In 1999, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada set out to recognize former youth in care for their extraordinary accomplishments: overcoming adversity to achieve excellence in education and embarking on the path to a bright future. In 2017, we launched Stand Up for Kids, our national campaign for child welfare, and reimagined our Recognition Night event to reflect this movement’s call to action.
Stand Up for Kids Night is an amazing event through which we continue to recognize the educational triumphs of the youth we serve, but also the Foundation’s growing reach and impact across the country.
As we now fund and deliver programs and services in partnership with 74 child- and youth-serving partners, of which our Post-Secondary Education program is one, there is a lot to celebrate at this event. This year, we recognized 236 scholarship recipients from across Canada and 57 past scholarship recipients who had graduated from post-secondary education and were embarking on the next steps in their educational or career journey (pictured above).
CityLine’s Tracy Moore hosted the event and, in their new role as Lead Community Partner for Stand Up for Kids, CIBC supported the event.
“In 2017, when Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada embarked on its campaign, CIBC was the first major corporation to commit a million dollars,” says Christian Exshaw, Managing Director and Head, Global Markets, Capital Markets for CIBC. “And so, I’m particularly excited to be here today, to announce that we’re taking on the role of Lead Community Partner for Stand Up for Kids.”
CIBC’s support will help to further elevate the issues of youth in child welfare and will allow the Foundation to reach even more deserving young people by creating greater access to national programs and services.
We were also excited to introduce the Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award into the event and to reveal the Award winner among our six finalists. Together, they were awarded a combined total of $75,000 in grants so they could continue to inspire change in their communities in support of kids involved in child welfare.
The 2018 winner of the inaugural Lynn Factor Stand Up for Kids National Award was Cindy Blackstock, who dedicated her $50,000 award to We Matter – a national organization that is committed to Indigenous youth empowerment.
Watch the Stand Up for Kids night highlights video: