The CRCF was bequeathed a generous donation from Mr. Manuel Batshaw, a Canadian social worker who is best known for being the founder of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres (now part of the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal). Using this donation, the CRCF has created the Aging Out of Care Scholarship in recognition of Mr. Batshaw’s life’s work and his specific interest in assisting children aging out of care.
The first recipients of this award are CRCF members Tyson Kelsall and Melanie Doucet. Tyson’s MSW thesis is in part informed by access and discriminatory primary interactions with services; and how harm reduction approaches can counteract these. As a youth care worker, Tyson spent time with many youth in care, and witnessed firsthand as they were mistreated and judged by systems that are considered compassionate. Melanie's doctoral research focuses on an analysis of former youth in care through the examination of the crucial transition period out of the child welfare system. This award will support Melanie in co-authoring an article with Dr. Johanna Greeson from the University of Philadelphia on youth ‘aging out’ of care in North America.
Congratulations to you both!