Peel Children’s Centre announces 2012 Mary Neville Award recipient

Mississauga – Humphrey Mitchell proudly announces that Paul Zarnke, Executive Director of Peel Children’s Aid, is the 2012 recipient of the Mary Neville Award, which will be awarded at the agencies' joint Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2012.

“Paul Zarnke is a natural to receive the Mary Neville Award,” states Mitchell, Executive Director of Peel Children's Centre.

For more than 30 years, Zarnke has worked towards improving the lives of children and families through his commitment to social services and his strong interest in social policy.

“Paul is being recognized for his strong vision of social service collaboration within the Region of Peel,” says Mitchell.  "He has invested extended time at the Fair Share for Peel Task Force working tirelessly to obtain more equitable funding for social services in Peel.  Paul was also instrumental in establishing Success by Six, forming the Safer Families Initiative, and launching the Peel Children and Youth Initiative.

"All these initiatives have lead to significant enhancements in the prevention and early intervention in children’s mental health,” adds Mitchell.

Zarnke retires at the end of June from an outstanding career, having served as Executive Director of Peel Children’s Aid since January of 2003. Prior to his leadership within the Peel community,  he served as Executive Director of both St. Christopher House and Family Service Association of Toronto.

In addition, Zarnke has shown his dedication to community initiatives and social change through his membership in and affiliation with more than 11 steering committees and development initiatives over the past five years.

“Peel Children’s Centre applauds Paul Zarnke for his dedication to improving mental health services for children, youth and their families in the Region of Peel," says Mitchell. "Paul’s contribution has made and will continue to make a difference in our community.”

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Mora Thompson, Communications Specialist, Peel Children’s Centre   905-795-3507
Lucie Baistrocchi, Director, Communications, Peel Children's Aid   905-363-6131 ext. 1153

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