We are incredibly proud to recognize Betty Cornelius, an SEIU Healthcare member working at the Freedom Support Centre in Belleville. On March 8th, 2017, Betty was honoured by L’Oréal Paris and named as one of their ten “Women of Worth” in Canada for her work in creating CANGRANDS national kinship support.
CANGRANDS, which stands for Canadian Grandparents Raising Children, is a not-for-profit organization that assists kinship families across Canada through online forums, support groups, legal advice and other vital resources.
Kinship families are those who take care of children who are no longer able to reside in their biological family home due to safety concerns. Betty, who not only raised her granddaughter, but also 30 foster children, created CANGRANDS to offer support to kinship families who may otherwise not have it.
“Being a kinship family is not a club you are hoping to join,” said Betty. “There are so many of us, with over 22,000 children in Ontario alone being raised by kinship families. With that number continuing to grow, mostly because of mental health and addiction issues, it is important that there is a support system in place for those who need it.”
As part of being named as one of L’Oréal Paris’ “Women of Worth”, Betty got to meet actress Blake Lively and was given $10,000 for CANGRANDS, which she plans to put towards getting a 1-800 line and developing a leadership camp.
“The whole experience was surreal. To be named a Woman of Worth was such an honour, I was humbled to my core. It was amazing to be recognized for what I do and I was in awe of what the other women had accomplished. After spending time with these great women, I feel invincible and that I can go out and double my efforts.”
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