Year End report 2009-2010



This past fall the OYJSN celebrated its ten year anniversary with a well-attended event hosted by the Youth Services Bureau. Special guest speakers included Chief Vern White and YSB Executive Director Alex Munter and we were fortunate to have many of the founding members of the Network in attendance. The event provided us with the opportunity to recognize the contributions of 19 front-line professionals, in the area of youth justice, who have worked tirelessly over the years to support, advocate, and improve the lives of children, youth and their families in the City of Ottawa. Regional Director, Robert Burkholder attended to bring us greetings from MCYS and present a letter of congratulations on OYJSN’s success from the Assistant Deputy Minister, Gilbert Tayles. Both Donna Serafina (Algonquin College) and Mary Wehrle (YSB) were most worthy recipients of the OYJSN Award of Excellence. All in all, the event was a well-received and successful celebratory occasion.  Our regular monthly meetings have continued to enjoy good attendance and participation and have provided the forum for discussion necessary to meeting our terms of reference.



We are fortunate that the Network membership continues to enjoy healthy representation at our monthly meetings. Many of our longstanding member agencies continue to be actively represented and this year we have welcomed several new faces from these agencies including; Staff Sergeant Steve Bell from the Ottawa Police Service, Josée Boulianne from Ottawa Youth Probation Services, Jerrett DeFazio from Boys & Girls Club, Natali Zakaria, the Salvation Army CSO Program, and Geordie Walker from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.  A long-term member, Donna Serafini from the Child & Youth Worker Program at Algonquin College stepped down and we welcomed Vicki Grisim, already well-known in the Ottawa youth justice and child welfare community, to our table. A new member agency to the network, Project Upstream, affiliated with the Royal Ottawa Hospital, is represented by Bo Turpin. The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health has been a past member of the OYJSN and most recently we are fortunate to have a new representative from their Youth Diversion program, Taylor Linseman come on-board.


Topics of discussion:

  • Community-based children’s mental health services & perceived gaps and barriers
  • Accessing funding for new initiatives and challenges in dealing with funding bodies
  • Roundtable updates on Network member’s activities and trends, sharing of resource information on conferences, RFP’s and events etc… and discussions re: emerging challenges and opportunities
  • Crime Prevention Ottawa budget status and response by individual network members
  • Reports & updates from our Communications, Membership, Training and Anniversary Planning & Agency Fair subcommittees
  • Proposed amendments to the YCJA and implications for service delivery




  • Nancy Worsfold, Crime Prevention Ottawa on behalf of the Community-based Children’s Mental Health Partnership Development
  • Dan Sanfacon, National Crime Prevention Centre presentation on funding
  • Bo Turpin, Vanessa Woods & Dr. Greg Montayne presentation on Project Upstream
  • Peggy Austen & Desirée Rapoch, United Way presentation on their funding direction
  • Christian Whalen, Office of the Ombudsman, New Brunswick



  • Participated in the consultation for the Community-Based Children’s Mental Health Partnership development
  • OYJSN 10th Anniversary Celebration
  • Transfer and update of the OYJSN website to Crime Prevention Ottawa completed
  • Compilation of information regarding OYJSN members’ participation in other committees and networks
  • Letter of support to the Ministry of Children & Youth Services, Child Welfare Secretariat in regard to their initiative “Eliminating Barriers & Building on Successes”
  • Continued participation in the Ottawa Youth Gangs Initiative
  • Second annual Agency Fair co-hosted by OYJSN & OCDSB was held in February and included workshops. Planning is underway for a similar event in the new year
  • Engaging with the Youth Count body in examining opportunities for joint strategies and collaboration


Planned Activities for 2010-2011

  • Third Agency Fair (date to be determined)
  • Youth Mental Health Conference in collaboration with Youth Count –  planning for spring or fall 2011
  • Guests for Network meetings being considered by a subcommittee including invitation to Ministry Policy staff regarding new YCJA amendments
  • Working group struck to look at ways to secure funding in the areas of prevention & crisis intervention from United Way


Prepared by: Janet L. Crupi, Chair Ottawa Youth Justice Services Network,

June 2010