OACYC - Legislation Committee
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The Legislation committee and sub-committee meet regularly to review our efforts and determine next steps.  All members work together to advocate for a regulatory college of child and youth care in Ontario.

Members of the Legislation Committee

Christine Gaitens - Chair

Michelle Shellswell

Rebecca Ward

Theresa Fraser

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The Committee is also made up of current OACYC members who have volunteered their time, expertise, experience, and passion to this work.  They are invaluable active members of this committee and represent communities all across the province.
 


 

Yvonne Bristow

Yvonne Bristow is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner living in Scarborough, Ontario. She works at the Toronto District School Board with amazing children and youth and is currently working on her Masters of Professional Education Degree in Equity, Diversity and Social Justice. She is a passionate advocate about the field of Child and Youth Care and is eager to work on the legislation concerns impacting our regulation and day-to-day work as CYCPs!

 

 


Gilles Charron

Gilles Charron is a graduate of the 1st fully developed Child Care Worker Program at Cambrian College in 1974. He is the Coordinator of the Transitional Mental Health Program for Youth at CHEO. He works within a shared care model with 9 other adult and youth services providers to better serve the emerging adult with complex mental health needs. In pursuing legislation for CYC’s, we will be able to establish professional standards of practice by assuring the acquired skills and expertise are maintained. We will take ownership of our title and by assuring that all members adhere to the Code of Ethics we can demonstrate that we have the required skill sets and professionalism to be proudly recognized as a true profession.  “It’s exciting to see how the CYC’s of Ontario and across Canada have taken a much more predominant role in many settings. A testament of their skills and abilities to take on additional responsibilities and do them well.”  Gilles Charron
 


 

Bernadette Moodley

Bernadette Moodley has worked in the field of Child and Youth Care since the early ‘90’s first in South Africa and thereafter in Canada. Bernadette obtained her Masters of Education at Brock University and is a graduate of the Child and Youth Worker program at Mohawk College. She has worked with children, youth and their families in various settings; non-profit, educational, residential, children’s mental health sectors and has taught in the CYC diploma and degree programs at both Humber and Sheridan College. She currently works for Bartimaeus, Hamilton. On the Legislative Committee, she will advocate for the legislation of Child and Youth Care Practitioners and to promote a strong awareness of our profession.  

  


 

Jaylene Poirier

Jaylene Poirier graduated from the Lambton College Child and Youth Care Worker program in 2014. Previously she attained a diploma in Journalism-Print, and Conversational French. She has experience in various educational settings, residential facilities and is currently the Program Coordinator of The Hub, for Sarnia-Lambton Rebound. She was the recipient of the Garfield Weston Foundation Award in 2012 for her volunteering commitments and she dreams to better the future for children and youth. She is a provisionally certified practitioner, pending completion of required hours in the field, and she would love nothing more than to help in the process of getting our field regulated.

 


Charlotte Serpa

Charlotte Serpa is a professor in the Child and Youth Care program at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.  Charlotte earned an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Work at Humber, a Bachelor of Community Welfare: Youth Work at the University of Western Sydney and a Master of Education and has been a CYC for 20 years.  Charlotte has worked as a CYC in residential treatment, addictions and supportive housing.  Charlotte believes that her students are amazing and well trained to be effective CYCS.  She is also deeply concerned that without legislation regulating the CYC profession her students will not be able to practice in environments or in therapeutic ways that will benefit Ontario’s vulnerable children and youth.

 

 


Kimberly Perry

For the last 5 years, Kimberly Perry has been committed to promoting legislated standards of practice for Child and Youth Care Practitioners. She established and Co-Chaired the TDSB-OACYC Committee; a grassroots effort to highlight the importance of the association for CYCPs who work in the Toronto District School Board. A graduate from George Brown College in 1995 and Ryerson University in 2004, Kimberly has worked primarily in Education for the past 20 years. Her work has emphasized the necessity of making mental health supports accessible to youth in their school through the relational lens of Child and Youth Care Practice.

 

 

 

 


Luke Carty

Luke Carty has worked in the field of Child and Youth Care since 2005. He started his career at the George Hull Centre residential program with young people and families in Toronto. During his time there, he held several roles and participated in outdoor experiential programs including canoe, biking and hiking trips. In 2011, Luke had the opportunity to start his own venture, Brayden Supervision Services which is a company that focuses on custody and supervised access. In his role as Service Director, he was responsible for the overall operation of the company, including policies and procedures, hiring, training and responding to client inquiries. After a decade in the field, Luke returned to school to further his education, completing the Accelerated diploma program at Humber College. In his time at Humber, he was the sole recipient of the 2016 Program Excellence Award. Luke continued his academic pursuits and recently graduated from the inaugural class of the Masters of Arts in Child and Youth Care program at Ryerson University. Luke is a passionate advocate for the legislation and professionalization of the field of Child and Youth Care.