Lorraine Paddock of the Guelph-Wellington Foster Family Association was the recipient of the FPSO 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award. Regional Director Joy Cole presented Lorraine with a recognition plaque at the FPSO Conference in Ottawa on April 29, 2006.
Lorraine and her family were approved to foster 36 years ago and so began a legacy of caring and compassion for children in need of care in Wellington County. Over the course of 36 years Lorraine, her late husband David and her family have provided a safe, caring environment for 102 children. Recently while flipping through a collection of photos dating back 36 years, Lorraine tells a poignant and personal story about each and every child who has touched her soul. You quickly get the sense that Lorraine’s fostering is a “calling”.
Lorraine is quiet and humble in her pursuit of making a difference in the life of a child. She has touched the lives of countless children, parents and professional staff in a confident but quiet manner. In the fall of 2005 her agency recognized Lorraine for the 35 years of commitment to children. That evening her son gave her the greatest compliment. He said that they were blessed to be 1,2 and 3 of Lorraine’s 102 children.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognize a current foster parent or family who has demonstrated continued long-term excellence in the field of fostering.