Child Life Certification Commission Chair - Bindy Sweett, CCLS
Bindy's work with children and families began in 1969 as an Early Childhood Educator, and she completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Victoria (UVIC) in 1988. She has been cheerfully involved with the CLC/ACLP since gaining certification in 1989, when she attended her first CLC conference as a co-presenter. She enjoyed presenting for many years following, often with friends and colleagues she met through the Council, and has also presented for other organisations.
With the advent of the child life examination, Bindy served as an item writer, which stimulated her interest in more committee work. Since that time, she has served on the CLC/ACLP board of directors twice, once as the CLCC Chair and once as a Director. While she worked her entire child life career as a clinician, she also taught ECE for 15 years at Langley College and Child Life for 10 years at UVIC. She worked with the CLC Internship Task Force, contributing in partnership to the development of the internship modules and resources for supervisors, as well as with the Internship Accreditation Committee, the Program Review and Program Standards Committees, and others.
Bindy continues to volunteer with the Children’s Heart Network in British Columbia after retirement from BC Children’s Hospital, where she worked with outstanding child life and cardiac teams and many others. She received Excellence in Education Awards and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Partners in Care at BCCH for her commitment to families, and received the Mary Barkey Clinical Award from CLC in 2010, for which she is forever grateful. Her commitment to students, families and children remains strong, as does her responsibility to ACLP and CCLS certification. She is the proud single parent of one loving son and the bereaved parent of a plucky and determined daughter, who both continue to motivate my volunteer work for the rights and needs of children.