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CONFERENCES & AWARDS

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The OACYC is proud to recognize the efforts of outstanding individuals within our profession. Awards winners are selected in the spring of a conference year and awards are presented at the conference gala. See below for information about each award.


The OACYC Award of Excellence

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This is a provincial award is given every two years at our provincial conference. It honours individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the field of child and youth care in the categories of engagement, leadership, strengths-based approaches, creativity or advocacy.


Krista Sepp Memorial Awards

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The Krista Sepp Memorial Horizon Award and the Krista Sepp Memorial Mentoring Award are given in honor of Krista Sepp, who lost her life while performing her duties as a Kinark Child and Youth Worker (CYW). The Horizon Award is given to direct service staff who provide outstanding child and youth care service and have less than five years of working experience. The Mentoring Award recognizes the ongoing contributions of direct service individuals with more than five years experience.


The Dennis McDermott Career Achievement Award

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This is a provincial award is given every two years at our provincial conference. It honours the achievements of child and youth care practitioners who have been in the field for more than twenty years, have realized significant career achievements and have actively supported the OACYC.


Shelley Hill
2019 OACYC Award of Excellence

Danielle Aziz
2019 Dennis McDermott Career Achievement Award

Carly Osmond
2019 Krista Sepp Horizon Award

Juanita Stephen
2019 Krista Sepp Memorial Award

Heather Snell

2017 OACYC Award of Excellence

At the OACYC Conference in Toronto in June 2017, we recognized Heather Snell with the 2017 OACYC Award of Excellence.

Theresa Fraser

2017 Dennis McDermott Career Achievement Award Recipient

At the OACYC Conference in Toronto in June 2017, we recognized Theresa Fraser with the Dennis McDermott Career Achievement Award.

Sarah Charlebois

2017 Krista Sepp Memorial Horizon Award

Sarah Charlebois of Vanier Children's Services in London, Ontario, accepting the Krista Sepp Horizon Award from Mark Wakefield, Past Chair, Kinark Board of Directors, Greg Glenn, Chair, Kinark Board of Directors and Michelle Shelswell, Vice President, Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care.

Don Hunter

2017 Krista Sepp Memorial Mentoring Award

Don Hunter, recipient of the Krista Sepp Mentoring Award listens as his nominator and colleague Gillian Rowney speaks glowingly of his tremendous career accomplishments achieved in his work at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. Also pictured, Mark Wakefield, Past Chair, Kinark Board of Directors, Greg Glenn, Chair, Kinark Board of Directors and Michelle Shelswell, Vice President, Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care who were on hand to present the award.

Rebecca Ward

2016 OACYC Award of Excellence

At the OACYC Conference in Thunder Bay in May 2016, we recognized Rebecca Ward with the 2016 OACYC Award of Excellence.

Wanda McArthur

2016 Dennis McDermoot Career Achievement Award Recipient

At the OACYC Conference in Thunder Bay in May 2016, we recognized Wanda MacArthur with the Dennis McDermott Career Achievement Award

Bill Carty

2014 OACYC Award of Excellence

We presented the first OACYC Award of Excellence to Bill Carty in June 2014 at our Provincial conference

Kathy Neff

2014 Dennis McDermoot Career Achievement Award Recipient

At our Provincial conference in June, We celebrated the winner of the Dennis McDermott Career Achievement Award, recognizing the outstanding lifetime career accomplishments of our member, Kathy Neff and her dedication to the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.