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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Letters to Mary McConville

Dear all,

I am putting the letters I have written to Mary McConvill, Executive Director of CCAS. They are controversial and I debated about whether I should post them or not, but I want you all to know how this case has effected me and how angry I am at this woman. She is the Exec. Director and she did not monitor her agents or ensure anyone was doing their job. In my opinion, if there is a house cleaning, she should be the absolute first to go. I welcome comments and I hope no one is too offended, but if you should know that with all her experience, she should have known that something wasn't right and I don't buy over worked... she's not in the field, she is supposed to be guiding her agents and being their boss, making sure they are doing their jobs, and she didn't. Please notice the dates of the letters as some things have changed since they were written...
Amanda

Here goes....

Amanda Reed
jeffreyslaw@cogeco.ca

October 24, 2005

Mary McConville
Catholic Children’s Aid Society
26 Maitland Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1C6
Fax: 416-395-1581

Re: Jeffrey Baldwin Tree and Memorial Ceremony

Dear Ms. McConville,

I would like to once again extend my invitation to you and all Toronto Catholic Children’s Aid Society staff to the Jeffrey Baldwin Tree and Memorial ceremony on Sunday, October 30th at 2 o’clock p.m. in Greenwood Park. The address is 150 Greenwood Avenue if you need to do a Map Quest. It’s only about two streets over from 354 Woodfield Road; that’s where Jeffrey Baldwin lived in torture and died alone. You may not be familiar with this address as neither you, nor any of your agents ever visited there.

I chose this park because had Jeffrey or his sister ever been allowed out of their hellhole, this would most likely have been the park they would have played in. But then what’s playing? They never even got a chance to do that at ‘home’, unless you can call a child banging his head on the walls and floor amusement; if that is the case, then I correct myself, Jeffrey had tons of fun.

I have had numerous e-mails from people who are so grateful that a memorial is being installed, people who have sent donations to ensure it is a success. People who think there are more parties responsible for this child’s death than Bottineau / Kidman clan.

I have mentioned to them in my responses that I have invited the CCAS staff, including you, the Executive Director to the memorial ceremony. Everyone is anxious to meet you and I have told them that your picture is on the internet; included on the sites that praise your accomplishments so they will be able to pick you out in the crowd. In fact, would you be interested in saying a few words? I have asked all speakers not to mention God. He was never in that house or in those people’s hearts, He’s not welcome at Jeffrey’s memorial.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend, take care.

Sincerely,
Amanda Reed

Amanda Reed
jeffreyslaw@cogeco.ca

November 2, 2005

Mary McConville
Catholic Children’s Aid Society
26 Maitland Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1C6
Fax: 416-395-1581


Dear Ms. McConville,

I was very disappointed not to make your acquaintance this past weekend at Jeffrey Baldwin’s memorial. A lot of people, almost 200, were also upset that you did not take time out of your busy weekend to attend. I thought you cared about Jeffrey, apparently not. Did you know that Ms. Mary Anne Chambers came? She brought beautiful yellow roses to lay at the base of the tree.

I was hoping to use the left over donations (and they keep coming in daily) to set up a trust fund for Jeffrey’s siblings. After the trial, I will ask Ms. Chambers how I can go about accomplishing this. I know your agency will dispose of them as soon as they are no longer useful in covering your collective asses, which will inevitably leave them unable to fend for themselves in this cruel world. Have they not aged enough? I hope they will have the chance to achieve post secondary education and I know your agency, nor the government will not help them, so once again, public generosity is a child’s only chance. You use these children up, burn them out, break their souls and then say ‘have a nice life.’ You should be so ashamed of yourselves, I hope you can not sleep at night. To be honest, you ain’t seen nothing of me yet…

These children have nothing, and even less now that you have torn them out of the only safe, sane environment they have ever known, and the Tuesday before the Thanksgiving long weekend? Are you all insane? It astounds me that you actually think that separating the children, and taking away the only family they have now, is actually beneficial to their psyche’s! You have now permanently lost probably one of your best foster homes which is shameful. But then, your agency is a disgrace, so why should you change now?

