Peel – On November 29, 2017 in Parliament Hill, Rav Bains, Chief Executive Officer, Peel Children’s Aid was awarded a Senate of Canada 150 medal by Senator Victor Oh in recognition of his significant contributions in child welfare in Peel.
“This medal commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s first sitting which took place on November 6, 1867, and is being awarded to remarkable individuals whose hard work and dedication have helped make Canada an even better place to live,” says Senator Victor Oh.
“Mr. Rav Bains is a worthy recipient of this commemorative medal because of his tireless efforts to advance the rights and welfare of children and youth in care, especially those experiencing immigration status issues. I am deeply grateful for his commitments to ensuring that some of the most vulnerable members of our society not only have access to the support and services needed to succeed, but are also able to grow up in safe and nurturing environments.”
Bains has been working with vulnerable children and families in Peel for the past 17 years. One of his key areas of focus was the number of significant issues facing children and youth in care who lacked immigration status. Issues such as unaccompanied or separated minors spending time in detention upon entering Canada, experiencing extended waiting times to start school, and barriers to accessing health care and employment motivated Bains to take on the task of bringing about change within the child welfare system and improving circumstances for these children and youth facing immigration issues.
“I am truly humbled to be chosen as the recipient for this award,” says Bains. “Peel CAS has an amazing team of staff committed to ensuring children and youth have access to supports and services and are able to grow up in safe environments. This award recognizes our collective work and we would like to thank Senator Oh for this honor.”
To read the news release from Senator Oh's office click here.