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Priscilla Manful's Odyssey: Reimagining Child Welfare Through Leadership and Community Integration

podcast March 5, 2024


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Embark on a powerful journey with Priscilla Manful, the trailblazing CEO of the Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto, as she narrates her remarkable voyage from Ghana to influential leader, setting a new standard for child welfare. This episode unveils Priscilla's transformative approach to leadership, one which harmonizes accountability, community engagement, and psychological safety. Through her eyes, we grasp the intricate layers of spearheading an organization that champions equity and listens intently to the voices it serves, while also dissecting critical moments from her two decades of dedication to marginalized families.

This conversation doesn't shy away from the complexities of modern child welfare, dissecting innovative strategies like the evaluation of referrals and the emphasis on family-centered care. Priscilla's insights reveal the crux of effective child welfare services, from the integration of anti-racist and anti-oppression frameworks to the pivotal role of early health intervention. 

Finally, we give due credit to the synergy of community involvement and collaboration that fuels the child welfare sector. Priscilla shares the profound narrative of her immigration, her personal triumphs, and her passionate volunteer work, which underscores the essence of mentorship and community engagement. Her message is clear: the path to uplifting the most vulnerable intersects with education, empowerment, and the unwavering belief in the potential of every child and family. So, join us in this compelling invitation to reimagine child welfare, guided by a leader whose vision and voice are as inspiring as the legacy she's building.

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