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Announcing Recipient of 2020 Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award


Each year at our First Call Fundraising Gala, First Call recognizes someone with the Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award for their inspiring and important advocacy for BC children and youth rights. Recent past recipients include Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Raffi, and Katie Hyslop.

This year, we are excited to recognize Karen Isaac with this award. Karen, a Migmaq from the Gaspe region of Quebec, has over 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal organizations at national and provincial levels. In 1999, Karen joined the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS), a nonprofit organization established in 1995 by the First Nations Summit to administer BC’s $12 million allocation of the First Nations/Inuit Child Care Initiative. Between 1996 and 2000, BCACCS helped oversee the creation of 800 new licensed child care spaces in 57 BC First Nations communities. BCACCS continues to support Indigenous communities and early childhood educators by providing culturally focused early childhood education and care resources, training, networking and policy analysis and research.

Last day to purchase tickets to the First Call Fundraising Gala is Friday February 21. Come join us to recognize Karen for her advocacy!