The Child and Youth Health Network consisted of a broad multi-sectoral collaborative. A governance structure evolved as the network developed.

Stewardship Committee

The Stewardship Committee included representation from all sectors. Its role was to guide the overall work of the network and (we hoped) it would also enable ongoing engagement with a broad cross-section of stakeholders in order to support the common goal of developing a coordinated response to improving the well-being of young people.

The Stewardship Committee acted as the decision making body for the network.

The Stewardship Committee was comprised of representatives from partner organizations from the following sectors:

  • Government (including the Capital Regional District, Island Health, school districts, post-secondary institutions, the Ministry of Children & Family Development and municipal recreation);
  • Non-profit organizations & coalitions;
  • Local funders; and
  • Community Members.

In order to advance the goal of the network, representatives held leadership positions in their respective organizations/systems.

Network Backbone Collaborative

Administrative and fiscal support is provided to the network by a small group of stewardship committee member organizations who agreed to:

  • Act as fiscal agents for funding;
  • Ensure all funding conditions and reporting requirements were met;
  • Supervise the work of the network coordinator; and
  • Provide administrative support to the network, including hosting meetings, providing minute taking and circulating meeting information

The backbone collaborative included the following members from the stewardship committee:

  • The chairperson;
  • All organizations acting as fiscal hosts for network funding;
  • Working Group chairpeople;
  • Network coordinator; and
  • Any other organization providing administrative support.

Working Groups

Working groups were formed by the stewardship committee on an as-needed basis to complete specific tasks or projects on behalf of the network.

Each working group was chaired by a member of the stewardship committee and working group members came from the wider network membership.

Network Coordinator

The Network Coordinator provided coordination, planning and administrative support to the network. This included supporting the work of the stewardship committee, the backbone collaborative and the working groups.

Network Partners

  • Government: Island Health; Capital Regional District: Ministry of Children & Family Development; School Districts (SD61-64); Ministry of Health, Shared Services BC
  • Recreation: Oak Bay Recreation; Saanich Parks and Recreation; SEAPARC; Westshore Parks and Recreation
  • Local Funders: Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island; Horner Foundation; Victoria Foundation; Coast Capital Savings
  • Neighbourhood Houses: Saanich Neighbourhood Place; Quadra Village Community Centre; Burnside Gorge Community Centre; Sooke Family Resource Society; James Bay Community Project
  • Non-profit organizations: Victoria Youth Clinic; International Institute for Child Rights and Development; Young Parents Support Network; Spectrum Job Search Society; Island Sexual Health; Boys & Girls Club
  • Postsecondary/Research Organizations: The School of Child & Youth Care, University of Victoria; Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia, University of Victoria; Centre for Youth and Partnership, University of British Columbia; McCreary Centre Society; McConnell Foundation; and
  • Community Members: children, youth, families and others with lived experience