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Slades named Foster Parents of the Year


Jennifer and Mike Slade were recognized as the Prince Edward County Foster Parents of the Year at a recent Prince Edward County and South Hastings Foster Family Recognition event.  Bridget and Dean Ferguson were the recipients of the Foster Parent of the Year Award in South Hastings.

Angel Awards were presented to Amy and John Reeder, Bethany and Joshua Heaps and Shirley Roloson.

“Our foster and kin families are there when we need them and it is wonderful to have this opportunity to express our gratitude for all they do each and every day,” said Sylvia Pearsall, supervisor of resources.

In recognition of National Foster Family Week  Oct. 20-26  Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society and Highland Shores Children’s Aid held appreciation events where foster and kin families and volunteers, who make a difference in the lives of children and youth, were honoured.

At an appreciation dinner in Bancroft to recognize the dedication and commitment of Highland Shores foster and kin parents from the North Hastings area, Bev and Sean Lloyd were recognized as Foster Parents of the Year and Donna and Jim Thompson received the Angel Award.

The contributions of Highland Shore’s foster and kin parents, as well as volunteers, from the Northumberland area  included long-service recognition awards to Norm and Roseanne Clark and to Rick and Lorna Dickson who each completed 25 years of fostering service.  In addition, Bill and Heather VanDrie were honoured for 30 years of fostering service.  The first HSCA Angel Award went to Jan Doucette and Shawn Ball.  Ester and Lloyd Simpson were selected as the recipients of the 2013 HSCA Foster Parent of the Year award for their 42 years of fostering service.

“We are indeed privileged to have this opportunity to celebrate this amazing group of dedicated volunteers, foster and kin parents who have made time in their lives to care for the needs of children, youth and their families,” said Cynthia Robertson, resource services supervisor. “Without the valuable contributions of these individuals who support the day to day work of the society, it would be impossible for us to provide quality child welfare services to our community.”

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