2004 CWLC Achievement Award Recipients

Advocacy - Jan Lutke

Nominated by Pacific Community Resources Society (BC)

Jan Lutke is one of Canada’s pre-eminent advocates on behalf of children, youth and adults affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Jan’s leadership has put FASD on the “political” map – locally, provincially and nationally. Her advocacy has directly led to significant changes in public awareness, public policy and practice. Jan’s advocacy work and contributions have involved taking on a wide range of roles, including: Co-chair of the National Advisory Committee on FASD to Health Canada, trainer and keynote speaker, writer and media activist.

Jan and her husband, Lloyd, are parents to 23 children: 2 by birth, 5 in permanent foster placement and 16 adopted from foster care. Over half of their children have been diagnosed with FASD.

Some of the words used to describe Jan Lutke by her nominator and supporters are: dedicated, brilliant, extraordinary dedication, wisdom, passionate and eloquent.

 

Children’s Service - Susan Silva

Nominated by Batshaw Youth and Family Centres (QC)

Susan Silva is an educator in the Foster to Adopt Program with Batshaw Youth and Family Centres. Her responsibilities include working with children in foster homes and their caregivers towards the goal of permanency through adoption.

Susan has an innate talent of engaging children and families during her interventions with them and is known for bringing a humorous and hands-on approach to her work. She is constantly looking for new material and innovative approaches to support her work. Her pursuit of excellence in her practice is not about recognition but rather it is about providing the best service possible for her clients. She is committed to helping children with severe difficulties obtain and maintain loving and permanent homes.

One of Susan’s former clients, when speaking about her foster son, writes: “Sue held out a firm and caring hand to us in our most troubled moments. She showed us how we could work through them and come out stronger and closer at the other end.”

Susan Silva receiving her award

 

Community Service by a Volunteer – Monique Morand

Nominated by Centre jeunesse de Montréal – Institut universitaire

After a forty year career working with troubled teens, mainly at the Rose-Virginie-Pelletier Centre, Monique Morand continues to volunteer as an administrator for the Fondation Centre jeunesse de Montréal and provide volunteer transportation for children.

Monique’s commitment and devotion to her work has improved the lives of many young women by helping them through difficult times. With a message of love and hope, she has helped these young women develop a sense of success and accomplishment. By encouraging teens to become involved in volunteer work she had given them a sense of giving and positive investment in their future.

As a founding member of the Fondation Centre jeunesse de Montréal, Monique has played an important role as a mediator and board member.

 

Foster Parent – Bertolette Démosthène

Nominated by Centre jeunesse de Montréal – Institut universitaire

Bertolette Démosthène has been fostering children since 1991. In that time, Bertolette has opened her heart and her home to sixty-two children.

As a foster parent, Bertolette realizes the importance of being a part of a team. She participates in all aspects of the lives of the children in her care - from their education, to finding an apartment, to working with their social worker and other care professionals. In her day-to-day work, she models confidence and helps the children to feel good about themselves. With each child and young person that comes into her care, Bertolette sets up a work plan to support them in reaching their full potential.

As well as being a foster parent, Bertolette has participated in the development of publications to assist foster parents, has been a member of a support group for other foster families and advocates within the Haitian community on behalf of vulnerable children.

Bertolette is a Canadian citizen who immigrated to Canada from Haiti in 1986. She currently lives in Montreal with her daughter.

 

Research and Evaluation - Dr. Nico Trocmé

Nominated by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

For over a decade, Dr. Nico Trocmé’s research in the child welfare field has garnered national and international recognition, and he has a well-recognized and established track record of innovation and excellence.

Dr. Trocmé led the research team that conducted Canada’s first-ever national incidence study on reported child abuse and neglect. Through this work, and in conjunction with the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Dr. Trocmé published five research papers based on the CIS Aboriginal data set that provided the first indications of the factors that result in such a significant over representation of Aboriginal children in care.

In addition to his research initiatives, Dr. Trocmé has been actively involved in mentoring and supervising doctoral students interested in child welfare research.

Dr. Trocmé is Director, Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare and the Director for the Centre for Research on Children and their Families, School of Social Work, McGill University.

Photo of Nico Trocme receiving his award   2004 Research and Evaluation Achievement Award presented to Nico Trocmé (on left), with Michael Udy-CWLC President, Cindy Blackstock and Manny Batshaw.

 

Research and Evaluation – Centre for Children Committing Offences/Child Development Institute

Nominated by the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

This community-based organization has extensive experience serving vulnerable children and their families. Over the past 30 years it has developed an internationally recognized, comprehensive approach to working with children, families and their communities to prevent young children with aggressive and destructive behaviours from coming into conflict with the law.

The approach behind the research and evaluation activities at the Centre encourages respect for diversity in ideas and is based on developing solutions to real-world problems.

The research activities of the Centre have had a positive impact on the welfare of children in Canada and elsewhere. At all levels this research has demonstrated positive program effects and has produced changes in service delivery that have benefited children and families.

 

Youth Leadership – Jessica McFarlane

Nominated by Saskatchewan Children’s Advocate Office

Jessica has been involved with the Saskatchewan Children’s Advocate Office for five years as one of the original members of the Provincial Youth Delegation (PYD). The PYD assisted the Children’s Advocate by providing a direct link to the voices and experiences of young people. Jessica has been a passionate voice for youth in care.

As well, Jessica was active in the development, coordination and success of the Youth in Care and Custody Network (SYICCN) in Regina. For the past several years she has held the position of President of the SYICCN and Board chair.

Jessica is a positive role model to her colleagues and all young people, both in and out of care. Her involvement in presentations to senior government officials, social workers, young people and others has helped to raise awareness regarding the importance of listening to the diverse voices of young people in her home province.

Jessica is currently attending university with the goal of entering the College of Law and is the mother of a fourteen-month-old daughter.

Photo of Jessica McFarlane receiving her award   From left to right are John Brand, Saskatchewan Children’s Advocate Office, Emily McFarlane, Jessica McFarlane, Geoff Pawson, CWLC Past President.

 

 

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