Judy Krawchuk recognized by Surrey Board of Trade

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(Pictured: Lenore Rattray, Judy Krawchuk, Board Chair Tony Miles, Past Board Chair James Stewart)

The Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon celebrates the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey. Judy Krawchuk was recognized as a finalist in the Not for Profit Leader category at the event, held at the Sheraton Guildford.

Judy has been with The Centre for Child Development for 18 years and performs two key roles: Vice President of the Child Development Foundation of BC and Director of Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.

Through the Foundation, Judy has built The Centre’s annual events from the ground up and continues to evolve and innovate to ensure the ongoing success of these fundraisers.   Last year’s Gala of Hope raised $312,000, enabling The Centre’s programs to continue to help children reach their potential.

“I am continually impressed with Judy’s exceptional ability to engage people of all backgrounds in the service of our children and families,” says Gerard Bremault, MSW, RSW, Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Child Development and Sophie’s Place. “She always finds a way to meet and exceed her goals with positivity and grace.”

Judy was involved from the inception of Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre. Sophie’s Place brings together a multi-disciplinary team that works with children who have experienced abuse in a child-friendly space. As the Director, Judy is a key player in the program’s ongoing success and growth. “Without Judy’s exceptional efforts, Sophie’s Place would simply not exist,” says Bremault.

The awards ceremony hosted approximately 450 guests and Margaret Trudeau was the highly anticipated keynote speaker.

CEO Gerard Bremault, Sgt. Lyndsay O’Ruairc honoured for leadership at Surrey Cares Awards

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CEO Gerard Bremault and Sgt. Lyndsay O’Ruairc were honoured last night at the inaugural Serving with Distinction Awards, held by the Surrey Cares Community Foundation at a ceremony at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel.

The Serving with Distinction Awards were established to publicly recognize local non-profits and charities in Surrey.  Over 20 individuals and groups were nominated in six categories and the winners received a blown-glass award.

“It was a pleasure to take part in the very first Serving with Distinction Awards ceremony, and an honour to be nominated alongside so many excellent organizations in Surrey,” said Bremault, who received the Leadership award.  Sgt. O’Ruairc was nominated for her work with the Sophie’s Place team.

 

 

Members of Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib raise funds for Sophie’s Place

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Members of the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib presented Sophie’s Place Child & Youth Advocacy Centre with a cheque in the amount of $18,000 from funds raised at the event In Remembrance of Sahibzaade.

The Sahibzaade event is an annual event celebrating two very courageous and strong young boys, martyred at the age of nine and six over 300 years ago. They were tortured for refusing to renounce their religion. The brothers are among the most hallowed martyrs in Sikhism.

Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (named after our patron, Sophie Tweed-Simmons), allows children and youth aged 0-18 to report their experience of physical, mental or sexual abuse in a child-friendly space where they feel safe and welcome. Since 2012, our trained staff and law enforcement professionals have worked to ensure the children who come to us are heard, and their families have the support they need.

“We are humbled with the generosity of the temple and are privileged to know how much our work at Sophie’s Place honours this celebrated story of bravery and courage” says Judy Krawchuk, Director of Sophie’s Place.

With 1 in 3 Canadian girls, and 1 in 6 Canadian boys being sexually abused before they reach adulthood, Sophie’s Place gives children a place to go where they can express what’s happened to them in a child friendly, safe environment. Since opening, over 500 children have been supported by Sophie’s Place.

Sophie Tweed-Simmons to Attend 17th Annual Gala of Hope

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Sophie Tweed-Simmons to Attend 17th Annual Gala of Hope

Vancouver, British Columbia — October 17, 2016 – Celebrity and child advocate Sophie Tweed-Simmons will be attending the Gala of Hope supporting The Centre for Child Development and Sophie’s Place Child & Youth Advocacy Centre on October 22. And it’s going to be a family affair. Sophie will be joined by her father, KISS rocker Gene Simmons and her mother, Canadian model and actress Shannon Tweed.

Named after their patron, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) allows children and youth aged 0-18 to report their experience of physical, mental or sexual abuse in a child-friendly space where they feel safe and welcome. Since 2012, their trained staff and law enforcement professionals have worked to ensure the children they see are heard, and their families have the support they need.

With 1 in 3 Canadian girls, and 1 in 6 Canadian boys being sexually abused before they reach adulthood, one can see the need for an agency like Sophie’s Place. Says patron Sophie Tweed-Simmons, “It’s really important that kids have a place to go where they can be taken seriously, and where they can express what’s happened to them in a safe environment.”

“I’m thrilled to be back in Vancouver celebrating the success of Sophie’s Place as well as help raise funds. I’m always amazed at the amount of children who need our help. This past year, the team at Sophie’s Place conducted more than 200 interviews with abused children and spent close to 17,000 hours investigating these crimes. In order to keep providing these services, we need the community to pitch in and help. It takes $150,000 a year to run Sophie’s Place. The Annual Gala of Hope goes a long way to help raise that money,” says Simmons.

This year’s Gala takes place October 22 at Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley, British Columbia. Tickets are limited. To purchase, please visit: http://the-centre.org/events/

Sophie’s Place Child & Youth Advocacy Centre Wins Big at Police Officer of the Year Awards

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Sophie’s Place Child & Youth Advocacy Centre Wins Big at Police Officer of the Year Awards

Vancouver, British Columbia — October 12, 2016 — Sophie’s Place Child & Youth Advocacy Centre won big at the recent Surrey Police Officer of the Year Awards! The Advocacy Centre dedicated to young victims of child abuse, won the Police and Business Partnership Award. What’s more, Sophie’s Place Sergeant, Lyndsay O’Ruairc took home the coveted Police Officer of The Year Award – Nominated by Community!

Named after their patron, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC) allows children and youth aged 0-18 to report their experience of physical, mental or sexual abuse in a child-friendly space where they feel safe and welcome. Since 2012, their trained staff and law enforcement professionals have worked to ensure the children they see are heard, and their families have the support they need.

Director of Sophie’s Place, Judy Krawchuk proudly acknowledges all of the agencies who worked together, and continue working together to make Sophie’s Place a reality, “We provide a best-practices model where abused children can receive the services they need from a multi-disciplinary team. That team includes members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), social workers of the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), victim services workers of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (MPSSG), and a children’s support coordinator of The Centre for Child Development.”

With 1 in 3 Canadian girls, and 1 in 6 Canadian boys being sexually abused before they reach adulthood, one can see the need for an agency like Sophie’s Place. Says patron Sophie Tweed-Simmons, “It’s really important that kids have a place to go where they can be taken seriously, and where they can express what’s happened to them in a safe environment.”

Clearly, their community and peers feel the same way. Congratulations to Sophie’s Place CYAC and all the other deserving nominees, finalists and winners!

How can you help? Each year, Sophie’s Place needs $150,000 to continue the work they do. Please help by making a donation today.