Nominations due by March 31st, 2014!

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

In 2004, Krista would have been working in the field of child and youth for well over a decade and it was determined that to pay tribute to her memory in this regard, two awards would be presented annually.

Throughout Ontario, Child and Youth Counsellors(CYC)//Workers (CYW) and Social Service Workers in a relevant field play a vital role in the delivery of many programs that help young people and their families deal with complex problems. These Awards were established to honour the qualities Krista brought to the field, to recognize the important contributions of child and youth counsellors/workers (CYC’s/CYW’s) or Social Service Workers in a relevant field and to raise awareness of children's mental health issues. The Awards are presented to CYC’s/CYW’s or Social Service Workers in relevant fields who demonstrate exemplary contributions to the field of practice and who exemplify the kind of professional that Krista would have become.

The Krista Sepp Awards provide a forum for annual recognition of the high quality work and dedication of front-line workers across the province and continues to promote awareness of child and youth service and a commitment to service excellence.

The Horizon Award Recognizes the work of direct service staff with up to five years of experience working in the CYC/CYW or relevant Social Services field.

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