Our Board of Directors
Youth in Care Canada is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom have been in care at some point in their lives. In addition, at least half of the Board must be youth in or from care between the ages of 18 and 29, in order to ensure that our organization stays youth oriented. There can also only be a maximum of two Board members per province or territory, in order to maintain a national focus.
Our board makeup ensures the balance of skills and experience necessary to provide effective governance for the organization. We are proud to present to you this list of talented individuals below who are working hard to guide our organization in creating a brighter future for youth in and from care.
Director for Newfoundland and Labrador
Nicole comes all the way from the east coast, St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador. She spent time in care as a child, and had many interactions with the child protection system until her early 20's. As a child she was a dreamer, and always envisioned a brighter and better life for herself and her future family. As she got older, Nicole began to witness and see the injustices that were happening all around her. She developed a strong sense of awareness and insight, which motivated her onto the path of pursuing social justice. She has been involved within the community on a provincial and national level, engaging with diverse populations, but always coming back to her roots. Nicole is currently in the 3rd year of social work at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Through all of her identities, as a community leader, student, employee, and past client, she utilizes her experiences, knowledge, and awareness to engage conversations and impact structural systems. As a new board member, Nicole wishes to bring her strengths and abilities to the table. Nicole has been on the YICC Board of Directors since November 2016.
Past President (ex-officio)
In 1985, at the age of 16, Carleen was one of 7 youth in/from care who came up with the idea to create a national organization run by/for youth in care. That organization eventually became known as The National Youth in Care Network (NYICN). She was a member of the first NYICN Board of Directors as the Treasurer. After completing her BA (Psychology) at Concordia University in Montreal, Carleen left the NYICN Board in order to pursue graduate education in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. In 1996, she returned to NYICN as a member of the Ken Dryden Scholarship Committee. In 1998, Carleen moved to the US to complete a pre-Doctoral internship at the Howard University Counselling Center. Subsequently, she spent 5 years as a school-based mental health clinician in Washington, DC. She then moved to Aspen, Colorado to become the Program Director at Aspen Youth Experience, a non-profit organization that provided outdoor experiential programming for at-risk youth. She returned to Canada in 2013 and rejoined Youth in Care Canada (formerly NYICN). Carleen was most recently on the YICC Board of Directors from October 2014 to October 2016, and the YICC President from November 2015 to October 2016. She now sits as Past President on the YICC Board in an ex-officio capacity.