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Backbone Team Updates

We are pleased to welcome Emily McClement as our newest MWS student on placement with the Backbone Team from Laurier University until 2021.

Joana Lincho has accepted the role of Youth In Systems Lead, a partnership with Carizon and the CYPT funded by the Astley Family Foundation. Joana is excited for the opportunity to continue her work with the CYPT membership and focus on moving our collective youth engagement efforts forward. Joana is hoping to connect with members to scope the role and better understand how members see this role supporting the membership in elevating youth voices in our systems-level work – ensuring youth feel valued, heard and included. If you are interested in connecting with Joana to share more about your organization’s youth engagement efforts and discuss how you see this role moving forward, please connect with Joana at

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Shannon McIntyre will be leaving the CYPT backbone team to continue some important work with Children’s Services and then spend time with her family as her Maternity Leave starts this December.

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A new Social Planning Associate (TBA) will also join Alison, Monika and Margie through the end of 2021.