Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) last night awarded Trina McQueen, former President and COO of CTV, the 2002 National Child Day Award. The award was presented at CICH's fifth annual Crayons & Cravats Gala in celebration of National Child Day.
The award recognizes Ms. McQueen for her leadership in and contributions to responsible and appropriate television programming for children. Most recently Ms. McQueen received the Gemini Academy Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to the television industry in Canada.
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.
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 and Ken and Lynda Dryden.
The Crayons & Cravats Gala is an annual fundraising event that supports CICH's efforts to provide all children in Canada with the healthiest possible future.
Founded in 1977, 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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