Youth Diversion News
Sept 17, 2020: AGM 2020: Forty Five years and counting, our awards recipients
We celebrated this years award recipients during our AGM over ZOOM. It was a different celebration this year, we missed presenting everyone with their plaque and handshake. None the less we want to make sure to congratulate and celebrate all the achievements and amazing work all these recipients have done for our agency. Thank you to everyone!
Our awards went out to Aba Mortley, who received our Nick Bala Distinguished service award for all she does both for Youth Diversion and the entire community. Thank you Aba, we hope to continue to see you fighting for all the youth we work with at YD.
Geanina Circei, who received our Andrea VanBlaricom Award for Volunteer of the Year. She has been an amazing volunteer with deep ties to helping out in our SNAP classroom. Geanina's efforts continue to go above and beyond her volunteer duties for our youth and agency. Thank you Geanina for finding your way to us.
To our 2 staff who have hit a milestone this year, first to our Volunteer Manager Jackie Franklin who has now been with our agency for 20 years. She is the second longest staff to remain with Youth Diversion. We wouldn't know what our agency could look like without you Jackie. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for your volunteers. Second, we have our Kairos Substance Use Counsellor Jaymi Hayward who is celebrating her 5 years with our agency. Jaymi is an amazing, dedicated and passionate advocate and educator in her field. We are so fortunate to have her in our community and in our agency to be a constant support and voice for all her clients and the community.
Sadly we are having to say goodbye to two of our Board Members as their term around the table has come to an end. We wish to thank the dedication and hours of work put forth by Kerri Brockman and Chris Dreifelds. The agency you leave us with today might look different than 6 years ago when you both started. Kerri as our president, the leadership and guidance you have provided our Executive Director and the remaining Board members will resonate for years to come. As our treasurer Chris got to learn more about finances than he ever imagined.
Our Heather Lynne Wells was given to Isabelle Pardy this year, good luck with your schooling. We look forward to you going on to represent our community. Best wishes Isabelle.
SEPT 1, 2020 : New agreement between Youth Diversion and the Kingston Police
Kingston police team up with Youth Diversion to try to limit youth contact with police -https://globalnews.ca/news/7297461/kingston-police-youth-diversion/
Partnership aims to enhance support for at-risk youth -https://www.kingstonist.com/news/support-initiative-for-youth/
MARCH 2020: COVID 19 update
To our Children, Youth and Families:
As we settle into our new normal and take stock in the events that are currently impacting our lives. We at Youth Diversion wanted to take a moment of your time to inform you about how Youth Diversion will continue to support you and your loved ones.
As primarily an outreach service, we will continue to support you through different platforms of social media such as texting, Facebook, Skype/Zoom, email and phone. We are also able to offer face to face contact in cases of crisis/emergency. Face to face contact requires our team to practice social distancing, so we will not be able to drive you. Additionally, there is a limited selection of places to meet outside in the community. We will do our best to keep in contact with you on a regular basis, address your needs as well as we can under these very difficult circumstances. Please connect with us should you want to speak with us or need services using the social media platforms stated above.
The following is a list of services unavailable due to COVID-19:
- The SNAP classroom will be closed to students until further notice. We encourage you to connect with the classroom staff for updates and additional support.
- All in school Rebound Programs are cancelled until further notice. If you were enrolled in Rebound you can connect with them, if you have any questions.
- All activities with Volunteers have been cancelled until further notice. The Mentoring Program will continue to run but, Mentoring Volunteers will practice the same social distancing methods and primarily use social media platforms for contact.
- The Robert Meek Youth Center is currently closed. No meetings can be scheduled in office until further notice.
We will continue to accept new referrals for all programs and services. Referral forms can be accessed on our website at www.youthdiversion.org. All staff have been asked to work remotely at home, however our main phone and staff extensions will be answered.
Thank you for doing your part to ensure we all remain healthy. We look forward to getting back to normal very soon.
Take care of yourselves,
All Youth Diversion Staff and Volunteers.