Todd McDonald – Executive Director

 

 

In the early 1980s Todd was an adolescent in crisis. Unfortunately, supports for teens and families were not as readily accessible as they are today. Todd was unable to manage his reactive and tumultuous behaviours in the family home, and eventually in 1984 he was placed in a receiving home for boys and girls in New Westminster by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. For the next three years Todd experienced firsthand the difficult reality of what living in group homes and foster homes was like in the 1980s.

After witnessing his son being moved and placed in a number of group and foster homes. Todd’s father Ian Dennis McDonald reached out to Todd in an effort to put an end to their ongoing family struggles. Together, they began to rebuild their family and it is Todd’s fathers name, (Ian Dennis McDonald) which the company’s namesake is dedicated to today. It is Ian’s simple philosophies and life beliefs of equality and inclusion that the programs foundational beliefs are based upon.

Once back with his family and in high school – and only recently removed from street entrenchment- Todd began to focus on working with fellow students with diversabilities. Inclusion of all youth was a personal passion for Todd and he worked with several pilot projects throughout his senior year in high school that would seek to help eradicate the segregation of students with diversabilities.

After high school Todd obtained a Fine Arts degree, working in various areas throughout this time toiling in construction, bars, the lumber industry, and parks departments. Throughout all of this, he always held a deep innate passion and ability to work with youth.

In 2000 Todd returned to his passion when he began to work with youth in crisis and in care; working alongside indigenous youth in Vancouvers East Side.

In 2004 Todd was hired by Dolphin House Group and worked as a Live-In Home Support Worker in Port Coquitlam BC.

In 2007 Todd returned to school pursuing a degree in Education and Counselling at Simon Fraser University. Todd put an emphasis on family fragmentation and attachment disorders in his studies- this stoked his passion to provide essential care to youth in crisis.

Todd became the manager of Dolphin House group home in 2007, continued his education, and progressively honed his skills by working on the front lines with crisis entrenched youth.

Todd formed IDM Youth Services in Victoria, BC in August 2010.

Todd loves his job his colleagues and the youth they serve! He is very greatful for all of them being in his life!!!