At a recent family event, I was asked about my job and some of the things I am working on right now. I mentioned the renewal of our Strategic Plan as our current five year Strategic Plan comes to an end on March 31, 2017. He asked me if it was a plan the organization followed or more of a token document that he was used to in his work experience in various executive positions.
My quick answer was yes but the question challenged me to pause and reflect on just how important the Strategic Plan is for Ontario Shores. It sets a clear path for the organization, guides our future directions, identifies our priorities and informs our planning. It inspires change and innovation. Most importantly, it reflects the feedback from staff, patients, families, volunteers, communities, care partners and leaders.
I know we live and work in a time where we are regularly asked to complete surveys or, share our ideas and many people ask – will it make a difference?
I know firsthand that the feedback provided through this process will have a direct impact in how our next Strategic Plan is developed. It is only though feedback that we can address the emerging mental health care needs of our communities. We have already begun meeting with internal and external groups and we are hearing some exciting ideas and common themes for where the organization can go in the years ahead.
Take 10 minutes to share your views by completing our brief survey:
While you may not be directly impacted by mental illness at this moment in time, you may know someone who is or may encounter mental illness in the future. The statistics are alarming. As many as 1 in 5 are affected by mental illness. If you or someone you love is one of almost 3 million people in Ontario affected by mental illness, and turn to Ontario Shores for help, what would you like the organization to be able to do?