June 22, 2010
For Immediate Release
Mississauga – Garry Campbell and Lorna Reid are the 2010 co-winners of the Mary Neville Award, presented annually by Peel Children’s Centre for outstanding efforts dedicated to prevention and early intervention in children’s mental health services.
Garry Campbell, a three-decade employee of the Psychology Department at Peel District School Board (DSB), specializes in supporting children and youth with behavioural difficulties. He currently leads the newly created portfolio of Climate for Learning and Working, developing a Board initiative on character, positive communication, social skills, and conflict resolution. Garry will retire from Peel DSB at the end of the 2009/10 school year.
Campbell was nominated by Jack Kamrad, PhD, Chief Psychologist, Peel DSB. “Garry never ceases to remind you of the humanness of these children, their hardships as well as their resilience. He never loses sight of the bigger picture, that we are not just solving individual problems, but we want to develop a truly functioning, contributing member of society.”
Lorna Reid, who recently retired as Director of Children’s Services and Best Start for the Region of Peel, has been instrumental in the expansion of childcare and early learning services in the Region, including community-based initiatives such as Success by Six Peel and Learning in our Neighbourhood.
Reid was nominated by Joan Arruda, Executive Director of Family Day Care Services, and Pat Houlton, Director of Operations for PLASP Early Learning and Child Care Centres. Houlton said, “Lorna’s exemplary 30-year career has ensured that so many children have had that best start in life that is provided by good early learning and childcare. Lorna is a true leader, collaborator, and innovator. She is an excellent recipient of the Mary Neville Award.”
The Mary Neville Award was presented at the Annual General Meeting of Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) on June 22, 2010. PCC Executive Director Humphrey Mitchell said, “Peel Children’s Centre has been honoured to collaborate with Garry and Lorna over many years.
“Garry partnered with us to provide day treatment in schools, supporting children and youth who are at risk of losing their place in school as a result of mental health difficulties. Lorna facilitated PCC’s partnership with the Region to provide children’s mental health resourcing for childcare centres, Best Start sites and Ontario Early Years Centres, as well as the PCC/ Region of Peel joint Valley Infant-Parent Program for at-risk infants and their caregivers.
“In the education and childcare fields respectively, Garry and Lorna have advanced prevention and early intervention as keys to achieving successful clinical outcomes,” Mitchell said.
PCC established the Mary Neville Award 23 years ago to honour the efforts of the late Mary Neville, former Prevention Coordinator at the Centre, who was also the first recipient of this annual award.
A fully accredited, not-for-profit, charitable organization, PCC has provided a range of high quality mental health services for children, youth and their families since 1985. The Centre serves 3,700 children/youth annually with a budget exceeding $18 million.
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Note regarding photograph: Lorna Reid was unable to attend the ceremony and will receive her award at a later date.