With Pope Francis’ call to all Christians to “make love a verb” as context, Bruce will reflect upon that call for unconditional love to reach out to some of our most marginalized in society. Unconditional love has underpinned the work of Covenant House Toronto with at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth for some 35 years. Bruce will share his experience of working with marginalized youth. He will also discuss how we are challenged to put aside biases and preconceptions to meet people where they are and serve with absolute respect.
About Bruce Rivers: As Executive Director of Covenant House Toronto, a position he assumed in November 2011, Bruce currently oversees one of Canada’s largest and most comprehensive organizations serving 3,000 homeless youth a year. As Chief Executive Officer for Community Living Toronto from 2006 to 2011; Bruce was responsible for the delivery of service to more 6,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, with programs and services offered through 73 locations in Toronto. In April of 2004, Bruce was seconded to Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services and prior to that he presided for 15 years as the Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, where he was responsible for directing one of the largest child welfare agencies in North America. Bruce is the former president of the Child Welfare League of Canada and at an international level is Past President for the International Forum for Child Welfare. In 2012, Bruce was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Facility of Social Work, University of Toronto.
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