TORONTO, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - This evening at a special ceremony,
Mothercraft will celebrate the selection of Laurel Rothman as the
inaugural recipient of the Bill Bosworth Memorial Award. Established to recognize outstanding contributions made to the lives
of children and families in Toronto, Ms. Rothman's long and
distinguished career as a social justice and child poverty advocate,
policy and social planning expert and child care activist made her a
natural choice for this award. Ms. Rothman is currently the National
Coordinator of Campaign 2000 and the Director of Social Reform with
Family Services Toronto, a not-for-profit service organization.
As the recipient of the award, Ms. Rothman will receive a prize of
$1,000 in addition to having her work celebrated at tonight's event.
"I am delighted and honoured to be recognized by Mothercraft and the
Bosworth family with this wonderful award," said Ms. Rothman.
Developed by Mothercraft and Bill Bosworth's family following his death
in 2011, the Bill Bosworth Memorial Award honours this well-respected leader whose loss continues to be felt
across the city and in the many lives he touched. The award is open to
volunteers, professionals and students who work in the fields of early
learning, early intervention and family support and who exemplify
Bill's ability to 'think big and do bigger'. In addition to being a
long-serving Mothercraft Board Director, Bill spent more than thirty
years working in the area of social housing. Bill was the founder of
Homes First Society and a driving force behind initiatives like Street
City, Raising the Roof and the redevelopment of various Toronto
Community Housing complexes into mixed-income neighbourhoods.
"Bill was an extraordinary volunteer, exemplary leader and passionate
supporter of Mothercraft and the work the organization does with
families," said Elaine Atkinson, President of the Mothercraft Board of
Directors. "Ms. Rothman represents all of the qualities we admired in
Bill: a system-thinker, a tireless advocate for children and families,
an innovator, mentor and leader."
"Our family is deeply touched by the establishment of this award. Bill
was very proud of his involvement with Mothercraft and he would be
pleased to know that outstanding work within the not-for-profit sector
will be recognized through this award," said Joan Bosworth, Bill's
wife. "We couldn't be happier with the selection of Laurel Rothman as
the inaugural recipient of the award."
In addition to the presentation of the award to Ms. Rothman, the June 17th event will also celebrate the official opening of Mothercraft's new
location for Early Intervention programs and the achievement of full
accreditation status as a children's mental health organization through
Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO).
Mothercraft is a not-for-profit charity that provides a wide range of
supports and services to children and families including: licensed
child care, family support and early years programming, early
intervention and special needs services. Mothercraft College is the
only not-for-profit private career college in Ontario offering a
Diploma in Early Childhood Education. For more information about
Mothercraft, please visit www.mothercraft.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Mothercraft Society
For further information:
Michele Lupa at 647-962-5630