Award named in honor of Lynn Factor, long-standing volunteer of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
(Toronto, ON – June 1, 2018) – In recognition of Lynn Factor’s extraordinary commitment to Canada’s most vulnerable children and her appointment to the Order of Canada, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and Lynn’s husband, Sheldon Inwentash, are delighted to name the Stand Up for Kids National Award in her honour.
“This award will recognize Canadians who have made an indelible mark on the child welfare landscape and naming it in Lynn’s honour is a fitting tribute to her leadership and dedication to Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth,” says Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. “We are so grateful for both Lynn and Sheldon’s time and generosity in helping to make meaningful change for at-risk kids across Canada.”
Lynn, a social worker by profession has served for over 35 years on the frontlines of child welfare and has seen the damaging impact on children living under the weight of constant abuse, neglect, and trauma. As past Chair of the Board and long-time volunteer at Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, she is constantly imagining new collaborations or alternative ways to approach long-standing issues in child welfare. In Lynn’s professional role as a Child Witness Advocate at the Boost Centre for Child Advocacy, she supports and assists children and youth who need to appear in court to provide testimony about their abuse.
“I have always admired the hard work, compassion and dedication Lynn shows every day for our country’s most vulnerable kids,” says Sheldon Inwentash. “It is hard to imagine someone more focused on bettering the lives of children and youth than Lynn and she embodies everything this special award represents. I am so happy to be able to honour her in such a meaningful way with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada by naming this award ‘The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award’.”
The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award will be presented to an individual whose efforts and dedication have made a positive difference in the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected children and youth. The national award recipient and five short-list nominees will receive $75,000 in grants from Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to child- and youth-serving organizations of their choice that enable initiatives that advance the lives of vulnerable kids. The national award winner will be announced at Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids Awards Night presented by CIBC in Toronto in September 2018.
The Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award is part of Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Stand Up for Kids national campaign for child welfare, which is mobilizing Canadians who want to help change the future for Canada’s most at-risk children and youth. Learn more at www.cafdn.org/standupforkids
About Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is the country’s leading national charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system. All children have the right to become healthy, contributing members of society. Our kids need your help to get there. They depend on us. We depend on you. Join us and help Canada’s most vulnerable kids break the cycle and define a vision for themselves of a successful future. Learn more at www.cafdn.org .
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