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Sarah Precious

Sarah Precious
Sarah has been working with children, youth and families for over 15 years. She believes in the power of community, the individual strengths of each person, and the opportunities that real-relationships create. Sarah works as a Community Engagement and Suicide Prevention Coordinator at Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services in Brantford, Ontario. She is a strong advocate for youth and family engagement and believes that co-developed services can have a significant impact on transforming services and systems to better serve children, youth and families. Sarah enjoys working with youth and families, facilitating community sessions, providing workshops and working with community partners to create change. Sarah is also a mom to two amazing children who keep her and her husband Mike on their toes. She is currently attending York University pursuing a Masters of Leadership and Community Engagement.

Recent Posts

Being Adult Allies to a Courageous Generation

Posted by Sarah Precious on April 29, 2021

There have been many important articles written about how COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of our youth. Statistical data reports, youth-led articles, parent editorials and social media that has been sharing the youth story with the world since March 2020.

What we can’t lose sight of, is how we as adult ally’s, can actively hold space and come alongside youth in support. Allies, who are ready to partner with youth in this difficult time.

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Transformational Leadership: The Next Big Thing

Posted by Sarah Precious on August 2, 2018

Today, everyone seems to be looking for the next big thing, the quick fix, or the new solution. But sometimes, the answer isn’t found in a formula but in a relationship, an exchange of words, and a way of being.

Leadership is a hot topic. I have watched countless TedTalks, videos, read articles, written school papers and taken courses on the subject of leadership. Each holds its own view of what leadership means, what it can do for you, your business and the future. But taking the time to understand and develop your leadership style can transform the way you work, interact with others and ultimately your ability to impact and influence the world around you. I have learned from my own experience in working on tough community issues that leadership styles which encourage collaboration and relationship building are essential and that in most collaborative efforts, the nature of leadership required will change over time.

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8 Steps to Set the Stage for Effective Youth Engagement Work

Posted by Sarah Precious on April 12, 2018

The world of youth engagement is entangled with false assumptions, presumptuous understandings, and little follow through.  However, if it is done right professionals are given the rare opportunity to work meaningfully with youth to achieve a beautifully co-created outcome that can radically change a community.

Recently I had the privilege of hearing an individual who has experienced great success in their engagement work.  But they were quick to point out the negative perceptions that can often surround engagement work due to good intentions gone bad, and lack of follow through.


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