MARKHAM, ON, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - On May, 2, 2013, Ron Bartley, Senior
Child and Youth Worker, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, and Jelisa Clarke,
Child and Youth Counsellor, Vanier Children's Services, received the
2013 Krista Sepp Memorial Awards in recognition of their service to
children and families.
The Krista Sepp Memorial Awards were established by Kinark Child and
Family Services in 1991 to honour the memory of Krista Sepp, who lost
her life on February 3, 1989, while performing her duties as a child
and youth counsellor.
The awards celebration is held to recognize the high quality work and
dedication of Child and Youth Counsellors/Workers from across Ontario.
During his distinguished career, Ron Bartley, recipient of the Mentoring
Award, has been recognized as a leader and exceptional Child and Youth
Worker. One of the many examples of his boundless initiative is his
creative development and ongoing management of Hincks-Dellcrest
Centre's 'Basement Beverage Company' (BBC), an in-house company selling
various beverages providing paid job experience to youth.
"Ron is a person who goes above and beyond his work, not only with
children, youth and their families, but also in his work to support,
train and mentor emerging young professionals in the field," says Sheva
McRae, Child and Youth Worker at Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.
Jelisa Clarke, winner of the Horizon Award, has been with Vanier
Children's Services for over two years. Jelisa's passion for improving
relationships with young people and visionary ideas are remarkable. She
works with youth and families to create a caring, emotionally healthy
and supportive community where all children, including the most
vulnerable, reach their full potential to lead safe, productive and
"Jelisa is bursting with positive and fun ideas for activities to do
with the kids. She is able to seek out community resources to find
events and activities for the children to participate in," says Lizz
Black, Child and Youth Counsellor at Vanier Children's Services.
"These awards are a reflection of the hard work, dedication and passion
of Child and Youth Counsellors and Workers across Ontario," says Peter
Moore, President and CEO of Kinark Child and Family Services. "The
Child and Youth Worker and Child and Youth Counsellor field is filled
with bright and talented innovators and it's a privilege to play a role
in celebrating their accomplishments."
The winners of the Krista Sepp Memorial Awards recipients were chosen by
a selection committee. The committee considered the nominations based
on the nominees' enthusiasm, empathy, creativity and initiative.
About Kinark Child and Family Services
Kinark Child and Family Services is the largest children's mental health
organization in Ontario, providing expert help to children and youth,
their families and communities.
SOURCE: Kinark Child and Family Services
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