Tanya GracieSecretary-Treasurer

    Tanya Gracie has expertise in supporting strategic decision making in the areas of risk management, change management, innovation and governance. She works as the senior advisor at Central 1, across business lines and with member credit union executives and directors mainly in Ontario, purposefully engaging them in credit union strategy, and providing insights into the disruption facing the financial services industry. She was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Commission (NCC) where she chairs the Audit Committee and has previously served on the board of Your Credit Union in Ottawa, including as board chair. Tanya has leadership experience working with companies in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including many within the Canadian co-operative sector, a public policy think tank, and with the Public Health Agency of Canada on risk management and the organization’s experimentation and innovation culture. Tanya has a bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a master’s degree in Community Economic Development, an executive MBA from the University of Ottawa, and she holds the ICD.D designation and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Rotman Directors Education Program.

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    Amber Costello

    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