First of all, I would like to thank all Working Groups and Chairs for their hard work, time and commitment over the past several months. As everyone knows, it has been a hectic time.
We hit the ground running in June 2015 following our first meeting together. I know what a challenge it was to set up Working Groups during the summer, and I really appreciate the time and effort it took to get our groups established and work underway.
Today’s presentations by the Working Group Chairs were thoughtful , detailed and show how much work has gone into achieving their mandates. These will inform the development of our Core Services Delivery Plan and Community Mental Health Plan to be submitted to the Ministry on March 31, 2016.
Additionally, there is so much rich information that will inform work in Year 2 and beyond. We have set an excellent foundation this year for coming to a better understanding of the vast and complex Toronto service landscape.
As you know, the mandates of the first four Working Groups end March 31, 2016. As part of your recommendations I’ve asked Chairs to consider how best the work they’ve done needs to move forward in Year 2. This could mean new Working Groups or different types of structures such as advisory tables depending the directions the work needs to take in Year 2.
Once we’re past ‘March Madness’ and have our Core Services Delivery Plan and Community Mental Health Plans submitted the Lead Agency team will be spending the month of April reviewing, analyzing all the work of the first year to support development of a work plan framework for year 2. The After Action Review will also inform this work. We’ll be looking at what’s worked well this year and how we can continue to improve our processes next year to evolve how we use Collective Impact to shape our shared agenda. I appreciated hearing people’s perspectives this afternoon and look forward to the final report.
I’ve also shared a Year 1 Timeline with you. This gives a quick overview of our major pieces of work this year, moving into Year 2. You’ll see a reference to downtown space on this document.
In early May the Lead Agency team will move into an office at 365 Bloor Street. We’re looking forward to being more central and accessible to our colleagues across the city. This satellite space that will be dedicated to our Lead Agency work, while our service agency remains based in Scarborough will be available for meetings. We will also have hot desk space available for you to use if you’re downtown, between meetings or just want to stop in.
Thanks again for a rewarding first year.