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The Editors of CYC-Online

Managing Editor


Martin Stabrey

Martin is Chief Operations Officer of CYC-Net and Managing Editor of CYC-Online. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and is married to Helen and together they have two daughters, Kirsten and Tamara. He is a product of the South African child care system, having spent most of his childhood in care at St. John's Hostel in Cape Town. He studied Economics and Information Systems at the University of South Africa.

Associate Editors

Mark Smith

Dr Mark Smith

Dr Mark Smith has worked in Child and Youth Care since 1981 when he began as a residential social worker at what was then called a List D (approved) school outside Edinburgh, Scotland. He spent the next 19 years in practice and management positions in different residential settings finishing his practice career as Principal for secure accommodation services in Edinburgh, in charge of two secure and three attached open units.

In 2000 he was appointed to a position at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow to develop and teach a new Masters programme in residential child care. He did this successfully for five years before moving to the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer and then senior lecturer in social work.

Mark has written extensively on residential child care, including two books, Rethinking Residential Child Care (2009) and Residential Child Care in Practice (with Fulcher and Doran) (2013), both books published by Policy Press. His Doctorate addresses concepts of care and upbringing.

Mark and his family maintain a connection with child care practice as registered foster carers.

Janice Daley

Janice Daley

Janice Daley has worked in Child and Youth Care with Waypoints in St. John’s Canada since 2000. She held a variety of positions in residential programs before joining the Waypoints Family Support Program where she has been Senior Counsellor for the past eight years. She is also involved on a volunteer basis in various community initiatives, including sitting on the Boards of ASISTNL (suicide intervention) and a newly opened non-profit childcare centre that has an emphasis on the Arts in Early Childhood Education.

In her youth, Janice pursued Journalism as a career, and although she settled in Education and Child and Youth Care, has maintained an obsession with grammar, punctuation and spelling that haunts her (and her colleagues) to this day.

James Freeman

James Freeman

James Freeman, MA, CYC-P lives in Southern California with his wife and three children.

He has over 25 years of experience in relational Child and Youth Care across various settings, including out-of-school programs, family camping, sports, and child welfare. He holds a masters degree in organizational leadership and is the training director for Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families.

In addition to serving on the board of CYC-Net, James serves on the boards of the Association of Children's Residential Centers and theChild and Youth Care Certification Board.James regularly facilitates training on Child and Youth Care topics.

Dr Shemine Gulamhusein

Dr Shemine Gulamhusein

Dr. Shemine Gulamhusein is an Assistant Professor of Child and Youth Care at MacEwan University. She is passionate about knitting together Child and Youth Care, therapeutic recreation, and counselling practice with a particular interest in children, youth and families that have migrated to Canada from the majority world. She is active in local and international pursuits including being a board member of the Child and Youth Care Education Accreditation Board, a board member with REACH Edmonton, and collaboratively working on a Global Perspectives in Social Care / Child and Youth Care practice with colleagues across Canada and Ireland.

Outside of academia, Shemine supports people through her private practice by offering individual Child and Youth Care counselling and group workshops. Her work is grounded in movement, the power of bodies, and the benefits of being outdoors. As an emerging scholar, Shemine is excited to continue her journey in the intersection of Child and Youth Care and therapeutic recreation.

Founding Editors

Brian Gannon

Brian Gannon

Brian worked in Child and Youth Care from 1959 as a child care worker, principal, trainer, supervisor, lecturer and writer.

He started his career in child care while in his final undergraduate year. Four years later he and a colleague started a new program (St Nicolas Home) in Johannesburg for a sector of the South African population not previously provided for. In 1967 he was invited to become principal of St Johns, a 64-bed program in Cape Town where he remained for fifteen years.

In the late 1960s, in the Western Cape, he founded South Africa's first child care workers' association, and was instrumental in the establishment of similar associations in Natal, the Transvaal and the Eastern Cape. In 1975 these provincial associations amalgamated into the National Association of Child Care Workers.

In 1982 Brian became the NACCW's first National Director. The NACCW has become the major training, literature and advocacy organisation in the field in South Africa.

Brian produced the NACCW's monthly journal Child and Youth Care from 1983 until 1999, when he founded CYC-Net with Thom Garfat.

Brian passed away on 28 September 2017.

Thom Garfat

Thom Garfat

Thom a Director of Transformative Relational Consultation and Training (TRCT) and has worked with young people, families and those who work with them for 50 years.

He is the co-founder of the International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net) and the journal Relational Child and Youth Care Practice. His training, The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events is used worldwide. He has authored or co-authored of eight books and numerous professional articles. His primary focus is on ‘making it work’; finding practical everyday ways to enhance the process of healing and development.

Thom was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2023.

He lives in Quebec, with Sylviane.

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