I can not stress enough how angry people are with the CCAS. Your agency has completely lost all public faith, we don’t ‘trust you now’ and I don’t think anyone should. Besides the fact that you inadvertently approved and conceded to the torture and death of Jeffrey Baldwin, (because no one was sharp enough to check the histories of Kidman or Bottineau; the information was in your OWN files and you were too goddamn lazy to read it!) you betrayed his surviving siblings by ripping them out of their loving foster home. You are not doing a very good job at convincing anyone that you have changed or care about children. Enough is more than enough…

I sincerely look forward to meeting you as I am sure we will eventually. Contact me anytime to go for lunch; it will be my treat as I know how minimally funded and underpaid you are.

Regards,
Amanda Reed


Amanda Reed
jeffreyslaw@cogeco.ca

November 7, 2005

Mary McConville
Catholic Children’s Aid Society
26 Maitland Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1C6
Fax: 416-395-1581


Dear Ms. McConville,

I read your letter to the editor dated November 2nd, 2005. If you aren’t going to say anything the public wants to hear, why do you waste your time even writing a letter? You are accountable to us, the public, your employers, not solely to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. They only give out funding, they don’t provide it; we do. You are also accountable to the countless children you betray and hurt everyday, they are your clients. Telling us exactly why you tore those three children from a loving foster home after three years of love and stability should be mandatory. Divulging the reasons why you separated and ripped them from their family would not give away the current whereabouts of the kids and so, should be public knowledge. I imagine that your agency being terrified of what the foster mother would say on the stand and the possibility the children would be asked to testify in the murder trial was enough for you to tear them apart, to confuse and hurt them.

No, I suppose those aren’t frivolous reasons, you should be really scared of what secrets those kids can give up.

I honestly don’t believe any of you understand the importance of stability and love in a child’s life or you would not have done what you did the Tuesday before the Thanksgiving long weekend. I’m very surprised you did not wait until Christmas Eve because only that date would have been more damaging than Thanksgiving. Once again, you should be ashamed of yourselves for your selfishness. No one believes you have the siblings’ best interests at heart so stop letting all this garbage and these lies come out of your mouth, it makes you look silly. You are consistently assuming we are all stupid and ignorant to your big policies and procedures. We are not.

The circumstances that led to Jeffrey Baldwin’s death are indeed very tragic and unacceptable, but not once have I heard you publicly apologize to your employers or to the children you have let become so badly damaged. I have not once heard of you taking the responsibility for being so lazy and unorganized, the public has not heard of your incredible life-saving changes to policy following his death. Surely you aren’t going to hide behind the very weak and transparent Bill 210 are you? We can see you hiding behind there grasping on to it for dear life. But let me tell you Ms. McConville, if you ever, ever want to gain back any inkling of public trust, you must admit that this child’s blood is on your hands.

I hope you are shaking in your boots, I hope you and your agency will be found partially responsible for Jeffrey’s death and be severely reprimanded. I hope you can’t sleep or eat or have a day pass by that you do not think of this child; we have all paid numerous precious hours sleepless, crying and feeling helpless as a result of your mistake.

We are waiting for an apology.

Regards,
Amanda Reed

14 comments:

ph said...

Hard hitting letters for sure...but they need to be. As the senior bureaucrat at CCAS Ms. McConville must ultimately be held accountable for the actions (or inaction) of her staff.

We should also be writing (or copying) the members of the CCAS Board of Directors. They have a stewardship role over the business of the CCAS. Apparently they also seem to be asleep on the job and need a wake up call.

There names are available on the CCAS website.

Amanda said...

Yes, they are, but I think they have to be harsh as well. I know she's read them (obviously I didn't get a response) because Ms. Chambers has seen them. Hope I'm not making enemies, but it's past due that someone says something to make them sit up and take notice.

Anonymous said...

Great letters! I will follow you're exapmle and send a letter of my own to Mary McConville! Thank you for posting them. The CCAS should be held accountable! There is no doubt in my mind. I read that child abuse is generational. The CCAS knows this. There is no excuse. In my opinion they are responsible for Jeffrey's death. As well, how dare they separate the three siblings just before Thanksgiving after three "loving" years in a wonderful foster home. It disgusts me!! I have lost faith in the CCAS!!! I am so angry!!!! I would like to know what the CCAS thinks the definition of "Child Protection" is.

amanda said...

