The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism 2010
And the award goes to ... Greg Chellew, long time Silver Creek parent, volunteer, Board member, Board executive and all around great guy!
One of Canada's most famous social justice activists, June Callwood’s life was marked by a strong concern for social justice issues, especially those affecting children and women. She founded or co-founded more than 50 Canadian social action organizations. These include Casey House (1988), a Toronto hospice for people with AIDS; other hostels for youth and women; PEN Canada; the Canadian Civil Liberties Association; and Feminists Against Censorship.
This award recognizes individual volunteers, volunteer groups, businesses and other organizations for outstanding contributions to their communities and the province. Often, these award recipients have shown exceptional leadership, innovation and creativity. Only 20 recipients are chosen each year. And one of this year’s recipients is GREG CHELLEW.
Following is an excerpt from his nomination:
He is a warm, funny, compassionate and thoughtful individual. He brings business acumen to the Board, but also his sense of social justice and knowledge of the particular challenges experienced by families raising children who have special needs. The Board of Silver Creek deals with issues affecting children and families. On a monthly basis issues of services, finances, staffing and community concerns are discussed and action taken by the Board. Greg is often at the forefront of offering his opinion, advice and then, most importantly, action. As a police officer, he has worked shift his entire career, and has made himself available to Silver Creek during our typical 9-5 hours. Greg will drop into Silver Creek at all necessary times and on a frequent, irregular basis, to stay in touch with the grassroots of our operations---to see the staff in action, the program being delivered and the response of the children and families. This is a very welcomed visit by all as the approach and strategy of Silver Creek as an organization is to remain active to the needs of children and families now/in the present. This more hands- on approach by a Board member is critical to the overall Team approach of our School/Staff/Board.
During Greg’s long tenure on the Board (17 years) he has been involved in significant challenges and change within our charity’s mandate. Funding issues, expansion, compassionate considerations, strategic planning, difficult times and times of great joy and appreciation. Because of the leadership of people like Greg Chellew, Silver Creek has been able to continue to serve children with physical and developmental challenges with excellence in our programming and staffing. (Please see our Excellence in Community Service Award, 2007; and CityKids Inclusion Award, 2008). These recognitions are only possible by the commitment of our entire Team, and it is time for Mr. Greg Chellew to be honoured as the standout team player that he is.
Sincere thanks to our wonderful past president, past treasurer, now Secretary for the outstanding contributions he continues to make to Silver Creek. Mazel tov!
Our classroom volunteer Amy Petko was honoured at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards this week. Amy received a lapel pin and certificate in recognition of her commitment and dedication to Silver Creek. The awards were given by the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, signed by Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's Premier and Donna Cansfield, MPP. Although Amy received a pin for 10 years of service, in fact she is in her 14th year of supporting our school. Amy is a huge cheerleader for Silver Creek---always spreading the word that our program is great and that she wishes she had attended as a child :-) We are happy to have her as an adult supporting children in the classroom and as a mentor and role model. Amy, we sing your praises, just like you sing to us yearly.
Congratulations from all at Silver Creek.
2007 Business Excellence Award
Silver Creek Team won the Business Excellence Award 2007 for Excellence in Community Service, not-for-profit from the Board of Trade. What a team---Staff, Board of Directors and Volunteers together made this honour possible.
The ecstatic Silver Creek team includes Staff, Board of Directors, and Volunteers
The staff at Silver Creek see the children as a ‘whole child’ i.e. well beyond any special needs that they might have, and see them as individuals with lots of strengths in different ways. For me, I have learned that the more work I can put into helping my child, the more she will be able to achieve her goals, and they can be small goals so we can celebrate success often. You are a very special group of people and you have definitely made a huge positive impact in our lives.
Cuando me recomendaron Silver Creek me dio mucho miedo separarme de mi hija Victoria aunque sea por varias horas , ya que desde que ella nacio no me habia separado ni un solo momento , pero me di cuenta que ese grupo de personas que trabajan alli son unos exelentes profesionales , que no solo entregan su conocimiento a los ninos sino que entregan su corazon y mi Victoria no solamente aprendio muchas cosas interesantes que la van ha ayudar en su futuro, tambien en su condicion fisica Silver Creek posee un grupo muy profesional y constante que me ayudaron mucho con lo que Victoria necesitaba.
Toya Cruz, mother of Victoria
Silver Creek offers one-on-one attention to all children that strives to bring out the very best in each child, regardless of what their needs are. By far, one of the best benefits of the program is the staff, who are loving and supportive and who go well beyond expectations on a daily basis.
Silver Creek is a place like none other. Silver Creek allowed our confidence in our own abilities and decisions to be celebrated as Marasia’s world opened up in front our eyes. We are forever grateful for the exceptional staff at this very special place who make children (and their families) feel like superstars everyday.
The Townsend-Nunes Family
My daughter first attended Silver Creek when she was 2 years old and it was the first time I left her in the care of someone outside our family. The teachers and staff at Silver Creek were so empathetic and understanding and made the process less stressful for both my daughter and myself.
My two hearing impaired daughters were placed in classrooms with excellent peer language role models to assist in their language and articulation development. They received individualized programs to meet their needs. Silver Creek prepared them well for mainstream kindergarten. We are forever grateful.
Amy De Domenico
The staff at Silver Creek are wonderful people and amazing at what they do. They are a great resource to have as well; very knowledgeable, willing and able to help us as parents through the complicated process of raising a child with special needs. Thank you Silver Creek
Linda and Darcy DeMonte
Since Xavier has been diagnosed with Sandhoff disease, my family’s lives have been turned upside down. It has been difficult for us to find a place for our family in the community. And then we found Silver Creek, it is like a second home to us. I would love the opportunity to give back to Silver Creek.
I cannot thank you enough for the exceptional care and love the Silver Creek Staff has shown my child. It will forever be a wonderful memory in Ella’s life and a great start to her educational career. Thank you.
David flourished at Silver Creek and so did I. The staff became my friends and a great emotional support to me. They helped with equipment suggestions, sources of extra funding, and co-ordinating David’s school placement at Sunnyview P.S. Well, David moved on but I stayed. I have been on the Board of Directors since 1998, and President for the past 5 years. Silver Creek is a magical place!