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Melanie Doucet

Project Lead, Equitable Transitions to Adulthood for Youth in Care

Dr. Doucet has been working to improve the lives of youth in care for over 20 years. She is a former youth in care, holds a PhD in Social Work, and is a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF).  Her doctoral research, titled Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care, provided a platform for youth from care to develop child welfare research, policy and practice recommendations based on their lived experience expertise. She is the co-founder of the Montreal Youth in Care Alumni Student Association (MYCASA), a peer support group.


She continues to work as part of the provincial and national youth in care advocacy community on child protection policy reform initiatives, and is currently leading the Equitable Transitions to Adulthood and a Just Pandemic Recovery for Youth in Care project alongside the National Council of Youth in Care Advocates.


Jo-Joe Van Hooser

Learning Community Activator

Jo-Joe is a strong Kanehsata:ke- Onkwehonwe- Mohawk grandmother from the Bay of Quinte Mohawks-Tyendinaga Territory, Turtle Clan. Jo-Joe has over 30 years of experience working with Indigenous youth and families who are or have been engaged in child welfare and related systems. She has a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree with a focus in Indigenous social work from Trent University, along with several sector-related certificates and diplomas.

In addition to her role as CWLC’s Learning Community Activator, Jo-Joe works full-time as an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Indigenous Focus Worker at the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. She also sits on several community boards and councils, including A New Day and the Ottawa Coalition to Stop Human Trafficking.

Jo-Joe’s legacy is to continue to work with Indigenous youth, children, and families, standing strong beside them in advocating for justice and navigating the systems of our ages.


Camille Breton Skagen

Project Manager

Camille holds a Master in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and has completed a wide array of professional development training, with a focus on effective leadership, conflict resolution and communication. An experienced project manager for a diverse range of startups and community based projects, Camille most recently served as project manager for a large scale clinical checklist initiative. Run in association with the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, the project responded to the needs of child welfare-involved families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Camillle is known for her innovative vision, her leadership skills and her facility in building strong working relationships.


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