SAJE | Strengthening Abilities and Journeys of Empowerment: Updates and Insights

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is implementing new programs and expanding services and supports for youth and young adults with experience in government care. The Strengthening Abilities and Journeys of Empowerment (SAJE) program envisions that every youth transitioning from care into independence has the supports they need to achieve their full potential.

The Federation, in collaboration with MCFD, is hosting 5 virtual information sessions with the SAJE team between February 27 and March 15. Dates and details are included below. The sessions are region-based and have been scheduled to include local team leaders.

Please join us. This is your opportunity to hear from MCFD about this program directly. MCFD will share updates about the new SAJE program and provide an overview of pre- and post-19 transition planning supports (SAJE Guides and SAJE Navigators), the expansion of AYA to 84-months, the $600-a-month rent supplement for up to two years, providing additional medical benefits, and more.

Please register for your regional webinar HERE

Island Health
Team Leaders: Tanis O’Reilly, North Island ( and Claire Heintzman, South Island (
Date: February 27, 2024
Time: 9:30am-11:00am PT

Northern Health
Team Leader: Lisa Rowein, North Region (
Date: March 5, 2024
Time: 9:30am-11:00am PT

Interior Health
Team Leaders: Sharmaine Henderson, Okanagan ( and Lindsay Hordal, Interior / Kootenays (
Date: March 5, 2024
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm PT

Vancouver Coastal Health
Team Leaders: Gary Mitford, Richmond / Coast North Shore ( and Wendy Cahill, Vancouver (
Date: March 12, 2024
Time: 9:30am-11:00am PT

Fraser Health
Team Leaders: Candice Morgan, East Fraser (, Fiona Pardy, North Fraser ( and Sukhi Sihota, South Fraser (
Date March 14, 2024
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm PT