Robbin Tourangeau

    Robbin Tourangeau has worked in the field of public policy and advocacy for the last 20 years, providing strategic advice and leading the development of a number of important initiatives and programmes both inside and outside government.  Her areas of specialization include social, urban, community, and R&D issues. Robbin is currently the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) where she works on files related to Aboriginal education, mental health, accessibility for persons with disabilities, and research and innovation. Prior to joining COU, Robbin worked as the Director of Policy in the Office for Disability Issues and as the Vice-President, Public Policy and Government Relations, at Imagine Canada.  She also served as the Senior Policy Advisor on Social Development in the Office of the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien and as a senior policy analyst responsible for social and municipal/Aboriginal policy at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. She began her career in Ottawa as a federal Parliamentary Intern.

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    Milo's Story

    Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

    The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

    It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

    “For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.

    Milo*

    *While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy