2015 Award Recipients
2015 Advocacy Award
Dr. Peter Rosenbaum
Throughout his career Peter Rosenbaum has made an enormous impact for children with disabilities and their families not only in the province of Ontario but across the country and around the world. The focus of his work: helping kids to be kids first.
Over the past several decades, Peter has been engaged many Children’s Treatment Centres in establishing and implementing best practices in family-centred care, including the role of a key worker, and measuring progress using the Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC). We have benefited from Peter’s work on outcome measurement and classification and his vision for a system that focuses on quality of life for kids with disabilities. Throughout his career, his has patiently and persistently challenged us to practice with “quality of life” foremost in our work with kids and families.
When we have asked for help, he has responded with warmth, honesty and the best knowledge and support he can provide. He has advocated on behalf of children, youth and families with knowledge, passion, persistence, humour and innovation, in a way that makes us all better in serving kids and families.
2015 Leadership Award
Over the past decade Judy Sharpe, Executive Director of One Kids Place worked fervently and adeptly to fulfill the strategic vision of families and community members of Nippising-Muskoka- Parry Sound to establish a Children’s Treatment Centre. Starting with just 3 staff, under Judy’s leadership One Kids Place has grown to 72 full time and 27 part time staff. Judy’s leadership and integrity are evident in her ability to effectively bring services under one roof in order to better support children and families in her community. Judy is admired by her colleagues across the province for her leadership, hard work and commitment to families. She is recognized as an innovator and change agent. Many describe her as a leader who is dynamic and leads with respect, fairness and grace.
2015 Award of Excellence
Louise Paul is the past Chair of the OACRS Board of Directors and is the Executive Director of the Children’s Treatment Network. Louise was the first Executive Director in over 10 years to take on the role of OACRS Board Chair, her commitment to the association and the importance of speaking in a united voice is always evident. She wears many hats- often at the same time, including those of strategist and mentor. Louise is trusted by government, respected by her colleagues and admired by many. During this past year she has gone above and beyond to provide support to the association as a whole. OACRS is a stronger organization as a result of her leadership.