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Peel CAS Youth wins Imani award

Friday, March 01, 2013

Christopher Reid, one of our former youth in care, was recently recognized at the inaugural Imani Awards. Hosted by The African Canadian Legal Clinic and the Youth Justice Education Program, these awards are a celebration of African heritage and showcase of the victories and accomplishments of African Canadian youth and agencies that service African Canadian youth within the GTA.

Christopher was given an award for successfully navigating the child welfare system and overcoming many difficulties. He became involved with Peel CAS at 11 years of age.  He faced challenges growing up in foster care and experienced feelings of abandonment by his biological parents. Through this he not only survived, but thrived, and has become a model leader to many young people of various ethnic backgrounds growing up within, and outside, of the child welfare environment.

Through his experiences Chris has learned to listen and care about others.  He is an active member of the Peel Children’s Aid Society Youth Council Leadership and The Crown Ward Education Championship Team (CWECT). He is a role model for “servant leadership” and teaches other young people and adults about the value that caring, empathetic and supportive adults can have in the lives of children and youth in the child welfare and education systems.  He is a tireless advocate to MPPs to improve child welfare funding in the Region of Peel and continues to use his platform as a CWECT leader to advocate for better understanding of, and improved service for, Crown Wards in the education system.

The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) is a not-for-profit organization established in October 1994 expressly to address anti-Black racism in Canadian society.

Chris wasn’t the only winner that evening. Another one of our former youth in care – Paul Chapman, now works for the African Canadian Legal Clinic and was involved in organizing the event. Congratulations to both Chris and Paul for their accomplishments.