Our Story

Our work to improve the education system for children and youth has brought us into contact thousands of parents/guardians and young people. We have worked with families to help them tell their story and to find help for their children. We are passionate about helping families and believe that schools should be places where children and youth learn in a safe and caring environment.

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Our Approach

No child or  youth goes to school wanting to have a bad day. As adults, it is our job to determine what their struggles are telling us and to find solutions so that they learn effectively. Current research tells us that if we focus on a person's deficits and spend most of our energy fixing them, we don't get very far. We need to support a child or youth with what they find challenging but focus our energy on how they learn best and build up their ability to learn.

We work directly with the family and the young person that is struggling to understand the problem, explore the options and build an effective advocacy plan. This plan is used as a guide in all contact with the school and education staff, and will help create a positive partnership with the school.

The plan also will help you understand how you can help your child or youth at home, and if there are any other professionals that should get involved. (Note: we believe hiring a tutor is a last resort as the school is responsible for making sure your child or youth learns!)

Principal Advocate:

Cathy Dandy has been immersed in the work of improving lives for children and youth – both in public education and child and youth mental health – for the past 20 years. For 11 of those years, she led Ontario’s largest child and youth mental health agency in the development and implementation of excellent stakeholder engagement practices. Cathy’s reputation as a leader in the child and youth field also comes from two decades worth of service in education as a community advocate and then school board Trustee.

Cathy has three children who graduated from the public school system.

Education Coach and Advocate

Cathy Dandy

Education Coach and Advocate

(Associates in the Education and Mental Health sectors are available to support each family as needed)

Next Steps...

Contact us and take advantage of the free half hour consultation to find out if we can help you. You shouldn’t be doing this alone.