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Upstream seeks new members for its Board of Directors

September 08, 2023

Join Our Board to Advance Mental Health and Substance Use Health Community Support in Ottawa

 

About Upstream:

Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support (Upstream) is a dedicated community organization that provides essential mental health and substance use health support to youth and adults. Established in 1985, Upstream offers individualized support services and affordable housing options to persons with mental health and substance use health concerns. Upstream is funded for its core services like intensive case management, which in 2021 expanded to include a program that provides culturally safe and affirming services to underserved Black youth between the ages of 12 and 29 led by clinicians with lived experience.

Our mission is to provide support to youth and adults living with mental health and substance use health challenges, empowering them to lead self-guided and fulfilling lives. We are guided by our core values of being client-focused, committed to equity, meaningfully engaged, and community-based.

 

Position: Board Member

We are seeking volunteers from within the Ottawa region, committed to Upstream’s mission and values to serve up to 3 renewable 2-year terms on the Board of Directors.

 

Role and Responsibilities:

As a Board Member at Upstream Ottawa, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the direction of our organization and contributing to the betterment of mental health and substance use health services.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate in regular board meetings, strategic planning sessions, and decision-making processes.
  • Actively engage in committee work related to fundraising, communications, human resources, finance, and strategic planning (participation in a minimum of one committee is required).
  • Uphold fiduciary responsibilities of a board member, including ethical and legal obligations.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Upstream’s strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Act as a representative and advocate for Upstream Ottawa within the community and relevant networks, promoting our mission and values.

 

Qualifications:

We are seeking individuals who can offer strategic insights and actively contribute to our mission. The ideal candidate must have one or more of the following areas of expertise:

  • Experience in fundraising with a proven track record of successful campaigns and donor engagement
  • Experience in philanthropy with a desire to enhance Upstream’s network and capacity to engage prospective funders and donors
  • Business leaders with a desire to help Upstream further its mission by expanding the organization's networks and capacity to serve more people
  • Background in mental health and substance use, preferably as a mental health professional, counselor, therapist, or related field
  • Experience in not-for-profit governance, with a solid understanding of board roles, responsibilities, and governance best practices.
  • Proficiency in government relations, with a proven ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with government bodies and agencies.
  • Professional experience in legal consultancy.

* Upstream Ottawa is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive Board of Directors, valuing and celebrating the unique backgrounds, perspectives, and talents of all individuals. We encourage individuals from the BIPOC community (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) and from other minority communities to apply.

 

Time Commitment:

Board members are expected to commit approximately 5-10 hours per month, including board meetings, committee work, and occasional community events.

 

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about advancing mental health and substance use health supports in Ottawa, with a particular focus on Black youth, and possess the qualifications mentioned above, we encourage you to apply. Please send your resume and a brief statement of interest to chair@upstreamottawa.ca. In your statement, outline your relevant experience, your motivation for joining Upstream’s board, and how you envision contributing to our mission.

 

Application Deadline: Monday, October 2nd, 2023 by 4pm ET

Join us in making a lasting impact on the mental health and well-being of Ottawa's community. Your expertise and dedication can help create positive change that reverberates throughout our city.

For inquiries or more information, please contact Véronique Joncas at chair@upstreamottawa.ca.

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Upstream completes year of rapid growth

June 29, 2023

OTTAWA - Upstream Ottawa has completed a year of rapid growth, following two years of restrictions on operations due to COVID-19.

At its Annual General Meeting, held June 27, Executive Director Bo Turpin noted the major growth in Upstream operations with the addition of the Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY), with four additional staff members hired to deliver this new program.

Mr. Turpin noted the increased complexity of mental health cases being dealt with by Upstream in the last year and the pressing need for adequate funding for mental health and substance-use health services in Ottawa. Wait times for intensive case management can now be up to four years.

Véronique Joncas, Chair of the Upstream Board of Directors, thanked the staff, volunteers and board for their efforts in the past year, noting the exceptional personal service to clients delivered by Upstream.

Ms. Joncas thanked three outgoing members of the Board of Directors for their contributions of time and expertise: Jane Murray, Elliot Culligan and Kelton Weekes.

Board members Nik Karajovic (Upstream Treasurer), Melonie Bidgood and Jenni Condon, were reappointed to two-year terms on the board.

Ms. Joncas noted that there will be some additional recruitment for the Board of Directors in the months ahead to add diversity, mental health experience and fundraising expertise to the board. Those interested may contact Upstream at info@upstreamottawa.ca.

The AGM meeting was hosted by KPMG at its downtown Ottawa office. KPMG has generously supported Upstream Ottawa over a number of years, through events like the AGM, as well as the financial expertise and time of staff, as board members.

Upstream provides a range of critical community supports and affordable housing options to adults and youth living with mental health and substance use health issues. Services include: intensive mental health case management, housing, youth support services with a focus on Black youth and their families, crisis prevention, medication management and life-skills coaching.

A complete list of Board Members is available on Upstream Ottawa - Our Board.

For more information go to upstreamottawa.ca, or contact us at info@upstreamottawa.ca.

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Upstream Classic seeks sponsors, prizes for its return to the Marshes

Upstream Classic seeks sponsors, prizes for its return to the Marshes

June 22, 2023

Upstream Ottawa is returning to The Marshes Golf Club for another memorable day of golf and fun in support of essential mental health services in our community.

The 2023 Upstream Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, August 31. Last year’s tournament, at the beautiful Marshes course, was a sellout and raised, $36,000, the most money on a single day in Upstream’s history.

Holes will feature several different games, as well as food and beverages. The evening will be hosted by Tournament Chair Jenni Condon, of the New Hot 89.9, and include a live and silent auction. There are several highly visible sponsorship opportunities available for this tournament, with a wide reach across the city.

To be part of this emerging charity tournament, through sponsorship or prize donations large or small, please contact Jenni Condon, at jcondon899@gmail.com or 613-863-3371, or email info@upstreamottawa.ca Established in 1985, Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support offers support services and affordable housing options to persons with mental health and substance-use health challenges. Our goal is to help our clients reach a place of increased wellness, stability, and independence.

Upstream is funded for its core services by Ontario Health which in 2021 expanded that support, via the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, to include a Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian Caribbean Youth between the ages of 12 and 29.

Money raised in the golf tournament goes to services not covered by core government funding. These include: wellness programs that focus on connecting clients with a community of support; housing supports to ensure clients have a safe and affordable place to live; and help for clients whose lives have been interrupted by illness and are returning to school or work, or are starting work for the first time.

Further golf details and registration information are on Upstream’s website, www.upstreamottawa.ca.

Providing community supports to youth and adults living with mental health and substance-use health challenges, to lead self-guided and fulfilling lives.

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