Right! It's funny that I (we?) don't have 'official' child welfare training and even we know that abuse is passed down from generation to generation. Yvinne didn't just start abusing her kids one day, so what does the CCAS do? Gives the kids to their mothers abuser!? How does this make sense? What ever gave them the idea that was the right thing to??
And to clarify, their foster home of three years was a very good home. Unfortunately, she is no longer a foster parent anymore which is too bad for needy children. To rip them out of a good home is bad enough, but to seperate them?? The foster parents took all three children together... how often does that happen?? They MUST be held accountable.

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Kristyne said...

Great Letters Amanda - I agree and support EVERY SINGLE word you wrote - Will be
sending some of my own this weekend as our printer if finally fixed. Glad I have them
on the blog to relate to. It's finally about time the public starts to make a fuss -
and a big one in order to bring about some hard fast change. Sometimes to do that you
got to hit them between the eyes more then once.
Those kids need to be reunited!!! not next month or next year. THIS WEEK - No more
bullshit. -I want to see an apology from Ms. McConville in the paper and I want it
spelled out why those kids were taken and seperated. - I so tired of everything being
so political . It's my tax dollars paying for this and I feel I have a right to know
when I question the very people my hard earned money goes to!!!
Great Letter to Mary !!! Keep up the great work Amanda - you are a true inspiration

ph said...

-Human Dignity
-The Courage and Integrity to Take a Stand
-Partnership and Teamwork
-Cultural, Racial and Individual Differences
-Professional Excellence

Hard to believe that the above points supposedly represent the values espoused by the CCAS (from their Mission Statement). Based on the sad case of the Baldwin Children, and many others before them, they obviously don't take these values very seriously.

Names of the CCAS Board of Directors:

President: John Cressatti
1st Vice-President: Stephen Grant
2nd Vice-President: Michele Fordyce
Treasurer: Joseph Fanutti
Secretary: Eleanor Shannon
Past President: Tom Donovan

Angelo Cristofaro
Steve De Quintal
Mary DiFrancesco
Michael Fullan
The Honourable Joseph James
Carolyn Lockett
Dorothy McGuigan
Hugh O'Reilly
John Spekkens
Larry Talbot
Dr. Joanne Turner

CCAS Address is:

26 Maitland Street,
Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1C6

Anonymous said...

Well written letter Amanda--McConville must be dragged over the coals.

McConville knew or should have known what was going on in the Kidman/Bottineau household. Since she is obviously not doing her job she should be forced to resign or quit.

I will be writing McConville. I have many unanswered questions.

bizzi said...

Those letters are very well put!

Jeffrey's Law said...

Bizzi... please e-mail me!
jeffreyslaw@cogeco.ca... been waiting for you pal :)

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that Mary McConville was not Executive Director at the time of Jeffrey's death?

Anonymous said...

Amanda: so you are now bizzi too. Your header is blue indicating that it is coming from your computer. What would jessie mcvicar say about you using his name.

Thanks for the Quilts said...

The foster home we spent three "loving" years in wasn't loving in the slightest. It was an abusive home and after we were thankfully removed, was shut down so that they would not get any other children placed in their care.
Being separated has been hard, but it helped us heal faster, and broken us out of patterns of treating each other that we were so stuck in because of the corrupt way we were raised.
No, no one has the right to know why we were separated or where we are. We are human beings who are trying desperately to live normal lives, and my siblings are still children. Do you think we'd be where we are today with interviewers breaking down our doors? or following us to school? Do you remember kids being loving and accepting and nice when YOU were in high school? yeah. things haven't changed.

Amanda said...

"Thanks for the Quilts":

I sincerely hope you and your siblings are well. No, I don't think anyone expected reporters to question you or your siblings, and it would have been despised if they had. I want you to remain anonymous and live as normal lives as you can. I'm sorry the foster home was terrible. You have no idea how badly I wanted to sew my phone number into those quilts. If this is really you, I'm glad you got them. If this is really you, please keep posting and tell m how you are. I think about all of you every day.
Amanda