Making life better for Ontario’s children and youth
Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh was a life-long advocate for children and youth who are growing up in difficult circumstances. She believed in the power of individuals coming together – as organizations and communities – to nurture resilience in children, reduce vulnerabilities within families, and affect lasting change in society.
In Ruth’s memory, the Hindmarsh Family and the Atkinson Charitable Foundation make an annual award of $50,000 to one of Ontario’s leading child and youth organizations to celebrate and support their efforts. We want to recognize promising ideas, approaches and results as well as the compassion, ingenuity and courage of the people behind them.
The deadline for the 2014 Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award is Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Who’s making life better for Ontario’s children and youth?
Help us recognize promising ideas, approaches and results as well as the compassion, ingenuity and courage of the people behind them.
You’re invited to nominate an organization that is making Ontario healthier, fairer and more inclusive for children and youth to grow up. In a letter no longer than four pages, tell us:
- The full name of the organization (self-nominations are accepted).
- The charitable registration number of the organization.
- A brief description of the organization (e.g. mission, goals, objectives, programs).
- Concrete examples of how the organization is making a difference in the the lives of children and youth growing up in difficult in circumstances.
- A brief description of how the organization’s work is innovative, unique and exemplary.
- A statement of how the award would be used.
Address your letter to:
The Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award Selection Committee
The Atkinson Charitable Foundation
1 Yonge Street, Suite 702
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E5
|2013||BOOST Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
Serving the GTA and Barrie, BOOST is committed to eliminating abuse and violence in the lives of children, youth, and their families.
|2012||Choices Youth Shelter
Located in Orangeville, Choices Youth Shelter is the only emergency shelter for homeless and at-risk rural youth in Dufferin County.
With a focus on prevention, early intervention and intensive day treatment, Adventure Place integrates effective and accessible services for disadvantaged children in the Greater Toronto Area.
|2010||Jessie’s – The June Callwood Centre for Children and Families
Dedicated to supporting pregnant young women, young parents and their children, the Centre provides education, health services and much needed emotional support in downtown Toronto.
|2009||Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN)
As a grassroots network, CPAN minimizes the effect that poverty has on children living in Renfrew County by providing practical assistance and engaging in advocacy and public education.
|2008||Tikinagan Child and Family Services
Serving 30 communities in the western portion of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Tikinagan provides an innovative, culturally-sensitive approach to child welfare as well as child and family services.
|2007||Pathways to Education Canada
Originating Toronto’s Regent Park, Pathways now helps young people in 12 low-income communities across Canada graduate from high school and successfully make the transition into post-secondary education.
|2006||Pape Adolescent Resource Centre (PARC)
Located in a three-story house near downtown Toronto, PARC has filled a serious gap in services for youth leaving care by providing counseling, employment, an alternative school and housing as well as opportunities to give voice to their experiences.
|2005||The Teresa Group
The first organization to work with children affected by HIV/AIDS and their families in the Greater Toronto Area, the Teresa Group provides a broad range of compassionate front-line services as well as information and education programs.
|2004||Yorktown Child and Family Services
With a focus on treatment, prevention and outreach, Yorktown Family Services is a mental health agency serving children, women and families in one of Toronto’s most ethnically diverse communities.
A unique and innovative 24/7 centre in Etobicoke, the Gatehouse brings together services dedicated to supporting the victims of child abuse and works in partnership with police and other agencies on abuse prevention.
|2002||Massey Centre for Women
For over 100 years,the Massey Centre for Women has provided a wide variety of services and programs for pregnant teenagers and young, single mothers and their children in the Greater Toronto Area.
|2001||Youth Assisting Youth
A peer mentoring program based in Toronto, Youth Assisting Youth matches 6 – 15 year olds with 16 to 29 year olds to forge mutually supportive relationships and strong, caring communities.
|2000||Family Enrichment Program
Located in North Bay, the Family Enrichment Program is a community response to families in crisis with a range of social and educational supports.
|1999||Ryerson Community School
An inner city full service school in downtown Toronto, Ryerson is a model for the promotion, prevention and intervention approach to preparing the community for the start of school and supporting the community throughout the year.
|1998||Native Child and Family Services
Based in downtown Toronto, Native Child and Family Services is Ontario’s only full service, off reserve, child welfare initiative under the direct control and management of the Aboriginal community.