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Mardi Ennis-Gregory graduated from the CYW program, class of 1997, at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. She also completed a BA in Women’s Studies and Psychology at York University in 2007. Mardi has worked in several aspects as a CYC in residential, intake, counselling, day treatment, group facilitation, and private practice. Mardi’s passion lies in supporting families and currently is the Coordinator of Family Service for Toronto and Peel at Bartimaeus. In this role, she coordinates and consults with other CYC’s to provide in-home family support, provides a solution focused, brief counselling service called Parent Help, and facilitates workshops and trainings to families and professionals promoting positive mental health. Mardi also teaches as part time faculty at Humber College in the CYC Diploma Program teaching courses specific to family support and engagement. Mardi has lived in Toronto for the past 20 years, has two young children and is even married to a CYC. Mardi is passionate about the promotion and articulation of our work as CYC’s and believes strongly in the need for legislation and professionalization. She is very excited to join the OACYC Board of Directors and has been a member for several years.
Aurrora De Monte graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s in Child and Youth Care and a minor in Indigenous Studies in 2008 and has been a member of the OACYC since moving back to Ontario. Aurrora’s practice has involved a variety of community and school based programs/agencies. Currently, Aurrora is full time faculty in the Child and Youth Care program at Fleming College, and supports young women and families involved in the justice system, as well as works as an independent practitioner within a private practice. Aurrora is completing her MSc in Child and Youth Care Studies at the University of Strathclyde and their dissertation explores relational teaching in Child and Youth Care. Aurrora is passionate about advocacy as it relates to Child and Youth Care practice, including legislation and professionalization.
Rachelle Coleman is a 2006 graduate of the Child & Youth Worker program at Lambton College and has been a member of the OACYC since she was a student. Rachelle loves working with children, youth and their families and has a special interest in empowering the next generation of young leaders in her community. She has worked in many different areas of Child and Youth Care including the non-profit sector, community-based programs, residential services, youth justice, youth employment, individual and in-home counselling as well as the education sector. Rachelle currently works full-time as the Executive Director of the Northwest London Resource Centre, supporting children, youth and their families and is a part-time Faculty in the Child and Youth Care program at Lambton College. In addition to her work in the field, she is currently working towards her Masters of Education. She is excited to join the OACYC Board of Directors, building a stronger connection to the London community and assisting with promotion of membership.
Coura Niang is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner who has worked in the public school system, private clinical settings, public clinical settings, residential homes and community centers. She currently works at Humber College in the Child and Youth Care Diploma Program.
Hangama is a graduate of the CYC program from Ryerson University. She also holds a CYW diploma from Mohawk College and an MSc in Anthropology, Cross-Cultural Studies of Children, Child Development and Youth from Brunel University in the UK. She has over 20 years of experience working in many different CYC milieus both nationally and internationally such as residential, school-based programs, counselling, advocacy, community-based programs, youth employment, newcomer settlement, community outreach, non-profit sector, new immigrant youth, Children’s Aid Society and foster care. Currently, Hangama is a Contract Lecturer at Ryerson University and Part-time Faculty at Sheridan College. She also provides consultancy services and has her own private practice. Her passion in the field includes the lived experiences and co-ethnic identities of racialized youth, new immigrant youth and refugee youth. She has been a member since she was a student and is very honoured to be part of the OACYC board.
Kate Hann completed her Masters of Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, CA. She has twelve years of direct experience interacting with young people and families within a variety of milieus including youth justice, residential care, day treatment and education; with a focus and specialty in child and adolescent mental health and well-being. Kate is currently in a leadership role within the education sector and provides support to CYCPs while they support young people within their lifespaces. She continues to be committed to providing quality child and youth care to all young people; care that is developmentally and culturally responsive and reflective of the domains of CYC practice and the characteristics of relational child and youth care.
Shadan has a wealth of knowledge and experience informed by lived experience as well as 11 years of work in the Child and Youth Care (CYC) field. She refined her skills in various areas including: Child Welfare, Community Engagement, Education, Family Counseling, and more extensively, Youth Justice. Shadan’s contributions are supported by formal education in Child and Youth Care, namely a diploma from George Brown College, as well as Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degrees from Ryerson University. Shadan utilizes an Anti-Oppressive, Healing-Centered, and Strengths-Based approach to practice as their passion lies in the pursuit of equitable systems and spaces within the broader CYC field. This passion has motivated them to create and facilitate the CYC International Community Facebook page, provide consultations, engage in conference presentations and participate actively as a steering committee member of CARE (Child and Youth Care for Racial Equity). Shadan continues to support the OACYC’s organizational growth goals of providing equitable and inclusive service, ultimately benefiting the Ontario-based CYC field.
Brittany Parsons graduated from Fleming College with her Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care in 2018 and was named the Justice and Community Development Valedictorian. Brittany completed her final practicum with the OACYC, making her the first-ever placement student. Recently, Brittany has become open about her learning disability, which she identifies as her superpower and enjoys using the motto "It's time to learn your learning disability" when sharing experiences. She has been working with children and youth since 2011, and over time has worked in a variety of different setting such as residential and community. Brittany is passionate about legislation as it will ensure our young people receive the high-quality care they are entitled to. Brittany seeks all professional development opportunities to further grow as a practitioner and has a desire to obtain a Ph.D. in CYC in the future. A traveler in her free time, Brittany lived in a village in the mountains of Fiji, where she discovered her love for working and being with children, youth and families across our world. She is currently working in school-based settings as a CYCP in Toronto and is excited to join the Board of Directors, to connect CYCP's across our province.