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February 2012: First Call’s Provincial Coordinator, Adrienne Montani, received the Above and Beyond Award from the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks at their recent Steering Committee Meeting!

The Above and Beyond award is given to a supportive adult who has gone above and beyond to support and/or improve the lives of young people in and from government care in BC. This person has demonstrated a high level of both commitment and skills and the knowledge required to work with young people in and from care in at least one of three categories: advocacy, community development or mentorship.

October 2010: First Call received the Award of Excellence in Advocacy from BC's Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. Read more about this award here.

September 2010 - First Call Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani received the MOSAIC Human Rights Award, which is awarded based on an individual's activities, altruism, personal risk, and significant contribution in the field of human rights and ethnic relations.

September 2009 - First Call Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani has received the United Way’s 2009 Excellence in Action for Early Childhood Development Award!

April 2009 - First Call Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani has been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the community building category.

December 2008 - First Call received an Award of Merit from the Public Health Association of BC. The Award of Merit is given annually to a community member or organization who has contributed significantly to enhancing the health of their community. First Call is grateful to be recognized for our efforts on the issues of early childhood and child poverty, and for building community based partnerships and advocating and creating change in communities.

October 2008 - Provincial Coordinator Adrienne Montani received an Award of Excellence from the Federation of Child and Family Services of BC. Here's what the Federation had to say about Adrienne's nomination:
Adrienne Montani is currently the Provincial Coordinator for First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. Originally from California, Adrienne has lived, worked, and been a social justice activist in Vancouver since 1976. She has held leadership roles in the City of Vancouver, Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society and Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. She was also a Vancouver school trustee. Adrienne has touched the lives of thousands of people through her multifaceted professional and personal life. Her soft-spoken voice has a power and knowledge behind it that brings legitimacy to her work and she maintains a positive and respectful attitude even when challenged and confronted by other points of view.

December 2007 - First Call was chosen one of the top ten charities for 2007 by the Tides Canada Foundation. Each year, Tides celebrates and profiles the high-impact work and great achievements of Canadian charities and non-profits. Tides chooses organizations that make a difference in the world, and deserve recognition and sustained support for their great work. First Call was chosen for:
being a highly effective cross-sectoral, non-partisan coalition in BC made up of 80 provincial organizations and 25 mobilizing communities.
their comprehensive policy work and excellent research and recommendations to ensure that the needs of children and youth are given priority in legislation, policy and practice.
their up to the minute advocacy on child poverty and income inequality issues.

June 2002 - to mark the 25th Anniversary of the BC Council for Families, First Call was presented the Distinguished Service to Families Award by BC's Lieutenant Governor the Honourable Iona Campagnolo.

May 2002 - First Call received the "Hats Off" award from Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre for outstanding performance and lasting contribution to child care and BC children and families.