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St. Lawrence College students throw annual Children in Foster Homes Christmas Party


BROCKVILLE – Students in St. Lawrence College’s Child & Youth Worker (CYW) program organized their annual Christmas party for foster children and their foster parents, in partnership with Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville and the Foster Family Association.


On December 8, more than 300 foster children and foster parents gathered at St. Lawrence College’s Brockville campus for the Children in Foster Homes Christmas Party, which included entertainment by Junkyard Symphony and students in SLC’s Music Theatre – Performance program, fun activities, and a Christmas lunch. Santa Claus also stopped by the party to distribute gifts to the children.


The annual party, organized by first-year students in the Child & Youth Worker program as part of their Therapeutic Play Activities class, aims to provide children in foster care with positive experiences and memories. For siblings who often stay with different foster families, the Christmas party is a chance to reunite and spend time together during the holiday season.


The CYW students are responsible for organizing all aspects of the party, including fundraising to cover the $4,500 cost. St. Lawrence College Police Foundations students volunteered their time and contributed to the safety measures at the party.


“The Children in Foster Homes Christmas Party is a great opportunity for our Child and Youth Worker students to give back to individuals in our community and to gain valuable experience that is applicable to their future careers,” said Doug Roughton, Brockville Campus Dean. “The students did a wonderful job organizing the party, and we thank the many individuals and community organizations for their generosity in supporting the students’ fundraising efforts.”


Keitha, who in the past attended the Children in Foster Homes Christmas Party six years in a row as a foster child, is now a CYW student at St. Lawrence College and helped to organize this year’s party. She was able to reunite with her younger sister, who is still in foster care, at the Christmas party.


“I was always so excited to go to the party growing up because everything was so fun. The atmosphere was always very welcoming. It was something I looked forward to all year,” said Keitha. “The students had an amazing experience this year, and so did the foster children and parents. Everyone was dancing to Junkyard Symphony and having fun.”



About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.


Denise Wing

Communications Officer

Marketing & Communications

St. Lawrence College

Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston

T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261