This year, our Mentor Recognition Award Recipient was nominated by two of her mentees. A commendable accomplishment!
Fifteen years ago, Sue and Dale McPherson took the suggestion of those around them and became Foster Parents. Little did they know that they would be Calgary Region’s Foster Family of the Year in 2020.
Laurie Fitzherbert and Peter Rennie have been caring for Laurie’s two nieces for the last eighteen months. The girls have come a long way since first coming to stay with their Aunt and Uncle
Verna is consistently readily available, grounded in her advice and able to see her mentees perspective in an objective, articulate and an emotionally supportive way. She and Kevin have been foster parents for 19 years, cared for 33 children, a grandma to 7 children and many more call her mother and friend. She is a long time CAST Representative and Foster Parent Trainer. Verna goes above and beyond as a mentor. She and Kevin have [...]
One year ago, Regina and Simon accepted the sudden responsibility of caring for five siblings from their cultural community and unexpectedly grew from a family of five to a family of ten. With a sense of humour, Regina explains how it all unfolded: “I didn’t know that one day I would be a mother to eight children. When my husband and I met, we talked about having children; I wanted two and he bumped it to [...]
If there is one word to describe Kasey during her thirty-plus years in Social Work, it would be passionate. Kasey is happy to talk “foster care” with anyone, and her passion becomes quickly evident; as it should for someone who has had such a storied career. Her path has taken her through both the private and non-profit sector, the Catholic school system and the government first as a caseworker and now as a foster care [...]
“I would choose them to be on everyone’s team,’’commented one Team Leader, describing the benefits of working with Adam and Monique McCardle. Having fostered for eight years, Monique and Adam have managed a household of up to 12, including adults. In addition to their biological children, they have also adopted one, have been granted private guardianship of another, and have had many foster children at any one time. The McCardles have persevered with children (and [...]