OKN’s Indigenous Reconciliation initiative considers Truth and Reconciliation as two distinct entities, as illustrated above. Learn more about this graphic in our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategy.

Children spend a great deal of their first 8 years learning in schools, thus, how schools connect to their community is important. Progress in this area will show good connections between schools, parents, community resources and the local neighbourhood.

  • Parental involvement in schools
  • Youth as resources
  • Volunteerism
  • Community use of schools
Children thrive in neighbourhoods that are safe and connected. Neighbourhoods that can meet all of our needs are valued.

  • Neighbourhood safety
  • Neighbourhood cohesion
  • Walkability
  • Caring for the community
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.

  • Child care capacity
  • Quality child care
  • Parenting capacity
  • Parental monitoring
  • Quality time at home with family
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.

  • Serious injury
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Safety from harm
All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community.

  • Supportive and caring environments
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Commitment to learning
  • Positive values
  • Social competencies

Learning is one of the cornerstones for success in life and starts at birth. Community progress for this result will show that children are learning both in their preschool and school years.

  • Preschool learning opportunities
  • Student achievement (EQAO)
  • Healthy body weight
  • School engagement

Good health is a prerequisite for positive outcomes for children and youth. Both physical and emotional health are valued in this result. In addition, given the critical brain development that takes place in the first 12 months of life, infant health is closely monitored.

  • At-risk births
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy body weight
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health

Relationships First Virtual Workshop


Building Developmental Relationships for Thriving Youth

Join us for an engaging workshop that highlights the importance of developmental relationships in helping young people discover their true potential. Learn how intentional connections can empower them to shape their own lives, build resilience, and positively contribute to our community.

Discover the power of Developmental Relationships:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what developmental relationships are
  • Learn practical strategies to create and nurture these connections
  • Explore how developmental relationships enhance academic and social-emotional growth
  • Understand the positive impact on personal responsibility and risk reduction.


Steve Levac, Manager of Youth Services, Halton Children’s Aid Society

As a certified provincial trainer for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and with over 21 years of experience, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to working with children, youth, and families.  He has led numerous teams and projects covering developmental disabilities, domestic violence, high risk infants, justice, complex mental health, and housing.  He is well-versed and provides training in anti-oppression with a specific focus on 2SLGBTQ.

Steve has a master’s degree in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University, holds certificates in leadership from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a post-graduate studies diploma in Administration for Not-for-Profit from the University of Toronto.

Steve’s primary vision in his work is that relationships achieve success. He is an expert at achieving this outcome for the benefit of his clients, the community and staff.  As an avid camper, he loves traveling across the province in his pop-up tent trailer visiting various campgrounds and appreciating everything this land has to offer.


Mature man and his son walking in the public park
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