Board of Directors
Megan D. Wallace
Lawyer, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP
Supervisor, Volunteer Resources, Manitoba, North Eastern Ontario & Nunavut,
Canadian Blood Services
Director of Finance, The Glebe Centre Inc.
Chief Social Worker, Ottawa Catholic School Board
Manager, Creative Services, Halogen Software
Lawyer, Doucet McBride LLP
Shelagh Jane Woods
Director General (Retired), First Nations and Inuit Health, Health Canada
At our graduation ceremony last June I shared with Youville Centre’s graduates a little piece of data that is often cited around the world – that the success of children can be linked to the education level of their mothers. I shared this information to confirm to our students what they know to be true instinctively: that by pursuing their education at Youville they are bettering not only their own lives, but making a positive choice that will make a profound difference in the lives of their children.
It has been my privilege to be a part of the 2013 – 2014 year at Youville Centre. This year our students worked towards: achieving their high school education, improving their parenting skills, and pursuing personal goals of physical and mental health and wellness. It has been inspiring to witness the progress Youville’s young mothers have been capable of making in just one year.
In addition to the above, this year our students had some incredible opportunities: from baking cinnamon buns with Her Excellency Sharon Johnston and meeting with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, to being exposed to global social justice issues and volunteerism at National We Day, and building a relationship with, and supporting the educational journeys of young mothers at Pader Girls’ Academy in Uganda. It would be hard to find better lessons in civics, geography and international affairs!
This year our Board of Directors made the decision to pursue mental health accreditation for Youville Centre. Accreditation will enhance the services we offer, as we have been engaged in the provision of mental health services since our inception. Accreditation is quickly becoming the new standard for organizations such as ours and we feel that it is an important step to take to preserve these services for the future.
Youville Centre’s continued endeavours would not be possible without our generous donor community, as well as our outstanding, hardworking staff and volunteers, under the extraordinary leadership of our Executive Director, Cindy Simpson. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Cindy, the staff and volunteers, and all of Youville Centre’s donors and community partners for making a commitment to helping our young mothers and their children. You truly have made a difference in the lives of Youville Centre’s clients. By helping our students and their children, you help to motivate, educate and nurture two generations.
Megan D. Wallace