Young Carers Amplified

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2018/10/04 20:16

A young carer is a child, youth or young adult that provides physical, medical, emotional or other supports to a parent, grandparent or sibling. It is estimated that 17% of Ontario’s 3.3 million family caregivers are young carers between the ages of 15 and 24. There are approximately 10 programs across Ontario that support these young carers.

In this webinar you’ll hear firsthand from an Ontario young carer, learn more from The Change Foundation about this invisible population of family caregivers and hear from Holland Bloorview’s Sibling Program – A young carer support program focused on supporting young carers of siblings who have developmental and physical disabilities, rare genetic conditions, and/or medical complexities or dual-diagnoses. 

Click here to download a copy of the slides used in this presentation.

CH-headshot1.jpgChrista Haanstra

Christa Haanstra is the Executive Lead for Strategic Communications at The Change Foundation, where she has responsibility for the overall brand and positioning, stakeholder relations and digital and online presence. She also leads their work on Young Carers. She joined TCF in 2014, and was actively involved in the final wrap up of our work on patient engagement, including the Capstone Summit and the 20 Faces of Changes, recognizing leaders in patient engagement in Ontario’s health care system. She has been a key member of the senior team, working on The Change Foundation’s new focus on Caregivers.  Prior to her time at TCF, she has worked in strategic communications roles across health care, academic and community sectors, working with organizations such as Holland Bloorview, CAMH, Ontario Medical Association, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and many others. Christa holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa, and a post-graduate Diploma in Corporate Communications from Seneca College. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her strategic communication, branding and social media work

Melissa.jpgMelissa Ngo

Melissa Ngo, BA (Hons) is a Family Support Specialist in the Family Resource Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Her educational background of Equity Studies, Linguistics and Sociology from the University of Toronto and lived experience of being a sibling of someone with autism drives her passion in the fields of childhood disability and disability rights. In her role at Holland Bloorview, she manages and develops resources and workshops for families who have children with disabilities. She also does individual resource consultations for the community, hospital staff and families. Melissa is the founder of Hand Over Hand, an organization that fosters safe and accessible spaces in the Greater Toronto Area.

Daniel.jpgDaniel Scott

Daniel Scott has a BA in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Child & Family Studies and has been working with children for more than 10 years.  He has been at Holland Bloorview for almost 8 years as the Outpatient Playroom Administrator and the Children’s Engagement Strategy Lead for the hospital’s Children’s Advisory Council, which is a strengths based group designed to use the experiences and feedback of the young clients of Holland Bloorview to inform best practice.  He is also the sibling of a sister with Epilepsy and has been co-leading the organizations Sibling Support Night since 2012.

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Created by Doug Maynard on 2018/08/28 17:49