Betty Bedard-Bidwell: Recreation Leadership 1972; Child Care Worker 1982

Premier's Award winner - 2000

The words care and compassion are synonymous with Betty Bedard Bidwell. Each day she improves and heals the lives of children and youth in Huron County who have been victims of abuse or who face physical and developmental challenges. She founded Betamarsh Incorporated, an integrated series of programs and residences, to meet the needs of these clients. Betty graduated from Fanshawe in Recreation Leadership in 1972 and Child Care Worker in 1982. She is also recognized and highly respected at the Master's Level in art and play therapy. Betty has been instrumental in developing, promoting and teaching art and play therapy and among her many accolades, she earned the prestigious Monica Herbert Award from the Canadian Play Therapy Association. Betty spearheaded the writing of Hand in Hand: A Practical Application of Art and Play Therapy. For over 15 years, Betty has supported the Huron County Child Abuse and Prevention Committee. What she describes as her best piece of work is a program for adolescent girls aged 12 to 15 called Declaration of Pride, a practical way to raise self-esteem and awareness among girls. Without exaggeration, she has helped hundreds of children to recover from abuse and other traumatic situations. Early in her career, she identified a distinct gap in services for children and youth and she set out to find solutions. Betty credits her two college diplomas for giving her the skills and groundwork to build an incredibly rewarding and remarkable life. 

~ bio current as of 2000