For another year, the Children’s Aid Foundation marked the outstanding achievements of its students and donors at our annual Recognition Night. Hosted against the beautiful backdrop of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall, the event celebrated the academic accomplishments of our bursary and scholarship recipients, most of whom have faced numerous challenges throughout their young lives, as well as the generosity of our donors. From secondary students working hard to earn their high school diplomas, to post-secondary graduates well on their way towards stable and successful careers, the night brought together youth from the child welfare system to honour their steadfast dedication to earning an education. Also honoured were the contributions of Foundation donors, each of whom has had a transformative contribution in helping these vulnerable young people dream, and achieve, big.
Congratulations to our 2015 graduates and thank you to all of those who attended. We can’t wait to see you next year!
Organizations, Programs, and Individuals honoured at Recognition Night 2015 included:
2015 Outstanding Contribution Award – CGI, accepting award on behalf of CGI, Mark Boyajian, pictured: Mark Boyajian, Lynn Factor, & Valerie McMurtry
2015 Youth Champion Award – Element Financial, accepting award on behalf of Element Financial, Steve Hudson & John Sadler, pictured: Lynn Factor, Steve Hudson, John Sadler, & Valerie McMurtry
2015 Guardian Award – CIBC Children’s Foundation, accepting award on behalf of CIBC Children’s Foundation, Runa Dhar Whitaker, pictured: Lynn Factor, Runa Dhar Whitaker, & Valerie McMurtry
2015 Pioneer Award – The Ted & Loretta Rogers Foster Care Transition Program, accepting award on behalf of The Ted & Loretta Rogers Foster Care Transition Program, Loretta Rogers & Martha Rogers, pictured: Lynn Factor, Loretta Rogers, Martha Rogers, & Valerie McMurtry
2015 Community Partner Award – Newzapalooza, accepting award on behalf of Newzapalooza, Nancy Westaway, Dexter Westaway & Maizey Westaway, pictured: Dexter Westaway, Nancy Westaway, Lynn Factor, Maizey Westaway, & Valerie McMurtry
2015 Child Welfare Ambassador Award – Former Chief Bill Blair, pictured: Former Chief Bill Blair, Lynn Factor, & Valerie McMurtry