Contact us

Visit Brock’s online directory for a complete listing of all Child and Youth Studies contacts.

Mailing address
Department of Child and Youth Studies  
Brock University
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1

Dean’s Office
Faculty of Social Sciences

Department Chair
John McNamara, Professor
Office: CRN 325
905-688-5550 x3835

Course Coordinator
Ellen Carter
Office: CRN 324
905-688-5550 x3151

BA Hon. (CHST), BA Hon. (SOCI), MEd 

Ellen Carter provides administrative support for CHYS 2P15 Principles of Service Learning.

Ellen also provides critical support for the design and delivery of CHYS courses with an experiential education component, in particular CHYS 2P15 Principles of Service Learning and CHYS 3P92 Children and Youth with Special Needs, through the ongoing development, maintenance and administration of community-CHYS partnerships.

Students applying for a police check with vulnerable sector screening can contact Ellen for paperwork if required by the hometown police service.

Administrative Assistant
Lora Baliukas
Office: CRN 319
905-688-5550 x3740

Graduate Program Director
Shauna Pomerantz, Associate Professor
Office: CRN 331
905-688-5550 x5371

Department Coordinator & Academic Advisor (First & Upper Year Students)
Alison Lahn
Office: CRN 321
905-688-5550 x4299


Alison Lahn handles questions and advice about the Child and Youth Studies program. Once students become Child and Youth Studies majors, they are strongly encouraged to consult with Alison about program plans, timetabling issues, CHYS policies and procedures, career options … in fact, any information related to Child and Youth Studies. Questions about course content, assignments, and examinations, should be directed to your course instructor.

Academic Advising

Graduate Administrative Coordinator
Ashley Do Nascimento
Office: CRN 353
905-688-5550 x5148

Administrative Coordinator
(Academic Advisor – First Year Students)
Carol Penner
Office: CRN 323
905-688-5550 x5242

Carol Penner’s responsibilities include the following administrative aspects of your CHYS experience:

  • Graduation Degree Audits (reviewing your program to determine whether you meet the graduation requirements for your CHYS BA Pass or Honours Degree)
  • Application process to major in CHYS
  • Application process for CHYS Honours (Year 4)
  • Job Posting process (Teaching Assistant, Marker-Grader)
  • Registration difficulties and management of CHYS Waitlist
  • Academic advising for first year CHYS majors.

Requests for appointments for Program Plans, Career Options, Academic Challenges, etc. should be made with the Department Coordinator, Alison Lahn.

Student Facilitator
Jo-Anne Sinnige-Egger
Office: CRN 322
905-688-5550 x5893

BA (CHYS), BEd., OCT, MEd.

Jo-Anne Sinnige-Egger is responsible for a variety of administrative duties related to the smooth operation of CHYS 1F90, 2P10, 2P35, and 2P38.