My second week at MYS
By Kerri Irvin-Ross
Week one of my MYS journey concluded with the heartbreaking news of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. As a hockey mom and Saskatchewanian, my heart was shattered by news of the lives lost and the families and communities forever changed. I continue to be amazed at the strength shown by everyone whose life has been touched. #HumboldtStrong
Week two began with reality setting in regarding the responsibilities of my new role as I read policies, reviewed the budget, and discussed staffing and infrastructure issues. I continued to feel the strength and support of team members as well as our very committed Board of Directors.
On Tuesday, I was pleased to spend an evening with youth and staff beading emoji, unicorn and guitar key chains. Creativity and laughter filled the room. It was inspiring to witness the smiles and pride as the youth shared their creations with each other. The dedication and commitment of MYS team members was evident as I observed them interacting with the youth in a caring and nurturing way.
The relationships that were developing between the youth were exciting for them as well as for the adults who were hoping friendships would grow. I was so honoured to participate in the evening.
Through the week I continued to meet with many MYS team members. I also met with community partners such as Project Neecheewam and the Deputy Minister of Families. We discussed their current relationships with MYS and their vision for future opportunities. These meetings with stakeholders provide us with invaluable insight about our agency and motivate us to provide the best possible services for Manitoba youth and their families.
On Friday I joined Board members on a tour of an MYS community home. I learned about the needs of the youth and the demands placed on our team members as they strive to provide quality care. Their commitment and unconditional support was apparent as they spoke about the complex needs of the youth they serve. I look forward to many more opportunities to tour our MYS homes and meet the team members who are providing invaluable service on the front lines.
This week also provided an opportunity for team members and community partners to unite to thank Dr. Erma Chapman for her 17 years of dedicated leadership at MYS. I know all team members join me in thanking Erma for preparing MYS for the future and wish her well as she begins the next chapter of her life.
Below: Many of our Board members joined me in wishing Dr. Erma Chapman well as she retires from her 17 years of service from MYS.