Year End report 2010-2011

YEAR END SUMMARY – 2010-11

 

This has been another successful year for the OYJSN with well-attended monthly meetings and participation in several initiatives including our collaborative child & youth mental health conference “Exploring Collaboration, Partnerships & Creativity in Service Delivery”. The March conference, co-hosted by the OYJSN, the Ottawa Coalition for Children and Youth, and the Ottawa Youth Mental Health Court Coordinating Committee, aimed to increase collaboration and the effectiveness of mental health service delivery for youth and their families in the Ottawa region. The sold-out conference was so well received that many participants expressed an interest in a sequel. Our regular meetings have continued to provide an open forum for discussion of youth justice legislation and other related issues as well as developing and promoting interagency networking and collaborative partnerships and information sharing – a core objective for our group.

 

We bid farewell this spring to Mary Wehrle (YSB) who has served our network so well since its creation and has been instrumental in ensuring effective communication, as well as the health and viability of our group. We wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement.

 

Membership:

We have welcomed some new faces and memberships to the network in this past year including: Jennifer Benedict, Turning Lives Around, United Way, Andrew Thomas, Wabano

Centre, Ben Leikin, City of Ottawa, Public Health and Joe Veryard, Principal Safe Schools from the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Marie Nathalie Moreau, La Cite Collegiale, a long-time member of the network will be leaving her role as professor with the college to join their professional development department at her college. Most recently, Julie Ellis from YSB has agreed to serve as the network’s new administrative assistant and we welcome her aboard!

 

Topics of discussion:

  • Community-based children’s mental health services & perceived gaps and barriers
  • Use of restorative practices in community
  • 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
  • Reports & updates from our subcommittees including: Conference planning, Agency Fair, Guest Speakers and the United Way Working Group.
  • Discussion re: the use of field placement students from Ottawa universities and colleges in a variety of community agencies and the increasing demand for placement spots

 

Guests:

  • Probono Students of Canada – University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Consultation with Inspector Mike Ryan OPS re: new job position “Manager Strategic Youth Initiatives”
  • Peggy Austen & Sharon Jollimore re: Funding direction of United Way & 2011 funding process
  • Ross Hasting, University of Ottawa presentation on Gang Prevention Research Initiative
  • Carol MacPherson, Media Relations Specialist

 

Initiatives:

  • Child & youth mental health conference “Exploring Collaboration, Partnerships & Creativity in Service Delivery”
  • Presentation of the OYJSN Award of Excellence to Michael Justinich (CPO) at the March conference
  • Continued participation in the Ottawa Youth Gangs Initiative
  • Establishing an “award” for Culinary/Hospitality students of Sir Guy Carleton HS

 

Planned Activities for 2011-2012

  • Third Agency Fair (date to be determined)
  • Discussion re: follow-up to our March conference
  • Guests for Network meetings being considered by subcommittee including Sophie Rioux of the NCPC in October.

 

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

June 2011