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Strategic Advisory Council recruitment

Monday, November 21, 2016Christine Guay

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

Come aboard!

The Centre is building a brand new team to help us support excellence in Ontario child and youth mental health services. Strategic Advisory Council members will help set our direction, advise us and provide strategic input into our activities. They will also roll up their sleeves to work with us as we develop and continually evolve products and services that support stronger agencies, communities, families, children and youth across the province.

The Council

The Strategic Advisory Council includes youth and family members who have lived experience with mental health challenges, as well as senior leaders from child and youth mental health agencies across the province. They will meet at least four times each year, often in person. Council duties include:

  • Working with the Centre's leadership team to set strategic priorities and directions
  • Contributing to generative discussions to advance the relevance and impact of the Centre's work
  • Reviewing and advising on the Centre's annual operating plans and budgets
  • Reviewing approving quarterly performance reports
  • Providing input into the performance appraisal of the Centre's executive director

More information about the Council


We are currently recruiting:

  • Young people (up to age 24) who have lived experience with mental health issues
  • Family members who have lived experience caring for a child or youth with mental health challenges
  • Senior child and youth mental health agency leaders

The ideal Council member is:

Strategic: You see the forest through the trees and understand the importance of both. You're committed to systemic change and everything that's necessary to support it.

Creative: You can't be confined to a box. Complex problems require innovative solutions and you have the courage to explore new territory to get results.

Experienced: You've been there, done that and you know it could be done so much better.

Collaborative: You know your strengths and respect the strengths of others. Nobody can do this work alone, and you understand the power of partnership as we work together to get the job done.

Results oriented: You keep your eye on the prize – better outcomes for children, youth and families. It's not always easy, and it can get a little messy, but you're not afraid to navigate tough terrain to achieve the goal. The first meeting of the Council is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2017. All new members must be available to attend this inaugural meeting. All travel and accommodation expenses for participation in the Council will be covered by the Centre, and a comprehensive orientation process will be provided.

At the Centre, we value diversity and wellness. We welcome and encourage nominations from all qualified individuals across diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual and gender identities, and people who have experienced mental health problems.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

695 Industrial Avenue, Ottawa Ontario, K1G 0Z1
Tel.: 613-737-2297   Fax: 613-738-4894


Please note: We do not provide mental health advice, counselling or treatment.
If you, or if someone you know is in crisis right now, please call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

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