Our Vision and Mission

We believe thriving children create thriving communities. To that end, we focus on a community-wide response to childhood trauma that combines excellence in treatment, state-of-the-art education, and community oriented prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of child maltreatment and promoting the safe and healthy development of children.

23rd CAPPY Ride

A very warm thank you to all the riders, sponsors, donors, and volunteers who supported our 2014 CAPPY Ride! For more details and photos, please visit our ride web site: www.cappyride.ca


Hamilton Community Foundation: 60 Years

The mission of the Hamilton Community Foundation is "to drive positive change, by connecting people, ideas, and resources". And HCF certainly did that in 2013/14 for the Community Child Abuse Council, with grants from several of the funds they administer. As HCF celebrates its 60th anniversary, we congratulate them on their many accomplishments and thank them for their contributions to the vitality of Hamilton and its citizens. Check the HCF Annual Report for a feature about the Community Child Abuse Council: www.hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca

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Our 23rd annual CAPPY Ride

RAIN OR SHINE - See you there! Registraton & Breakfast 8:30 a.m. Ancaster Fairgrounds

If you ride a motorcycle, we invite you to join us for the 2014 CAPPY Ride (Child Abuse Prevention and Protection of Youth) on Sunday, July 13th. A popular and police escorted event, the CAPPY Ride offers breakfast, a scenic ride route, BBQ lunch, live music, prizes, and more. For full details visit www.cappyride.ca .

To volunteer at this year's ride, or to make a donation (rider pledge, prize item, raffle item) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (905) 523-1020 ext. 210.


SAVE THE DATE! Lanhack Charity Golf Classic

Mark your calendars and register early to avoid disappointment!

Lanhack Charity Golf Classic, Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Heron Point Golf Links.

This popular tournament promises a fun day filled with all the things that make a charity golf outing memorable. Register a foursome (or register singles or pairs and we'll group you with others) and join us for a wonderful afternoon of golf on this beautiful ClubLink course (BBQ lunch, golf shirt, 18 holes with power cart followed by oyster bar, dinner, prizes, an exciting live auction, and more). Proceeds from this annual event support the Community Child Abuse Council and Help A Child Smile.

$250 per Golfer   $1000 per Foursome  Tee Sponsor $200

For information or registration, call (905) 523-1020 ext. 210 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special thanks to Lanhack Engineering for generously hosting this event to support our child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs.

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A Visit with Ziauddin Yousafzai

"Before she became known around the world, Malala was known as my daughter. Today, I am known as her father!" With gentle humour and an articulate passion, Ziauddin Yousafzai spoke to students at Ray Lewis Elementary School in Hamilton recently, sharing the story of his family's journey over the past few years and his tireless efforts to encourage children to pursue a full and robust education.

His message is a powerful one - "education is life" - and his work to remove barriers that stand between children and an educated future is taking him all over the world. Best known as the father of Malala Yousafzai, the young Nobel-nominated advocate shot by the Taliban on a school bus in Pakistan, Ziauddin is a long-time educator and the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education.

The Community Child Abuse Council's Executive Director, Karen Smith, had the honour of hearing his remarks and speaking with him while he was in Hamilton. "We are allies in this important goal. In our work with immigrant and refugee children, we see first-hand how vital it is to ensure these young people are able to fully participate in school", explains Karen. "Our OASIS Program provides trauma treatment that helps to remove a significant barrier - the symptoms that come from traumatic experiences - and to equip these young people to pursue their dreams for the future."

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[Photo: N. Zeb]  Karen Smith and Ziauddin Yousafzai

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