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
My husband and I are so grateful for the wonderful and exceptional team of teachers, therapists and volunteers at Silver Creek. It is inspirational and beautiful to witness daily the love, passion and dedication that they have for each and every child/student, and their professions. They are the very best!
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
Our twins started at Silver Creek in the fall of 2009. I knew they were in excellent hands and I saw them progress so rapidly. I was very concerned about their development prior to starting Silver Creek and in no time, they were at the same level as the rest of their peers. The impact the staff at Silver Creek has had on our children has been tremendous. We are happy that our twins will benefit from another year under their guidance.
The staff at Silver Creek have definitely exceeded my expectations in every way. They genuinely care about the children and work tirelessly every day for the benefit of the children. They also have a wealth of knowledge and have become my trusted advisors whenever I have questions or concerns about my child.
The one-on-one attention, the follow through notes that the OT, the Speech and Language therapist or the music teacher, and everyone that’s involved is phenomenal. Silver Creek staff, you possess the healing hands and big hearts for looking after the welfare of our child in the areas we don’t know how.
Farah Fua and Roy Ramnarine
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!
Thank you Silver Creek Pre-School for welcoming me as an observer to your program. I learned so much about paying attention to every little detail in supporting a child who needs assistance in taking small steps to reach their larger goal. The staff at Silver Creek Pre-School are very special professionals who demonstrate how precious life is to our little children.
Sheri Robb, Special Needs Consultant
Silver Creek is a wonderful, caring and enriching experience for pre-schoolers. The program met our expectations (which were high!) because we had spoken with other parents whose children previously attend Silver Creek Pre-School. The teachers and staff exceeding our expectations.
Silver Creek has given my son the tools that are necessary to succeed in school, and in life. Their patience and love have guided my son to develop in ways that words can’t describe. He is a confident individual who thrives on challenges and I thank Silver Creek for that. Actually, I thank all the members of Silver Creek for all they have done. It is truly a great place to be.
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.