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Annual General Meeting: Nurturing the Lives and Dreams of Children

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Last night the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk held its 15th Annual General Meeting and Recognition Awards.

During the meeting the Society very proudly celebrated and honoured the academic achievements of 25 youth which included:

Graduation from high school;
Acceptance to a college, university or trade school;
Recipients of bursaries and scholarships;
Successful completion of courses and programs at college and university

The number of youth in care graduating high school and continuing their education has risen dramatically in the past decade. The difference has been the result of a visionary blueprint by CASHN and its Board of Directors in dedicating staff and resources to older youth whohave asked us to use a, “what would a good parent do” test of every service we provide them.

As one example, the Society has responded by working hard to ensure every child graduates high school and obtains a post secondary education. Educational achievement is one concrete way to end the cycle of poverty.

The “doing what a good parent would do” commitment to youth is not only proving to be a success locally, it is being duplicated across the province by other Children’s Aid Societies with the endorsement of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

CASHN and its Board of Directors also recognized the hard work and contributions of CAS staff who donate over $8,000.00 a year to the Fresh Air Fund to help children in the community.

Various organizations, individuals and groups from the community were also formally honoured for their valuable contributions as donors who helped “elevate the dreams” of children in care.

CASHN see their donors as a perfect example of their vision in practice of a community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children. CAS community donors help children and youth through the Fresh Air Fund and bursaries for post secondary education.

For those seeking more information on how they can become involved with helping children in Haldimand and Norfolk please explore this website.

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Radiothon: Broadcasting live from Zehrs in Caledonia

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Listen to the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk’s, “Little Dreams, Big Dreams” Radiothon on May 1, 2009. You can hear it on Moose FM 92.9 in Caledonia or streaming live through their public website at www.moosefm.com/ckjn/

The Morning Show crew with John Hardy will be hosting the entire 12 hour event from the Zehrs parking lot in Caledonia starting at 6 am. They will be joined by Bell, Harmony Square who will handing out prizes and goodies.

Our hope is that the “Little Dreams, Big Dreams Radiothon” will raise raise money for our Fresh Air Fund which helps children from our community go to camp and participate in recreational activities. Janice Robinson, Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wants to highlight that, “the Fresh Air Fund also helps children in the community that are not CAS clients”.

The Society is also fundraising to establish bursaries that will help youth in our care obtain an ongoing education such as college, university or trade school. In addition, Haldimand and Norfolk CAS is also creating a new bursary, eligible to youth in the community not involved with the Society that are seeking an ongoing education in social work or a related field.

We have also set up challenges where Haldimand and Norfolk classrooms and offices can compete to win various prizes. Classrooms can win a pizza lunch provided by our sponsor, Boston Pizza in Simcoe. The winning office will receive a grand prize advertising and promotional package with an estimated value of more than $3,000.00 in radio spots, print advertising and more.

On the day of the Radiothon Harmony Square Bell and Etnies skateboards and apparel have donated individual prizes to radio listeners.

CASHN recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of our youth and providing them with every available opportunity to obtain the necessary skills to be successful in whatever they choose to do.

The emotional and financial support to those youth still in school or training programs is imperative to their continued success. The transition to independent living and moving into post secondary schooling is very challenging and a time when children often look to their parents for support and guidance.

Our youth have recognized the importance of our Society’s continued support and as a result feel valued and cared for. The number of youth that we have currently registered in post secondary schooling has increased over the last three years. This is a reflection of our commitment to meeting our children’s needs, our work to improve outcomes for children in care and a reflection of the importance we place on education as a part of our children’s lives.

Together, we are a community that nurtures the lives and dreams of children.

For further information or those interested in donating money or competing in the fundraising challenge can phone 1-888-CAS-KIDS before May 1. On the day of the Radiothon, those interested in making a donation can call Moose FM at (289) 284-1070 locally in Caledonia or long distance at (866) 477-1089.

The Children’s Aid Society would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity and support in this campaign.

Many thanks to: Etnies/Faction Sales, Scotiabank Caledonia, Boston Pizza Simcoe, Enterprise Car Rentals and Bell Harmony Square Brantford.

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