50 Years of Caring: Celebrating a Legacy of Nurturing Children, Youth, and Families

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St. Lawrence College's (SLC) Child Care Worker, Child and Youth Worker, and Child and Youth Care graduates and current students will commemorate their 50-year contribution to the community with a reunion. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 4 pm to 8 pm on SLC’s Kingston campus. 

This event will celebrate the enduring impact of the Child and Youth Care field. Attendees will include graduates, current students, faculty members, and community members who have contributed to the program's success over the years. The drop-in evening will allow folks to connect and share experiences, enjoy appetizers and refreshments, while listening to live entertainment from SLC’s own CYW graduate, Doug van der Horden.   

"We are thrilled to come together to honour five decades of compassion and commitment to shaping the lives in our community," says Tanea Fortin, Program Coordinator of the Child and Youth Care program at SLC. "This event is not just about celebrating the past; it's about acknowledging the enduring impact of our profession and inspire the next generation of practitioners in this important field."

"As we mark 50 years of our Child and Youth Care program, we are proud of the impact our graduates and students have had on our community,” said Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO. “This milestone celebrates their dedication and the vital role they've played in supporting the well-being of children, youth, and families. It underscores our commitment to serving our community and preparing future professionals who will continue this important work." 

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St. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples; we are grateful to live and learn on these lands. With campuses in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall, SLC delivers education and training that meets the needs of community, industry, and employers. The College prepares students to succeed in the global economy through relevant, practical programs and experiential learning opportunities. SLC offers more than 100 full-time programs including diplomas, degrees, graduate certificates, apprenticeships, micro-credentials and life-long learning opportunities. Everyone belongs in the SLC community, comprised of 12,000 full-time students and more than 115,000 alumni in 75 countries around the world.


Media Contact:
Laura Tulchinsky
Communications Officer
St. Lawrence College

Julie Einarson
Senior Advisor, Communications and Government Relations
St. Lawrence College

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