|In 2016-17, the Centre provided tailored family engagement supports within 15 Ontario communities: Five individual agencies and 10 service areas.|
|The degree to which lead agencies agreed that Centre supports increased their capacity to engage families and helped them reach their family engagement goals.|
The Centre in partnership with Parent’s for Children’s Mental Health have been invaluable in helping us on our journey to become fully family engaged. The comprehensive training for all of our staff has been excellent, and the many resources – including toolkits, research and presentations – have been outstanding. The in-person, video and phone support has been very supportive!
Terri Sparling is the executive director at the Huron-Perth Centre and Angela Sider is a family engagement specialist supported by a partnership between the Centre and Parent’s for Children’s Mental Health. They are working together to enhance meaningful family engagement in Huron-Perth. We asked them what they’ve learned through this work, and here’s what they said, in their own words.
“We thought we were reasonably good at engaging families, and so we have been notably humbled by this experience,” says director of services, Cathy Clarke. “It’s extraordinary. And, we have a long way to go.”
“All the advice, help and cheering has been a great help to us,” says Clarke. “To have a formalized support system outside of the organization is valuable and important. We can create something really great when we do it together,” says Clarke.
“The families feel so much more connected to the organization,” says Clarke. “They are suggesting things we never would have come up with.”
[...] shift their culture towards meaningful engagement is every aspect of their operation.
The families feel so much more connected to the organization [...]