May 29


On Thursday we attended the 21st annual Butterfly Ball. The Honorary Chairs for this year were:
Yannick Bisson(Murdoch Mysteries) & Shantelle Bisson
Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre™ (Boost CYAC) and the funds raised at the 2018 Butterfly Ball® support the hundreds of children and teens that they assist each year. The committee is chaired by Daniela DeGasperis and the gala evening includes a cocktail reception and a sit down dinner, followed by dancing as well as some fabulous live auction items and door prizes. In 2017, the auction items included dinner for eight at the private residence of Brian Mulroney, the 18th Prime Minister of Canada, a trip to New York’s Fashion week on a private plane, an iconic Charles Pachter painting, and Sunday at The Masters in Augusta.
About sixty percent of attendees are returning guests, indicating a commitment to the cause of supporting children through the most difficult time of their young lives.

Shockingly, 2,200 investigations of child abuse have taken place at Boost since 2013. One in three children will experience some form of abuse before the age of 16, 18% of children who have been abused will experience more than one form of abuse. Sex trafficking in Toronto is on the rise. Impossible to believe, the youngest victim at Boost CYAC is 12 years old. The establishment of Boost CYAC has been instrumental in supporting a child or youth at the time of disclosure starting with the investigation, through trauma therapy, and court preparation if that is necessary.
As a leader in child abuse prevention and intervention services over the past 36 years, Boost CYAC continues to provided trauma assessment and counseling services to thousands of children. But the need continues to grow. For further information about Boost CYAC and its services, please visit

About Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC)
Boost CYAC is an innovative community response to child abuse investigations and interventions. A partnership among local community and government agencies, it brings together all professionals involved in child abuse cases under one roof, for a coordinated, interdisciplinary response to child abuse victims in Toronto. In addition to housing Toronto’s only child & youth advocacy centre, Boost CYAC offers a number of direct services including, primary prevention, public education, trauma assessment and therapy and court preparation for child witnesses.

We would like to thank Lindsay Jolie, Director Of Communications & Community Relations-Boost Child&Youth Advocacy Centre, for tre invitation to this event.