New Path Youth and Family Services Board Chair and CEO Report 2020-2021
Welcome everyone. This time last year I don’t think we really knew where life in the pandemic was going to take us. It has been a very longgggg year. It has also been a very hard year for children, youth, and their families, our staff and society more broadly. The theme for this AGM, Bouncing Back, as selected by our youth, speaks volumes. We are on the mend and on the upswing. The pandemic has interrupted and interfered with precious elements of our lives, but it did not win. We will continue to bounce back stronger than ever, and even perhaps with a renewed perspective of what is important in life.
New Path has been a strong, stable and consistent support to children, youth and their families throughout the past year and it is with immense pride that we led our organization through such challenging times. We moved to virtual services, maintained our walk-in clinics, which became call-in clinics, and met a huge need for mental health supports. We fell only slightly short of meeting all our targets for clients served, which is incredible given that referral sources like schools were closed much of this time. We prepped for accreditation, we held agency-wide zoom So Well initiatives, and we moved to a new location in Collingwood. So yes, we are bouncing back. We are bouncing back with a new location planned in Barrie that allows us to offer another Walk-In Clinic location in the south end of Barrie.
We were selected by our funder to be the lead agency for child and youth mental health in Simcoe County. Our goal as lead agency is to ensure accessible, consistent, high quality children’s mental health services across our region. Part of the work this past year was to identify gaps and service needs in Simcoe County and ensure that new investments were directed at addressing the many gaps in mental health services for children, youth and their families.
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