CWLC Achievement Awards

The CWLC has run an Achievement Awards program since 2000. These annual awards recognize the contributions of youth, individuals or groups in various sectors of the Canadian child protection system that have led to significant achievements towards the goals of child protection services in Canada. This awards program is the first of its kind to be presented on a national scale. The CWLC firmly believes that it is the remarkable dedication of the many staff, foster parents, researchers, advocates and youth, who make the difference for the children and families that we all serve.

Special Recognition Award - Dr. Peter Markesteyn 

Dr. Peter Markesteyn, BSc. M.D. has extensive experience in the conduct of child and adult death reviews. Dr. Markesteyn received his medical degree from the State University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1958). Dr. Markesteyn was Chief Medical Examiner for the Manitoba Department of Justice from 1982-1999. He also was Inspector of Anatomy for the Manitoba Department of Health. Dr. Markesteyn professional experience includes many years of teaching in the Faculty of Medicine at several Canadian universities including the University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. His professional experience includes international medico legal activities such as Director of Forensic Services and Chief Medical Examiner to the International Criminal Tribunal (Yugoslavia) UN in Kosovo. Dr. Markesteyn consulted for many hospitals such as Misericordia General, Seven Oaks General, Brandon General, St. Boniface General, Concordia Hospital, Deer Lodge and, Victoria General. His professional memberships include the Canadian Association of Pathologists, Manitoba Medical Association and National Advisory Committee to the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, Health Canada. More recently, Dr. Markesteyn works as a consultant in forensic pathology. 


Research and Program Excellence Award – Dr. Joan Durrant 

This award is intended for a Canadian individual, group or organization that produces and implements outstanding child welfare research that contributes to improved measurable outcomes for vulnerable children and families. 

Dr. Joan Durrant, PhD., is a Child-Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Family Social Sciences in the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Durrant’s research focuses on the psychological, cultural, legal and human rights dimensions of corporal punishment of children in Canada and worldwide. Dr. Durrant received her Ph.D from the University of Windsor in 1988.
Her research interests focus on preventing physical maltreatment of children. She is also interested in the role of social policy in preventing child maltreatment, particularly law, human rights frameworks and public education. Dr. Durrant has taken her research internationally where in Sweden she studied Swedish parents’ approaches to child discipline. She also has written a book on positive discipline published by Save the Children Sweden. She is currently involved in a qualitative study of the meaning of discipline from the parent's point of view. Her most recent publication is entitled “Physical punishment, culture and rights: Current issues for professionals. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics”(2008).
Dr. Durrant was the principal researcher and co-author of the Canadian Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth and co-editor of Eliminating Corporal Punishment: The Way Forward to Constructive Discipline (UNESCO). Dr. Durrant is active member of many organizations such as membership in the Research Advisory Group to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children, the Research Advisory Group to the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Research Committee of the Centre of Excellence on Early Childhood Development. Dr. Durrant was recently awarded Children's Rights Supporter Award, Canadian Coalition for Children's Rights in 2014.


Foster Parent Award – Patti Skirzyk

This award recognizes an individual foster parent or foster family who, while licensed as a foster family, provided outstanding care to the children and youth placed with them and has provided leadership to the foster family community.

2012 award child

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