New Brunswick Youth in Care Network | Leadership
In 2011, Zoe was introduced to PFY by way of a partnering agency, the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation. By this point, she had already taken on the mantle of advocate for youth in care, and more specifically youth who were adopted from the care system.
Zoe grew to become an important part of the network leadership group, participating in a variety of projects over the following years. In 2012, she and other leadership members took part in the planning process for the Youth in Care Hearings. At the hearings themselves in November of that same year, Zoe was one of six presenters. In this, she spoke to an assembled group comprised of elected officials, youth-serving professionals, and a number of foster and adoptive parents.
In the years following the hearings, Zoe continued in her role as an NBYICN leader, working closely with the network coordinator and members to amplify the voices of youth in care throughout the province. She took part in numerous panel presentations and other speaking engagements, always with the goal of promoting greater and more positive adoptions of youth from the care system. Finally, in 2015, Zoe was a member of the planning group for the first ever Youth in Care Hearings.
After several years of involvement in network projects, Zoe was hired on as coordinator of the NBYICN in 2016. She immediately got to work, coordinating and organizing the second Youth in Care Hearings in spring 2017. She now continues to further the development and enhancement of the network throughout the province and beyond as a highly regarded member of the Partners For Youth staff team.