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Irwin Elman brings to this position an extensive background as an educator, counsellor, youth worker, program manager, policy developer and child and youth advocate – borrowing from the courage and hope of the young people he served to create innovative approaches for others in Ontario, Jamaica, Hungary and Japan.

For over 20 years, Irwin was the manager of the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre (PARC) in Toronto, a program of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Afterwards he was the Director of Client Service at Central Toronto Youth Services, an innovative children’s mental health centre.

The Advocate's Office is built upon a foundation rooted in the strength and wisdom of the children and youth it serves. The Office is driven through the efforts of talented and passionate staff who, every day, strive to improve the lives of children and youth in Ontario.

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"I consider music to be a tremendous source of inspiration not only for myself, but for the young people we work with. Do you have a favourite song that inspires you? Send us your suggestions and what it means to you, and you may see it on here soon!" - Irwin


"'Resources, Connection, Voice' is a report about what young people -- in fact, what everyone needs -- in order to thrive in order to reach their full potential. These three simple words embody what we must provide to all of our most disadvantaged young people in care for them to succeed."