Peel Celebrates National Child Day
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 20, 2008) – Peel Region joins Success By 6 Peel and the Government of Canada today in celebrating National Child Day. For the second year, Peel Regional Council has proclaimed November 20 as National Child Day in Peel.
In 1993, the Government of Canada enacted Bill C-371, otherwise known as the Child Day Act, and designated November 20 as a national day of the child. It is also a day that marks two historic events: Canada’s 1959 signing of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. By ratifying the Convention, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This commitment includes ensuring children with the opportunity to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with their basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.
“It is important that we continue to make children in Peel a top priority,” said Patricia Mullin, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region’s Human Services Committee. “I am proud to be part of a Regional Council that is committed to helping ensure the success of Peel’s Children. I am pleased to have the opportunity to host Success By 6 Peel and their partners at Council, as they present one right from the 12 Peel Children’s Charter of Rights each month for a year.”
In 2007, Success By 6 Peel asked Regional Council to endorse the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights and to consider proclaiming Nov. 20 as National Child Day in Peel annually. Other adopted recommendations included monthly presentations to highlight one right from the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights. Success By 6 Peel’s Nov. 20 presentation speaks about a child’s right to education.
“The Human Services Department, our Children’s Services Operations and Early Years Integration divisions in particular, have been long time supporters and partners of Success By 6 Peel,” said Keith Ward, Commissioner of the Region’s Human Services department and General Manager of Peel Living. “We share similar priorities and philosophies - to provide programming and supports to families with birth to six years of age to ensure each new generation is amply prepared for grade one.”
Success By 6 Peel is a collaboration of more than 40 partners in business, labour, education, recreation, health, social services and government. Hosted by the United Way of Peel Region, this initiative is dedicated to providing important opportunities and experiences for children in Peel to develop the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical skills to reach their fullest potential from birth to age six.
The Human Services department supports full participation by all residents in the economic, social and cultural life of the Region by providing a continuum of supports for vulnerable or at-risk members of the community. The department works collaboratively with other Peel agencies to improve the opportunities and quality of life for children, families and individuals living in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800 or visit www.peelregion.ca.