of services are provided in the child or youth's own home
of protection workers are
co-located in the Halton community
National Volunteer Week, which takes place April 12-18, 2015, is a time to recognize, thank and celebrate Canada’s volunteers. We encourage you to take the time to thank the volunteers who do so much in our communities.
The theme of National Volunteer Week 2015 is ‘Volunteers are part of the ripple effect.’ As noted by Volunteer Canada, “A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities.”
At the Halton Children’s Aid Society, our volunteers annually contribute more than 12,000 hours of their time in various roles including mentors, volunteer drivers, summer camp support, food for life program assistance, tutoring and so much more.
Who are we today? Are we a case number? We really hope we aren't. Are we drug addicts? Well, none of us recall ever abusing drugs, but even if we had experimented with drug use, we do not believe labelling us drug addicts is very accurate. There is so much more to us than what you read about in the notes attached to our files. We are YOUTH and we are okay with you referring to us as 'your youth' since the reality is that we are youth growing up in care.
At a recent YouthSAID meeting, we had a conversation about families, children and youth involved with the children's aid society being referred to as 'client' or 'service users.' We are cringed at the thought of existing as a 'clients' or 'service users.' We feel strongly that these two terms are very degrading and impersonal and SHOULD NOT be used when working with children, youth and families. How are workers going to get to know the individuals they work with if they are looking down on them and simply referring to them as a client or service user? We are so much more than that! We are people!!