Message from Mamta
As OECYC’s Executive Director, I am delighted to introduce this first edition of OECYC’s Newsletter. We intend to make it a regular publication and to help our communities keep in touch with news and developments that relate to OECYC.
I would like to thank each and every one of our staff, volunteers, clients, and community members for their ongoing support in helping us achieve 30 years serving Oxford and Elgin counties and I look forward to many more years promoting mental health and wellness.
30 Years of OECYC
Now that 2018 is upon us, we at OECYC are taking the time to reflect on the past year as well as look forward to what lies ahead. This past year, OECYC celebrated 30 years of supporting children, youth, and their families in Oxford and Elgin County. Our programs and services support the needs of each individual while the agency maintains a well-rounded approach that include screening, assessment, treatment, and education, all free of cost. As OECYC is entering its 3rd year as Lead Agency, we are continuously working on becoming more accessible, responsive, and coordinated in Oxford and Elgin County in order to better meet the needs of our children, youth, and families.
2017 began with securing a successful accreditation, which meant we kicked off the year with exciting opportunities as well as new challenges. Accreditation with CCA supports the organization in meeting new challenges and excelling through standards that reflect best practices in community-based operations, services, and programs. As an accredited agency, OECYC is committed to quality and continuous improvement in the community mental health services we provide.
New Ways of Reaching You
We found new ways of engaging with and supporting our community members by launching our new website, brand image, and social media accounts. This demonstrates OECYC’s commitment to staying current and to connecting with our youth and families in ways that make it easy for them to give and receive support when they need it most. We hope you will continue to support our efforts to grow OECYC’s Facebook and Twitter audiences and benefit from this quick, modern means of communication.
Our 2017 Fun Run
In June 2017, OECYC hosted its first annual Fun Run, raising over $10,000 to support mental wellness for children in our communities. The run was held at Pinafore Park in St. Thomas and raised over $10,000 with more than 160 people in attendance, walking/running 5 kilometres to help reduce the stigma and increase support for children, youth, and their families who are experiencing mental health challenges.
Throughout the year, OECYC worked hard to adjust to the significant challenge of maintaining high-quality, client-centred care in the face of increased needs, demands, and financial constraints. As the year came to a close, OECYC conducted an organizational review: A bottom-line analysis of how it is conducting business. The organizational review helped us identify “better ways” in terms of cost savings, enhanced workflows, response or process time and overall improved efficiency so that clients, staff, and stakeholders can appreciate and enjoy the benefits of improved service provision. The end result was a decision to focus on future growth and sustainability. We look forward to reporting in 2018 on the impact this process will have on ensuring OECYC remains the trusted Lead Community Treatment Agency in Oxford and Elgin County for Children and Youth Mental Wellness.