John McGivney Children's Centre
Date Edited: June 21, 2017
June 13, 2017

Collaborating for ChangeElaine Whitmore

In this our 39th year of operation we stand back to celebrate all that has been achieved thanks to the ongoing spirit of collaboration with our families, funders and community partners and the unwavering dedication of our staff and volunteers.

The Board of Directors has recently completed a robust strategic planning process and governance review, in order to proactively lead the Centre forward in this environment of broad system change unfolding around us. A new multi-year strategic plan will be released early this fall carrying the Centre forward from today to the year 2022.

We continue to actively participate on local planning tables that support the important work of the government’s Special Needs Strategy (SNS), a strategy that has brought together four provincial ministries with the goal to realize the vision of “An Ontario where children and youth with special needs get the timely and effective services they need to participate fully at home, at school, in the community, and as they prepare their goals for adulthood.”

We currently await the reconvening of the local SNS Co-ordinated Service Planning table in the very near future.  The goal of this initiative is for service planning co-ordinators to connect families to the right services and supports for their children and youth with complex special needs.

Our local SNS Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services planning table has been hard at work for over two years now. Our community plan along with an implementation schedule is to be submitted for approval this fall. In the meantime, the Centre has been leading the way in the province by broadly implementing a new method of service delivery for occupational therapy in the school setting. This Classroom Consultation Model has enabled our clinicians to see more children earlier in their school careers and to share their knowledge with classroom teachers building greater community capacity.

Also underway within the Ministry of Children and Youth Services is the development of the new Ontario Autism Program (OAP). In partnership with Thames Valley Children`s Centre, the lead agency for autism services in SW Ontario, we will be making it easier for families to access services for their children. Early this year, we moved forward to launch a new autism screening clinic with Dr. Marcia Gragg, focused on screening for autism in children with complex special needs.

We have highlighted only a sampling of the partnerships and innovations that have taken place over the last year, always operating within our family-centred model of care, with the goal of  ``Helping Abilities Grow``. With our 40th anniversary on the horizon in 2018 we will be planning opportunities to celebrate not only with our JMCC children, families and graduates but also with our many community partners with whom we ``Collaborate for Change`` to ensure a better future for all children and youth.

We invite you to review our 2016-17 Annual Report!

Elaine Whitmore, Chief Executive Officer and Nancy Gignac, Board President
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