On November 17, 2022, more than 50 people attended our 2nd annual virtual community event including young caregivers, families, students, service providers, researchers, and community members! As a result of the success of our first event, we promoted this event with those in Alberta, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia. It was an evening (day or morning for some) full of positivity and emotion. Our young caregiver and service provider star talked passionately about their experiences making the session incredibly informative and emotional for our attendees. We received incredible feedback about how moved many attendees were and they felt so very honoured to have heard everyone speak so genuinely about their experiences. What an incredible way to celebrate World Children's Day! The event was a complete success as part of our ongoing efforts to raise the public’s awareness of young caregivers and help in creating meaningful connections with healthcare providers to improve the lives of young caregivers and their families. Everyone learned that they can play a role in making our young caregivers less invisible! (Credits to Mary Anne Olalia who created the art piece titled "Young Caregiver and Healthcare Provider Orchard" as a collage of wishes from young caregivers and healthcare providers)
Winners: #03 , #11 , #16 (received $20 e-gift card for Amazon)
Young Caregivers Association (Niagara Region; St. Catharines, ON; Hagersville, ON): https://youngcaregivers.ca
Young Carers Program (Toronto): https://www.ycptoronto.com
The Ontario Caregiver Organization: https://youngcaregiversconnect.ca
OUR ITINERARY FOR THE DAY
6:00 - 6:10 PM
Chat Moderator: Jessie Brar (she/her)
Tech support and informal greetings to participants
6:10 - 6:20 PM
Facilitator: Dr. Kristine Newman (she/her)
Land acknowledgment and welcome speech
SUNRISE STAGE (NOTE: THIS SESSION WILL BE RECORDED)
6:20 - 6:55 PM
6:20-6:35 PM: Two young caregivers who receive support from 2 different organizations at the forefront of empowering young caregivers will each be speaking for 7 minutes about their experiences of caring for a family member(s)
Linus is from the Young Carer Program
Urooba from the Young Caregivers Association
6:35 -6:45 PM: A staff member from the Young Caregivers Association will speak about young caregivers and their interactions with healthcare professionals
6:45-6:55 PM: Panel discussion (questions can be typed in the chat and a moderator will ask our speakers questions on behalf of the audience member)
BREAK + WISHES
6:55 - 7:15 PM
Apple template (please use this template, if possible, to write your wish and decorate it if you'd like as well! The image is also available at the bottom of this page if you are having difficulty accessing the link): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XnLK0TdXmnzjsh8yqNelcnAz2rdf_34P/view?usp=sharing
Making wishes from young caregivers to healthcare providers. What would you like healthcare providers to know?
Wishes from healthcare providers. What would you like to know about young caregivers? What would make it easier for you to support young caregivers?
Wishes from other participants (i.e., students, service providers, students, community members): What would you like to know about young caregivers? What would make it easier for you to be an ally or advocate for young caregivers?
7:10-7:15 PM: Send your wishes to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Wishes”
THANK YOU + TELL US HOW WE DID
7:15 - 7:30 PM
Debrief, resources, games, prizes!