We are very pleased to announce that our Boards of Directors and Members of our Corporations have unanimously approved the amalgamation of Aisling Discoveries and East Metro Youth Services. The target date to begin operating as a new corporation is January 1, 2020, subject to regulatory review and approval.
After extensive consultation with staff, clients and board members, we are pleased to announce that our new name will be Strides Toronto. This name reflects the organization’s vital role in supporting our clients’ journey to achieve their full potential.
We are also delighted to inform you that following a robust selection process, our new Chief Executive Officer will be Janet McCrimmon. Janet’s experience and strong leadership attributes combined with her commitment to service excellence will position Strides Toronto well for success now and into the future. Janet’s appointment will be effective as of the official amalgamation date. A brief biography of Janet’s background and experience is below.
Strides Toronto will continue to provide excellent programs and services to our clients and families. Our current array of services will join together to support young people from pre-natal to 29 years of age and their families. In moving forward with amalgamation, we have worked hard to maintain a client and family lens. We believe the new organization will be better positioned to respond to client transitions and stages of development.
As we move forward with implementation, we are committed to no disruption of service; clients will continue to receive the excellent services they have come to expect from both of our agencies. Our plan for the future is to build on this strong foundation by enhancing our programs, improving coordination, and allowing for easier navigation. We hope to better meet the growing needs of children, youth and families across our communities. Our new organization will also continue to work closely with our funders and our many partners across Toronto.
Our staff are passionate and committed to the work we do, and we are excited to be bringing together their collective expertise for even greater impact across our communities. Attracting and retaining skilled staff will continue to be important goals for Strides Toronto.
We are beginning a phase of detailed implementation planning, and we will be sharing more information with staff, clients and partners as we proceed. In the meantime, if you have questions or comments, feel free to connect with either Janet McCrimmon, Executive Director at Aisling Discoveries (416-321-5464 ext. 227) or Vince Tedesco, Interim CEO, EMYS (416-438-3697 x 21111).
Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to a bright and productive future.