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The Krista Sepp Memorial Awards were established in 1991 in memory of Krista Sepp, who lost her life on February 3, 1989 while performing her duties as a child and youth counsellor. As a young child and youth counsellor, Krista was determined to make a difference in a high risk and often undervalued industry. In her work, Krista consistently demonstrated empathy, enthusiasm, idealism, a thirst for knowledge, and a keenness to apply theory to practice.

Throughout Ontario, child and youth counsellors (CYC)/workers (CYW) and social service workers play a vital role in the delivery of many programs that help young people and their families deal with complex problems. This Award was established to honour the qualities Krista brought to the field, to recognize the important contributions of child and youth counsellors/workers and social service workers to raise awareness of children’s mental health issues. It is presented to a child and youth counsellor/worker or worker in a related social services field, who demonstrates exemplary contribution to the field of practice and who emulates the professional Krista would have become.

The Krista Sepp Awards provide a forum for annual recognition of the high quality work and dedication of front-line child and youth counsellors/workers and Social Service Workers across the province and continues to promote awareness of children’s mental health issues and a commitment to service excellence.

The Horizon Award Recognizes the work of direct service staff with no more than five years of experience working in the CYW/CYC or related Social Services field.

The Mentoring Award Honours the ongoing contributions of direct service staff with more than five years of experience in the CYW/CYC or related Social Services field.