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November 6, 2010 permalink
Seventy five people attended the Summit on Connecting for Change on Family Preservation yesterday in Hamilton. The first report is from Mary Janiga. Also, pictures
DAY 2052 and a great conference Success
I have been waiting in anticipation for the conference all week and I was off to the conference this morning for Protecting Canadian Children at the Banquet Center in Stoney Creek.
My friend and guest Sandra and I got there at 10:00am and we signed in and waited for the day’s events to start.
Linda Plourde was the host and the master of ceremonies was Chris Carter a fellow advocate.
Ed arrived later on and we all sat together at the middle table.
There were approximately 75 people in attendance. All there for one common goal to unite and fight against a tyranny called the Children’s Aid Society.
There were grandparents and single mothers, divorced fathers and two special guests that arrived from Calgary Alberta Velvet Martin, the mother of her deceased daughter/angel Samantha Martin and a father from New Brunswick. Both had stories to tell of the failure of the CPS/CAS system and the Family Court system in their provinces.
There were 24 speakers in total.
We had a nice lunch and had coffee and water throughout the day.
I met a lot of acquaintances and people I talk with on Face book and it was great to put a name to a face that is on Face book.
I heard stories that brought a few tears to my eyes and there was a lot of sadness in the room.
I have heard a lot in my years of advocacy and this brought a lot of families together to share their pain.
I took a lot of pictures.
My friend Sandra left and brought her two children back for the remainder of the conference.
It was a successful and eventful day of stories and an educational experience to learn about the Children’s Aid Society that is not there to protect families they are there to destroy them.
I am grateful to be a member of such a group of elite and humble body of advocates that strive to fight for the children and families of our Province.
We must continue the fight and have many more meetings in the future in our respective communities to bring accountability to the system.
I would like to thank Linda Plourde for inviting me, Ed and my friend Sandra.
She is to be commended on a job well done.
It took a lot of planning and organization to hold a conference for a complete day’s event.
We are here to protect children and families from the Children's Aid Society.
Thank you for your support
Source: Mary Janiga blog