Committee of Youth Officers of Ontario

COYO Conference - Feb 19-21, 2020
Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON

Conference Information


COYO 2020 - Assets, actions, and attitudes that alter youth well-being

February 19 - 21, 2020 Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario 

Registration OPEN!

Registration Fee: $425 (HST included)    

Student Fee: $200 (HST included - must show valid student ID and be 19+ as alcohol is served) 

*Payment can be made by credit card through Paypal OR cheque/money order

Included in registration fee: 

Wednesday, February 19th - Wine and cheese

Thursday, February 20th - Morning refreshments and snacks, lunch, Networking  Reception

Friday, February 21st - Buffet breakfast

No Refunds Available

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly-Anne Dugas at


Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON

City-view room: $115/night + applicable taxes

Fallsview room: $140/night + applicable taxes

Hotel Reservations: 1-888-229-9961 or online

Quote "COYO conference" when booking

Early bird rate ends February 1, 2020


Jessica Holmes – Depression: The Comedy


This is a frank and hilarious account of how it took Jessica Holmes two years to get diagnosed as depressed. It started small: she resented “fun stuff” like girls night out, developed a loathing for words like “wellness,” and avoided foods that promised to prolong her life. Even when she yawned her way through an emceeing job for Oprah Winfrey it didn’t sound any alarms for her.

In the nearly two years that she transitioned from “cheerleader” to “zombie”, she hadn’t taken stock of how far she had veered from her ideal life of fulfilment and gratitude.

Jessica’s story, which has a deeply happy ending, relates to anyone who has ever been on a downhill trajectory, whether with health, relationships, or career, who forgot to stop and ask “where am I?” She weaves comedy, characters and music in and out of the presentation to bring levity to a serious subject. She has written about her experience with depression and anxiety in her humorous new book, also called Depression The Comedy.

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe - Resiliency through optimal stress, resourcefulness, and goal setting


Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s talk introduces the concept of resiliency from a broad world view that incorporates five key areas. Sharing from her experiences traveling through Central America, the Middle East, and North America, Hanley-Dafoe reviews what children and adults have in common that contributes to resiliency, and what we can do in our own lives to foster resiliency within ourselves and others.  Hanley-Dafoe’s talk highlights practical strategies and ideas that are grounded in optimal stress, resourcefulness, and the importance of continued goal setting. Using narrative pedagogy, Hanley-Dafoe’s talk shares candid encounters with resiliency that are research informed and readily available to all of us

Ron Chhinzer - The Gang prevention rubik's cube: Stakeholders, impacts, and opportunities


 Gang prevention has become a critical component of discussions surrounding public safety, law enforcement, and inequality all over the world. After three years of research, project management, and initiatives exploring a feasible gang exit strategy, Detective Constable Ron Chhinzer will bring to light the key risk factors that a child faces that can result in gang membership and participation. Detective Constable Chhinzer will also discuss what can be done to potentially mitigate the risks and reduce gang membership and violence.

anthony maclean - creating a culture for kids to thrive


Youth who know they have a caring adult looking out for them are more likely to succeed in school and less likely to be involved in crime, drugs, and gangs. But how do we ensure that we are connecting with every child? This presentation will give teachers and caregivers practical strategies to help students feel welcome and celebrated. Anthony McLean will challenge everyone to think through the tone of voice, body language, and approach to discipline they are using. Caregivers will be reminded that “the kids who need love the most will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” Overall, this is a passionate plea for all to see the powerful role they play in shaping the lives of children and youth.



Bounce Back - Canadian Mental Health Association

Man up

Talking law with care - Ontario Justice Education Network

Dealing with Student Violence in Schools - Peel Regional POlice Case Study

Roadmap to Youth Engagement


The 5 Pillars of Diversity

Youth Criminal justice act