Spruce Grove’s Loraine Berry receives Award of Merit

Spruce Grove’s Loraine Berry receives Award of Merit

Director of FCSS and Social Planning recognized by provincial association

Loraine Berry receives Award of Merit
Loraine Berry, director of Spruce Grove FCSS and social planning (centre), was recognized by the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) when she accepted the Award of Merit from Arnold Hanson, FCSSAA vice-president (left), and Deb Teed, FCSSAA executive director, on Nov. 26.

Loraine Berry, director of Spruce Grove FCSS and social planning, was recognized by the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) when she received the Award of Merit on Nov. 26.

Each year, FCSSAA gives the Award of Merit to select individuals whose spirit and dedication to strengthening the social fabric of their community is demonstrated through their commitment to improving preventative social programs and services.

Loraine Berry certainly fits the bill. 

Loraine has worked with Spruce Grove FCSS since 2006, but has served Family and Community Support Services across Alberta since 1998. Initially hired as the FCSS Supervisor, Loraine later became the director of FCSS and social planning in 2013.

Deeply committed to her work, her passion to build healthy communities is evident as she fosters relationships with social service agencies in the area, increasing the community's ability to address complex social issues.

Specifically, Loraine has been involved in the creation of the Parkland County First Five Forever coalition, raising awareness around the importance of early childhood development; the Parkland and Area Response to Family Violence Committee, aimed at ending family and relationship violence through education; and the youth mentorship program and senior's home support program, in response to the changing needs of the community.

Loraine is passionate about poverty reduction and has been Spruce Grove's voice at the Intercity Forum on Social Policy and the Alberta Poverty Reduction Network. In 2014, she worked closely with the United Way of Edmonton Capital Region to run a poverty simulation exercise in the region. This exercise was a valuable tool that spurred discussions around the issue of poverty in our community. In the future, Loraine hopes a local Poverty Reduction Framework will be developed to address this growing issue.

Currently, Loraine is engaging the community in discussions around social sustainability. This work will help shape a strategic Social Sustainability Plan that will help the City anticipate and respond to changing social needs in Spruce Grove for years to come.

For nearly two decades, Loraine has made a significant impact in the lives of our residents and of those across Alberta. Thank you Loraine for all of the incredibly valuable work that you do and congratulations on receiving the Award of Merit.