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There are 308 Canadians currently certified with the Association of Child Life Professionals! There are 5,541 Certified Child Life Specialists worldwide.

There are a total of 5,588 Association of Child Life Professionals members world-wide; 295 are Canadians!

There are 464 hospitals with Child Life Programs worldwide; 37 of them are in Canada! Worldwide, there are 48 Child Life Programs in non-hospital settings.

Montreal Children’s Hospital started one of the first child life programs in North America in 1936!

Ruth Snider
, former Director of Child Life at McMaster Children’s Hospital was the second President of the Child Life Council in 1984-86!

Linda Skinner, Chief, Child Life & School Services; Coordinator, Child Life at IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS was awarded the Children’s Miracle Achievement Award in March 2009 by the Children's Miracle Network!

Diane Hart,
Director of Child Life at B.C. Children's Hospital, is the second Canadian to be elected President of the Child Life Council, in 2011.

Canadians who have been honoured with the Child Life Council Distinguished Service Award:
  • 2016 - Diane Hart, Director of Patient & Family Centred Care, B.C. Children’s Hospital
  • 2008 - LeeAnn Derbyshire Fenn M.Sc., CCLS, Former Director of Child Life Studies, McMaster University.
  • 2004 - Ruth Kettner, former Director of Child Life at Winnipeg Children's Hospital
  • 2003 - Kathy Moffat, former Department Head of Child Life & School Services at Montreal Children’s Hospital
  • 1997 - Linda Skinner, former Chief, Child Life & School Services; Coordinator, Child Life, Centre Wide at IWK in Halifax
  • 1989 - Ruth Snider, former Director of Child Life at McMaster Children’s Hospital