CHILLIWACK (June 04, 2020) — Laurie Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent and Opposition Critic for Children and Youth, has issued the following statement today in honour of Children and Youth in Care week:
“This year we celebrate the 10th annual Children and Youth in Care Week here in British Columbia. For a decade now, B.C. has dedicated this week to breaking down the barriers and ending the stigma that surrounds children and youth in care, as well as recognizing and celebrating their amazing talents and accomplishments.
“What makes this initiative so amazing is that it is largely driven by the youth themselves. Youth and children in care advocated for this week back in 2011 so they could help create a supportive community for their fellow youth that empowers those in care and helps them realize their full potential. This year’s logo was even designed by children and youth in care.
“I would also like to thank all staff and support workers who care for and support our children and youth in care, especially during these trying times.
“So please take a moment this week to help raise social awareness for children and youth in care using the hashtag #BCCYICW2020. Together we can help change the stigma surrounding youth in care and give equal opportunity to all children across our province.”