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.

On October 15, 1977, Jacques Chaput was last seen leaving his home in Cap-de- la-Madeleine. He has not been seen nor heard from since that fateful day.

Today, we are honouring Jacques Chaput and thank you for helping us to keep hope alive for this young man and his family.
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Today on International #Dayofthegirl let's pay tribute to all girls! Here at the Missing Children’s Network, our team continuously works through our SHINE program in preventing sexual exploitation among youth, especially young girls.

We focus on prevention and believe that self-esteem and healthy egalitarian relationships are among the many solutions to this crisis.
"Girls: a free and unstoppable force" - United Nations
Last week, members of our staff participated, along with several other organizations, in “Rendez-vous Maillage”, which took place at the YWCA Montreal. This meeting aimed to exchange views and find solutions to prevent sexual exploitation. By collaborating and joining hands, we can work together to solve this issue.

A special thanks to our partners at the YWCA, for citing and acknowledging our expertise on this matter.

Did you know that in Quebec, one in three runaways is a victim of sexual exploitation?
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At the request of the Sûreté du Québec, the Missing Children’s Network is seeking your collaboration in the search for 17 years old Jessy Céré-Généreux.

The last time Jessy was seen, she was in Saint-Thomas. She could be in the Joliette area.
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The Missing Children's Network is pleased to inform you Shelsy Lavallière Dumesnil has been found and is doing well. Thank you to all those who shared her poster. ... See MoreSee Less

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