Psychologist Dr. Susan Berry wins Mary Neville Award for 2013

Mississauga – Dr. Susan Berry, Psychologist at Peel Children’s Centre, is this year’s winner of the Mary Neville Award.

Presented annually by Peel Children’s Centre, the award recognizes a community member who has made an outstanding contribution towards prevention and early intervention in children’s mental health services.

Susan will receive the Mary Neville Award at the Joint Celebration following the Annual General Meetings of Peel Children’s Centre and other Peel service agencies June 18 at 6:45 pm at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Nominated by Donna McIlroy, Clinical Manager, and the Preschool Team at Peel Children’s Centre, Susan has worked at Peel Children’s Centre since 1993.

In her nomination remarks, McIlroy said, “Susan has an amazing ability to ‘attune’ to and with infants and young children. More remarkably, she is able to turn this gift into teachable moments to improve the quality of relationships between parents and their preschoolers.

“Staff are ever grateful to Susan for ensuring that she makes herself available to them, as needed, to consult and co-create strategies to help them build relationships with the parents and preschoolers who are their clients.

“Congratulations, Susan, on this much-deserved honour!” McIlroy said.

Susan Berry is highly respected for her contributions to the field of early child development, including assessment and clinical intervention. Susan is an expert in personality development, children’s behaviour and child-parent relationships.

With a PhD in psychology from York University, Susan became a registered psychologist in 1988 and has worked in the Peel community since 1991, first with Peel Preschool Services, then with Peel Children’s Centre starting in 1993.

Humphrey Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of Peel Children’s Centre, said, “It is a pleasure to recognize Susan Berry’s career-long contributions to the field of early child development with the Mary Neville Award.

“Congratulations, Susan, and thank you for devoting the prime of your career to the children, youth and families of Peel Region. You exemplify Mary Neville’s commitment to early intervention and prevention,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell noted that Peel Children’s Centre established the Mary Neville Award to honour the efforts of the now late Mary Neville, former Prevention Coordinator at the Centre. “Mary was a forward-thinking and vocal champion whose mission has since been supported by the findings of scientists such as the late Dr. Fraser Mustard,” Mitchell said.

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