brock University
  • Dr. Susan Scott, Lakehead University
  • Estelle Simard, MSW, RSW, ABD, The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices
  • Dr. Karen MacLeod, Lutherwood
  • Marni Herold, Lutherwood
  • Dr. Angela Hovey, Lakehead University
  • Dr. Les Fleischer, Lakehead University

Expert advisors

  • Andrea Breen, University of Guelph
  • Cindy Blackstock , First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and McGill University
  • Dr. Christopher Mushquash, Lakehead University
  • Dr. Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
  • Dr. Jean Clinton, McMaster University
  • Dr. John Cairney, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Leena K. Augimeri, Child Development Institute (CDI) and University of Toronto
  • Dr. Nancy Young, Laurentian University
  • Dr. Rose Cameron, Algoma University
  • Mary Jo Wabano, Naandwechige-Gamig Wiikwemkoong Health Centre
  • Tina Bobinski, Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
  • The Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities

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