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For two decades, the UNICEF Report Card series has revealed the state of children and youth across high-income countries. In 2020, Canada ranked 30th of 38 countries in their overall well-being. UNICEF Report Card 17 takes a new focus on children’s environment. It compares rich countries’ environmental impacts on young people’s health and broader well-being. As children across the country get their school report cards, has Canada earned a grade in the UNICEF Report Card that you’d proudly put on your fridge? What will "move the needle"? Join an intergenerational dialogue with UNICEF Canada and guests to review Canada's progress and the policies that will protect children’s environment and their right to a childhood.

This event will run from 1:00pm to 2:15pm ET on May 24, 2022.


Children's Healthcare Canada will be hosting an echo event following UNICEF's #ReportCard17 Launch. Join Children's Healthcare Canada from 2:30pm - 5:00pm ET to explore child health issues related to the environment and climate change, and how the system can be better prepared to meet the unique needs of this vulnerable population. For more information or to register, visit: https://www.childrenshealthcarecanada.ca/environment-climate-and-kids-time-to-act


May 24, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Mariana Brussoni
Director, Human Early Learning Partnership; Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine, Pediatrics @University of British Columbia
Dr. Mariana Brussoni is Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Mariana’s award-winning research investigates child injury prevention and children’s risky play, focusing on parent and caregiver perceptions of risk, and design of outdoor play-friendly environments. She partners with practitioners and policy makers in early childhood education, schooling, municipal planning and recreation provision, with the aim of creating environments where all children thrive in healthy societies. Further details are available at https://brussonilab.ca.
Saara Choudry
Youth Advocate, Actor, and CBC News Contributor @UNICEF Canada
Saara Chaudry is a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate and an award-winning Canadian actor, dancer, singer and CBC Kids News contributor. She currently plays Amy on the Emmy-nominated show Holly Hobbie and Saara in the Emmy and Canadian Screen Award winning show, Dino Dana. She was honoured to win the 2020 Canadian Screen Award for her role in Dino Dana. Saara is also playing Nira on Sinking Ship’s innovative new show, Lockdown (2020), shot entirely by webcam and smartphones during the pandemic, and is currently in production on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Saara has also worked on many animated projects. She was honoured to be nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for her role as Clara in the Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale. She is thrilled to be the voice of Parvana in the Oscar, Golden Globe and Canadian Screen Award nominated feature film, The Breadwinner, based on the novel by one of her favourite authors, Deborah Ellis.
Kyrstin Dumont
Youth Advocate, Mentor, and Educator
Kyrstin Dumont is a passionate, caring young woman and a proud band member of the Algonquins of Kitigan Zibi. She has been awarded 3X for her work within and outside of the Indigenous communities. Kyrstin has won the CBC Trailblazer award, the June Girvan award as well as the Youth Ottawa RBC Spirit of the Capital Take A Stand award. She has taken part in sacred walks to protect the water and has spoken on Parliament Hill about climate justice and human rights. In addition, she has spoken in the House of Commons about the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls genocide within Canada. Kyrstin has worked with organizations, churches and schools such as the Ottawa Catholic and Carleton School Boards, Project of Hearts, the Child Welfare League, UNICEF Canada, the Kitchissippi church and the Woodroffe church while pursuing her post-secondary education. She works as a strong role model for other students who have fallen through the cracks of mainstream colonial education systems.
Dr. Elaine MacDonald
Program Director, Healthy Communities @Ecojustice
Elaine joined Ecojustice in 1999 and is a PhD level environmental engineer who applies her expertise to work related to air quality, water pollution, and toxic substances, including pesticides. Elaine leads the Healthy Communities team, where she’s challenging all levels of government to protect every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment — especially the most vulnerable. When Elaine’s not fighting injustices she can be found hanging out around Toronto with her family and friends, cycling, and sailing on the Great Lakes.
David Morley
President and CEO @UNICEF Canada
David Morley is the President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children around the world. David has more than thirty years of experience advancing children’s rights and has dedicated his career to improving the lives of children and communities in Canada and around the world. Prior to joining UNICEF Canada, David served as Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders Canada, as President and CEO of Save the Children Canada and was the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. A recognized leader in the field, David has taught at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University and is Co-Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. He is an award-winning author of two best-selling books and has been appointed to the Order of Canada.
Paula Robeson
Senior Advisor, Knowledge Mobilization; Knowledge Broker @Children's Healthcare Canada; SKIP
In September 2019, Paula was delighted to join Children's Healthcare Canada as the Senior Advisor, Knowledge Mobilization, and Solutions for Kids in Pain - SKIP as a knowledge broker for the national Hub located at Children's Healthcare Canada. Paula pioneered the knowledge broker role in public health through her work with Health Evidence at McMaster University. For almost two decades, Paula has led national and international knowledge mobilization (KMb) initiatives at various organizations including the Canadian Centre of Substance Use and Addiction and Frayme, an international KMb network focused on improving access to, quality of, and outcomes associated with youth mental health and substance use services. Paula began her career as a neonatal nurse in her hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Shannon Waters
Medical Health Officer, Cowichan Valley Region @Vancouver Island Health Authority
Dr. Shannon Waters is Coast Salish and a member of Stz’uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. She initially worked in her home territory as a family doctor but became frustrated with seeing people mostly when they were unwell. Wanting to focus on keeping people healthy in the first place Shannon completed her specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Shannon has worked in public health and preventive medicine federally, provincially and at First Nations organizations. She is currently honored to have come full circle and to be working in her home territory as the local Medical Health Officer with Island Health. Her priorities in her work are connection to the environment, mental wellness, and maternal/child/family health.
Lisa Wolff
Director, Policy and Research @UNICEF Canada
Lisa Wolff is Director, Policy and Research at UNICEF Canada. She has worked in the organization for more than a decade leading education and policy focused work to advance the rights of Canada’s children to develop to their fullest potential, consistent with international human rights standards. Collaborating with government, institutions, civil society, researchers and private sector partners, Lisa has developed initiatives to advance children’s rights in policy, governance, monitoring and accountability. UNICEF Canada works across issues and sectors, making children and youth visible and leveraging UNICEF’s global research, data and innovation in domestic policy and practice. Lisa is an advisor to many initiatives including the Making the Shift Networks of Centres of Excellence Implementation Management Committee (addressing youth homelessness). She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor-General of Canada in 2012.
Julie Dabrusin
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change @Toronto-Danforth
Julie Dabrusin was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto—Danforth in 2015. Ms. Dabrusin grew up in Montréal and completed her undergraduate degree in Near and Middle East Studies at McGill University, before attending law school at the University of Toronto. She then practised litigation, including for a time as commission counsel to the Toronto External Contracts Inquiry, which reviews municipal government procurement. Ms. Dabrusin was an active volunteer in her community. She founded Friends of Withrow Park, served on the Board of Directors of Park People, and started initiatives such as the local Second Harvest Hunger Squad. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community service. Ms. Dabrusin has been a strong advocate for her community on issues of gun control, healthy eating, and banning single-use plastics. She is also a champion of Canada’s creative and cultural industries.