Region of Peel Celebrates Week of the Child
BRAMPTON, ON. (October 15, 2008) – Peel Region joins the Association of Early Child Educators in celebrating Week of the Child, Oct. 11 to 19, 2008. Celebrated annually during the third week of October, Week of the Child is an opportunity to focus attention on children and their needs, rights and interests.
“The United Nations declared 1979 as the International Year of the Child in an effort to raise awareness of the problems faced by the world’s children,” says Peel Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region’s Human Services Committee, Patricia Mullin. “Week of the Child offers us an opportunity to revisit those issues and see just how far we have come, and how far we still need to go.”
This year, the Region will celebrate the importance of children in Peel and commemorate Week of the Child by hosting events and activities at the Region’s 12 Learn.Play.Care. Child Care Centres.
“The Human Services department, our Children’s Services division in particular, is proud to once again celebrate and contribute to Week of the Child,” said Keith Ward, Commissioner of the Region’s Human Services department and General Manager of Peel Living. “We are thrilled to support the Association of Early Childhood Educators in keeping the health and welfare of children at the forefront.”
The Human Services department, established in June 2007, provides services that support full participation by all residents in the economic, social and cultural life of the Region, in particular by providing a continuum of supports for vulnerable or at-risk members of the community. The department’s divisions include Ontario Works, Children’s Services, Early Years Integration, Social Housing (Peel Living), and Social Housing Policy and Programs.
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.