Our History

The Story of Lions Quest Canada

1975 19 year-old Rick Little begins to organize the Quest National Centre, later to become Quest International (QI) in Findlay, Ohio.
1983 Lions Clubs International (LCI) brings together experts in the field of drug abuse for an international symposium. Prevention and education are identified as the focus for the Lions Drug Awareness Program.
1984 LCI and QI partner to introduce a major program initiative-Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence. The new program was a comprehensive, educational approach to drug prevention for grades 6 through 8.
1987 Recognizing that drug prevention efforts must begin early, LCI and QI partner again to introduce Lions Quest Skills for Growing for kindergarten to grade 5.
1988 Quest Life Skills operating as Lions Quest Canada, is incorporated and the first full-time office is opened doing business as Lions Quest in Mount Forest, Ontario, under the leadership of Executive Director Bill Moody.
1990 The Lions Quest Canada office moves to Waterloo, Ontario.
1994 In response to requests from teachers, Lions Quest develops a unit that specifically addresses violence prevention and anger management. Lions Quest Working Toward Peace for grades 6 through 8 is released in Canada.
1995 LCI and QI partner again to introduce Lions Quest Skills for Action for teens and young adults. The concepts of service-learning and conflict management introduced in programs written for younger students are extended to the older age level. Working It Out is also introduced to meet the needs for a conflict management program for kindergarten through grade 6. 1995 also marks the year that Bill Moody retired and Joanne McQuiggan assumed the position of Executive Director.
1998 Lions Quest Canada introduces our first program component written completely in Canada, Healthy Bodies for grades 1 through 5. Written in complement the Skills for Growing program, Healthy Bodies focuses on health related topics including the senses, nutrition and personal safety.
1999 Quest Life Skills Incorporated becomes the Canadian partner of the International Youth Foundation.
2000 The first Canadian version of Skills for Action is released and Quest Life Skills Incorporated creates its first resource. Volcano Club was developed by two mental health therapists in British Columbia. This resource is designed for use by child and youth workers with children identified as having anger management issues.
2001 The fourth edition of the Skills for Adolescence program is created.
2002

Lions Clubs International Foundation purchases the Lions Quest Skills for Growing, Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence and Lions Quest Skills for Action programs from the International Youth Foundation.  Lions Quest Canada remains the Canadian partner promoting the programs.

Lions Quest Canada becomes the Canadian partner of the Search Institute to champion efforts to employ the Developmental Assets Framework through the distribution of Search Institute resources, delivering Search Institute-designed training workshops, providing Canadian input to resource and product development, and support to Canadians embracing the concept.

2003 Lions Quest Canada changes its name to Thrive! The Canadian Centre for Positive Youth Development. The new name reflected the activities we are involved with across the country and internationally.
2004 Two Legs to Stand On - Eight to Grow is released  is published together with the Edmonton Asset Collaborative as a fun and interactive asset buidling resource for parents and children to enjoy together.
2005

The French version of Healthy Bodies is produced together with the New Brunswick Ministry of Education.

Helping Canadian Kids Thrive! The First National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in Mississauga, Ontario.

2006

Helping Canadian Kids Thrive! The Second National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in Calgary, Alberta

2007

Helping Canadian Kids Thrive! The Third National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in Miramichi, New Brunswick.

The first gathering focused on how Positive Youth Development and Asset Building can be employed as powerful tool for police services and crime prevention is held in conjunction with the conference.

2008

Work begins with Alberta Health Services - Mental Health and Addiction to develop the Positive Youth Development Community Capacity Building Training of Trainers Model.

Helping Canadian Kids Thrive! The Fourth National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in Kamloops, British Columbia.

2009

The first Positive Youth Development Community Capacity Building Training of Trainers sessions are held in St. Albert and Red Deer, Alberta.

Helping Canadian Kids Thrive! The Fifth National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in Waterloo, Ontario.

2010

Lions Quest Canada - The Centre for Positive Youth Development is adopted as the operating name and honours the important partnership with the Lions Clubs of Canada while continuing the work that has been done as The Canadian Centre for Positive Youth Development.

Helping Canadian Kids Thrive! The Sixth National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in St. Albert, Alberta.

Lions Quest Canada office moves to Cambridge, Ontario.

2011

Helping Canadian Kids Thrive! The Seventh National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in Regina, Saskatchewan.  The announcement is made that the conference will now be named Do Your Part! The National Conference on Positive Youth Development as a rallying cry to all Canadians to do their part however large or small in support of the positive development of our children and youth.

2012 Do Your Part! Halifax - The Eighth National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in Halifax in May.  For the first time two national conferences are held in one year in response to the growing interest in Positive Youth Development in Canada.  Do Your Part! Halton - The Ninth National Conference on Positive Youth Development is held in Oakville, Ontario in November.
2013

 A promotional draw in support of Lions Quest Canada is held with the prize of a cruise being won by the Drumbo Lions Club (Lions District A15).

Do Your Part! Red Deer - The Tenth National Conference on Positive Youth Development is scheduled for October.