Children's Commissioner and Advocate
The Children’s Commissioner and Advocate will improve outcomes for all Prince Edward Island children through the Office for Children and Youth.
The Children’s Commissioner and Advocate will be the voice of authority for children and youth.
The Children’s Commissioner and Advocate, in partnership with the Social Policy Deputy Minister Committee, will lead social policy improvements to programs and services to help Island children and youth reach their full potential.
Responsibilities of the Children's Commissioner and Advocate
- Champion the rights of children;
- Ensure the voice of children and youth are represented in policy and programs;
- Support families in navigating programs and services;
- Streamline and improve government programs and services; and
- Enhance further collaborations between community and government.
The Children's Commissioner and Advocate
Michele Dorsey, Q.C. was appointed Children’s Commissioner and Advocate effective January 7, 2019. Prior to this appointment, Dorsey held deputy minister roles with the Department of Justice and Public Safety and most recently, the Department of Communities, Land and Environment. Dorsey is a certified mediator and a practicing lawyer of 30 years with a primary focus on negotiation and conflict resolution. She also has served on community boards including PEI Citizen’s Advocacy, Child Care Facilities Board, PEI Family Violence Prevention Services, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, and the Family Caregivers Advisory Committee of Mental Health Commission of Canada. Her extensive experience and community involvement will provide the necessary leadership to the establishment of the Office for Children and Youth.
Working Across Government
The Children’s Commissioner and Advocate will lead an interdepartmental committee to build upon several government programs, for example:
- Student Well-being Teams
- Mental Health Walk-in Clinics
- Strongest Families
- Prince Edward Island Bridge Model
- Triple P - Positive Parenting Program
- Grandparent and Care Provider Program
The Office for Children and Youth will also respond to recommendations from the PEI Children’s Report, Child Protection Act Review and the PEI Poverty Reduction Action Plan. The Children's Commissioner and Advocate will report progress to the public.
Who can I contact for assistance?
Michele Dorsey, Q.C.
PO Box 2000