TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Nancy and Ron Clark received the Child Welfare
League of Canada Outstanding Achievement - Community Service by a Volunteer
Award at the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies' Annual Awards
Celebration Dinner last night.
The Outstanding Achievement - Community Service by a Volunteer Award
recognizes a volunteer whose leadership and actions have made a substantial
impact in improving the safety and well-being of children in his/her
"Ron and Nancy Clark are a symbol of inspiration for our children and
youth in care, and I can't think of two people more deserving," said Peter
Dudding, Executive Director of the Child Welfare League of Canada. "Their
commitment to a better community knows no limits. Every year, young people are
given opportunities to reach new heights thanks to Ron and Nancy."
Giving is a way of life for Ron and Nancy Clark. Thanks to their generous
contribution the Clark Bursary Fund was established in 1989 and is coordinated
through the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies (OACAS). It was
created to assist youth receiving services from Ontario Children's Aid
Societies (CASs) or former wards to achieve their academic and career goals.
Since 1989, 254 bursaries in the amount of $1,421,910 and 146 one-time
grants in the amount of $63,250 have been awarded. The total contribution over
the last 18 years amounts to $1,485,160. Each student who receives a bursary
for the first time is then eligible for up to three or four more years of
funding, depending on the educational program. This year 20 more youth from
across Ontario received bursaries and 15 received grants.
Ron and Nancy Clark announced last night that the funds received by
students attending college will increase from $2,500 to $3,000 per year, and
the funds received by students attending university will increase from $4,000
to $4,500 per year, effective immediately.
"The generosity of the Clarks has made a difference in young people's
lives in almost every part of Ontario," said Jeanette Lewis, Executive
Director of the OACAS. "Thanks to these bursaries and grants, the recipients
can pursue post-secondary education and realize their dreams."
In the words of youth receiving bursaries this year:
"For most of my life I had to struggle and at times my struggle has made
me very unhappy and isolated. Thankfully, the bursary allows for less
struggle, thus more happiness. Words can not express my gratitude and
happiness for receiving the Clark Bursary. Therefore, in an effort to show my
sincere appreciation I will work to the best of my ability to fulfill my
dreams of becoming a high school teacher and helping others the way you have
helped me." - K.E.
"This is a great opportunity that you are providing me with, as it will
allow me to pursue my academic goals. It is my goal to complete a Bachelor of
Social Work at Carleton University so that I can give back to the community
and other kids in care what has been given to me" - R.M.
"You have given me so many reasons to look forward to the transition from
High School to College. And I am still going to thank you for the rest of my
life. I was so scared of not going to College and now I have nothing to be
afraid of. Maybe just getting lost at campus but that's about it" - S.C.O.
About the Child Welfare League of Canada
The Child Welfare League of Canada is a membership based, national
organization, dedicated to promoting the well-being and protection of all
children, especially vulnerable children and youth (0-18 years). CWLC plays a
significant role in promoting best practices among those in the field of child
welfare, children's mental health and youth justice.
About the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
OACAS is a membership organization representing 52 of the 53 Children's
Aid Societies in Ontario. The Association has served its members, the
community, the public and the government in a variety of ways since 1912.
These services have included the promotion of child welfare issues, government
relations, advocacy, policy development, communications, research and special
projects, members' support, quality assurance in child welfare practice and
training for all protection workers throughout the province.
For further information:
For further information: Marcelo Gomez-Wiuckstern, Communications
Manager, Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, (416) 987-9648,
(416) 407-3046 (mobile), www.oacas.org; Shailagh O'Shaughnessy, Communications
Coordinator, Child Welfare League of Canada, (613) 235-4412 (ext. 28),