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UNICEF Canada’s Chief Policy Advisor, Marvin Bernstein honoured by Child Welfare League of Canada

2013-02-28

TORONTO, February 28, 2013 – UNICEF Canada congratulates Chief Policy Advisor, Marvin Bernstein for receiving The Child Welfare League of Canada’s 2012 Achievement Award.

The Award recognizes and honours individuals from across Canada who have shown exceptional dedication in specific areas of the child welfare system. Nominees are identified by the Child Welfare League of Canada’s member organizations and represent an array of professions from all provinces and territories. They are selected by an independent Evaluation Committee.

“For the last 35 years Marv has worked tirelessly to promote and protect the rights of children across Canada. He is more than deserving of this recognition and on behalf of UNICEF Canada’s staff and supporters I congratulate him on receiving this award,” says UNICEF Canada’s President and CEO David Morley.

Prior to working with UNICEF, Marv served as Saskatchewan’s second Children’s Advocate from 2005 to 2010. In this role Marv was mandated to carry out advocacy, investigations, monitoring and public education to promote the interests and well-being of children and youth receiving services from the Saskatchewan government.

Before working as the Children’s Advocate in Saskatchewan Marv had 28 years of advocacy and senior leadership experience in the child welfare field in Ontario. He served from 2001 to 2005 as the Director of Policy Development and Legal Support at the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies in Toronto.  For 20 years previous, he served as Chief Counsel to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and acted as In-House Counsel for the Children’s Aid Society of York Region in Newmarket, Ontario for three years

The Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) will announce its 2012 Achievement Award winners at a reception this evening at The National Hotel in Ottawa.

“CWLC sees tremendous value in recognizing and honoring those who go the extra mile and who work hard to give voice to issues facing vulnerable children and youth", says CWLC Chief Executive Officer Gordon Phaneuf. “Further, we take this opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the resiliency that young people demonstrate. Their efforts serve as powerful examples to their peers as well as to the professionals who strive to make real differences in their lives.”

Learn more about The Child Welfare League of Canada’s 2012 Achievement Awards at www.cwcl.ca

About the CWLC of Canada:

The Child Welfare League of Canada (www.cwlc.ca) is a membership-based national organization dedicated to promoting the well-being and protection of vulnerable young people. CWLC plays a significant role in championing best practices among those in the field of child welfare, child rights, children and youth mental health and youth criminal justice.

About UNICEF

UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.

UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive.

 

For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.