Youth Advisory Council
HDGH Youth Advisory Council is an organization within Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare that connects to the community through youth-led initiatives. We strive to improve the health of our community with mental health education through social media, education events, and volunteering! We collaborate with local organizations and the hospital and most recently, we ran an event, Wellness Through Grace in May 2021. We would like to thank our local sponsors who made this event possible, WETech Alliance, HCA Mindbox, Bana, CMHA, Conseil Secondaire Viamonde, the Windsor Spitfires, the University of Windsor, Maryvale, the Odette Commerce Society. As of January 2021, our team consists of Katarina Kolobaric, Milica Paunic, Sydney Shepherd, Doro D'Andrea, Nikola Kolobaric, Julia Thibert, Dima Ahmad, Chitra Bidlon, Amanda MacNeil, Malek Mekawi, Tara Almosawi, and Avery Ng. In October 2021, recruitment for new members will begin. Details will be provided below
A Message from our CEO
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the Windsor-Essex community through the delivery of patient-centered, value-based care. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is a unique community hospital offering Rehabilitation Services; Mental Health & Addictions; Complex Medical and Palliative Care; and Children and Youth Mental Health Services. We offer a unique blend of services including but not limited to community and home-based services. In collaboration with our healthcare and inter-sectoral partners, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is providing care in new ways and in new locations throughout the region to address barriers, improve access and patient outcomes and improve the overall patient experience.
It is our goal to continue to invest in the future of our community by working ahead of people getting sick and producing an overall positive impact on our entire region. In order to achieve this goal, we recognize the benefits of hearing from the voices of our future leaders: our youth. We need you to help us shape the future of healthcare in Windsor-Essex County.
Our team is excited to have launched the HDGH Youth Advisory Council. This council is made up of members, like you, who share in our dedication and vision of advancing the health of our patients and region.
Those selected to be a part of this initiative will work directly with our Executive Leadership Team, Board of Directors, and our frontline staff, to advise and provide feedback on hospital programs, services, new initiatives, and community engagement. Our Youth Advisory Council is a key part of the HDGH governance decision-making process.
We recognize that our community is diverse and full of incredible young minds. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity for our local youth to become engaged, create a lasting impact, and have a strong voice in making our entire community a healthier place for all.
- Youth wishing to apply for the HDGH Youth Advisory Council must be between 15-19 years of age.
- Youth selected to the Advisory Council will be required to participate in our hospital Orientation. We will also require a signed confidentiality agreement and a new member contract.
- Applicants 18 years of age or older will require a vulnerable sector police clearance.
- No previous experience is required.
- The minimum term of service is 1 year, maximum term is 3 years, with additional service time in leadership positions.
- Meetings to be held twice monthly
Note: Application information will be updated here and on our YAC and HDGH Social Media accounts in September for our upcoming October and November 2021 intake.
Wellness Through Grace
This event took place on May 13, 2021. Thank you to all of the participants who joined us! We would also like to thank the speakers for sharing their knowledge and the sponsors who made the event possible. We hosted this virtual Mental Health & Wellness Summit for over 160 high school students. The day was filled with many educational workshops and activities with local leaders teaching healthy living strategies and promoting mental health support and awareness. If you would like to revisit some key points of the day, our Instagram, @hdghyac has a summary post of the event. Recordings of the event have been made available to participants (via the event website) but are not open to the public.
Feedback from students:
“This is a great workshop kudos to all of you who put this together and acted upon it! It's amazing seeing others who care about mental health.”
“I enjoyed the breakout rooms, it was nice to participate with other people and tell our stories rather than just hearing them.”
“I learned about new techniques and ways to implement what I learned today in school initiatives.”
- Coldest Night of the Year: Fundraising for The Windsor Downtown Mission
- Salvation Army: Fundraising to support The Windsor Salvation Army
- Poppin Popcorn Fundraiser: Volunteering as delivery drivers
- IG Walk for Alzheimer's: Raise awareness and support for The Alzheimer's Society
- WeSpark x YAC: creating a mental health resource page for WeSpark’s website
- Christmas Kettle Campaign Fundraiser Volunteers
Our communications team releases new posts 3 times a week on our Instagram account HDGHYAC. Our content ranges from mental health awareness and education, community activism, social justice, helpful resources, and even adorable dog videos! If you have an interest in mental health conditions, coping strategies and social justice, this will satisfy your curiosity. Have a look and give us a follow!
Holding an event that needs volunteers? Ask YAC! We are always looking for ways to get involved in community efforts. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss further.