Foster Parent of the Year (2013)

Cathy Jackson has been fostering for London and Middlesex for 21 years. She has and continues to provide excellent care to many children most of whom had challenging behaviours and developmental delays. She has also provided relief to countless children in her home. Cathy is a very experienced Foster Parent who continues to exceed the limit of meeting her foster children’s physical and emotional needs. She continues to provide appropriate structure, routine […]

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Life Time Achievement Award (2013)

Joyce Barrett and her husband Harold began fostering in 1952, for Toronto Public Agency when their sons Bob and Jimmy were 6 and 4 respectively. The Barrett family fostered over 200 children from infants to teens. Everyone was welcome into the Barrett family. Many of the children had special needs or were medically challenged but nothing that couldn’t be conquered by love and attention. Joyce and Harold adopted Mark one of their […]

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Joy & Mark Graves

2008 FOSTER PARENT OF THE YEAR Joy, her husband Mark and their   three adult children have been fostering for over 10 years with the Huron-Perth   Children’s Aid Society. They adopted their first child   in 1997.  They have loved, and cherished him since their first visit to the   hospital, and Joy home schooled him until he had the confidence, and skills […]

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Jean Kruger

2008 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Jean has been fostering for over 30 years, first with the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto and moving to Simcoe County in 1988. Over the years Jean has   fostered many children, but there are some particular accomplishments.  One of these was her dedication to a large sibling group over a fourteen year period,   ending this year.  This experience […]

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John & Cathie Ridgeway

2007 FOSTER PARENT OF THE   YEAR John   and Cathie Ridgeway completed their home study in December of 1981.  At they   time they had two children living at home, Jeff who was 17, and Lynette who was   9.  As well they had to adult children residing away from home. In the first few years as a Foster   Family they welcomed younger […]

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Wayne & Laurie Martin

2007 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Wayne and Laurie Martin have been fostering for the Services to Children, and Adults of Prescott-Russell for over 22 years. When they started fostering they had no children of their own, and jumped right in opening their doors to teenagers, some short term, some for respite, but most for permanent placements. From the start they were […]

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Elaine & Kevin Stell

2006 FOSTER PARENT OF THE YEAR Elaine and Kevin Stell of the Sarnia-Lambton Foster Parents Association are recipients of the FPSO 2006 Foster Parent of the Year Award. Regional Director Mike Hoekstra (centre) presented a plaque to Elaine and Kevin at the awards banquet during the FPSO Annual Conference in Ottawa on April 29, 2006. Lorraine and Kevin moved from […]

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Lorraine Paddock

2006 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Lorraine Paddock of the Guelph-Wellington Foster Family Association was the recipient of the FPSO 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award. Regional Director Joy Cole (right) presented Lorraine with a recognition plaque at the FPSO Conference in Ottawa on April 29, 2006. Lorraine and her family were approved to foster 36 years ago and so began a legacy of caring […]

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Sharon Beck

2005 FOSTER PARENT OF THE YEAR Sharon Beck (on the left) Receiving award from Sandra Green President of the Frontenac Foster Parent Association Ms. Sharon Beck of the Kingston-Frontenac FPA was recipient of the 2005 Foster Parent of the Year Award. Foster Parents at the FPSO Toronto conference in April learned of the remarkable life Sharon and her late husband […]

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LaDorna Penteluk

2005 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD LaDorna Penteluk (on the right) Receiving award from Marlyn Wall of the Ottawa-Carleton Foster Parent Association LaDorna Penteluk of the Ottawa-Carleton FPA received the FPSO 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award at the FPSO Toronto conference in April. LaDorna opened her doors to foster children in 1960 and has cared for over 400 children. She has adopted three […]

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