Year End report 2012-2013

 

YEAR END SUMMARY – 2012-2013

 

It has been a busy year activity-wise for the Network, from our fall breakfast presentation to the Youth Justice Ontario executive group to our spring conference “Making Connections: Mental Health, Addictions & Youth Justice” and most recently, the release of our new Network logo, the committee continues to be active, in keeping with our terms of reference. Our member agencies have also been busy with a variety of community initiatives including participation in the Ottawa Gang Symposium this past fall. It is this kind of collaborative effort in the Ottawa community that affords us opportunities to effectively plan and respond to the community in ways that best meet the needs of our clients and their families. As we move forward in the fall, we will be reviewing our terms of reference, membership and developing a work plan for the upcoming year.

 

Membership:

Some new faces at this year’s meetings included Matt Beutel, United Way: Turning Lives Around and Vicky Laforge, Justin Holness and Kris Measwasige from the Wabano Centre. Marnie Potter (YouthNet), Jessica Charron (John Howard Society) and Natalie Elliot (Operation Come Home) have also joined us at meetings. Michael Justinich has continued his participation in Network activities & meetings in his role with the Children’s Aid Society. A review of the Network membership is scheduled for this fall and this will afford us the opportunity to ensure a wider representation from our community partners.

 

Topics of discussion:

  • 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 subcommittees including website, conference planning  & logo contest
  • Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health & Addictions Strategy
  • Ontario Youth Justice Collaborative initiative
  • Updates on Ottawa Youth Gangs initiative

 

Guests:

  • Nancy Worsfold, Crime Prevention Ottawa: Presentation on “Taking Action Together: Addressing Gangs in Our City”
  • Jeff Moat, President, Partners for Mental Health
  • Jean-Francois Morin, Ontario Justice Education Network
  • Laila Yazdani, LASI Worldskills

 

Initiatives:

  • Hosted breakfast activity with Youth Justice Ontario at the Lord Elgin Hotel in September
  • OYJSN Logo Design Contest offered to community youth in February
  • “Making Connections : Mental Health, Addictions & Youth Justice” conference held in March
  • Award presentation to Olena Vakulenko for her new logo design for the Network
  • Letter of acknowledgement to the OCDSB for the Communications & Design Focus Group at Merivale High School and their entries in the logo design contest
  • An award of $500 is to be presented to the Culinary/Hospitality students of Sir Guy Carleton HS in recognition of their contribution to the conference
  • Continued participation in the Ottawa Youth Gangs Initiative

 

Planned Activities for 2013-2014

  • Review of membership
  • Work plan development
  • Website migration and update
  • September meeting to be hosted at the new Wabano Centre location

 

 

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

June 2013