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ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT - Youth Services Bureau

ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL REPORT - Youth Services Bureau

DAN PARÉExecutive

DAN PARÉExecutive Director: 1994 – 2007Retiring after 35 years of service to the youth ofthis communityA celebration was held on November 23rd, 2006, atwhich time a large number of staff, family, friends,community partners, and funders honoured Dan forhis many years of service to YSB. Dan began his careerat YSB in 1972 as a youth worker and held numerouspositions until he was appointed Executive Directorin 1994. His extensive support of community partnershipsis illustrated through his involvement in theassociations listed below:• Board of Directors, Children’s Mental HealthOntario, 2002-2006• Ottawa Community for Children, Youth and FamilyServices (CEO group), 1995-2005• Network of United Way Community PartnersImplementation Task Force, 2003-2005• Founding member of POPCORN GROUP/Networkof Youth Service Providers (1996); Chair 2001-2003• Chair of the Mobile Crisis and Intensive Child andFamily Services Program of Eastern Ontario, 2001-2002• Founding Member Ottawa Youth Justice ServicesNetwork, 1999• Established Wraparound Ottawa, 1996• Served on various local MCSS/MCYS RestructuringCommittees during career.• Crime Prevention Ottawa - Founding BoardMember, 2005Dan’s passionate hobby is his garden. All board andstaff at YSB celebrate his achievements, thank him forhis incredible dedication to the agency, and wish himmany hours of gardening happiness.Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Annual Report 2006 / 2007 5

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMThe YSB Youth Engagement Program is a diversecollection of numerous youth advisory teams andpeer-to-peer mentoring services offered throughoutthe City of Ottawa.YOUTH ENGAGEMENT TEAMSEducation & Advocacy Youth AdvisoryRainbow Youth AdvisoryDowntown Youth AdvisoryHarm Reduction Youth AdvisoryEthno-Cultural Youth AdvisoryEach team met on a weekly basis and worked inpartnership with YSB’s Board of Directors and thevarious YSB programs to foster youth engagementthrough education, advocacy, training, programdevelopment and youth-Initiated activities andevents. Working in partnership with the Board ofDirectors provided a model for youth to impact theorganization’s strategic planning process by providinginput to the setting of goals and action plans for thefuture direction of the agency.This past year the Youth Engagement Program hasbeen both tremendously busy and inspiring. Wehave seen youth become engaged and offer amazingamounts of time and energy to the many differentcommittees for which they volunteer their time. Theprogram has gained substantially with the ongoinginvolvement and high dedication that each and everyyouth brings to the table. Not only has the program,the agency and the community benefited but also theyouth involved, acquiring many new skills and makinga real impact on their lives.Since I joined the Youth Engagement Program, I havea new perspective on life. I finally have hope for thefuture, and my self-confidence raised so much. I find iteasier to communicate and have found employmentfor the first time in three years. I’ve made friends withso many awesome people. Without this amazingprogram, I would not be advancing in school, and Idon’t know where I’d be.Krista Driscoll, age 21EVENTS & ACTIVITIESIn partnership with the Children’s Aid Society andwith the filmmaker Andrée Cazabon, the YEP hosted afilm screening of “Wards of the Crown”, a film producedby Andrée Cazabon about youth in our child welfaresystem. Film screening took place May 29th at theYMCA-YWCA, followed by a candid and heart-warmingdiscussion with the filmmaker and some of the youthfrom the film.Hosted a “BEACH PARTY” in May at the Saw Galleryto support recreational activity for homeless youth, anevent funded by a PLAYWORKS grant.“COLOURING OUTSIDETHE LINES”, an event hostedduring Pride week andfunded by the CommunityFoundation of Ottawa,Youth EmpowermentGrants provided youth witha way to openly expressthemselves and their pride.In partnership withthe GLBTTQ ServiceProviders Network and theOttawa Carleton Board ofEducation hosted the 2ndAnnual CREATING SAFERSCHOOLS FOR RAINBOWYOUTH Initiative, a one-daytraining event offered toeducate schools on GLBTTQyouth issues.6Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa - Annual Report 2006 / 2007

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