Silken Laumann to received
2003 National Child Day Award

Four-time Olympian honoured for being
a symbol of spirit and hope to children.

June 20, 2003


Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) proudly honours four-time Canadian Olympian Silken Laumann, with the 2003 National Child Day Award. The award will be presented Wednesday November 19, 2003 at CICH's sixth annual Crayons & Cravats Gala in celebration of National Child Day.


The award recognizes Silken Laumann as an inspirational force, encouraging children to find the courage to dream big, live in the moment and embrace failure as a stepping stone to future success. Silken is the National Spokesperson for Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, The BC Women's Hospital Foundation and host of The Courage to Come Back Awards Gala. She is also the Canadian Ambassador for Olympic Aid, a program dedicated to reintroducing play into the lives of children in refugee camps.


In 1993, the Government of Canada designated November 20 as National Child Day to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of two landmark documents centered on children's rights: the United Nations Declaration of Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.


Two key objectives of National Child Day are to increase understanding of the many factors affecting children's health and take effective action to meet the overall health needs of children and youth.


For more than 25 years, (CICH) has been making a difference to the health of Canada's children. Each time an infant is safely buckled into a car seat, a child wears a bicycle helmet or plays safely on local playground equipment; you see the work of CICH.


Since 1998, CICH has honoured individuals who have shown leadership in the area of children's health and well-being with the National Child Day Award. Previous winners have included Walter and Phyllis Gretzky, Fred Penner, Senator Landon Pearson, Ken and Lynda Dryden, and Trina McQueen.


The Crayons & Cravats Gala is an annual fundraising event that supports CICH's efforts to promote and protect the health and well-being of each and every child and youth in Canada.



For more information, please contact:
Janice Sonnen
Canadian Institute of Child Health

Laurie De Armond
Silken & Co. Productions Ltd.
(250) 658-5859



The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) has been making a difference to the health of Canada's children for more than 25 years. As the only national charitable organization dedicated solely to improving the health, well-being and rights of children and youth, the Institute's work has had a profound impact on the policies and practices of caring for children. CICH's three core areas of focus are: monitoring child health; educating professionals, caregivers and policy-makers; and advocating for legislation and policies that improve child health.


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