History

1984

On November 1, 1984, a young boy named Maurice Vien was tragically taken from his family, friends and community. His murder sparked the creation of the Missing Children’s Network.

1990

The Missing Children’s Network transported National Missing Children’s Day to European soil by organizing a special ceremony that brought together several organizations from Brussels, France and England.

1994

The Missing Children’s Network launched its Prevention and Education Program in Day Camps and sensitized thousands of children about the importance of keeping themselves safe.

1998

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with McDonald’s Restaurants and Montreal Police, held an Identification Day on the island of Montreal.

2001

The Child Identification Day is now presented across the province, thanks to McDonald’s Restaurants and law enforcement in Quebec.

2004

The City of Montreal proclaimed May 25th to be National Missing Children’s Day.

2008

Twenty volunteers from the Network reached new heights as they climbed Mt Kilimandjaro and raised over $75,000 in aid of our critical mission.

The Network published Operation Vigilance, a series of three brochures that contain a wealth of safety advice for parents of children 0-17 years-old.

2011

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with ADR-TV, launched Child Alert, an application that allows parents to record and store their child’s profile directly on their smart phones.

2014

The Missing Children’s Network launched Develop Sweet Reflexes, an awareness campaign designed to sensitize parents and children about the importance of developing sound safety strategies, while at the same time raising funds through the sale of the Candy Catcher, a Halloween bag with reflective tape.

2016

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with Groupe Jean Coutu and UPS, hosted a province-wide awareness campaign entitled, Together for Safety.

Over 25,000 activity booklets were distributed to local schools by law enforcement.

2018

Creation of SIGN4L, an application that can save the life of a child and official launch of the SHINE program across the province, following a generous contribution from an anonymous donor.

1986

National Missing Children’s Day was commemorated for the very first time at the Old Port in Montreal. Over 5,000 balloons with photos of missing children were released.

Terry Di Monte of CHOM-FM hosted our first Radiothon of Hope and helped raise over $72,000.

1992

Thanks to Debbie Kolokythias, a 15 year-old Montrealer, the Gazette invited the Missing Children’s Network to run its operations, free of charge, in their building.

1996

The Missing Children’s Network was awarded le Prix du Partenariat by the Montreal Police Service.

The Missing Children’s Network inaugurated its Garden of Hope at the Montreal Botanical Garden.

2000

The Network launched its Prevention and Education Program in local schools in the Greater Montreal area.

2003

The Missing Children’s Network is invited by the RCMP, SQ and Montreal Police Service to implement the Amber Alert program in Quebec.

2006

The Missing Children’s Network, in collaboration with Montreal Police and En Marge 12-17, published Coming Back to Stay, a manual for parents whose children have run away.

2010

Jean Coutu Group became the new partner of our Provincial Child Identification Day and hosted a clinic in over 180 participating pharmacies – in all, 14,998 ID booklets were distributed and completed.

2012

Canada Border Services Agency, Aéroports de Montréal and the Missing Children’s Network joined forces to raise awareness about missing children by displaying photos of 16 children on over 100 LCD screens at Montréal-Trudeau Airport.

The Missing Children’s Network received the prestigious Our Missing Children Award of Excellence in recognition for its leadership and excellence in working together to bring home missing children.

2015

Total Logistics Group of Companies joined our Corporate Partner Poster Campaign by featuring posters of missing children on their trucks. This unprecedented initiative allows thousands of people all across North America to be on the look-out for these children.

The Network collaborated with Facebook Canada in the launch of geo-targeted Amber Alert notices to Facebook users all across Canada.

2017

Implementation of SHINE,  thanks to an anonymous donor, a province-wide program aimed at preventing runaways and the sexual exploitation of youth.

Thanks to Montoni Group, the Missing Children’s Network moved into their new office.

Yesterday we had the privilege of welcoming Ms. Hamida Khirat to our offices. Ms. Khirat is the Secretary General from the NGO “Réseau algérien pour la défense des droits de l'enfant”.

Thank you again for your visit.Hier, nous avons eu le privilège d’accueillir à nos bureau Madame Hamida Khirat. Madame Khirat est la secrétaire générale du Réseau algérien pour la défense des droits de l’enfant.

Merci encore pour cette belle visite!
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The Missing Children's network is pleased to inform you that 16-year-old Anjolie Corbeil, missing since August 12, 2019, has been found and is doing well. Thank you to all those who shared her poster. ... See MoreSee Less

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CONTEST TIME!!!!!!

In 2017, the Missing Children’s Network launched an innovative program for preteens. SHINE is a bilingual, provincial program that aims to prevent sexual exploitation and is addressed to youth aged 10 to 13.

Kim Gingras and Drea Wheeler want to come to your school!!!!! To register, please comment below and let us know why your school should be among the chosen few to welcome Kim, Drea and our intervention workers to host a very special SHINE workshop. Our Ambassadors want more than anything to come to meet you and to promote this program.

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL TODAY! THE DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 23!!!!

DON’T WAIT – ONLY 3 SCHOOLS WILL BE CHOSEN FOR DREA AND KIM TO VISIT!

RESTRICTIONS:
Deadline: September 23, 2019
Only the schools that have written a comment will be considered
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The Missing Children's network is pleased to inform you that 14-year-old Ilyasse El Alaoui Benchad, missing since July 7th, 2019, has been found and is doing well. Thank you to all those who shared his poster. ... See MoreSee Less

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Yohanna Cyr was only eighteen-months-old when she went missing on August 15, 1978. Forty-one years later, her family remain hopeful that one day they will find her. Today, we are honouring Yohanna and thank you for helping us keep hope alive. ... See MoreSee Less

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