Care + Families Panel
Most Canadians provide and/or receive care at some point in their life. Relationships are at the heart of care-providing and receiving. Caring relationships are complex and unique to diverse families. They are affected by regional, social and economic locations, among other often intersecting situations of race, class, family type among others. These relationships are often left out of or made invisible by policy and decision-makers at all levels of government.
|Fitsum Areguy (Moderator): Fitsum is an MSc student in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph. Fitsum’s research interests focus on young carers, identity development and coping, and the intersections of caregiving, culture, and childhood among refugee families. He is the chair of the Young Carers Project, a community collaborative based in Kitchener, Ontario that is dedicated to raising awareness and mobilizing supports for young carers in Canada.|
Andrew Wright-Gourlay (Panelist): I am 15 years old, and I have Tourettes and a mood disorder, I was diagnosed with tourettes at five, and a mood disorder at 13. And my twin sister is Abbigail. I like to do a lot of things, like hiking with my dad and I also have a business for lawn care. I want to become a Professional chef too!
Abbigail Wright-Gourlay (Panelist): I am 15 years old, and I'm a young caregiver for my twin brother Andrew. I have been caring for him almost all my life. I've had a lot of experiences that some other young people probably have not been through in their life, but I have had many people help me, like my parents, and Powerhouse. I also enjoy astronomy, and would like to become a professional photographer.
|John Beaton (Panelist): I am a father of three children; my youngest child has special needs. I conduct research with families with disabilities with a particular focus on fathers.|
|Sue Bhella (Panelist): Captivated by design & innovation, Sue brings 8+ years of experience working with healthcare providers, patients & caregivers to improve health & community care. With roots in eHealth, Sue joined The Change Foundation as a Senior Program Associate to support the coordination & implementation of improvement activities as per the Foundation’s strategic plan, including Changing CARE – an initiative to improve the caregiver experience. Aside from these roles, Sue was a young carer for eight years & is currently part of the sandwich generation caring for her elderly parents & young family.|
More panelists being announced soon!