Tracy Porteous has been working to improve the lives of children, youth and families in B.C. for more than 30 years. People have described her as the most innovative, passionate and principled advocate they have met. She has persisted in bringing forward difficult issues and standing up for unpopular ones such as the impact of cuts to services. She has overcome these challenges by being positive, diplomatic, engaging and presenting evidence based reasearch supporting her concerns.
In August 2010 the mass arrival of 25 Sri Lankan women and 47 children presented a unique challenge in providing child and family centred, culturally responsive services. The management and staff at the Ministry of Children and Family Development, (MCFD) developed a cohesive and collaborative response demonstrating strong team work, caring, compassion and professionalism. The staff at MCFD and the Burnaby Board of Education demonstrated an above and beyond approach in assisting the families to transition into their new lives in Canada.
The Aboriginal Infant Development Programs of B.C. (AIDP) adapt popular mainstream programs to become more meaningful and culturally relevant for the children and families they serve. The programs honour the teachings and traditions of Elders and ancestors while providing quality services and programs to Aboriginal children and families.
Lilia is a committed youth leader with the Federation of Youth in Care Network who worked on a planning committee that organized this year's International Foster Care Organizations conference. She volunteered numerous hours and served as a key support to the 70+ youth in and from care from around the world. Lilia also assembled a youth group called insideOUT aimed at providing supports tand reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, particularly a parent with mental illness.
17-year old Samantha Claver moved to Canada from the Philippines in 2007 as a result of fear of violence in her home country. She has been involved in two theater projects "Where is Home" and "My Firbidden Disorder" that enable newcomer youth to share their migration experiences with the audience. She positively contributes to her community by inspiring and encourgaing young people to particiapte and she continues to be an activist in her local community and abroad.
Mary Manning Centre provides support services to child survivors of sexual abuse. MMC is Victoria's only non-profit agency dedicated to the treatment education and health promotion, and support of child victims of abuse. The Centre serves more than 200 children and families every year.