Colleagues and friends of Belfast Trust Fostering Service gathered to celebrate social worker Ruth Wallace who has been awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to Children and Young People.
Ruth, whose social work career began 36 years ago, travelled to London to receive the award from Her Majesty the Queen on 25 October. Ruth began her career as a social worker in 1983 in what was then the South Community Unit of Management, and was a pioneering member of the team who set up today’s modern Fostering Service.
Speaking at the celebration, Kerrylee Weatherall, Co Director Corporate Parenting & Regional Emergency Social Work Service said,
“I first met Ruth in 1997 as a Fostering social worker. Since then, not much has changed about her - she is still known for her compassion, emotional intelligence, authenticity, decency, calmness and grace. Ruth has always championed for her foster carers and has always been there for them, understanding their challenges and helping support the children in their care.
This is so very well deserved for Ruth who has not only been an exemplary professional, but who continues to be a rainbow in the clouds for so many foster families, bringing hope during very challenging times.”
Congratulations to Ruth from all her colleagues, past and present, in the Fostering Service.