Annual award from Family and Children’s Services recognizes those who help improve the lives of families in Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health has been awarded the 2021 Family Advocacy Award – the highest award given by Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.
The award, held every year to celebrate Family Day, recognizes an individual, group or organization for their contribution to making the lives of families in KFL&A better. The 125-year-old Children’s Aid Society is recognizing the local public health agency for it’s ongoing family programs and response to the COVID-19 Pancdemic.
“KFL&A Public Health has been instrumental in keeping kids and families safe during the Pandemic. Their response as an agency and the work of their staff has been outstanding. Taken together with their ongoing programs for children, youth and families, they are the perfect choice for this award,” said Sonia Gentile, Executive Director of Family and Children’s Services.
KFL&A Public Health has been a partner of Family and Children’s Services for many years. In the past, they have shared programs and staff. When the Pandemic hit in 2020, Public Health provided key information and support to Family and Children’s Services and its social service partners. The impact was felt by clients, staff members, foster parents and volunteers.
“Across our sector and across our community, people are safer, better informed and more prepared than ever to battle COVID-19. This is the result of the work KFL&A Public Health. They deserve our thanks,” said Gentile.
“KFL&A Public Health is honoured to receive the 2021 Family Advocacy Award. Thank you on behalf of our agency. This truly is a time when families in our community need public health services as we cope with the challenges brought about by COVID-19,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. “We recognize the increased hardship public health measures have brought to our community and the individual sacrifices that families have made. We want to thank everyone for their efforts and look forward to continuing to provide public health programs and services for families in our area.”
The Public Health agency was one of more than a dozen organizations and individuals that were nominated by members of the public. Last year’s winner was Youth Counsellor Brian Howell. Mental health advocate Anne O’Riordan was the winner in 2019. Other winners in previous years include Kingston’s One Roof Youth Services Hub, the Kingston Immigration Partnership, Lennox and Addington Interval House, Maribeth Scott from Northern Frontenac Community Services and the Newburgh Community Christmas Concert.