Charles “Chuck” Fraser is this year’s recipient of the Representative for Children and Youth’s Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence.
Fraser, a psychiatric social worker with Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services in Prince George, brings to his work a rich history and huge knowledge of rural service delivery having previously worked with rural Aboriginal communities and at-risk youth.
As part of the Section 9 Pilot Project in the mid-90s, his work contributed to what is now known as Youth Agreements. He is respected as an ally to Aboriginal youth, families and communities and a proponent of enhanced cultural safety, awareness and respect, and is well known as an advocate for the needs of his clients, their families and communities.
A registered social worker, Fraser is also a longtime foster parent who remains connected and committed to the children who have been in his care.
“It is truly inspiring to read your nomination and discover all that you do to support children and youth,” wrote Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in a letter to Fraser.
The award was presented at Government House in Victoria September 26.
“Indeed a most humbling experience,” said Fraser. “Every youth I have worked with crossed my mind the evening before receiving this award. Thank you to all I have met along the way.”