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About Us

Who We Are

Our Mission

To serve every individual with a strength based framework to strategize coping tools for their psychosocial health. While building trusting relationships with children, youth and families on Vancouver Island who have been negatively impacted by stressful or traumatic life events and situations that affect their development, health and well being.

Core Values

Humanistic Approach

Family Centered Practice


Therapeutic Relationships


Theoretical Foundations of Practice


Our Vision

Continue to meet the needs of infants, children, youth and families in times of stressful or traumatic life events and situations. Minimize the negative impact on situational disruptions while maintaining individual growth, development, and family relationships.

Why Child Life is right for you?

Theoretical Foundations 

We are educated with a variety of theoretical frameworks to use for different scenarios. There are many different frameworks that are utilized for different things such as strength- based practice, family- centered practice and family systems framework. 

Therapeutic Relationships

Building a strong relationship with the children and youth will help in the process of working closely with the child's thoughts and feelings. They are likely more willing to open up about the person points when they can fully trust you. 


Communication between child, youth, parents, and medical professionals needs to be open and honest. Whether it will hurt, be uncomfortable, or challenging... it is important to find the correct vocabulary that will be honest, accurate and developmentally appropriate. 

Play is our language

Children are able to communicate all their thoughts, feelings and understandings about life through play. Any child is able to communicate through play and anyone can understand that language. 

Meet Shae Mellors

Shae Mellors, BA

Certified Child Life Specialist

Hello there,

I am a Certified Child Life Specialist serving the Southern Vancouver Island Area. While I was studying in Edmonton, AB, at Stollery Children's Hospital I found my deep passion for supporting pediatric patients and their families through unpredictable challenges within the medical field. I recognized a gap in service within my own community for children accessing health care outside of the hospital. Many children and families were unprepared for many of the challenges- needles, medicine, environmental factors, and new diagnoses to name a few. With a strong background in child development and the skills gained from working within the hospitals I felt confident in providing children and families with coping tools and psychosocial support to better prepare them for these specific moments. 

Outside of my job... I am a mama to a sweet baby boy who has shown me the true meaning of life. So do I know what it's like to be a parent... yes! I can tell you this has changed my practice drastically as I am able to fully understand where parents are coming from now in conversations. 

As for my own life, I spend a lot of free time watching the growth of my son, hiking trails in the woods, and enjoying the quiet time that life has occasionally. 

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