Mississauga – At its Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2007, Peel Children's Centre presented its prestigious Mary Neville Award to Linda Lee-Berkowitz, a Clinical Manager who has been innovative and instrumental in developing mental health programs for children ages 0–6 and their families in the Region of Peel.
Peel Children's Centre established the Mary Neville Award 20 years ago to honour the efforts of the now late Mary Neville, former Prevention Coordinator at the Centre, towards prevention and early intervention in children's mental health services. The award is presented annually to a member of Peel's community of education, healthcare and social-service providers.
Linda Lee-Berkowitz, this year's winner of the award, was nominated by the Preschool Services staff at Peel Children's Centre. In their nomination, her team members said, "Linda is an excellent mentor, who freely offers her expertise and support in a manner that provides guidance and addresses learning needs for both individual and program goals."
Linda has been with Peel Children's Centre for 13 years, having joined the Centre in 1994 as a Child and Family Clinician. In 1990 she won the competition for the Manager, Clinical Services position for the Centre's programs for the 0–6 population in Peel. In this new position, Linda quickly became involved with other organizations serving the needs of children ages 0–6. She has developed very significant and successful working relationships with the Centre's service-delivery partners and is an integral part of existing and new initiatives to serve young children.
Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director of Peel Children's Centre, said, "Linda is a strong advocate for children's mental health in the preschool community and is seen as a visionary in any project she undertakes. These strengths were evident in Linda's leadership in the development of our Valley Infant Parent Program (VIPP) in collaboration with the Region of Peel. Peel Children's Centre is very proud that Linda Lee-Berkowitz is a member of our team.
"Mary Neville, the first winner of this award, was a vocal champion and a visionary whose mission has since been supported by the findings of scientists such as Dr. Fraser Mustard," said Mitchell. "It is fitting that 20 years later, another outstanding employee of the Centre has again been chosen to receive this award. Peel Children's Centre is honoured to recognize capable, dedicated leaders like Linda Berkowitz who continue to advance the importance of prevention and early intervention as keys to achieving outcomes that enable children to be happy, contributing members of society."
Peel Children's Centre is an accredited, not-for-profit, charitable organization that has provided a range of high quality mental health services to children, youth and their families since 1984. The Centre delivers 5,450 individual services annually to 3,600 clients, and has an annual budget exceeding $17 million.
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