Council Appoints New Child and Youth Advocate
Mayor Philip Owen today announced the appointment of Adrienne Montani as the City of Vancouver's new Child and Youth Advocate.
Montani succeeds Dr. Penny Parry, who, during her four-year tenure in the position, was responsible for creation and implementation of a Civic Youth Strategy as well as ongoing work on issues of concern to Vancouver's children. The goals of the Civic Youth Strategy are to:
"We thank Penny Parry for her valuable work in bringing forward a Civic Youth Strategy that addresses such fundamental needs in our City," Mayor Owen said. "We expect that Adrienne Montani will be able to build on those strengths."
- Ensure that youth have "a place" in the city
- Ensure a strong youth voice in decision-making
- Promote youth as a resource in the city
- Strengthen the support base for youth in the city
Montani becomes the third person to hold the advocate position, which is done by term to allow for a diversity of viewpoints on how best to serve the needs of children and youth. The position reports to City Council, and is housed in the Social Planning department. Montani's term begins August 1.
Montani's term will focus on how Vancouver's children and youth are affected by government decisions, including Federal budget cutbacks, health regionalization, actions resulting from the Gove Inquiry, and issues of supported child care. She will also contribute to implementation of the Civic Youth Strategy.
Montani was most recently Executive Director of Big Sisters of B.C. Lower Mainland. Previously, she spent 11 years as Executive Director of the Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society, and has done multicultural training for the United Way and the City of Vancouver's Hastings Institute. A graduate in Asian Studies at York University, Montani is a Mandarin speaker.
"I would like to draw on the strength that comes from the diverse backgrounds of the families in our community," Montani said. "That means acting on our knowledge that it pays to prevent problems rather than trying to fix them later."
Social Planning Department