MANITOBA'S MISSING CHILDREN FEATURED ON NEW POSTER
Poster distributed across the province during Missing Children's Month
Click here to view our Manitoba's Missing Children poster. If you have any information of any of their whereabouts, please contact
the police or call our staff in our Missing Children Services department at 945-5735 or toll free at 1-800-532-9135.
Winnipeg, MB (April 30, 2009): May is Missing Children's Month in Manitoba, and throughout the month Child Find Manitoba will be distributing a new poster across the province that features our ten long-term
missing children cases.
Over the years, Canadians have become accustomed to seeing the faces of missing children in newspapers, on television reports and on national Child Find posters which hang in stores, schools, and businesses across the
country. Each year a child from Manitoba appears on this national poster, but due to the recent increase in the number of our long term missing children cases, a new Manitoba's Missing Children
poster has also been created.
"On the one hand, we are pleased we can circulate this poster because we know it will be an effective way to more widely distribute pictures and details about Manitoba's missing children. However, it is a very sad reality
that our province now has enough missing children to fill its own poster," said Christy Dzikowicz, Director of Child Find Manitoba - the missing children services program of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
"We are hopeful the new poster will help generate tips and new information about the missing children cases, and ultimately develop new leads for the police that can help them locate the children and bring them home to their
families and friends," said Dzikowicz.
In addition to the release and distribution of this poster, Child Find Manitoba has several special events and activities planned for Missing Children's Month designed to raise awareness about missing children cases and to
support the families of those missing. Included in this is Voices for the Missing, a new event designed to honour the lives and voices of Manitoba's missing children and their families.
Voices for the Missing will feature performances by accomplished Winnipeg singer/songwriter Don Amero and unique presentations by students from Vincent Massey Collegiate and St. John's Collegiate in honour of our
missing children. Media will be invited to attend this special event, however, for the general public it is by invitation-only.
For more details of events and activities taking place during Missing Children's Month, please see the attached backgrounder.
If you are a member of the media and would like to arrange an interview with one of our spokespeople please contact our communications team:
Communications, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
In 1986, the Solicitor General of Canada declared May 25th to be Missing Children's Day in Canada. Missing Children's Month, an awareness campaign runs through the entire month of May, is intended to draw public awareness to
the issue of missing children.
During the month of May, community members are asked to show their support and concern for missing children by prominently wearing a green ribbon. The Green Ribbon of Hope is recognized as a symbol to remember missing
children and to seek their safe return. It is also used as an expression of concern for missing children, their families and friends. The concept of the Green Ribbon originated with the students and faculty of Holy Cross
Secondary School in St. Catharine's, Ontario following the abduction and murder of Kristen French. In her memory the students and faculty directed that their idea be used exclusively as a symbol of hope by Child Find Canada.
The Green Ribbon is a legacy from Kristen.
Child Find Manitoba, a program of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, has a number of activities and events planned during this month to draw awareness to the issue of missing children:
Missing and Exploited Children Conference (MECC)
- Attended by law enforcement members, social workers, educators and prosecutors, the goal of this three-day training conference is to broaden the knowledge of
those involved in child protection surrounding the issues of missing and exploited children. Held in Winnipeg, May 12-14, the conference features presentations from internationally-renowned expert speakers. The leading
conference of this type in Canada, MECC provides presentations to attendees on a wide range of issues, including the detection and investigation of child victimization, internet related exploitation and the victim
Voices for the Missing
- On International Missing Children's Day - May 25th - Child Find Manitoba is excited to host a new event which will pay tribute to and honour the lives and voices of Manitoba's missing
children and their families.
Stop Sex with Kids Campaign
- Child Find Manitoba will re-launch its Stop Sex with Kids campaign, complete with television, radio and outdoor advertising. As many children go missing as a result of
involvement in the sex trade, this campaign is important in raising awareness about Manitoba children who are being sexually exploited and to send a message that child sexual abuse is never okay and will not be tolerated.
Paper Ribbon campaign
- In partnership with Princess Auto, Child Find Manitoba will sell paper ribbons at Princess Auto locations in Manitoba - two in Winnipeg and one in Brandon. All customers will be asked
to donate $2, in exchange for a paper ribbon they will sign, and which will be posted in the store for the month of May.
Heroes Rock for the Missing
- We are excited to launch our 2nd annual Guitar Heroes tournament. This year will also offer a team component with a Rock Band competition. The tournament will take place in
September, with the two finalists squaring off on the Jumbotron during the October 24th Winnipeg Blue Bomber game. Potential competitors will have a chance to hone their skills this month by taking a turn at playing the game
on the big screen during the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Spring Carnival, held May 14 - 18.
Teddy Bear's Picnic
- Child Find Manitoba volunteers will be on-site at the Teddy Bear's Picnic on May 31st, to run our Play Tag with Your Kids program. The popular program annually reunites over 300 missing
children with their parents/guardians at large community events.
All About Me ID Clinics
- A number of clinics will be held during May which offers parents the chance to have their children photographed and fingerprinted. The information can be used in the event their
child ever goes missing.