Impact Stories

Christie Kopczyk’s story

19 August 2021

Kids Come First | Les enfants avant tout


  “Some days I feel like I am his case coordinator, instead of his mom,” says Christie Kopczyk of her 14-year-old son Troy. “As a parent, you have to learn about all of the care you can get for your son to give him his best opportunity to thrive.” Before birth, Troy was diagnosed with […]

Katherine Stevens’ story

Kids Come First | Les enfants avant tout


Katherine Stevens, a Grade 11 student at Colonel By High School in Ottawa, has become engaged in improving health care for young people. “I would like to see better communications between everyone involved in my care,” she says. After surgeries in 2016 and 2017 to treat hip dysplasia, along with frequent visits to the CHEO’s […]

Michelle March’s story

Kids Come First | Les enfants avant tout


Michelle March, 19, and her mom Amélie moved to Ottawa hoping for better access to health care. Michelle is an articulate, self-aware young woman who understands that her health needs are complex. She needs support dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia and dissociative personality disorder. Mom, Amélie, is loving and supporting. Michelle’s first family doctor […]

Stephanie Paravans story

Kids Come First | Les enfants avant tout


Stephanie Paravan wants more time to just be a mom to Matthew, her 12-year-old son with complex and serious health issues. “I spend too much time navigating Matthew through the health-care system,” says Stephanie. “There are lots of programs but too many points of access. Some days I feel like I’m an administrator, not a […]