Celebrating staff and volunteer achievement

PCC is pleased to feature this year’s winners of our two annual awards, the Mary Neville Award and the Ron Lenyk Volunteer of the Year Award.

We also recognize staff who are making a difference through knowledge-sharing, mentorship and leadership – both within our agency and in the community. Our sincere thanks to all our staff who work so hard to fulfill PCC’s mission “To enrich the lives of children and youth who experience social, emotional and/or behavioural challenges by providing a continuum of high quality mental health services.”


Mary Neville Award

Dr. Susan Berry, a psychologist at Peel Children’s Centre until her recent retirement, was the 2013 winner of PCC’s annual Mary Neville Award, which recognizes efforts and dedication towards prevention and early intervention in children’s mental health. An expert in personality development, children’s behaviour and child-parent relationships, Susan is highly respected for her contributions to the field of early child development. Kudos to Susan for this well-deserved recognition.

Ron Lenyk Volunteer of the Year Award

This year’s winner of our Ron Lenyk Volunteer of the Year Award is Donna Pasqua of Brampton. A volunteer in PCC’s Driver Program for the past five years, Donna drives an average of 5,000 km/month in all types of weather to ensure that children and families facing transportation barriers get to their appointments and programs at PCC. On behalf of our client families, thank you, Donna, and congratulations. You have truly made a difference!

Learning, Innovation and Growth

  • PCC’s staff, directors, clients and community partners all contributed to our preparation for accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA), culminating in the CCA Review Team’s week-long site visit in late November. Special thanks to our Accreditation Team: Dr. Kathy Sdao-Jarvie, team lead; Sherry Sklar, coordinator; and members Sukh Bassi, Linda Berkowitz, Carl Blacquiere, Lauren Chicorli, Ceri Harnden, Bhupinder Heer, Sheila Lavallee, Janet McKernan, Nancy Pereira, Julie Rizzo, Nella Secondino, Pamela Teixiera, Dianna Thomson-So, Mora Thompson and Jennifer Watson. The team submitted 300+ documents and 100+ narratives as evidence for 136 standards which include 537 indicators! The CCA’s accreditation award decision will be announced in February.
  • Dr. Kathy Sdao-Jarvie, Director, Clinical Standards and Development, joined Drs. Patricia Lingley-Pottie and Patrick McGrath of Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre when they received the $100,000 Encana Principal Award, top prize amongst the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards, for Strongest Families, a telephone-based program that gives families timely and easy access to mental health services in the comfort of their homes. PCC piloted this innovative, evidence-based intervention for disruptive behavior and anxiety disorders with 40 Peel families.
  • Humphrey Mitchell, CEO of PCC, joined by Steve Lough, Partner, Lough Barnes Consulting Group, led the workshop, An Integrated Approach to Strategic Planning, at Children’s Mental Health Ontario’s annual conference, in November. The workshop was based on PCC’s recent strategic planning process, which culminated in the release of our Strategic Plan, 2013-18.
  • Renée Sloos, Supervisor, Clinical Services, did a poster presentation entitled Evidence-Informed Effective Treatment for Youth Who Sexually Harm at the same conference. Well done, Renée!
  • Jana Venditti and Samanta Cumberbatch-Mejian, Clinicians in PCC’s Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, undertook a journey to contribute to the resources for treating sexual abuse in children and youth by writing a book. They recently published Finding My Voice: One Boy’s Story of Sexual Abuse; and Finding My Voice:  One Girl’s Story of Sexual Abuse. Congratulations, Jana and Samanta!
  • Our Reflections on Practice series continued in October with Jennifer Carvalho (Wraparound) and Michael Taran (Intensive Services). Earlier in the year, staff learned from the reflections of our School-Based Services and ICF 7-17 teams, as well as our colleagues in Nexus Youth Services. Sincere thanks to all clinical staff who take the time to share their reflections on practice.
  • The FASD Awareness Committee organized A Taste of BreakFASD to increase colleagues’ understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The “menu” included: Sensory Experience, Identifying FASD, Stigma and Assessment; Youth; Resources; and Strategies. Many thanks to committee members Mirella DiSanto, Jacqueline Kamel, Heather McDonald, Michelle Patey El-Ayari, Crystal Robertson and Nella Secondino for a highly creative and informative event.


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