Every year, The Canadian Insitute for Child Health (CICH) holds the Crayons and Cravats Gala to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to the health and well-being of children. This year, Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy, was honoured with a National Child Day Award for her "dedication to raising children's social and emotional competence, breaking cycles of violence and improving parenting".
Roots of Empathy cultivates empathy and respect in children thorugh interactions with babies. The Honourable Landon Pearson comments that "the wisdom of babies can teach us-- and our children-- to be human." Others have commented that sowing the seeds of empathy in children will build a more civil society and even lead to world peace. You can learn more about Roots and Empathy and its founder Mary Gordon, by visiting: rootsofempathy.org.
If you live with, work with or care about children, CICH's work over the past 25 years has probably impacted you in some way. CICH is dedicated to monitoring, educating and advocating for children's health. They focus their work around five pillars: acting as a voice for Canadian children, supporting healthy pregnancy and childbirth, fostering healthy child development, ensuring our environment is safe for children, and monitoring the state of children's health. (Please note: if you open the links to any of these pages, you will need to scroll down to see the information)