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, most recently, to create an event coming in May 2021. 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.
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the Windsor-Essex community through the delivery of patient-centred, valued 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-sectorial 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 new member contract.
- Applicants 18 years of age or older will require a vulnerable sector police clearance.
- No previous experience is required.
- 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 and attendance in person is required for one meeting, the other will be electronically.
Note: Application information will be updated here and on our Social Media in September for October/November intake.
Wellness Through Grace
YAC is proud to present to you our upcoming event, Wellness Through Grace! A Free Virtual mental health education event for grade 10 students that will take place on Thursday, May 13, 2021! We are so excited to welcome all participants who want to improve their knowledge of mental health and learn about how they can better the lives of those around them! Limited tickets available. The first 200 registrants receive a virtual "swag bag." For more information go to our event website.
Our communications team releases new posts every week on the HDGH Facebook channel and also now, as of February 2021, on our new Instagram account HDGHYAC. Have a look and give us a follow.
Have an event that needs volunteers? Ask YAC! We are always looking for ways to get involved in community efforts. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.