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Networking In Action

Volume I, Issue III
Fall 2015

DCYPN Uses Social Media to Engage


Over the summer DCYPN launched its first social media account through Twitter. Why did DCYPN opt for a twitter account? Twitter allows for users to send and read short and concise messaging called "tweets". With Twitter your ‘message’ can be picked up by others and retweeted to their group of followers. Twitter is a quick and easy way to market your organization and engage people who may not have been engaged otherwise. DCYPN’s strategy in using Twitter is to share information about our community to our community.

To date DCYPN has created 43 tweets that have been noticed by many members of our community including The Honourable Minister Tracy MacCharles and Durham District School Board School Trustee Patrice Barnes.

To get ready for our social media debut, DCYPN hosted a social media lunch and learn with DCYPN Members. At this lunch and learn, members learned about the various types of social media, how to use social media to market your organization and the benefits of using Twitter.

A part of the lunch and learn was dedicated to introducing DCYPN members to the new Social Media Policy. The Policy is intended to provide guidance for the use of DCYPN social media platforms by DCYPN Members and staff.

Special thanks to Chris Bovie and Darryl Mathers of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences for facilitating the session.

In just three short months, DCYPN’s followers have grown to 44! Help us reach 60 by the end of year. If you do not already follow us, please join us at

Submitted by the DCYPN Communication Action Group

Darryl Mathers facilitating the DCYPN Social Media Lunch and Learn

Governance Action Group Report

The Governance Action Group continues to advance its workplan. The following work is underway or upcoming: 

  • The process to request letters of support from the DCYPN has been finalized. Please watch the DCYPN website for details and submission guidelines to be launched in January 2016.
  • It is time again for another Community Connectedness Survey. We had terrific response last year and look forward to the same this year. The survey will be sent out in December 2015.
  • The Governance Action Group has been considering Youth and Family engagement at the NETWORK level.  Using "Developing a Common Understanding of Family Engagement in South East Ontario”  a report by Synergy Research and Evaluation Consulting, we have determined that the next step for the Network is to complete a readiness assessment as a planning table to better understand our strengths and challenges, and areas where more work is required before engaging families in particular areas. It was recognized at our Action Group that individual organizations all undertake their own practices related to youth and family engagement. Network engagement is not intended to substitute that work.
  • DCYPN requires a Strategic Plan to guide the work of the Network after the initial years of the Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant work plans are completed. The Plan is required for 2017. The Governance Action Group is beginning to plan for completing this work. 
  • Membership fees will be introduced to the DCYPN as of April 1, 2016. We know organizations are in budget planning currently and we are aiming to have the fee schedule approved soon.

  Analysis Action Group Report

The Analysis Action Group Roadmap

The Analysis Action group has had a busy summer!

To recap:  

  • A Community Meeting was held on June 2 where the Analysis Action Group presented on our progress to date and next steps.  Attendees had the opportunity to review the recommended BC indicators and provide feedback.  Results of the small group work and feedback from the community meeting have been compiled and are currently being analyzed by the Analysis Action Group.
  • The community consultation survey was launched over the summer. The survey was promoted in variety of ways including through email, through the DCYPN newsletter and through social media. The technical subcommittee of the Analysis Action Group has just completed the analysis of the results which will help inform the first DCYPN Snapshot on children and youth health and well being. Thank you to all who took the time to answer the survey.
    What’s ahead?

  • The Analysis Action Group will begin the process of collecting and collating data and information related to the indicators that will be included in the Snapshot.
  • The Analysis Action Group has begun researching various formats and templates of snapshot reports to arrive at a decision of what the final version of our snapshot report will look like.
  • On October 23rd, the Analysis Action Group will present its work on developing DCYPN’s first community snapshot at the Durham Region Health Department’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Symposium. The presentation entitled, The Development of Durham's Children & Youth Planning Network's (DCYPN) First Community Snapshot, reflects a collaborative effort of service organizations across Durham Region to use an evidence-informed decision making process in the development of a community snapshot.

