The C&YHN, consisting of a broad multi-sectoral collaborative, has agreed to comprehensively address improving the overall health and well-being of children and youth in the capital regional district. As such there is no formal governance body overseeing the work of the Network, but rather there is an agreed upon collaborative governance structure that is represented by the Stewardship Committee of the Network.

The Stewardship Committee has representation from government, community, social and health agencies. Its role is to guide the overall work of the Network and to engage with a broad cross-section of the stakeholders in order to develop a comprehensive and coordinated system wide response to the growing issue of child and youth mental health.

In particular the Stewardship Committee provides leadership for the Network and functions to direct action, develop shared voice, build capacity and partnerships, and support the C&YHN’s mission and vision. The Stewardship Committee acts as the decision making body for the Network and as such can be seen as the oversight body for the work of the C&YHN.

Stewardship Committee Members

The Stewardship Committee is made up of representatives from selected Network organizations. Members will represent the general Network members and in particular will represent the following: Government (the Capital Regional District, Island Health, Education & Post-Secondary Institutions, the Ministry of Children & Family Development and Municipal Recreation); Non-profit Organizations & Coalitions (Early Years, Neighbourhood Houses); Local Funders; and Community Members. In order to advance the goal of the Network, members will have leadership positions in their respective organizations/systems.

Network Backbone Collaborative

Administrative and fiscal support is provided to the C&YHN by a small group of Stewardship Committee members who agree to:

  • Act as fiscal agents for funding requests;
  • Ensure all funding conditions and reporting requirements are met;
  • Supervise the Network Coordinator and other project staff; and
  • Provide administrative support to the network, including hosting meetings, providing minute taking and circulating meeting information

The Backbone Collaborative will include the following members from the Stewardship Committee:

  • The co-Chairs
  • All organizations acting as fiscal hosts for Network funding;
  • The Supervisor(s) of the Network Coordinator;
  • Working Group Chairs;
  • Network Coordinator; and
  • Any other organization providing administrative support

Meetings of the Network Backbone Collaborative will be scheduled by the members and presented to the Stewardship Committee along with the Coordinator work plan and schedule of working group activities. The Backbone Collaborative meeting schedule will be driven by the work, but they will meet a minimum of once a month.

Working Groups

Working groups will be formed by the Stewardship Committee on an ad hoc basis and will be mandated to implement specific tasks or projects on behalf of the Network. Each working group will be chaired by a member of the Stewardship Committee and working group members will come from the wider network membership.

Network Coordinator

The Network Coordinator will provide coordination, planning and administrative support to the C&YHN of the Capital Region. This includes supporting the work of the Stewardship Committee, the Backbone Collaborative and the working groups.



  • 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