It was in September of 2008 that we officially became the Cumberland Child Advocacy Association replacing the former Family and Children’s Services of Cumberland County Board. There are other Child Welfare Board’s in the province but we decided to change our name to a Child Advocacy Board.
In March of 2009 we conducted a strategic planning session under the guidance of Wanda Hebert, Coordinator of Community Board Development for the province. After agreeing to our strategic plan, we set to work with two major committees – Governance and Communications.
In addition to this, the CCAA has approved the awarding of bursaries to students graduating from High Schools throughout the county. This continues our tradition of offering bursary awards from the former Family and Children’s Services Board. At present we are considering an award for a student from NSCC Cumberland Campus in the Early Childhood Education program.
As part of our mandate “to strengthen and build our community”, the Association has joined the Cumberland County Partnerships (Cumberland Kids Network). This is a group of professionals representing various groups in the community including health, education, recreation and legal. They meet on a regular basis to discuss youth in our community. The Association will continue to try and gain input from the community on issues to be dealt with both locally and provincially.
At the provincial level, we have become a member of Nova Scotia Council for the Family. We also contribute to Amanda’s Gift each year. More recently, we have become a member of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association. This is an independent national voluntary organization working for improved criminal justice system in Canada.