Partner Spotlight: Advocacy
Thanks to the support of our many partners, OLIP continues to provide recent graduates with an immersive legislative learning experience each year. Though every cohort tries to meet with each of our over forty partners, we unfortunately miss some partners in our ten months with the programme. This post is intended to recognize some of these partners, specifically those who are involved in advocacy work. At the heart of advocacy, there are important causes or issues that call for change.
Strengthening parliamentary democracy is the cause driving the work of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, one of OLIP’s long-time partners. Formed in 1982, the Churchill Society is a non-partisan, charitable organization dedicated to honouring the life of Sir Winston Churchill by facilitating education, discussion and debate about Canada’s parliamentary democracy.
Counsel Public Relations, an OLIP partner and one of Canada’s leading public affairs agencies, works with clients across sectors to advance their advocacy goals. Since its launch in 2004, Counsel Public Relations has worked with hundreds of clients to navigate opportunities and challenges through a holistic approach integrating government relations and strategic communications. With almost 20 years of experience, it has been influencing decision-makers on issues that matter most to its clients.
Health care is one of the issues that matter most to the clients of Santis Health, another OLIP Partner. Santis Health is a consultancy dedicated to providing counsel and support for clients exclusively in the health care and life sciences sectors across the province. Specializing in communications and branding, stakeholder relations, government relations, policy development and analysis, and strategic planning, Santis has been leveraging its deep understanding of the health care sector to help clients achieve their advocacy objectives.
Another OLIP partner involved in health advocacy is Children’s Mental Health Ontario, an association representing Ontario’s public providers of infant, child, and youth mental health services. With nearly 100 member organizations, Children’s Mental Health Ontario works to promote a system that ensures young people get the mental health supports they need to thrive. With heightened youth mental health needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Mental Health Ontario has been continuing to push for strategic, long-term investments to create equitable access to quality mental health care for kids and families.
Thank you, Churchill Society, Counsel Public Relations, Santis Health, and Children’s Mental Health Ontario, for your support of the programme!