Youville Centre’s Founder Receives the Order of Ontario
Youville Centre’s Founder, Sister Betty Ann Kinsella, has been named as one of 30 appointees of the Order of Ontario. The ceremony took place on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest honour. It recognizes Ontarians who have made an outstanding contribution to society in Ontario and around the world. Sister Betty Ann Kinsella was invested in the Order of Ontario in recognition of her wonderful work in establishing the Youville Centre, the first charity in Canada to address the need for education, child care, housing and support services for young, single mothers and their children.
We at Youville were happy to support the nomination of Sister Betty Ann for this prestigious recognition. Her vision of programs and services to assist young, single mothers in Ottawa has resulted in the successful founding of our Centre which has enabled hundreds of young mothers to acquire strong parenting skills and achieve high school diplomas.
During its 24 years Youville Centre has met the needs of at-risk clients and continues to provide support for young families. The foresight and wisdom of Sister Betty Ann’s original mandate continues to this day as we strive to “motivate, educate and nurture young parents and their children to become self-sufficient, contributing members of society”.
Congratulations for this well-deserved honor!