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The four Toronto children's aid societies are presenting awards to two heroes who took action against child abuse and neglect. The recipients are TTC bus driver Chris Paulson and Hospital for Sick Children psychiatrist, Dr Johanne Roberge. We know nothing of either. Many psychiatrists are admired by children's aid for facilitating separation of children from their parents, and as an employee of Sick Kids, the doctor may be one of the intellectual heirs of Dr Charles Smith. A bus driver helping a toddler sounds more like a real hero. Why would he tarnish his reputation by accepting an award from professional baby-snatchers?
Fixcas will take the opportunity to salute a real hero who has stepped forward to stop child abuse. Jamie Sullivan had her baby seized without cause by Alberta child protectors. Six days later the baby was dead, killed by the system purporting to protect her. Nothing unusual so far, this happens to lots of Canadian mothers, though usually without the breakneck speed. But Jamie did not remain silent, as the laws of Alberta required. She went public, putting her case on the internet, and participating in a bus tour this summer drawing attention to her case, and that of others. She appears to be in good humor while doing so, though it cannot be easy for her.
Link to our epitaph for Delonna Victoria Sullivan. Jamie's own version of the epitaph is enclosed there. To see Jamie telling Delonna's story, watch the video attached to the article Bullying, Child Abuse, Neglect, Alienation, Kidnap, Murder, or link directly to the video (mp4). Jamie's brief talk starts at 5:01.
Media Advisory - TTC Bus Driver and Hospital for Sick Children Psychiatrist to be awarded 10th Annual Stand Up for Kids Award
- Award recognizes local heroes who take action against child abuse and neglect
TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ -
- Stand Up for Kids Award Presentation The four Toronto Children's Aid Societies (Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Jewish Family & Child and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto) will award their tenth annual Stand Up for Kids Awards to individuals that have shown an exceptional commitment to protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.
- Stand Up for Kids Award recipients, TTC bus driver Chris Paulson and Hospital for Sick Children Psychiatrist, Dr. Johanne Roberge
- Chris Paulson's alert observation and quick action while driving his route earlier this fall undoubtedly saved a toddler from serious harm
- Dr. Roberge, Director, Psychiatry Emergency and Crisis Service leads a team of psychiatric professionals that provide prompt response to children and adolescents at risk or in crisis
- Mary A. McConville, Executive Director, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
- Kenn Richard, Executive Director, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
- Howard Hurwitz, Director of Children's Services, Jewish Family & Child
- David Rivard, Chief Executive Officer, Children's Aid Society of Toronto
- Tuesday, November 8th at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Children's Aid Society of Toronto, 7th Floor Auditorium, 30 Isabella Street
For further information:
Children's Aid Society of Toronto
416-924-4640 ext. 2086
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
Source: CNW, Canada News Wire
Two stories on the actual awards. The second gives details on the bus driver. No word on whether CAS kept the toddler after driver Cris Paulsen saved his life.
SickKids psychiatrist honoured by children’s aid societies for protecting children from abuse and neglect
Dr. Johanne Roberge, Director of the Psychiatry Emergency and Crisis Service at SickKids, has been recognized for her exceptional commitment to protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.
Roberge has received a Stand Up for Kids Award, presented by the four Toronto children's aid societies (Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Jewish Family & Child, and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto). The award was presented last night by the Honorable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Child and Youth Services, Ontario, during a ceremony at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
During the ceremony, Hoskins highlighted not only the direct clinical services provided by the team at SickKids but also the education and support provided to community partners, including the children’s aid societies of Toronto.
Roberge leads a team of psychiatric professionals that provide prompt response to children and adolescents who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others, or who are in crisis.
Source: Hospital for Sick Children
Children's aid societies honour TTC operator
Last week, three local children’s aid societies awarded the Stand Up for Kids Award to a TTC operator. The award from the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and Jewish Family and Child Services recognizes the driver’s action in protecting a toddler from serious harm.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s new Minister of Children and Youth Services, presented the award to Chris Paulsen at the head office of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto last Tuesday, November 8.
In September, Paulsen was operating his bus along the 100 Flemington Park route when he spotted a small child, wearing only diapers, walking along a pathway towards a busy street.
“Being a father, I stopped the bus, whipped open the doors and ran back to pick up the child who had walked onto the roadway. I think my passengers, and those at the stop ahead, were wondering where I was going,” Paulsen joked on accepting his award.
Paulsen took the child into his care, called the TTC’s transit control centre to advise dispatchers of the situation and flagged down a police cruiser for help.
“Chris’s keen actions and alertness of his surroundings prevented what could have been a tragic ending to this story. Instead, the outcome is inspiring,” said the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Karen Stintz.
“Chris’s keen actions represent countless employees who, on a daily basis, keep an eye out for their customers and for the community in which they serve. He will be nominated for a monthly Transit Community Watch Award,” said TTC chief general manager Gary Webster.
“Chris made a choice to stand up for kids. He didn’t look the other way,” said David Rivard, chief executive officer of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. “His decision has had an irreplaceable impact on the life of this child.”
Source: Transit Toronto