Nelson Youth Centres 2016 Chairman’s Report

This has been a year of great change with many of crucial things coming together!

Last year we focused on achieving the goals from Nelson Youth Centres’ five year Strategic Plan, looking at fundamental changes that reached beyond our centres to partner with the community in transforming the children mental health system in Halton. Simultaneously, we ensured that we continued to provide quality services for children and families across Halton. The Centres’ senior management has focused on expanding service access, improving families’ experiences, in addition to preparing for the Centres’ re-accreditation in 2017. A year later we are seeing many of the goals come to fruition at the Board and agency level.

The staff and Board worked diligently this past year on our 6th Annual Golf Tournament which raised over $29,000.  Special thanks to our community supporters, participants, the golf committee members, and NYC staff who made the tournament a resounding success.

Nelson Youth Centres is strongly committed to working with the community to ensure services are accessible and equitable for all children and families in Halton.  We continue to advocate for additional services where there are gaps or limited services in the community. In June 2016 we entered into a partnership agreement with Reach Out Centres for Kids (the ROCK) to assist them in providing a much needed walk-in services in North Halton. Additionally, we are piloting a specialized group program for children with FASD this fall. Our community will become stronger through this collaboration and sharing of our community resources.

We have been working diligently with our community partners and stakeholders to ensure that the families of Halton understand clearly the opportunities to access and benefit from the service network in the community. We now stand ready to step into a new and enhanced working relationship with other community service providers to make the Moving on Mental Health Action Plan a reality in Halton. We are looking forward to enhancing our relationship with the ROCK as we prepare to establish our first funding contract with them as the Lead Agency for Halton Region.

In 2017, the Centre will be undergoing a peer review through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation to ensure we continue to maintain the highest standards set for children’s mental health centres.

We would not be able to do the work we do without strong support from many valued volunteers, community partners, funders and donors.  Donations of time, money and gifts in-kind has enabled the Centre to maintain community awareness and enhance the delivery of our services. Special thanks to our community partners: Ministry of Children and Youth Service; Halton Community Investment Fund; the United Ways of Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville and Burlington/Hamilton, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, who continue to play a key role in enabling the Centre to deliver high quality mental health services to children, youth and their families throughout Halton.

We would like to thank the Board members, the Centre’s staff, students and volunteers for their innovation and excellence in their fortitude, making this past year successful. Their professionalism and dedication are unparalleled, and I know our programs will continue to grow and thrive because of them.

Together, we are making a difference in the lives of children and youth, helping them take their next steps.

Paul Johnson, Board Chair

Cindy Mcclure, Executive Director

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