Start2Finish hosted Senior VP & Chief Economist at Scotiabank, Dr. Warren Jestin, as well as leading researcher, Dr. Jean Clinton, Child Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster Children’s Hospital and our Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) at the inaugural Start2Finish Change Symposium on May 14, 2012. It was a ground-breaking day as we connected top business professionals, multinationals, local businesses, entrepreneurs, community groups, educators and government to present solutions for helping to break the cycle of child poverty for the most vulnerarable children in our communities.
During the morning the Start2Finish SAG, chaired by Dr. Jean Clinton, held a Scientific Forum to discuss the valuable and effective work they are doing to measure the impact of our fitness and literacy model on the lives of the children who participate in our programs. The group reconvened following our Change Symposium Luncheon to solidify a plan for even more focused data collection and measurement to substantiate and continue to increase the effectiveness of the Start2Finish model.
The Change Luncheon hosted leaders from significant local and national corporate, business, community and government agencies, who heard from Dr. Jestin on the importance of investing in our next generation and the long-term economic effects of not doing so. Guests were informed and inspired to make an even greater change in their communities through solutions such as the Start2Finish fitness and literacy model.
A big thank you to all of the business and community innovators who invested their time and commitment to helping eradicate child poverty across Canada and who stated by their presence – “I AM CHANGE”!
Our sincere gratitude as well to our 2012 Change Symposium sponsor: