What Projects are in the Resource Centre?

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)

What is CAPC?
The Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) is designed to improve the health and well-being of children (from birth to age six) and their families. CAPC began in the Atlantic Region in 1993. There are 40 CAPC projects in Atlantic Canada offering over 485 programs.

CAPC is unique!

  • CAPC works with parents to give children the best chance to grow strong and healthy.
  • CAPC is based on partnerships at the community level.

CAPC works because…

    • it is a resource that parents want. Parents like CAPC programs and know that their children benefit from them.
    • it encourages parents to recognize their strengths and build on their skills.
    • parents make connections and become part of a community of people who have the same interests and concerns.
    • it gives people from different backgrounds a way to work together in their communities. CAPC projects encourage parents, staff, volunteers and community partners to share their ideas, knowledge and skills.

CAPC works for parents…
Almost all parents say that they first come to CAPC projects to meet their children’s needs. Once they begin participating, they find that they can meet some needs of their own as well.

CAPC works for Communities…
Partnerships give community organizations opportunities for discussion and collaboration and help everyone to improve their policies and services to children and families. Partnerships help ensure that CAPC projects provide services that would not to available otherwise. Networking among service providers also avoids duplication of services.

By strengthening children, parents and families, CAPC strengthens communities.

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

What is CPNP?
The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) is a community based program that supports women through their pregnancy and the first year of their baby’s life. The program provides resources and support in areas such as nutrition, health issues, breastfeeding and infant development.

Families First Staff

Executive Director Darlene Mellish
Center Coordinator

Program Facilitator

Debralee Acorn-MacDonald
CAPC Children Program Facilitator Dolores Campbell
CPNP Program Facilitator Cora MacIntyre
Program Assistants Tanya Weeks-Garnhum
Janice Vandaele


Board of Directors

 Chair Debra Matheson
Secretary Dawn Nelson
Members-at-Large  Alicia Steele
Crystal Creighan
Gerry Foote
Carrie MacLean
Honorary Board Member Chantale Ansems

Martha MacLean

Rheo Rochon


Mission Statement


Voices for Children actively promotes the nurturing of families by respecting all persons ability to learn and contribute to our community.


  • Philosophy
  • We believe that children have the right:
  • to be safe, to be protected, to be loved, to speak, to be listened to, to think for themselves, to live without fear of abuse (physical, emotional or sexual), to have adequate housing, to have a support network, to be educated, to be fed, to be clothed, to live without prejudice, to be happy and live like a child, to have a spiritual upbringing, and to be treated with respect, to have opportunities that build self-esteem.
    • We believe that all children should be treated equally, regardless of colour, creed or gender; and should be accepted as they are.
    • We believe that the community shares responsibility for the children.
    • We believe in the group values of confidentiality; supportiveness and respect; equality; and being open to new members.
    • We believe that we have to reach out.
    • We believe that any programs we create should:
    • be safe, supportive and non-threatening, be accessible to everyone without creating stigma or shame, build on strengths, and consider the whole person rather than just the problems a person is experiencing, enhance a person’s self-worth, be preventive, non-fragmented, and flexible, involve learning from each other and working with each other, encourage fathers as well as mothers to become involved.