 DCYPN Training Committee Update

 The DCYPN Training Committee has been working diligently to plan for the training events for the 2015/16 year.  On October 23, 2015, we are pleased to be hosting a full day workshop by Dr. David Denis entitled "Mindfulness for Personal and Professional Resilience".  This topic was selected in response to your feedback and we are looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Dr. Denis' wealth of knowledge. 
Also underway is planning for a two day training in March 2016 with Dr. Leeno Karumanchery.  The focus of this presentation will be "Cultural Sensitivity and Why it Matters in Social Services".  More details will follow about this event which promises to both challenge and inform. 
All trainings are advertised through the DCYPN email list; if you would like your name to be added to the DCYPN distribution list, please use the "Contact Us" page on the DCYPN website to share your email address with us!
Denise Cashley,
Chair, DCYPN Training Committee

Community Buzz!

Ajax- Pickering Early Childhood Development Coalition

The Ajax-Pickering Early Childhood Development Coalition is a group of agencies
that have formed a collaborative, community planning table to address vulnerabilities in early child development in Ajax and Pickering. Membership includes Durham Region Health Department (Public Health Nursing and Nutrition and Infant & Child Development), Durham Region Children’s Services Division, YWCA/ OEYC, Family and Community Action Program, The Youth Centre, Pickering Public Library, Welcome Centers Immigrant Services and a pediatrician. The Ajax-Pickering community has been chosen as a pilot based on lower Early Development Instrument (EDI) scores, lower rates of well-baby visits, higher number of births and an increasingly diverse population. The Coalition has developed a three year plan with the goal to improve EDI scores in the community.

Phase one of the plan involved increasing awareness of primary health care providers in Ajax-Pickering on the importance of completing the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby visit. On June 19, 2015 a workshop for primary health care providers was planned and implemented by the Ajax-Pickering Early Childhood Development Coalition. The workshop "Healthy Child Development: Improving the Odds Preconception, Prenatal and Postpartum Interventions to Improve Child Health Outcomes" was well attended by 40 primary health care providers and 22 community agencies. Those who attended received the following newly developed tools to support them with implementing the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby visit:

  • Durham Region Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Pathway (revised June 2015)
  • Durham Region Community Support Checklist Referral Options tear-off

By creating effective partnerships among parents, primary health care providers, and community services, we can help all children in Durham Region meet their developmental potential. If you would like more information about this initiative please contact Jane Thompson, Manager, YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Durham Healthy Families

On August 10, 2015 Durham Region Health Department launched the “Durham Healthy Families” Facebook, Twitter and You Tube sites.

The social media sites were created to engage with parents of children 0-18 years of age. Followers are encouraged to post comments, ask questions and obtain feedback from a Public Health Nurse. 

To date, we have over 200 Facebook “likes” and 50 Twitter followers. Our posts have reached over 90,000 people, while 2500 people have engaged with Durham Healthy Families! We invite you to follow us at:

 Twitter: @DurhamFamilies

 YouTube: Durham Healthy Families

Durham Collaboration Framework (DCFW)

On October 8th, community members and DCFW Agency Partners were invited to a Service Collaborative Meeting.

The goal of the meeting was to help Agency Representatives prepare for their role in the Durham Collaborative Planning Process (DCPP) by providing the opportunity to: 

  • Encourage a ‘shared community ownership’ of children and youth who are part of the mental health and addictions system in Durham Region
  • View the new promotional video produced by videographers at CAMH that shares a varied perspective of service providers and family members who have been involved in the DCPP thus far. This video will soon be made public. Please stay tuned!
  • Receive updated information and tools for service providers supporting a child or youth through the DCPP and for Agency Representatives invited to the DCPP table
  • Hear other updates including work that has been done to date related to evaluation, service provider profile survey, Network of Champions, and the French Language Committee
  • Learn about upcoming training opportunities for DCPP Member Agency staff

What have been the impacts of the DCFW on the child/youth, family and community?


Don’t see your agency on this list? If you would like to become a Member Agency of the DCFW please contact Marlene E. Pike for more information.



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