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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the Children and Youth Planning Table (CYPT) provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction to the overall work of the collaborative. They have responsibility for considering the interconnectedness of the work of the CYPT, as well as the work of the Table in relation to the bigger broader system/landscape.

 

The Steering Committee is comprised of the CYPT Co-Chairs, Past Chair, Chairs of any active Working Group and Nested Group, 1-2 Voting Members and Backbone Staff. Chairs of Support Groups participate as requested and representation from prenatal, early years, middle years and adolescent years is ensured. See the Steering Committee Terms of Reference section for further details.

 

Currently, our Steering Committee includes the Chairs of any Working Group, Nested Group, Children and Youth Planning Table Co-chairs and Staff. The Steering Committee provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction to the Children and Youth Planning Table.

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Barb Cardow

Co-Chair - Children and Youth Planning Table

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Sonia Dennis

Co-Chair - Children and Youth Planning Table (Interim from January to June 2024.)

Heather Fedy – Lead Agency for Mental Health

Stacey McCormick – Early Years Community of Practice Co-Chair

Judy Merkel – Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Kathilee Porter – Early Learning & Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region (ELLA) Chair

Oluseun Olayinka Voting Member at Large

Matthew Chandy Region of Waterloo

Scott Miller Waterloo Region District School Board

Grace Bermingham – Early Years Steering Committee Co-Chair

Goranka Vukelich Former CYPT Co-Chair

Wanda Kampijan Parenting Alliance of Waterloo Region Co-Chair
Debbie Engel – Brain Story Mobilization Working Group Tri-Chair

Kathryn Barratt – John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington

Alison Pearson  CYPT Manager