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Strategic Advisory Council

The Strategic Advisory Council (The Council) provides the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (The Centre)  with advice, direction and input on strategic plans partnership initiatives and high-level operations that advance the Centre’s work towards achieving its vision mission and strategic goals.

This Council is comprised of 12 members, including:

  • Youth with lived experience with mental health challenges/mental illness
  • Parent/family member of a child or youth with lived experience of mental health challenges/mental illness
  • Organizational leaders representing lead and core service Ontario child and youth mental health agencies

Member responsibilities

The Council meets four times a year, often in person. Members are committed for a two-year term. 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 and approving quarterly performance reports
  • Providing input into the performance appraisals of the Centre’s executive director


Council members

Cathy Curry CHEO Board of Trustees (Chair)
Vicki Cochrane Family member  
Leigh Couture Roberts Smart Centre  
Vicki Downie Lynwood Charlton Centre  
Jeffery Hawkins Hands  
Fae Johnstone Youth    
Chaya Kulkarni, EdD The Hospital for Sick Children    
Michael Lafontaine TD Bank  
Assia Messaoudi Youth    
Glen Newby New Path Youth and Family Services    
Mari Teitelbaum Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario  

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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