New members are welcome. At least one chair of each committee is a member of the Board of Directors and is appointed by the board. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Dianne at

Communications Committee

Cathy Deneiko and Charlotte Serpa

The Communications Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of communication plans and processes and dissemination of information and updates on the CYCEAB. This includes specific activities such as website maintenance, creation of communications materials, and oversight of membership recruitment strategies.

Education Committee

Christine Slavik and Mark Littlefield

The Education Committee:

  1. works collaboratively with the National CYC Conference Organizing Committee to facilitate the pre-conference Education Day;
  2. serves as a liaison for feedback relating to professional development opportunities from all of those involved in CYC education be they post-secondary educators, students, young people, agency partners, or CYC practitioners, to ensure a vibrant and dynamic educational accreditation process; and
  3. gains feedback from the membership and Education Day participants to develop ongoing professional development opportunities.

Finance Committee

Melissa Teles

The Finance Committee is responsible in assisting the CYCEAB Board of Directors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities with respect to:

  1. financial planning and long-term stability and sustainability of finances;
  2. financial policy and funding strategies;
  3. allocation of available resources, approval of annual budgets, and monitoring of budget implementation;
  4. borrowing and other commitments and obligations having financial implications; and
  5. overall financial status and well-being.

Human Resources Committee

Christine Slavik

The Human Resources Committee is responsible to:

  1. oversee and administer the human resources policies, plans, and procedures;
  2. review, approve, or recommend for board approval, decisions relating to hiring, delegating responsibilities, compensation, approving professional development, and evaluation of key employees; and
  3. review, approve, or recommend for board approval, decisions related to accreditation site reviewers.

Policies and Procedures Committee

Fernando Nunes

The Policies and Procedures Committee is responsible for creating and updating policies and procedures which will facilitate CYCEAB operations in accordance with CYCEAB bylaws.

The committee shall review existing policy and develop new policies related to how the CYCEAB operates and represents its members to the corporation and to the government.

The committee will ensure policies and procedures:

  1. align with current organizational priorities;
  2. are effective in achieving CYCEAB’s mandate;
  3. contain no grammatical or typographical errors; and
  4. contain no outdated references.

The committee shall develop a review schedule for all policies and procedures and present it annually for approval by the CYCEAB Board of Directors.

Research Committee

Melissa Teles and Graham McPheat

The Research Committee, consisting of at least 1 CYCEAB director and 3 researchers or educators from CYC post-secondary programs, shall initiate, support, and share research endeavours which seek to increase the capacity of CYCEAB to enhance the quality of CYC post-secondary education. Specifically, the committee will seek to:

  1. reflect the diversity and nature of CYC post-secondary education;
  2. investigate and provide structured input to CYCEAB regarding trends, practices, challenges, and strengths in CYC education for purposes of informing or supporting the development of CYCEAB policies and procedures specific to the quality enhancement of CYC education;
  3. provide a forum to identify and discuss major issues impacting CYC education;
  4. extend CYCEAB’s range of connection and interface with CYC educators and CYCEAB member institutions;
  5. advise on areas where CYCEAB should lead, facilitate, or advocate on issues related to quality CYC post-secondary education;
  6. extend CYCEAB’s national and international profile and understanding of CYC post-secondary education practices;
  7. support and foster champions of CYCEAB and high quality CYC post-secondary education;
  8. deepen and extend CYCEAB’s services to member institutions and CYC educators by sharing research and actively contributing to the CYC educator community of practice; and
  9. collaborate and contribute to hosting of CYC educator conferences, writing, and professional development.

Recommendation Panel

Members are appointed by the Board of Directors or the Human Resources Committee.

The Recommendation Panel is responsible for the accreditation recommendation to the CYCEAB Board of Directors on Child and Youth Care programs that have completed the accreditation process as outlined in CYCEAB policy. Members of the panel are CYCEAB-approved reviewers and are considered recognized experts in the Child and Youth Care field. The panel considers the site reviewer’s findings from their site visit and their review of the self-study report which includes the quality enhancement plan and other related documents.

The Recommendation Panel considers two major criteria:

  1. the degree to which the program demonstrates alignment with current CYC principles and practices and
  2. the level of rigour of the pre-service programs provided for students.

Standards Development and Implementation

Andrew MacLaine

The Standards Development and Implementation Committee is responsible for the development, maintenance, and revision of accreditation standards for the Child and Youth Care Accreditation Board of Canada (CYCEAB). The committee continually reviews and updates information to meet the expectations of the CYC profession in alignment with post-secondary institutions’ Child and Youth Care programs. The committee is also responsive to post-secondary institutions and reviewers who are engaged in the accreditation process.

The work of this committee supports the bylaws listed in Article II:

  1. to establish and implement a process of regular quality assurance for post-secondary Child and Youth Care education programs in Canada;
  2. to promote the highest standards of pre-service education for the field; and
  3. to reflect advances in best practice in Child and Youth Care with the input of accredited programs as well as changes to provincially defined norms, including relevant legislation.